[Question] MBA 13" 2011 w/ Apple LCD Cinema Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Vijay Pather, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Vijay Pather macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011

    I am thinking about purchasing the following for university this year:

    MBA 13inch (2011)
    256Gb SSD
    4Gb DDR3 Ram

    I had a question for anyone who has used this with one of the apple LCD displays as the salesperson at the apple store didn't have any information for me.

    As you see the "megasafe adapter" for the power, mini display port and USB are on opposing sides. Will the cables now reach if I wanted to plug it into the cinema display?

    I know the MBA has all the plug ins required to be compatible, but if i am moving the cables that are banded together from on side of the laptop to the other, they may not reach.

    Is it possible for the 13"? Also has anyone actually used this setup and do you think it is worth it, ie: is the display good.

    I aim to take the laptop to university then come home, plug it in to the display and use a mouse and keyboard almost as if it was a normal PC.

    All comments / help is appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. Vijay Pather thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011
    Macbook Air 2011 Model.
  3. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I think you're confusing the late 2010 model as the 2011 model.
  4. uniforms macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    South Orange NJ
    I have the 24" version of the display and have had both airs. It works flawlessly. You will be so happy with that set up. I say go for it. Good thing you are getting the ultimate air. That extra ram and speed really make it one of the best portables on the market. Good luck
  5. Vijay Pather thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011

    I know that it will work in terms of the display but I would like to demonstrate something to you.


    See how the power and the USB are together on one side and the Mini display port is on the other side?

    Now have a look at the LCD cinema display:


    Will that cable be able to reach across both sides of the macbook air?

    Thanks for your advice however! :)


    Yes I am referring to the late 2010 model however is there any difference? It's not like apple are releasing a new version of the MBA this year and I am purchasing it in 2011.
  6. Lord Appleseed, Jan 23, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  7. Vijay Pather thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011
    Ah ok thanks so much for that been googling and couldn't find anything! Do you know if it is possible to get a mini display port extension cable?

    Also - in terms of the display, I know uniforms already said it worked great, does the display look clean and sharp on the monitor is it grainy/ pixilated.

  8. Lord Appleseed, Jan 23, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011

    Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    Yes there are such cables. But I cant say anything about their quality.

    I dont know that, but since the signal is digital there shouldn't be any issues with the image quality. And last time I saw a MBP hooked up to a Cinema display in an Apple Sore it looked as good as an iMac's Screen.

    Also to answer your MBA 2010/2011 question: The MBA 2010 Model stays 2010 until apple announces a new model, so no matter when you buy a MBA it will be mostly the same as at launch in late 2010. They will just ship it with the current software and include fixes for problems that occurred earlier.
  9. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    Yes, the cable does stretch - you can reach the MagSafe port and still have the USB and MDP cables plugged in to the other side.

    The aesthetics aren't great, but the display will still work.
  10. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    sure it works out well.

    i have a 13/256/4gb hooked to my 24" LED ACD

    here are some pics

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