How to Set Up Dual External Monitors with 2014 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by boba7523, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. boba7523 macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    I've been reading threads, doing Google searches and watching Youtube videos on how to set up dual external monitors with my 2014 MacBook Air.

    I'm confused as to what I need or if it's even possible as I watched a Youtube video where only one monitor powered up....

    The monitors I have use DVI.

    Can someone please tell me how to hook it up?
     
  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    The Air only support one external screen by default and needs a USB monitor adapter to support two external screens. It won't be quick, but for text and video it is usually ok.
     
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    You can use two Apple Thunderbolt displays, but that will be expensive. :)
     
  4. jdphoto macrumors 6502

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    Yep, this is the only way without the USB display option. Though it definitely breaks the bank.
     
  5. boba7523 thread starter macrumors regular

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    With USB display, what would I have to buy?

    And by quick, you mean there's going to be lag?
     
  6. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    Get a display link adapter: Amazon link. Obviously the USB 3 will be much better than the USB 2.

    Some people complain about less than 100% perfect colours and the mouse cursor being laggy. Sometimes the video signal can skip a bit.
     
  7. boba7523 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Should i buy a single to dual DVI connector so I can have 1 free USB port and only have to buy one USB adapter?
     
  8. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    One of your screens should be a mini display port to dvi adapter for best performance and the other should use USB. I don't think the air can run 2 USB adapters.

    A single to dual connector is used when you want two screens to show the same thing, I think.
     
  9. boba7523 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can someone please confirm? The connection would look so ugly with one thunderbolt port (i have 2014 MBA) and one USB port powering the dual screens :(

    Ugh, I should've bought the Pro.....
     

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