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Old Jul 29, 2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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TV as monitor for Mac Mini

I have a Mini that I am going to be using as an HTPC. I would also like to use it just to surf and check E's and general stuff like that. My question is that if I am sitting 6-8 ft. away from a 46" TV will the font be viewable or will it be to small (or fuzzy) to be a practical surfing set up.
Anyone have any experience with this type of set-up?
BTW - the TV I am looking at getting is a Samsung Touch of Color LCD.
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Old Jul 29, 2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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I have a Mini that I am going to be using as an HTPC. I would also like to use it just to surf and check E's and general stuff like that. My question is that if I am sitting 6-8 ft. away from a 46" TV will the font be viewable or will it be to small (or fuzzy) to be a practical surfing set up.
Anyone have any experience with this type of set-up?
BTW - the TV I am looking at getting is a Samsung Touch of Color LCD.
It should be fine, the resolution will not be that good, it will be like 1200x800 or a little smaller, and stuff will seem really big but it will work.

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Old Jul 30, 2008, 03:04 PM   #3
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I hookup my MacBook Pro to my 32" LCD all the time and its still very usable for tasks other than watching video. I'll be upgrading to a 42" very soon though and I'm really looking forward to that.
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It will be fine, other than looking at pictures and video
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 03:17 PM   #5
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It will be fine, other than looking at pictures and video
Pics yes I will agree with but video should be fine. I have a Power Mac Dual G5 connected to a tv through a S-Video cable running 800x600 resolutions. I use it as my MacTivo unit. It does great for that purpose.

As long as the Mac Mini can do the resolution that the TV does native, it will be fine.

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My 52" DLP only does 1080i (not p), and doesn't do 720p. The fonts are too small, and things are generally small and not crisp. It's great with Front Row as an HTPC but less that great as a living room Mac browser.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 06:03 AM   #7
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You may want to look into 1080p displays, they are becoming popular for combo tv/monitor use. Worth the extra expense IMO.
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A little of topic but related, whats the difference between like 720i and 720p or 1080i or 1080p?

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Old Jul 31, 2008, 08:42 AM   #9
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A little of topic but related, whats the difference between like 720i and 720p or 1080i or 1080p?

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You should do a Google search, but the differences are resolution and how the image is displayed (progressive or interlaced).
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You should do a Google search, but the differences are resolution and how the image is displayed (progressive or interlaced).
OK gotcha, I didn't realize the that i and p stood for progressive and interlaced!

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