Can you hook up an Mac Mini or PC to an iMac display?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tshrimp, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. tshrimp macrumors 6502

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    Can you hook up an Mac Mini or PC to an iMac display?

    The reason I ask this is.....

    I just purchased a Mac Mini and was thinking about buying an IPS 22-24" display as well as a new keyboard and mouse. The thing is once I do that it puts the Mac Mini at about the same price as an iMac.

    However, when the current version of the iMac becomes outdated and I want to upgrade to something else like maybe a more up date Mac Mini, or even a highend Mac will I be able to use this display, or will it have to be retired with the computer that is built into it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. viktorlsn macrumors member

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    as far as i know only the 27" imac has video input, if you choose an 21.5", you can only use it as a second monitor i think. i'm not sure... you can always have a second monitor with macs, but why buy an imac and connect it to the mini ? stay with the imac an if you choose so, buy another display.

    good luck ! hope it helped

    Viktor
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Current iMac 27" and current minis both support thunderbolt. You can connect the mini's thunderbolt connector to the iMac's thunderbolt port; it is called target display mode.
     
  4. viktorlsn macrumors member

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    yep, did a quick search on that feature. didn't know it existed... :p
    but how about the 21.5 imac?
     
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    from here
     
  6. viktorlsn macrumors member

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    thanks mate !
     
  7. tshrimp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would never buy an iMac just to connect it to a mini or a PC. But at some point the iMac will be outdated, and I would hate to spend all that money and have to scrap everything. It would be nice that when the iMac is replaced with a Mini, PC, or other that the monitor will still be usable.
     
  8. viktorlsn macrumors member

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    hm, ok. i uderstand your doubt... so, yes you can hook up an imac display to a mini, but when it comes to pcs, I dont think it would work.
    sorry about he missunderstanding ;) good luck ! post back your experience on the forum !
    cheers

    Viktor
     
  9. Skeith macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted

    Remember is thunderbolt equip device
    So currently PC is still a no... which is the reason stopping me in getting the current one.. will be perfect if I can.hook it up to my PC and ps3
     
  10. tshrimp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just ended up buying an LG IPS monitor to go along with my Mac Mini instead of returning my Mac Mini and getting the iMac . Looks good and saved some $$. I also purchased a new keyboard. I was looking at the wireless from Apple, but wanted a number pad and didn't like the feel, so bought this one from Best Buy....http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wire...8VRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333993987&sr=8-1

    I know that is the Amazon link, but I can't find the keyboard on the BB website. I am loving this keyboard. Now to find a good mouse and my mini will be complete.
     

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