Two Monitors - MacBook Air 2010 11"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by super tomtendo, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

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    Can I have two external displays for my 2010 MacBook Air 11 inch? If so, how?
     
  2. bleedblue12345 macrumors newbie

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    The only way to do this natively is to use thunderbolt.

    Apple has a Thunderbolt to DVI converter but that will only allow for one monitor.

    The only way to do this is to buy this dock: http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation/

    and then run one display off HDMI and one off of a thunderbolt --> dvi connector.

    There are usb ---> DVI / VGA converters that will work but they will only be rendered in software so they will be slower. (Ie. fine for static images but not good for video etc.)
     
  3. super tomtendo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook Air only has the miniDisplayPort
     
  4. bleedblue12345 macrumors newbie

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    Oh did not see you had the 2010 model.

    In that case you will want to grab a minidisplayport ---> DVI or VGA from Apple. This will take care of one display.

    Then, you will want to grab something like this to plug the second monitor into: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0086359SG

    The non-native (USB) monitor will likely perform quite poorly (lag in videos / scrolling etc.), especially since the 2010 model only has USB 2.0 I believe. It basically just renders everything directly on the CPU and sends it through the USB. Just FYI. But it will work fine for static things like spreadsheets I presume.
     

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