Setup with Apple Mac

We've designed the Display to have a simple setup with Apple Mac devices.

Step 1: Connect to the ports of your device.

Apple devices since 2017 have USB-C (also known as Thunderbolt 3) which is compatible and can both power the Display and send the video signal from your Mac with one cable. A Mac with a USB-C port provides the best experience with the espresso Display due to the simplicity of one cable.

espresso provides a USB-C cable that is compatible with the espresso Display. Please note the two steps:

  • You need to connect using the middle USB-C port on the espresso Display the top port is only for power
  • You need to use the supplied espresso USB-C cable. Other cables that are USB-C may only be power cables

If you have a Mac that is before 2017, it is likely you will need to use two cables. USB-A for power and touch, and HDMI for video.

  • If you only connect the USB cable, the logo will power on but there will be no video signal. The screen will stay powered, but black.
  • If you only connect the HDMI cable, there will be no power to the Display.

Some Macs only have other video port protocols than HDMI. I.e. 2016 MacBook Air's use Mini-Displayport (Thunderbolt 2). You will need a HDMI adapter to connect with the Mini-HDMI port in the Display. You can find it here.

If you have a MacBook Air, whilst the Display is compatible using USB-C, the MacBook won't be able to power the Display at full brightness and this may cause the Display not to connect. You may need an additional power supply such as a wall charger or a power bank, or you can use the Display at lower brightness. This is affected by the age of your Mac, and the condition of the battery.

Step 2: Display Settings and Configuration

Now that you are connected, you can configure your Display settings. If you go to System Preferences, you will get the menu as per below.

Click on 'Displays'.

In 'Displays', you will have the Display information. If you click on 'Arrangement', you will see the layout as per the image below. The small box is your laptop Display, with the white bar at the top showing that it is the home screen with the Dock. You can click and drag Display 2 to be the same as your device positioning for ease of use with the mouse.

You can also check the box for 'Mirror Displays'. this allows you to switch between Mirror Displays, which may be useful for a meeting or presentation to extend these Displays which is the main use of having an extra screen.

For advanced settings around color gamut modification, please see this video walkthrough.

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