Those shiny new MacBook Air’s have a Thunderbolt port just waiting to be exploited but there’s slim pickins’ at the moment… all dressed up but nowhere to go.
If you want to learn more about Thunderbolt and what it all means for you, check out our article: Thunderbolt port and Thunderbolt accessories.
However, in the meantime, you should be able (theoretically) to plug any miniDisplay to HDMI converter or cable into a Thunderbolt port and it should work. Obviously, in this scenario, your TV becomes the only device on the cable and you aren’t daisy chaining devices together. If you do need to daisy chain devices, the TV should be the last device in the series.
Some manufacturers – like Menotek and iWires – are advertising that their cables are ‘Thunderbolt’ compatible. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any different from other devices that support 1080p video AND audio but you can purchase from them if it gives you added comfort. There are reports, however, of reliability issues with the Menotek hardware.
Make sure that the device you buy supports video AND audio. Not all do. And not all of them are all that reliable.
miniDisplay to HDMI converters and cables that support Audio
READ OUR POST on miniDisplay port to hdmi converters and cables that do support BOTH audio/visual data. You will need a more recent (post 2010) MacBook Air, though, otherwise it won’t work.
Here are some solutions that purport to be “Thunderbolt” compatible…
Purchase Menotek in USA:
Purchase iWires mini displayport to hdmi converter in the UK:
Purchase Neet Cables in UK: