best monitor for mac mini

At present, our favorite desktop display is the HP Z Display Z27i ($769), a 27-inch professional desktop monitor with a 2560 by 1440 native resolution.
The HP Z Display Z27i ($769) is a 27-inch professional desktop monitor with 2560 by 1440 native resolution.
I prefer high resolution screens; the low resolution screens tends to make everything appear too large and grainy for a desktop monitor, as you can see the pixel elements that make up the icons and text.
Wide or ultra-wide: Back when CRT displays dominated the desktop monitor landscape, most displays used a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is pretty close to square.
All LCD displays are digital and using a VGA connection requires a digital to analog conversion to transmit the signal over the cable and then a second conversion in the display.
You can find 27-inch displays with 2460 by 1440 or with 1920 by 1080 resolution, the same as most 23- and 24-inch displays.
A 24-inch display seems too small to use by itself, and when using two displays I don’t like the dead space between the bezels.

Specifications include a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 0.2505 mm pixel pitch, 370 cd/m² typical brightness rating, 178° horizontal; 178° vertical viewing angle, 7 ms response time, Display Port and DVI-D connectors, Tilt: -5° to + 35°; Swivel: -45º to + 45º, 5 USB 2.0, 1.07 billion displayable colors, 16:10 aspect ratio, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty.
Specifications include a 27-inch IPS display with LED backlighting, Thunderbolt and MagSafe All-in-One Cable Connectors, 2560 x 1440 Resolution; 16:9 Aspect Ratio, FaceTime HD camera, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 16.7 million colors , 12 ms response time, 375 cd/m2 brightness rating, Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port, and Thunderbolt port.
Specifications include 1920 x 1080 resolution, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, 30,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (LED backlight can be completely turned off), D-Sub, 2 x HDMI, 2W x 2 built-in speakers, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s Pixel Performance Guarantee.
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By that I mean plugging an HDMI into the Mini, and plugging that into the HDMI input of the monitor and it outputs without any issues.
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I keep looking at used mac mini’s on CL and might snap up a mid 2011 quad-core i7 model as it has thunderbolt and the ability to remove the optical dvd drive and add a second hdd.
Are you actually sure you like MacOS X? As JDM mentioned, some of us get by on Windows just fine… and in my case, I’ve had an iBook which hardware I liked a lot, and which (MacOS X 10.3 at the time) drove me up the wall – it’s the "UI paradigm" with the way it handles a menu bar that just completely does not work for me.
The older mac mini’s you could remove the optical disc drive and get a shuttle that allowed you to adapt a second hard drive.
My monitor and Spectraview was only about $550.00. I found it to be significantly more accurate for printing than my 24in 2007 imac.
They all work fine, but the iMac is by far the most convenient if you don’t already have an equivalent monitor of a modern generation.
Apple charges 2x any other vendor for the additional memory and it’s easy to install yourself.
So if I want a Mac with a better monitor then the one they offer which way do I go? I currently run CS5 on Windows 7 with no problems, both video editing and (mainly) photo editing – sometimes simultaneously.
I was thinking of getting a 21.5 inch iMac but if there’s a better monitor out there, that kind of defeats the purpose of getting a built-in monitor.
The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is one of those 1440p displays with is similar to the 27" iMac and Thunderbolt display in image quality (minus the glossy yet anti-glare finish of the iMac), however it sounds more like you’re looking for something like the Dell S2340M or HP Pavilion 23xi.
I’m using a Dell U2412M (24", 1920×1200 IPS) connected via the thunderbolt port to a DisplayPort on the monitor.
I’m doing research as to what monitor would best suit my new Mac Mini (my first Mac computer of any kind).
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But inside beats the heart of a champion – the $599 entry model is very similar in spec to a 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Retina display) – a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor – last year’s Ivy Bridge variety (the Mac mini has yet to be upgraded to the new "Haswell" processors found in current MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros with Retina display and iMacs).
Over the years it’s changed dress many times, and the iMac has transformed from a workhorse aimed at families getting on the Internet for the first time to one of Apple’s most powerful systems – a computer that’s as likely to be found in a professional digital video editing bay as it is in a family room.
