|Dec 18, 2012, 04:55 PM||#1|
Thunderbolt display or dual monitors?
I'm pretty settled on a Mac Mini (upgrade the processor, manually upgrade the RAM, maybe do a fusion drive) but I'm on the fence about an Apple Thunderbolt Display (refurbished) or running dual monitors. I'm looking at a refurb Thunderbolt display to keep the cost down, but I have a feeling that it might be around longer than the Mini as I can upgrade the Mini down the road. I'm tempted to run dual cheaper monitors to keep the costs down but still get a bunch of real estate to work with (I have dual ViewSonic 22" at work).
I've read about the HDMI port monitor having to be calibrated to get to match the other port's monitor, is this really a concern?
Any other thoughts?
|Dec 18, 2012, 06:24 PM||#2|
Mac Mini and Monitors
I tried your approach with the Mac Mini with a TBD (2012 model) (great picture) and a HDMI monitor (actually, a series of monitors). The TBD worked great, the HDMI not so much and was an unacceptable picture. So poor, in fact, I returned the Mac Mini and ordered an iMac. This was true even after the firmware upgrade. And trying numerous cables, etc.
Oddly, at least to me, a USB monitor (AOC, 22", $150 +/-) worked great and the display was excellent. Seemed to confirm to me that the problem is the HDMI port.
|Dec 18, 2012, 07:12 PM||#3|
13" MacBook Pro (mid 2012), 2.5 GHz i5, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD
iPod Classic 120GB (2008)
|Dec 18, 2012, 07:32 PM||#4|
Thanks for the input!
|Dec 18, 2012, 09:30 PM||#6|
Over the years I've required lots of screen real estate... From dual 19" CRTs, each @ 1280x1024, to a 30" ACD, and finally to a 27" TBD.
That being said, I would go with the 27" TBD. The built in iSight, speakers, mic, and auto backlight based on ambient lighting are nice features. Plus the USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt and GigE ports on the back all going over one (built in) Thunderbolt cable makes for a clean setup.
tl;dr Get the 27" TBD.
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