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    External monitor for MacbookAir

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    External monitor for MacbookAir
    Hi

    I would like to buy an external monitor for my MacbookAir. And I already have a HDMI cable for my Macbook Air which works fine to watch movies on my television.

    However I'm a bit confused. Sorry stupid question maybeÖbut If I buy a 23' monitor for my 15' Macbook, does the screen get bigger or is it just "blown" up? I mean it just sends the display information to the external monitor right, so it probably doesn't get bigger right?

    Thx
    Michael

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    External monitor for MacbookAir
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    If you have a 13" MacBook Air...its display resolution is probably 1280x800. If you got an external 23" computer monitor its display resolution will probably be something like 1920 x 1080.

    So as you can see...1920 x 1080 is much larger than 1280x800 (more screen real estate).

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    External monitor for MacbookAir

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    Hmm but let's say my dock uses up the whole space at the bottom of the screen on my macbook air. Do I have more space on the external monitor for more icons in the dock?

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    External monitor for MacbookAir

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    Not sure but
    Hey, im still really new to macs but i know that in the past when ive used a second monitor with my computer a few different things happen.
    1 - you clone your display on both screens and you have to choose which resolution to use. this means that your display will be distorted on one of the displays.
    2 - you only show your display on one screen. This means that your computer will just readjust to the size you use, or you might have to adjust it on your own.
    3 - you can extend your display so that both screens are used. This means that you only see your desktop on your computer and the second monitor would be like extra desktop space that you move stuff onto.

    Hope this helps.

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    External monitor for MacbookAir
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiZH View Post
    Hi

    I would like to buy an external monitor for my MacbookAir. And I already have a HDMI cable for my Macbook Air which works fine to watch movies on my television.

    However I'm a bit confused. Sorry stupid question maybeÖbut If I buy a 23' monitor for my 15' Macbook, does the screen get bigger or is it just "blown" up? I mean it just sends the display information to the external monitor right, so it probably doesn't get bigger right?

    Thx
    Michael

    What does it do on the TV?
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    External monitor for MacbookAir
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiZH View Post
    Hmm but let's say my dock uses up the whole space at the bottom of the screen on my macbook air. Do I have more space on the external monitor for more icons in the dock?
    Dock size is adjustable...regardless of the display used.

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