Monitor to Macbook Air?

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  1. hannesoth, Aug 19, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013

    hannesoth macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013

    I will probably get a Macbook Air from school so I wonder what monitor I should buy that I can use when I'm home?

    I've been considering this monitor from Samsung:

    Should I buy another monitor? If someone could give a few examples it would be great. :)
  2. edricfilho macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2010
    I use my 11" with the 27" Apple Cinema Display...
  3. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    The lack of a Thunderbolt port = a no go for me.
  4. Suraj R. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    I purchased the HP Pavilion 23xi 1080p LED IPS monitor for use with my 2013 Air, it works perfectly. It is a very sharp display, vibrant colours and I find it is the perfect size (although I wouldn't mind a 27" haha). Best of all it was only $160 at my local Costco (plus the ridiculously high 13% HST we have to pay here).
  5. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    The Thunderbolt Display is very nice, but so IS saving $$$! +1 on your purchase! :)
  6. Suraj R. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    Yeah, the Thunderbolt display would be great, its 1440p and would act as a dock for my MBA but

    1) have the rain design mStand with all of my cables running through it, so I just put my MBA on the stand, plug maybe 5 cables in and I am good to go

    2) 27" is just really big, I have tons of space on my desk but why

    3) Its about the cost of the MBA itself and I'm just a high school student theres no need for a $1000 display when this 23" 1080p is the equivalent to me haha

    for $160 its a steal
  7. bobo67 macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2013
    Hi Suraj,
    I would to know how do you connect your external monitor to the mba
    with dvi cable or vga or hdmi?

  8. Weerez935 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2012
    I have the 27" samsung syncmaster. I use it as a tv and a monitor and it works great.
  9. Suraj R. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    I connect my MBA to my external monitor with a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter in the Thunderbolt port, to an HDMI cable into the monitor
  10. MacLC macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
  11. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    The Samsung you mentioned would be attractive if you wanted to watch a lot of video and/or plug an XBox/Playstation/Tuner in via HDMI.

    For general computing use, though, I'd go for something like the Dell 2412M:

    …which will connect using a cable like this:

    This has better resolution than the "Widescreen Full HD" Samsung (1920x1200 vs. 1920x1080) and a 'squarer' screen. You'll get more usable screen space so you can (e.g.) get an actual-size double-page spread on the screen with room for toolbars - you won't do that on a "widescreen" smaller than 27".

    Displays like this are a bit more expensive than TV-style "Full HD" displays such as the Samsung, but nothing like as much as the 27" monitors. The Dell doesn't have speakers (although you can get a matching soundbar) or a HDMI input for Xbox etc. (but it does have DVI and you can get HDMI-to-DVI cables).

    Finally, if you are looking at 27" displays, remember that the cheap TV-style ones are still only 1920x1080 which won't cut the mustard when you use them close up: at 27" look for 2560x1440 resolution (there are still cheaper options than the Apple Thunderbolt display).

    The Apple 27" Cinema/Thunderbolt display is lovely (if you don't mind glossy screens) and the hub features and built-n Magsafe make it brilliant as a MacBook companion - but it is horribly overpriced and overdue an update. If you find a nice refurb one, maybe...
  12. IAAY macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2013
    Hi Suraj

    I just purchased a macbook air and the pavilion 23xi from Costco but I can't get the resolution to work properly. The instructions from the monitor say to use 1920x1080 but I don't have that choice on my laptop. How did you get yours to work? Thanks for your help
  13. wwynne23 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2013
    Anythning in the 22"-27" ususally works well. higher than that and you get lost working..
  14. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Im sorry but what do you use to connect them?? I just purchased the 27 inch and have no clue on how to connect them. Thanks so much!
  15. radioking, Feb 15, 2015
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    radioking macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
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