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toronado455
Apr 24, 2012, 09:16 PM
From what I can gather, Apple TV seems to be an iOS-centric device, mostly useful to users of iOS on the iPad, iPhone, etc.

For someone with a MacBook Pro, that wants to use their HDTV as a 'jumbo' monitor, what would be the advantage(s) of using Apple TV instead of a mini-displayport to HDMI cable setup? (other than that it's wireless)



thejadedmonkey
Apr 24, 2012, 09:18 PM
From what I can gather, Apple TV seems to be an iOS-centric device, mostly useful to users of iOS on the iPad, iPhone, etc.

For someone with a MacBook Pro, that wants to use their HDTV as a 'jumbo' monitor, what would be the advantage(s) of using Apple TV instead of a mini-displayport to HDMI cable setup? (other than that it's wireless)

You can't use full screen apps in a dual monitor setup, while you can use airplay to stream a video from iTunes (and only iTunes) to an Apple TV.

If you're using Windows on your mac though, nothing.

Stampyhead
Apr 25, 2012, 07:29 AM
You can do this through the Apple TV when Mountain Lion comes out this summer
AirPlay Mirroring (http://www.apple.com/macosx/mountain-lion/features.html#airplay)

mchalebk
Apr 25, 2012, 01:42 PM
From what I can gather, Apple TV seems to be an iOS-centric device, mostly useful to users of iOS on the iPad, iPhone, etc.
Not true (though it does work well for usage with iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, etc.). The original purpose of the AppleTV was to get media (music, videos, photos) from iTunes on your computer to your home theater. It later became useful for buying and renting movies and TV shows. There are many uses for people who have no other iOS devices.

For someone with a MacBook Pro, that wants to use their HDTV as a 'jumbo' monitor, what would be the advantage(s) of using Apple TV instead of a mini-displayport to HDMI cable setup? (other than that it's wireless)

Doesn’t work like this, so no advantage. Though, as mentioned, when Lion comes out you will be able to mirror your computer desktop to the AppleTV.

toronado455
Apr 25, 2012, 02:42 PM
Though, as mentioned, when Lion comes out you will be able to mirror your computer desktop to the AppleTV.

OK, thanks. I guess I'll just get the cables for now since they are cheap. And maybe the Apple TV eventually if I upgrade to Mountain Lion. Still on Snow Leopard right now.

Are the Monoprice adapters and cables good? I'm considering getting these:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1024008&p_id=4029&seq=1&format=2

mchalebk
Apr 26, 2012, 10:03 AM
Generally speaking, Monoprice is good quality at great prices, so those are likely fine.

iphone1105
Apr 26, 2012, 10:48 AM
Generally speaking, Monoprice is good quality at great prices, so those are likely fine.

Second this., monoprice can't be beat.

toronado455
Apr 27, 2012, 02:33 PM
Thanks for the advice on Monoprice.

What video mode will be available on the TV when connected to a MacBook Pro 13" (2011 Sandy Bridge) via HDMI? Will I have a second monitor that runs at the native 1920x1080 of the TV, or will I have a scaled-up version of the 1280x800 desktop?

takeshi74
Apr 27, 2012, 02:41 PM
Are the Monoprice adapters and cables good? I'm considering getting these:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1024008&p_id=4029&seq=1&format=2
They work well for me. You can search around if you need more feedback on Monoprice.