Will my 2012 MBA play HD movies on my 1920 x 1080 TV without issues?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by blumpkin, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. blumpkin macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    Can't seem to find a straightforward response on the toobes. I'm hoping there'll be some AVS geeks here that can chime in.

    2012 13" MacBook Air. Configuration:

    2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage

    When I get it, I'd like to stream 1080p videos to my 46" 1920 x 1080 Samsung LED TV via a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI cable or adapter. How will the quality compare to my current setup, which uses a PS3 to play Blu-Ray?

  2. nexsta macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2007
    Even the 2011 base models play 1080p perfectly.
  3. blumpkin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    On what, though? The screen on the 13s is only 1440 x 900.
  4. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    You can set it to display only on the TV at 1080p and play your movie or display on both, extending the screen on the TV so the laptop has 1440x900 and the TV has 1080p then you drag the movie to the TV.

    If you mirror it, then yes, it will show 1440x900 but that wouldn't be recommended.
  5. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    I use a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. It works fine. The MacBook detects the TV as a different display with its own resolutions. You can choose anything from 480p to 720p to 1080i or 1080p (whatever your TV supports). It works without problem.

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