Using a 16:10 monitor with MacBook Air?

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  1. natgravy, Jul 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014

    natgravy macrumors newbie

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    EDIT: I mean "16:9" in the thread title

    I'm not all that good at understanding stuff like this but...I was thinking about buying a cheap monitor for my MacBook Air, and realised that the native screen resolution is 1440x900, yet most cheap monitors I am looking at buying working at higher resolutions (i.e. 1920x1080).

    If I bought one of these monitors, would this compromise on screen quality?
    Thanks
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    The external display aspect ratio is not related to what's showing on the internal display, unless you mirror the displays. Macs will output to 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, etc. just fine. If you mirror the internal display to the external, you'll get black bars on one of the two displays if the aspect ratios differ.
     

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