Dumb question: Do new Macbook Airs work with non-thunderbolt 27-Inch Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by EvilEvil, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. EvilEvil macrumors 6502

    EvilEvil

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    I had a bought a non-thunderbolt 27-inch Cinema Display a few months ago since I have an older 2009 MBP since I read the TB displays they don't play nice with non-thunderbolt macs. So I'm considering picking up a MBA and was wondering if I will be able to use it with my non-TB cinema display.
     
  2. mobidutch macrumors member

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    Should be. The TB port can also drive a Displayport display, or other displays with the help of a Displayport-to-X adapter. Not sure how it will behave when resuming from sleep. I'm sure there are forum members here that can comment from experience.
     
  3. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    I use a DisplayPort-HDMI converter between my 2012 MBA and my 16x9 24" LED Viewsonic monitor.
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yes!

    Yes. My DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to DVI adapter (okay, technically it's display port because I bought it for my MBP when they switched) runs great on any recent-ish apple monitor.

    Have latest 11.6 MBA.
     
  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    You need dual-link DVI (~ $80 adapter) or DisplayPort to run 27" monitors at the full resolution (2560x1600), HDMI and regular DVI won't cut it.
     
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  7. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Yes works just fine with the older 24" and the newer 27" models.
     
  8. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    Yes any DisplayPort monitor would work just fine with Thunderbolt machines. Funny though because the good old Cinema Display is actually usable with more machine than a new shiny ATD. I find it ironic :eek:
     

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