30 inch Monitor & Cables

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tali, May 24, 2010.

  1. Tali macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I need some more screen real estate at home and I'm currently looking into 30' displays. LED Displays strain my eyes quite a bit and I tend to get a headache after some time, so I'm thinking about buying an "old" ACD before they update it (to possible 27' LED). I might also go with a Dell, that's not the real issue here.

    My MP will go fine with it, but I sometimes work from my MBP (now 2010 version) and sometimes on my girlfriends mini. Now the MBP has a different MiniDisplay port than the MBP. I can't get my head around which cables to buy. I still have an older 20' monitor sitting around, but I'd like to throw it out when I get the new one, so having the cables would be a nice backup, just in case I need to connect one of the two machines to the display.

    Do I need 2 Dual Link DVI cables - 1 for the MBP and 1 for the mini - as they have different mini display ports or are there any adapters or does one fit both?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If they both have Mini DisplayPorts, then you only need one. Mini-DVI can't even drive the 30" with native res
     
  3. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    The MBP should have a mini displayport and the mac mini, depending on which model, should have a single link dvi (Pre-2009) or a mini displayport AND mini DVI (post-2009).

    If you have a pre-2009 mac mini, you won't be able to drive the 30" display, but if you have a post 2009 mac mini, you can, by using the mini displayport.

    So assuming you have a post 2009 mac mini, 2010 MBP and a 2008 Mac Pro, you should get a Dell 30". The Dell has every input port you would need. For the Mac Mini and MBP, you can use a mini displayport to displayport cable and for the Mac Pro, you can use a dual link dvi cable.
     
  4. Tali thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a 2009 mini so that should work. Thanks for the help, going to order the Dell tomorrow.
     

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