As we have seen already in the last week article there is nothing better than MacBook Air as a companion for Travel if you are seriously into content creation otherwise iPad should satisfies all your needs. But MacBook Air lacks a large display, large storage space and some of the interfacing ports (Firewire, HDMI) which you may like to have if you want it to use it as a desktop at home. Thankfully Apple has offered us a solution for this by launching 27” Wide Screen thunderbolt display.
For converting MacBook Air into a powerful desktop you need the following.
- Apple 27” Thunderbolt Wide Display (resolution 2560 X 1440)
- 2TB /3TB Mac Companion Hard Disk (ex: iOmega) or equivalent.
- Mac SuperDrive (Optional)
Apple 27” Thunderbolt Display comes with 3 powered USB port, 1 Gig Ethernet port, 1 FireWire 800 port, a Thunderbolt port with a cable which can connect your Thunderbolt port of your MacBook Air as well as MagSafe port for powering it. You can keep the MagSafe cable which comes with MacBook Air in the travelling bag.
You can get a 2TB external hard drive (ex: iOmega Mac Companion) which perfectly fits into the base of the monitor. Mac Companion has 2 FireWire 800 ports for connecting to the Thunderbolt display’s FireWire port and it also act as USB 2.0 HUB where you can even charge your iPad. So this is a neat solution where you can connect MacBook Air to the large screen display and storage to get all the requirements for a powerful desktop.
With this arrangement you can use your MACBook Air as a desktop at home and take it with you wherever you travel. If you want to have all the files, you can disconnect and carry the same hard disk too which can be connected to the MacBook Air using its USB port, with a reduced speed compared to the FireWire 800. If you like to have an optical drive add an external SuperDrive from Apple ($79/-) . As an option add an Apple keyboard and Magic Touch Pad. So in a way it satisfies all the need of a powerful desktop and a very light portable laptop. For those who needs still higher performance can look at adding a thunderbolt storage which is available in the market but costly.