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Now that you have an iPad or two you may be wondering: how else can I use this wonderful screen? One great way is to actually turn your iPad into a wireless monitor for your Mac or Windows machine.
Why do you need two different adapters? Can’t you just get a Mini DVI to HDMI cable? Also, I want to make this workaround because my MacBook monitor has crapped out.
I am tired of the cable company and their big damned bills and I don’t want a contract as I would have to have with Satellite, but I live in the middle of nowhere in the remote rural mountains of southern New Mexico so we can get maybe Fox, CBS, and ABC with an expensive outdoor antenna.
Any ideas? I have the cable connector shown as it goes into my flat screen for the Mac Mini.
I have wireless router in house so I can place my laptop close to the LCD TV and watch online television in high definition on big flat screen TV.
 In this Instructable, I will explain in detail how to connect your MacBook, or iMac to an HDTV.
I have a Mac Mini, a laptop, a wireless Mac Keyboard and an iTouch but not sure how that all relates to this discussion.
Although at $149.99, it is a bit on the expensive side… It would be good if you were to use it very regularly, although personally, I’d rather buy a second-hand Touch for the same amount, which can do the same thing [with touch mouse by the same company, available free], and have other uses.
Connect the DVI to HDMI Cable into your Mini DVI to DVI cable.
In this Instructable, I will explain in detail how to connect your MacBook, or iMac to an HDTV.
Since other brand monitors work with Apple computers, purchasing the computer in separate pieces with a different brand monitor, makes purchasing an Apple computer much more affordable.
Whether you are purchasing a new Apple computer and need a monitor, or upgrading an old Apple computer, eBay has a large selection of monitors making it easy to find a monitor that fits within your needs and budget.
When searching for a third party monitors, it is important to make sure that the monitor is compatible with Apple or Mac computers.
Apple monitors come in many sizes and displays, making it easy to find a monitor compatible with your Apple computer.
Before purchasing a monitor, it is important to understand the difference between Apple and third party monitors, as well as other considerations for purchasing a monitor.
To browse through different monitors with different sizes and features and see the prices of each, you can use a broader search term, such as, ‘computer monitor’.
Before purchasing an Apple monitor, it is important to determine the inputs your computer has as well as the version of software.
There are many different factors to consider when choosing a computer monitor, but once you understand what features you want, choosing a computer monitor is simple.
By understanding the different considerations for choosing a monitor, choosing the right monitor for your Apple computer is simple.
GhostStand for MacBook ($35) is a somewhat surprising design from Twelve South: instead of the metal and leather the company is known for, this one’s made of clear lucite, making it invisible-ish on your desk.
If there’s a material other than aluminum that Apple accessory makers seem to , it’s wood.
The stand is a made from a pair of intersecting risers, which lift your MacBook several inches off your desk.
It’s a stand, giving your iMac or Apple display the ability to rotate 360 degrees.
A tesseract is defined as the four-dimensional analog of a cube, and while Esoterism’s Tesseract Intelligent Mobile Device Station ($79) isn’t precisely that, it’s still a pretty cool stand.
You can even monitor CPU, network, hard drive, or memory usage right from the Dock! Choose View→Dock Icon; then choose what type of real-time graph you want to display in your Dock.
For example, if you click System Memory, you see the amount of unused memory; click CPU or Network to display real-time usage of your Mac’s CPU and network connections.
When you’re monitoring CPU usage from the Dock, the green portion of the bar indicates the amount of processor time used by application software, and the red portion of the bar indicates the CPU time given to the Mac OS X operating system.
Mac Snow Leopard offers an application called the Activity Monitor, which is designed to show you just how hard your CPU, hard drives, network equipment, and memory modules are working behind the scenes.
I added Xcode (the free IDE for Apple development, available in the App Store), Chrome and Firefox (with Chrome as the default browser), Microsoft Office, the Twitter client, Sky Drive (to sync stuff with my Windows PC), Vienna (RSS reader), and MenuTab (Facebook client).
*For me* it is not bad, but in large part that’s because 1) I’m starting now as opposed to a few years ago, so I get ARC and don’t need to worry as much about pointers and such and 2) my early programming experiences were with systems like COBOL, Pascal, and a touch of C, so much of this is a "fond memory" for me, not, "I miss C# or Java!" If I had been taught programming in the last 10 – 15 years, I’d be complaining that this feels primitive, but I think that they managed in many ways to retain the comfort of old school imperative programming, while dragging much of it (albeit kicking and screaming) into the modern world.
