MBA with 24" LED Cinema Display and External Superdrive

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  1. rishi13 macrumors member

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    Do you think the USB ports on the back of the LED cinema display will be able to support the Macbook Air External Superdrive? This would be really convenient.
     
  2. joegomolski macrumors 6502

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    In a word NO. There's an extensive discussion on this, try search.

    The external superdrive only works through the MBA USB.
     
  3. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    As above, NO. However another brand of powered USB DVD drive will work this way.
     
  4. rishi13 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do you know that the 24" Cinema Display will not have "above spec" USB ports?
     
  5. rishi13 thread starter macrumors member

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    Now that the 24" LED's are shipping, can someone with a external SuperDrive try this? I am guessing it would most likely not work, but it would be convenient to be able to use the SuperDrive with the new 24"LED through the hub.
     
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    I can verify that the MacBook Air External Superdrive works when plugged directly into the new 24" LED Cinema Display!

    YAY!
     
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    Is the USB cable long enough to reach the desk when plugged in? It is so damn short I'm afraid the super drive would just hang there... :)
     
  10. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    Yep, it's not even tight. It's just right.
     
  11. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    Now that is planning ahead! Nice job to apple for that one.
     
  12. hooly macrumors regular

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    Are the cables on the monitor long enough to plug in the USB and power at the same time (with them being on opposite sides of the MBA)?
     
  13. rishi13 thread starter macrumors member

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    Would you mind posting a picture of your setup? I curious to see how it looks with the power adapter on one side and USB on the other. Thanks so much.
     
  14. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    My MBA is getting repaired now (fan failed) so I can't take a picture for now. The cables are easily long enough (no strain or anything). They loosely fall back to their join, which is about a foot from the ends (if that makes sense). The display has definitely been designed to support the Air properly.

    I'll take a photo of the superdrive/display combo when I get home in a few hours.
     
  15. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    Superdrive connected to 24" LED cinema display

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    My MacBook Air is under repair (fan), so my macbook will have to do to demonstrate that the cables of the display stretch to both ends of the notebook.
     
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    Excellent, thanks so much! Looks great!
     
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    beautiful setup. I wish I had the cash but the display is soo expensive, i'd rather just get a larger imac for the price. Awesome and beaufitul though.:D

    So the sound gets pulled from the display port?
     
  20. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    Why even buy one just get an iMac for another $100 and connect the air to it and have a desktop at the same time!:apple:
     
  21. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

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    A more telling question would be if (not that it would be necessary) but will the External Superdrive work with a MB or MBP hooked up to the LED Cinemas display?
     
  22. Kan-O-Z macrumors 6502

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    First I would like to state that the iMac is $300 more for the 20" base model. On top of that, you are comparing a 24" LED display v. 20" display in the iMac. There is a big difference in size and quality between the two screens. The 24" iMac is $900 more than the 24" LED Display.

    If there is only one user in the house, there is an added benefit of only having one computer, especially a laptop. You never have to worry about trying to keep the data in sync when everything is on one computer. You essentially get a desktop and a portable which is cheaper than buying both.

    Kan-O-Z
     
  23. Phil A. Moderator

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    I have to say that setup looks absolutely beautiful :)
     
  24. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    I'd be tempted to blu-tack the external drive the base of the cinema display. Would it look tacky?
     
  25. andyOSX macrumors member

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    Yes. I agree. It is specifically advertised as having the ability to support the MBA superdrive.
     

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