need an external monitor for my 13" Air

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jojoba, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'd like to get an external monitor - does anyone have particular recommendations? I'm thinking something 24"-27" that's reasonably priced and compatible with my Air. I don't really know what/ if any criteria I should otherwise be considering in particular :confused:
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    There's the Apple Thunderbolt display, of course. Nice thing there is that it also powers your Macbook (with a MagSafe2 adapter).

    Other than that, I'd suggest any monitor with DisplayPort interface, to prevent needing a MDP-DVI adapter.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Consider the following
    Resolution, nothing less than 1080 in my opinion
    Colour space, depending on what you do
    Connectability, does it come with the right ports and leads? If not you might have to find another chunk of cash.
    We use NEC screens at work which have built in USB hubs which is nice. A couple of the guys hook up their MBP's and have a full size keyboard and mouse.
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I recommend IPS displays. If going with 24" then a resolution of 1920x1200 is a must. If going with 27" then you need to go 2560 x 1440. Do not buy a 27" display @ 1920x1080 as it will be awful. I'm not going to recommend a display simply because the models change almost daily and there are too many. Figure out your budget and read some reviews.
  5. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Excellent, thanks so much everyone. Now I have more pointers on what to consider.

    If anyone has more input, keep it coming.
  6. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Dell U2412M.

    24" - Check
    IPS - Check
    DisplayPort - Check.
  7. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    U2711 ftw :D
  8. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
  9. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Another vote for Dell U2412M. Works fine with a MiniDisplayPort to DisplayPort cable (some displays don't). If you don't want to go all the way to 27" I'd seriously recommend this.

    For 27", I'd go with the Apple Thunderbolt Display - I use the similar Cinema Display and it is fantastic - and the extra ports would be particularly helpful on a n Air. The potential deal-breakers for that are whether you like glossy displays (personally I think it is swings and roundabouts) and whether you want to be able to use it with anything other than a post-2011 Mac.

    There's a lot of speculation that Apple might release a new display "real soon now" with the new iMac-style antiglare panel and USB3 - but AFAIK there's absolutely no hard evidence of if and when that will happen.
  10. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    Also use Dell 2412 ... Text isn't so good but colour is, lots of inputs, adjustable height, swivel for landscape or portrait, and very cheap compared with Apple TB.

    I didn't want to invest a lot, as I think screen technology is going to improve soon.


    The text sharpness is about the same as my 2007 iMac but the imac's gloss screen makes everything seem more dynamic than the Dell's extreme matte screen.

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