Monitor to Macbook Air?

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  1. hannesoth, Aug 19, 2013
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    hannesoth macrumors newbie

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    Hey.

    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: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS24B750VSG/ZA.

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

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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

    Thanks:)
     
  8. Weerez935 macrumors regular

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

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    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
     
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  11. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    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:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-Ultrasharp-U2412M-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B005LNDPPS

    …which will connect using a cable like this:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-co...ble/dp/B002XVYZ82/ref=pd_bxgy_computers_img_z

    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

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    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

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

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    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!
     
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