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I agree with Ivan. The mirroring feature is near useless, at least for full motion video anyway. Besides, to use the mirroring feature, you'd have to have an AppleTV anyway. That doesn't really solve the question of whether he should get an ATV or cables for the other devices.

I would say that your answer depends on what it is you want to accomplish. If you want to simply play videos, then the ATV is the way to go. You can stream the videos from iTunes on the MacBook (using Home Sharing, NOT AirPlay) and save the hassle of multiple cables and connecting/disconnecting devices. It'd also be adequate for using AirPlay to mirror "static" content off your iDevices, like web pages, documents, etc.

If your media content is stored on your iDevices, then you'd be better off using cables to connect them directly.


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