Dual monitor setup for new Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mfkap, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. mfkap macrumors newbie

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    I am looking to set up my mini with 2 identical monitors and won't pay $2000 for thunderbolt... What are my options? The best option I could find for under $800 is the dell 24 inch ultrasharp 2412m x 2 both running at 1920 x 1200, one with hdmi to dvi and the other minidisplayport to dvi... Anyone have other suggestions?
     
  2. colshine macrumors regular

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    Do you have any specific requirements for your monitors or are you just looking for 2 monitors in a fixed budget?
     
  3. mfkap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was looking for something to use with photo editing, aperture, good color calibration. Some gaming, not crazy shooters though. Only other requirement is I would like same resolution on both, and I think 27" is going to be too big for where they are going.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The Dell line is actually very good. Check them out in depth.
     
  5. BTGeekboy macrumors member

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    If you can tweak your budget slightly, the Dell U2410 are impressive 24" IPS displays. I'm hoping to pick up another one in the near future, now that I ordered a system which can handle two monitors :D
     
  6. gabicava83 macrumors regular

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    What adapters will you use for the two screens?
     
  7. mfkap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is the gain from the U2410 over the 2412m really going to be significant? I am actually looking at the Asus PA248Q right now as it is the same panel as the Dell but offers USB 3 hub built in as well.

    I was planning on the Thunderbolt to DVI for one and HDMI to DVI for the other.
     
  8. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Hope you realize that HDMI/DVI ports on the Mini can only drive 1920x1200 resolution max. A single Thunderbolt display can drive 2560x1440. So your two displays can give you only about 1/4 more screen estate than a single TB display.

    In other words - the Thunderbolt display paired with Mini is a money well spend. Asus/Dell screens - not so much.
     
  9. gcortes macrumors member

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    I have a pair of HP LP2475w monitors that I bought about two years ago. I use them for Photoshop work so wanted something high quality. IRC, I got the pair for less than a grand. I'm not sure they still make them, however.
     
  10. theanimala macrumors 6502

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    The Dell monitors he is looking at are only 1920x1200 so no problem driving both of them. And for the price you can get 2 x 1920x1200 for less than a single 2560x1440 monitor and still have more screen resolution.
     
  11. critten macrumors member

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    I have a u2412m love it. 2nd monitor will be a asus 24 1920x1200 looks identical but has USB 3 and a ton more inputs 289 and 30dollar gift card had to pull the trigger
     
  12. ctyrider, Oct 24, 2012
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    ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, just 25% more. I would rather have a single TB display than 2x Dell displays. Cleaner setup, built-in speakers, iSight camera, and better overall quality.
     
  13. mfkap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I find that the two-monitor setup works really well with Aperture, you can have the contact sheet on one screen and the full image on the other, also makes the two-up view pretty easy to use. I also just find it fits my workflow well, I have had 2 screens for the past 6 years and can't imagine not having it now. I think I am going to go for the two Asus, there is a rebate till the end of the month so they are $289 each at the moment on amazon.
     
  14. critten macrumors member

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    cancel, 289 after rebate +30 gift card! to upgrade your ram on the macmini hehe

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236287
     
  15. BTGeekboy macrumors member

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    The U2410 has, in addition to others ports, a DisplayPort and an HDMI connection. No adapters required, though I did have to pick up a MiniDP-DisplayPort cable from Monoprice.
     
  16. gabicava83 macrumors regular

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    Excellent, thank you for letting me know.

    I currently use a 30" ACD and would rather be using dual monitors, like at work, even at a much lower resolution for the stuff I do I find it much better for my workflow.

    Thanks again,

    G.
     

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