The total cost to get started (including the book) was $1,628.72, not including a few extra bucks I spent on one-day shipping from Amazon or the $99 developer membership (on par with an App Hub membership for WP7 and probably Windows 8 development – not needed until you are ready to deploy to a device or put an app in the App Store).
I looked at that route, I’d be saving minimal money compared to a new model, in exchange for the potential issues with refurbs (many refurbs have undetected hardware issues which is why they were returned for being "flaky" but just got an OS wipe and new box), and the refurb market on Macs is crazy.
In fact, a base desktop model ($599) and an iPad 2 ($499) is a very acceptable combination, and comes in at the cost of a good Windows PC.
The other 30% that HTML5 can’t do seem more like bells and whistles that objective C can give you – a bit more responsive UI and special things like working with the graphics libraries, game development, specific things to the hardware etc.
But compared to a Windows box plus Visual Studio ($499 for Professional Edition with "MSDN Essentials" or $1,199 for Professional Edition with a true MSDN subscription) it is a pretty even comparison unless you can make do with the Express editions of Visual Studio (any decent developer machine will run roughly $1,000 for a desktop in my experience).
With a few applications, however, you can transform your into a trackpad or your iPad into an external display and control desktop applications like Keynote and right from your mobile device.
This application turns your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into a trackpad, wireless keyboard, or iTunes remote.
After downloading the application from the iTunes App Store, navigate to System Preferences > Sharing on your Mac, and check the Screen Sharing checkbox.
I remember cornering Apple’s OS 10.4 product manager at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January, demanding a definitive statement on whether CoreImage would work on the newly-introduced mini’s video module; he weaselled for a minute, and then said: “Well, it would be a really bad thing if it didn’t…” In that sense, Apple’s been playing catch-up since the release of Tiger in late April, and they’ve had to update the eMac, the iMac, the iBook and the mini just to get the full product line supporting the current OS.
Then on Tuesday the 26th, I awaken to an e-mail informing me that my Apple ordered has been changed to “reflect new pricing.” Sure enough, the custom configuration I’d ordered was now $50 cheaper (nearly 10%).
After Apple had made the deal with Intel, and it looked like the consumer line (iMacs and Minis) would be the first to be switched over, I’d decided to save a few bucks and get the low end Mini configuration.
I’d love to have a setup for sharing my PC and my Powerbook on one monitor, being able to use the same keyboard, mouse, speakers and other peripherals between them with easy switching.
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You probably won’t be doing a lot of photo editing or gaming, so no need to spring for a really nice one; you could probably just pick up a standard $150ish monitor on newegg.
This is compounded by the fact that you cannot upgrade the GPU, so unless Minecraft is the absolute most intensive game you will ever play, the Mac Mini is not a good choice, especially not for the price.
The integrated GPUs are pretty awful for gaming, and even having a really nice monitor isn’t going to push for FPS any higher if your hardware can’t do it.
If you insist on a Mac Mini, you don’t even really need a monitor.
The Mac Mini has a worse GPU (GeForce 320M) than even my non-gaming Toshiba T135 Laptop… which stands to reason since the 320M is made for non-gaming laptops.
If you’re interested in a lot of gaming you might want to look at something other than the Mac Mini.
For Minecraft, a Mac Mini should be fine, but for more resource intensive like TF2, Garry’s Mod, or Call of Duty a Mac Mini probably won’t do.
The release Saturday of Apple’s new $499 Mac Mini computer, "is finally the kicker that’s going to bring me to the other side," says Williams, 21, a student at Morrisville State College in upstate New York.
Once Apple gets its manufacturing into gear, the launch of the Mac Mini — its first budget computer — is expected to pay big dividends for the company, which has been transformed by success of the iPod.
When the 4-gigabyte iPod Mini hit stores last spring, it took the company four months to meet the demand, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller says.
Matthew Williams started thinking about switching to an Apple computer after he fell in love with the company’s iPod digital music player last year, but he found them too pricey.
