MBA with multiple displays

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by grahamj, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. grahamj macrumors newbie

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    I need multiple displays connected to my MBA at work. I don't do video or graphics I just need 3 displays for spreadsheets. With the help of a Elgato thunderbolt hub or Caldigit hub. Is it possible to run 2 additional large monitors from a new MBA 13"? For example could the MBA run a Dell with disport connection and a second monitor using HDMI through a thunderbolt hub? If a MBA can't do it could a MBP? I'm looking for a way to get to big monitors plus the laptop screen without buying two $1000 apple thunderbolt displays and do it with the lightest smallest apple laptop possible. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    A new (Mid-2012 and later) MacBook Air can handle two external displays. However one of them would need to be a Thunderbolt Display, as mentioned in the Caldigit FAQ and Elgato Knowledge Base. Both of these (and presumably any other dock with HDMI) use the DisplayPort component of the Thunderbolt interface for their HDMI, and you can't have two DisplayPort or DisplayPort-adapted displays on one Thunderbolt port.
     
  3. grahamj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the MBA can handle two displays, but one will have to be an Apple thunderbolt display and the 2nd can be display port/HDMI? Just want to make sure I have this right before I go buying all the equipment. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    According to Apple, that is wrong…

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5219?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US#20

     

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