Using a 16:10 monitor with MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by natgravy, Jul 21, 2014.

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

    natgravy macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    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?
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    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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