Best way to connect MBP Retina to TV ?

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  1. Tacticus macrumors newbie

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    Hi, does anybody have any advice on what the best cable is to connect MacBook Pro Retina to TV for mirroring ? Should I use the HDMI slot or Thunderbolt ? Any recommendations for buying the cable too ?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    HDMI is the best and simplest way. Just get any HDMI cable you like.
     
  3. Tacticus thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. MassMacMan macrumors regular

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    I do this all the time to watch HBO-Go shows on my TV screen. HDMI is the way to go.
     
  5. mohawkapple macrumors member

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    i have a mid mbp,is there a hdmi port on my mac? i don't see one lol
    just curious thanks
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    As I do not know, what you mean with "mid mbp", I presume you mean a mid 2012 MBP without Retina Display. If it say "MacBook Pro" on the bezel of your display, you do not have HDMI.

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  8. swerve147, Mar 25, 2013
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    swerve147 macrumors 6502a

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    HDMI is a simple, tried and true plug and play connection, that's all. The cables are cheap and it works as intended almost 100% of the time. The only problem with the MBP implementation however is that it only supports up to 1080p (as do other devices, but the 1.4 spec supports higher resolutions).

    EDIT: HDMI in OS X seems only to support 1080p. Apparently the port itself can support higher resolutions, someone else posted they can output 4k resolution in Windows.
     
  9. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    HDMI for TV is just simpler, if your TV is new enough to have HDMI inputs. One cable, rarely an issue, full resolution. Some DRM protected content needs HDMI displays.

    On my 2008 MacPro I've used a mini display port to HDMI converter (a monoprice one I think) for years without issue
     
  10. jmxp69 macrumors 6502

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    HDMI also gives video and sound on a single connection.
     

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