Macbook Air Cinema Display New

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ipodtouchy333, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    Hello, I am thinking about switching to mac. This will be my first one, although I have had experience with macs in school. Right now I have a Dell PC. Anyways I am wanting a cinema display. I really am not sure about the mac mini for it and definately don't want a mac pro. If i were to get a macbook air, how would the connection to the display work. This may sound stupid, but do I get another keyboard and mouse for the display or use the trackpad??? I really have no idea about connecting a laptop to a cinema display and if someone could explain the basics I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a lot!
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    You can either use it to extend the Desktop by using both displays, or use it as a single display with the MBA closed. When closed you need to use either a USB keyboard & mouse, or Bluetooth (or, I suppose, some combination).

    Right now, using my MBP, I'm typing on the Apple BT Aluminum keyboard and a BT mouse, while connected to a 20" ACD.
  3. helium macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    if you want to you can actually use the ACD as the only monitor (air's display switched off) while keeping the macbook air open to use its keyboard and trackpad
  4. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    I have a 20" in my home office ( a few years old, but still works, so...)

    Here's how I work:
    When I plug in the cinema display it becomes my primary desktop. I use the MBA's display as an extension.

    I use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
    My iPhone doc plus a powered drive for backups run through a USB hub and into the MBA as well.

    I'm planning to get a stand for the MBA so it is just a bit higher on the desk but haven't settled one (OT here, but suggestions are welcome).

    Works great for me.

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