2011 mac mini powerful enough for HDTV?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Roofy., Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Roofy. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2009
    Im ordering my my mac mini today and getting the base model. I currently have a junky crt monitor for my current mini. I plan on hooking it up to my 46' hd tv for now (or even permanently) and was wondering if the stock intel hd graphics are good enough to use the computer normally on such a big tv.
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    TV will look great, but computing was designed for a computer monitor, not a TV. Text and other computer graphics will not display as well as on a computer monitor. Size isn't the issue. Pixel/dot pitch is the issue.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    It will be able to drive a 1080p monitor just fine for ordinary tasks (anything other than games). However, I can't imagine using a 46" monitor >.<

    Just a warning as you're getting the base: 2GB is not enough - not for Lion, anyway. 4GB and 8GB kits are pretty cheap.
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    the ability of a computer to drive a monitor or tv has nothing to do with the physical size of the display. It has to do with the resolution (pixel count).
  5. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
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  6. Roofy. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2009
    Oh thanks didnt know that. Its only a 720p tv so I guess im fine.
  7. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I'm using a base 2009 mini to drive a 42" 1080p HDTV. It works perfectly. Full 1080 video playback is gorgeous and completely smooth. So if my 2-year-old mini works fine, I think we can be pretty sure that your brand-new one will be better than fine :)
  8. ess5 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2011
    using a dc i7 model w/ graphics on my 60" 1080p (actually typing this up on it). For the most part, it's been great. by default, all the text is way, way too small. set up Chrome (or, I guess, Safari) to zoom a bit, and you should be fine (I think I'm at 120%) for browsing.

    Couldn'd find an easy way to up font size on Lion, but a quick bootcamp/win7 pro install helped with that =)

    I've already played both Starcraft 2 and WoW on it, and (as with the OS itself) everything generally works, with a few minor tweaks.
  9. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Actually, mate, I'd say quite the opposite. Desktop tasks are gonna look awful, at that resolution. I can't imagine how far back you'd need to sit before the fuzz was eliminated...

    ... it'll work. But it won't look good.

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