External Monitor Resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tarra3, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. tarra3 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011
    I am trying to use my Mid 2011 13-inch MBA at work with my external monitor but it's not pumping out the resolution I was expecting. I have a 27 inch Dell monitor that has a native resolution of 2560 x 1440, same as the Apple Thunderbolt Display. I hooked it up using a Thunderbolt to DVI adapter and the most it will pump out is 1920 x 1080. While it's still usable it's not the monitors native resolution so everything looks fuzzy.

    Is there any way for my MBA to pump out 2560 x 1440 or am I stuck at 1080p?
  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
  3. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Which display do you have from Dell? I'm guessing it's the U2711, as that's the only one I found with the stated resolution.

    If that's the case, your best bet is to purchase a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable from a site like monoprice.

    Less than $10 shipped and much better/cheaper than the MDP-DL-DVI adapter from Apple.

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