Dual Monitor Suggestions - iMac vs MacMini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smileman, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. smileman macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm currently using my MBPr (late-2014) to drive two mediocre Dell monitors at my office but I want to switch to a desktop system so I can leave my laptop at home.

    One thing that is really important to me is to have the two monitors be identical in both size and resolution.

    I was initially thinking that I would try to pair another monitor with an iMac, but I think a 27" iMac with another 27" monitor is probably overkill. And it doesn't look like Apple makes a display that would match the 21.5" iMac.

    Suggestions welcome, thanks!
     
  2. caskibum macrumors newbie

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    Dual 27's are awfully nice... :) Do you think it's too much monitor on your desk at work or ...?
     
  3. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Currently using a late-2013 rMBP to power two Dell 4k 27" displays, also use a 2012 Mini Server attached to one of those displays (it's usually in headless mode).

    I'm planning a move to a new 27" iMac when the refresh hits, and will be ditching my Dells for a single 27" BenQ - I can't live with landscape mode-only options. My gripe with the iMac is that it's not meant to run in portrait mode - lots of posts about this related to it getting hot and/or the fans revving to full speed, and I really wanted a VESA-mount iMac to mount it on one of my arms. The newest 27" 4k BenQ blows my Dells away (we have a few of each in my office...) for display quality IMHO and have much better specs although not with the new USB-C interface.

    We have a couple of newer Minis around the office. IMHO, the iMac's and rMBP's graphics blow the Mini out the door, down the street, and across the state line when connected to a decent display. Our Mini Servers are just that - servers, and the newer Minis are for keeping our visiting clients and subconsultants a computer to use while in my offices - but it's always a pain in the eyes to look at a display connected to a Mini IMHO.

    For your needs, if you start looking at the Minis closer, also take a look at the external graphics boxes made by Matrox, the updated versions. Aside from the whole eGPU discussion, Matrox's solutions may give you a few more options that you are aware of now, and Matrox has been in that game for many years so they're not "going away" any time soon. Cheers!
     
  4. smileman thread starter macrumors member

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    Tempting...so if I went this route just get a Mini?
     

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