I want an external monitor for my 13" Macbook Air. Any recommendations?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jacoblee23, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I want one so I can do school work more easily while I am at home at my desk. I don't need the best int eh world, but something good and affordable. Also shouldn't I be able to use my Macbook hooked up to the monitor with the macbook shut instead of open? Thanks in advance everyone.
  2. zlogs macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    You could get any 1080p monitor with a DVI or HDMI (you can find some good ones in Amazon for about $110. You will also need a thunderbolt to HDMI or DVI adapter in order to use it.
  3. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have a limited workspace so a small one will suffice just fine. So, I need a thunderbolt to hdmi adaptor? I found this monitor right here and it has good reviews, but doesn't have speakers.

  4. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    That will hardly give you any more real estate than you have on your laptop monitor. I would say you want 1080p at least. Example:


    And yes, you can use your laptop with the lid closed. This is called lid closed or clamshell mode. If you have the laptop plugged into the charger and a monitor, it can function basically as a desktop computer.

    I would recommend getting a USB hub with a lot of ports, then you can "dock" your laptop by plugging it into power, the monitor, and the hub. You can plug all sorts of stuff into the USB ports like a keyboard, mouse, speakers, webcam, etc. and basically have a full-featured desktop computer.


    Here's the search for 1080p, HDMI, speakers, lowest price:


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