MBA with external display + lion

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mattpreston11, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Anyone tried it?

    Lion runs fine on my base 11'' 2010, but performance isn't nearly as good when connected to an external display.

    Anyone else having issues? interested to hear off the 2011 users aswel!
  2. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    This is what I'm planning to do too, and if performance really does drop off then I'll have to reconsider. I'm also planning on playing starcraft 2 on the cinema display from the MBA 11", would I have to run it at the MBA native resolution? Would that make it look terrible.. ?
  3. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    How exactly is your performance affected when connected to an external display?
  4. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Performance will always decrease when connected to any external display due to the GPU having to power much more pixels.

    You would have no chance of playing Starcraft 2 at a decent resolution on the ACD, and it would look like crap.

    You'd need a high end 15" or 17" MBP to be able to play it on decent settings at the ACD's native resolution.

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