Looking to hook up to external monitor, which adapter + monitor is recommended ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SonRK, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. SonRK, Aug 9, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011

    SonRK macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2011
    I'm looking at Apple Online Store:


    and I'm trying to figure out which adapter I should get. Would Mini Display Port - VGA be best? Also which one would allow me to run the laptop in clamshell mode. I assume all of them would, but I just want to be sure.

    I currently use this monitor : http://www.amazon.com/Dell-2408WFP-UltraSharp-Widescreen-Definition/dp/B0018LJYFC

    and it accepts, VGA, DVI, Displayport connections.

    I am actually currently looking to upgrade my monitor as well. I'm looking at 24-27 inch monitors, but their resolution is like 1280 x 1080, as opposed to 1280 x 1200 like my Dell one. Seems ilke it would be a sidegrade?
  2. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
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    Do you need audio to transfer over the cable? I've always just gone Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI; check Monoprice.com.

    As for that size range, I'd personally shoot for 1920x1200. I used to have a 24in with that resolution... perfect! Until I got my 2560x1440 iMac, that is ^_^
  3. SonRK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2011
    I forgot to mention that i have the 2011 Air, and it has the thunderbolt port which I assume all these Mini DisplayPort are compatible with. Audio connection is not necessary, the monitor I choose will either have no speakers, or probably one that's not too good.

    Yea, I need to look for the x1200 monitors at least, since that's what I am used to.
  4. deeddawg, Aug 10, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    First of all, I'd say go to VGA as the very last resort.
    A quick google search suggests issues with DisplayPort on some instances of that Dell monitor.
    Thus DVI is likely your best bet for now.

    What to use with your future monitor would depend on the choice of monitor. Note the MBA can only drive one external monitor.

    BTW, your monitor is listed as 1920x1200 not 1280x1200. The 16:10 ratio screens are less easy to find, everyone seems to want to make 16:9 screens today.

    Whatever you choose, I highly recommend going to monoprice.com for cables/adapters. See http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=13148738&postcount=4
  5. SonRK thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2011
    You're right, I meant 1920 x 1200 **

    It's strange, I got this monitors years ago, and (obviously) have gotten used to the resolution so going to something that's not 16:10 will be weird. I checked out Microcenter's monitors and they go from 1920 x 1080 to something really high!

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