A Multi-Monitor Setup for the Apple Macbook Air

A Multi-Monitor Setup for the Apple Macbook Air

Sean Rioux
Jul 17, 2012

The Apple Macbook Air is really the ultimate portable computer. Light-weight and thin, its low profile has made it easy to carry anywhere and everywhere, but it offers just enough power to really get things done. Still, there are times when that 11" or 13" display simply isn't enough screen to lay out bigger projects...

To really get the most out of that Macbook Air when you're working from home, you can take advantage of a Thunderbolt (or Mini DisplayPort) to DVI, VGA, or HDMI adapter to plug in an extra monitor. Whether it's a Mac Thunderbolt display or just any display you have kicking around (in my case a 24 inch Samsung) the added screen real estate is super useful.

Though one extra display is great, two is even better. If you're lucky enough to have the new Macbook Air, then you can rig up two Thunderbolt displays. If not, you can still enjoy a power user multi-monitor setup by using your iPad as an additional display. AirDisplay, an impressive retina display capable app for the iPad, offers a wireless solution for connecting your iPad (now also available on Android) as an additional monitor for your Mac over wi-fi.

In my case I've setup a retina display iPad running AirDisplay and a 24" display to compliment my 13" Macbook Air. In my day job as a designer and developer, multi-tasking is a must, and being able to run the Adobe Suite across multiple monitors on a slick machine like my Macbook Air really is the ideal.

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