best monitor for Mac Mini

FreudianSlap

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I'm looking at buying a mac mini sometime fairly soon and I'm going to need a monitor of some description. I'll probably get the entry-level mac mini so it will be used for fairly low-level work. A size around 21" would probably suit best. Budget is around £150 (Roughly $230 USD) I've done a bit of research myself, but I'm just wondering what other users already own/recommend. (Or perhaps even strongly NOT recommend!)

Thanks in advance!
 

Apple fanboy

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I'm looking at buying a mac mini sometime fairly soon and I'm going to need a monitor of some description. I'll probably get the entry-level mac mini so it will be used for fairly low-level work. A size around 21" would probably suit best. Budget is around £150 (Roughly $230 USD) I've done a bit of research myself, but I'm just wondering what other users already own/recommend. (Or perhaps even strongly NOT recommend!)

Thanks in advance!
Really depends on what you plan to use it for. For that price have a look at the Dell ultrasharp series. Whatever you chose make sure it has an IPS panel and decent resolution.
 

james1758

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Seeing as its for low level use I'd recommend pretty much any branded monitor! But yeah as above said, go with one with built speakers and definitely hdmi !:D
 

AppleFan360

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I agree with the others. Take a look at the DELL monitor line. They look pretty darn good. I got one for my daughter's Mac Mini and it looks almost as good as the iMac.
 

hkim1983

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Feb 5, 2009
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As others have mentioned, this is highly dependent on what you actually plan on using your monitor for.

I think the Ultrasharp line is a good general monitor, but it isn't the right monitor for me (for various reasons). Likewise, the monitor I currently use (ASUS VH236h) is not the ideal monitor for other people depending on their usage.

That being said, unless you have serious space issues, I would go with a minimum of a 23" monitor at 1900x1080, or a 24" monitor at 1900x1200 (this is what you can get the most popular Ultrasharp for consumers at). Anything less at 1900xX resolution makes the font too small (at least for me), and there's really no reason to go less than that in terms of resolution nowadays.
 

t0mbola

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May 30, 2011
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I'm looking at buying a mac mini sometime fairly soon and I'm going to need a monitor of some description. I'll probably get the entry-level mac mini so it will be used for fairly low-level work. A size around 21" would probably suit best. Budget is around £150 (Roughly $230 USD) I've done a bit of research myself, but I'm just wondering what other users already own/recommend. (Or perhaps even strongly NOT recommend!)

Thanks in advance!
I know this is "slightly" over your budget but I am using this with my Mini and don't regret the invesment. It has got lot of inputs including DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) and IPS LED backlit panel, which has great colours and is power efficient.

http://goo.gl/3NaDv

To stay in your budget check out 23 or 24 inch versions of this monitor, but the 27 inch with 1440p resolution is worth spending more.
 

hkim1983

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Feb 5, 2009
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I know this is "slightly" over your budget but I am using this with my Mini and don't regret the invesment. It has got lot of inputs including DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) and IPS LED backlit panel, which has great colours and is power efficient.

http://goo.gl/3NaDv

To stay in your budget check out 23 or 24 inch versions of this monitor, but the 27 inch with 1440p resolution is worth spending more.
Haha, that's a pretty loose take on the word, "slightly".

There's a lot to like in that monitor, but it has cross-hatching issues which the OP may not like, and it's also been plagued by QC problems as well, but this may have been resolved since it was initially launched.

Unfortunately, there isn't a single "ideal" monitor we could all gravitate towards on the market...the Dell Ultrasharp series is probably as close as you'll get though.