External Monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iNeedToDoHw, May 31, 2011.

  1. iNeedToDoHw macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    Does all external monitor work with macbooks? Does it only accept HDMI? Is that the best choice?

    Sorry for a dumb question, just switched from pc
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Any monitor will work, but generally it's best to use DVI unless you need audio and video in the same cable. Then it's best to use HDMI.
  3. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    If you have an iPad, the app called "Air Display" works in a pinch!
  4. vandoorn macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    I am going to buy the be new 13" Air when it comes out and i want an external monitor for use at home.

    Are there some things i need to know/consider? Like screenresolution, adapters etc? Is it plug and play or do i need to set the resolution everytime i connect it to the monitor?

    Thanks in advance :)
  5. LAnMarc macrumors member


    May 11, 2010
    Adelaide South Australia
    I have connected a 13" MBA to a 24" monitor with a mini-display port to DVI adaptor, and to a 55" HD LCD TV with a mini-display port to HDMI adaptor ( with audio), and it just works.
    The external display is automatically set up as an extended desktop, at it's native resolution.
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Almost all Macs use the Mini Display Port connector. You have a couple of options when paring it to a monitor. You can purchase a relatively inexpensive ($10-$30) adapter to go from MDP to the more common DVI (Not a bad purchase anyway). You could also find a monitor that uses the full Size Display port and use a simple Mini to full size cable ($10-30 depending on length). Finally, you could purchase a display that accepts Mini Display Port (such as the 24" or 27" Apple Cinema Displays).

    Any monitor you buy will work with the MBA as far as resolutions are concerned. The 27" or 30" monitors from the manufacturers only go up to about 2560x1600 pixels. The graphics card in the current Air can handle that without issue and the new intel GPU in the rumored upcoming Air should be able to handle it as well (the current 13" MBP has similar specs to the rumored air and is able to handle that size display). Most monitors in the 22-24" range are only about 1920x1200 pixels, so you'll have plenty of graphics horsepower to run both the internal and external monitors.

    Larger displays, such as flat screen TVs only have resolutions up to 1920x1080, and will be fine if you decide to hook your Air up to one. A simple Mini Display Port to HDMI adapter will be fine (Again, a good purchase, just make sure you buy one with audio support).

    Finally, Apple Computers are great when it comes to plug and play monitors. Your computer should choose the best resolution for the display automatically when it's plugged in.
  7. vandoorn macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    Thanks for the help you guys! You helped a lot :D
  8. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    How does it look on the 55" TV? I'm guessing it might be fairly pixelated, right? (I too have a 55" HD LCD so I'm curious)
  9. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    Its not great, mine is hooked up to a 42" and it's ok, but not what i'd call sharp when using it as a desktop, however when playing a 1080p movie it's fine actually.

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