Options for a second monitor with my MBA

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  1. questionwonder, Jun 4, 2014
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    questionwonder macrumors member

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    I just bought a Samsung 23" monitor that supports 1920x1080 and uses a dvi to vga cable I has plugged into my only thunderbolt/dvi output. I would ilke to get a second monitor that has a higher resolution. What are my options here for using a second monitor? I know I can daisy chain the Thunderbolt display but a cheaper option would be nice. Is that possible? How would I plug them in being that I already have used the 1 output I have? I don't think I want to use USB because it is slow. I'm only developing so no need for speed but I don't want any lag when moving the mouse, etc.
    My MBA is the latest gen. What are people out there doing for a two monitor output?
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Your only option is a Thunderbolt Display or USB. There's no way to connect a 2nd display other than a TBD to the Thunderbolt port, and USB is the only other option.
     
  3. questionwonder thread starter macrumors member

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    What are the good Thunderbolt displays

    Are there any cheap thunderbolt displays out there besides the Apple version?
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Do you want two external screens plus the built-in? If so, I think you would need two thunderbolt monitors. You cannot plug a regular screen into the thunderbolt monitor.

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

     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Not exactly true. You can't plug an adapter directly into a TBD - but if there is an intermediate Thunderbolt device between the TBD and the adapter (e.g. a Thunderbolt disk), it will work.

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    No. The only other Thunderbolt display that comes to mind besides Apple's is the LG 34UM95, which looks like a nice product but it's also $1000 and is not shipping yet in any significant quantity.
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Really? That's interesting, have never heard of this before, thanks.
     

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