My smart TV is smarter than me.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Sam the Slam, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Sam the Slam macrumors newbie

    Sam the Slam

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    In the spirit of full disclosure, my tech skills are sub-standard. I want to connect my MacAir to a Vizio smart HDTV. Obviously I need a thunderbolt cable. Is there one that connects directly to my TV ? To what TV input- HDMI or USB? Do I need an adapter? If so, what has been found as a good choice? Apple lists Moshi adapters but I have seen some poor reviews on them. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    here you go
    aLLreli® 6ft Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable | Mini DP to HDMI | Thunderbolt Compatible | Full HD 1080p | 24k Gold Plated Connectors | Video+Audio - White 1.8 Meters 6 feet
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    You need a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable. You can't use a Thunderbolt cable for the purpose.

    Example via Amazon.com.
     
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    would an Apple TV 3 accomplish the same thing? a couple of dollars more, but no cables.
     
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    Good call there. I am curious though (for the sake of knowledge and discussion), if one were to have a Thunderbolt dock such as OWC, Elgato or Caldigit etc., they have HDMI out. Would this work?
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Depends which sort of thing he intends to put up on his TV. Not all things are created equal in terms of AirPlaying. And AirPlay Mirroring isn't suitable for everything.

    - It definitely would, yes.
     
  7. Sam the Slam thread starter macrumors newbie

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