External monitor for MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by smyk, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. smyk macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2011
    Planning to buy an external display for MBA.
    Going through many forums and blogs and reading through resolution mismatches and other issues the safest bet seem to me is Apple Cinema display but I don't want to invest into it at this moment.
    Any suggestion for monitors that work seamlessly with MBAs? (23" or above)
  2. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    A refurbished 24" Cinema Display?
    The big benefit of a Cinema Display in my opinion is being able to keep the magsafe charger in your bag, other room, car, etc.

    You could look into Dell UltraSharp monitors. Although I have heard mixed reviews about them, I really can't comment on them.
  3. philxor macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    I use a Samsung SyncMaster P2450 24" monitor with a DisplayPort to DVI adapter at 1920x1080P with no issues.
  4. bob99 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2010
    Agreed, get the cinema display, either the 24 or the 27 if you can stretch your budget. Like most Apple products, they're just nicer than the off brands. Plus you get the magsafe, iSight, speakers built in.
  5. bigp9998 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Cinema Displays are nice, but I wouldn't exactly call Dell an "off brand".
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    so take you air into bb and try out monitors...how hard is that?
  7. Gruber macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    I am using a Dell 30in screen, and it works very well, using the clunky dual-link adapter with the USB port. The screen acts as a USB hub, with external keyboard, mouse and USB2Ethernet. (I would not recommend running external HDs with it, because they will be abruptly disconnected when you turn off the screen during lunch break.) Thus, the requirement of plugging USB into the dongle is not much of a bother.

    I had the Dell already standing around, but if I wanted to buy a new screen, I would go for a lower resolution. At full HD, you do not need the large dongle, but you can use the more convenient and cheap HDMI adapter, and you may chain the screen with your home stereo and/or cinema projector, if you wish.
    Also, MacOS does not yet support resolution independence, so the 27in Cinema display hurts my eyes by displaying fonts way too small. I would rather go for a 27in full HD display.
  8. trims macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Nottingham, UK
    Anyone using their MBA with a 27" iMac?

    Will it run both screens??

    Thanks in advance.
  9. Curren~Sea, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

    Curren~Sea macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    You can't use an iMac as an external monitor, sadly. I wish you could (disregard). The recent 27-inch iMac model allows the Mini DisplayPort to act as an input, turning the iMac into a standalone display.

    I have a Dell 24" Ultrasharp IPS monitor and it can't touch my 4 year old iMac 24" display, sadly.
  10. trims macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Nottingham, UK

    I presumed the Macbook Air would work, as it has a mini-DisplayPort. I just wondered if there are any current users out there? Does it work well, or does the MBA struggle to drive such a large screen? Can it drive both screens simultaneously?
  11. Kyllle macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2011
    I'm also trying to find an external display that would be good for the air.

    Does anyone know of one with a similar design to the ACD? I love it's design, most of the others seem to be really bulky and do not match the air at all, but don't really need the IPS technology or whatever, since I'm not a photo/video editer or anything. $1000 is really steep, and I'm hoping to find something around $200-300. Also in the 21-inch range. I wish the sold the iMac as a display only haha.
  12. dlamin517 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    costco has some decent 23" samsung led monitors for $180. recently got one and i love it.

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