What external monitor do you have?

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  1. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

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    Hello everyone,

    Just a simple question on the external monitors for your Macbook Air that you use. I am looking for one and since there are so many "good ones" that I am lost now.

    Thank you so much!
     
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    I have an Asus with 2560x1440 resolution which is absolutely amazing. I was surprised to see that my base model 2014 13" MBA was able to drive it was fast with no lag or anything.

    Now its the best of both worlds, all the benefits of the iMac with super portability when I need it.
     
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  5. vertisync macrumors newbie

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    I don't really like 1920x1080 on a 27" monitor, the resolution is too low for such a big monitor, IMO.

    If you are happy with 1920x1080, I would go with a 23-24" monitor.

    Checkout Newegg and Amazon, they have lots of great monitors in that resolution and size range and the reviews will help you find the best deal.

    I like the Asus VS248H-P, it's a 24" and you can get it for $169 on Amazon with free Prime shipping.
     
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

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    It's funny that people think a MBA might not be able to run a 1440p display well.

    Its GPU is basically as fast as the ones in 27" iMacs from a few years ago, and faster than almost all the Mac Minis that you see driving 27" TB displays in Apple Stores.

    I guess people aren't used to seeing a small thing power a big thing.
     
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    Im using an older HP 2509m. its only 1080p but its fine for my uses. Pretty large as well at 25 inches.
     
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    Two 4K ASUS PB287Q's connected via Mini-Display to my Mac Pro. Each cost about $550. Brilliant display.
     
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    A lot of us simply didn't know that. 2560x1440 is a pretty high resolution to some of us and we figure raising the resolution might cause some lag.
     
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  11. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Get a regular HDMI cable for cheap, and a mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter to plug into the laptop:

    http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Adapter-Support/dp/B0025V2VO0

    Total should be < $20.
     
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  13. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Yes, I imagine that one will work fine. I only suggested buying the 2 things (cable + adapter) because that's more flexible. HDMI cables are generally useful by themselves and if you're traveling, you may only need to bring an adapter instead of an entire cable. But you're the most familiar with your own situation obviously.
     
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    I only asked this is because I asked in private message owner of one of the monitors I purchased and he said to just buy this one. Sorry. But now I am so confused...
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    No problem, don't worry. All you need is a cable with mini-DisplayPort on one end and HDMI on the other. If you want this all in one cable, that's fine. If you want it with an HDMI cable plus an adapter, that's essentially the same thing and also fine.
     
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    Thank you for explanation, I really appreciate it. I will definitely consider getting branded next time. (live and learn)
     
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  23. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I think I tried the Generic RGB Profile on mine too before doing the hack but it still didn't work right. I did this months ago so I can't remember the details but the instructions on this page were necessary to get the monitor to work right. It should just take a few minutes to do and if you have questions I'd be happy to answer them.
     
  24. henryonapple macrumors 6502

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    I will try tonight and will let you know the results, I briefly looked over the directions to force RGB and it did sound a bit confusing.

    Hopefully this solves the issue because I was pretty underwhelmed with this monitor when I hooked up my MBA, but a windows laptop looked great on it.
     
  25. henryonapple macrumors 6502

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    my friend....it worked!!!! this thing is awesome now! thank you so much for the advice :)
     

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