Longtime computer industry analyst Roger Kay of market research firm IDC predicts that the Mini will help boost Apple’s computer shipments this year by 50%.
By dropping the Mini to $499 for a bare-bones computer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs says customers will now have "no excuse" not to buy a Mac.
While creative professionals — designers, photographers, architects and much of the entertainment industry — and other devotees have flocked to Apple computers, 97% of personal computer users in the USA prefer Microsoft’s Windows platform.
  Make Mac Mini master of multimedia With a few tweaks, Apple’s tiny Mac Mini could be transformed into a multimedia powerhouse to run a home entertainment center.
Apple’s Schiller cautions consumers not to think of the Mini as anything but a small, second computer or first Mac.
Perhaps a leaked photo means Apple is finally close to unveiling its updated Mac mini? Unlike the last supposed leak, this one looks pretty legit.
MacRumors says it’s been 562 days since Apple last updated the Mac mini, or more than three times the average 188 days between updates.
An updated Mac mini (and ideally, an updated iMac) should help boost Apple’s desktop computer sales, which are suffering.
> The definition of a retina display is you can't discern individual pixels at normal viewing distances, so unless you're sitting with your nose against the screen or are using a loupe, you won't be able to see a single dead pixel.
The definition of a retina display is you can't discern individual pixels at normal viewing distances, so unless you're sitting with your nose against the screen or are using a loupe, you won't be able to see a single dead pixel.
"It's difficult to notice any pixelation on a 27" screen at a resolution of 2560×1440" – wouldn't say that's true – they screens are good, but when you switch between any phone, any tablet, a rMBP and the current iMacs you really do notice the low resolution.
Can you buy the monitor separately? It looks like a dream display to me, assuming that it's glossy which is usual for Apple.
My predication is that once we see Apple deploy Thunderbolt 3 / DisplayPort 1.3 (capable of 25.9Gbps usable bandwidth [1]), we'll see the Apple Cinema Display Retina.
The company also employs organic passivation technology, which takes the data lines and pixels and puts them on different planes, inserting an organic layer in-between to make the video signals clearer.
The Retina iMac has some fairly beefy hardware under the hood, including a 3.5-GHz quad-core Core i5 processor (configurable up to 4-GHz Core i7), 8GB of memory (I’d expect more standard) and a 1TB Fusion Drive.
When an Apple rep fired up Final Cut Pro, the main window fit a full 4K video clip, with plenty of room left over for the timeline and other assets off to the left.
Whether I viewed it head-on or from the side (extreme sides), the new iMac with 5K Retina Display ($2,499) wowed with its highly detailed and colorful visuals.
It’s for creative pros, power users and others who can take full advantage of the 14.7 million pixels this screen can push.
Add in a new backlighting system, a new dedicated timer controller chip with 4X the bandwidth and photo alignment for better on-axis contrast ratio, and you have a wonderful canvas for editing photos and videos.
Apple boasts that the new mini uses “the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors”, but in reality the standard model uses a mobile 2.4GHz P8600 from 2008.
I wonder if Apple hasn’t deliberately priced their base model so high in order to drive users to the Mac Mini server, which is an astonishingly good bargain by any standards.
I’m buying laptops for work with Core i3, 4GB RAM and a 15" display for less than Apple are charging for the basic Mac mini.
The Mac mini outputs full 5.1 surround sound, either via HDMI, mini Display port or the optical out port (stick a mini-TOS Link cable in the "headphone" socket.
I’ve been using Windows Media Center since before MCE2005 and doing everything you describe, *including* viewing RSS feeds of photos from Flickr, playing games, playing DVDs (region-free), my entire lossless music collection and much, much more… for YEARS.
You noted in your post that you have a Media Center but you don’t mention how it does everything you said the MacMini does and how a Windows Media Center has been able to do these things for about 5 years now.
I’ve been saying since I first used an AppleTV that they simply need to merge the AppleTV with a MacMini – and that I didn’t understand who would get an AppleTV when the MacMini does all the same things and much more.
Apple is stupid for not positioning the Mac Mini as their media center solution (speaking as someone who hooked up a Mac Mini this way over a year before Jobs released Apple TV).
To reiterate – What you are just now figuring that your MacMini can do today, I and many others were doing 5 years ago with a Windows Media Center PC.

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