Good Monitor for a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mjt57, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. mjt57 macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2013
    South Eastern Australia
    I'm doing research as to what monitor would best suit my new Mac Mini (my first Mac computer of any kind).

    Currently I have an ancient Benq 22" monitor with a max res of around 1600x something (dunno what, exactly). It's connected via the supplied HDMI to DVI adapter.

    I'm reading about 27" monitors with 2500x1500 or similar figures but they're expensive. The standard 1920x1080 27s are more affordable but without being able to actually connect one up to the MM and to try it out, I'm reluctant to spend the money.

    I'd like to hear from folks who have the larger monitors and how they go, compared to the iMac 27 or iMac 21, for example.


  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    There are monitor reviews all over the internet. There is no synergy between a monitor and a computer, so a good monitor is good for any headless computer, whether it's a mini or something else.
  3. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    I've heard good things about the high-end monitors offered for a good price by Worth checking out.
  4. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Resale value on screens is pretty dismal, worth an hour scanning eBay.
  5. jbarley, Sep 8, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013

    jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    I've just purchased an AOC monitor, and I'm very pleased with it.
    It has twin HDMI inputs plus a Display port input.
    I'm not a color professional but for the $175 this unit cost me it suits my needs perfectly.

    I should mention I'm connected to my 2012 mini via HDMI.
  6. fyremaker macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
  7. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    You really did not provide any info on what you are using the monitor for with your MM.

    If you want to game - go for fast rise/fall times.
    If you plan to do graphics or art or items like Photoshop - go for a graphics oriented monitor or similar that can be easily calibrated.
    If you just need a very good generic - try a Dell Ultrasharp or something similar.
    If you just want a monitor - just go cheap and hope for the best.

    I do photo related tasks as well as watch movie media and thus the NEC PA series is ideal for my needs. It is a graphics oriented monitor.
  8. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    I have had a Dell 24" Ultrasharp display since 2006, and it's still going strong. There's nothing I'd change about it.

    Which is to say, you can find some great deals on used gear on eBay/Craigslist if you want to get adventurous. You can also check out Dell's refurbished store (Dell Outlet I think it's called).

    If you go with a 24" display, make sure it has at least 1920x1200 resolution. If you go with a 27" display, look for 2560x1440. Anything less starts to look blurry to me sitting at a desk.
  9. Bill6840 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2012
    I'm using a Dell U2412M (24", 1920x1200 IPS) connected via the thunderbolt port to a DisplayPort on the monitor. Great monitor with zero issues. I mentioned this in another post, but I had no idea how good my Canon DSLR was until I saw the photos on this monitor!
  10. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Unless you have bad eyesight, 1080p on a 27" display just makes for really big text with no real gain of usable space. Look at a 23" or so 1080p display and you'll be in good shape, could even get two of them pretty cheaply. AOC, HP, and others make models you can find for under $200.
  11. thefourthpope macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    I've been using the same Apple flatscreen since I bought my first mini in 2009, and it's been fine for me. I don't do any pro-level stuff (hence the mini), but I find the brightness acceptable and the colors crisp enough.
  12. mjt57 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2013
    South Eastern Australia
    I ended up getting a 27" LG monitor with IPS. No display port inputs, just the usual. It's connected to the Mac Mini via HDMI.

    Looks pretty good, so far.

    Reading these comments, it reminds me of when I got my first computer, a Commodore 64. It had a 13" or 14" monitor, connected via composite video lead.

    When I got my first "IBM compatible" it had a 14" CGA monitor. And of course, the technology progressed from there.

    I was castigated for getting a 17" VGA monitor. Cost a small fortune back then and the usual "why do you need such a large monitor for?"

    Now days, it seems that 23" is the defacto standard.

    As for my 27", it wasn't all that long ago when 26" TVs were the norm for family lounge rooms.

    If it wasn't for my poor eyesight I'd be happy with a smaller 21" or thereabouts. This larger one enables me to scale the web pages larger or smaller without the need for me to wear my reading glasses. It cost me $350 which is cheap compared to some that I've seen. But this is Australia, and electronics and other consumer goods aren't as cheap as the larger markets such as the US.

    One of those 27" Dells with display port and higher (than 1080i/p_ res are over $700 here. So, for me, this was a reasonable deal.
  13. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Back when I was recommending computer setups, this dude was putting together a high end system for home, with some work uses. The budget allowed for high end spec tower and one screen. I recommended a minimal spec tower and two screens - explaining that extra screen space helps with speed and productivity more than processor, etc (beyond a certain point).

    Came back a month later with a big smile on his face!
  14. Giuly macrumors 68040


    The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is one of those 1440p displays with is similar to the 27" iMac and Thunderbolt display in image quality (minus the glossy yet anti-glare finish of the iMac), however it sounds more like you're looking for something like the Dell S2340M or HP Pavilion 23xi.


    Both are affordable, both have an IPS panel and both are 23" 1080p displays.
  15. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    [[ I ended up getting a 27" LG monitor with IPS ]]

    I was wondering which one in particular you bought, and if there was a specific reason why you chose that one (instead of LG's other 27" models)?
  16. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    You can add my recommendation for this monitor.

    Great quality and excellent value for money, it's a noticeable improvement from the screen on my 2007 24" iMac. :)
  17. MrGIS macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    I have a Dell ultrasharp u2713hm and it is excellent, as in the u2412m.


    Wait for frequent sales before buying. 2713 often $200 -$250 off regular price, 2412 often reduced by $150
  18. dylin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2010
    just to keep things simple, here is mine so you get a good idea.

    Its a Dell S2240M. 1920 by 1080 resolution. It's a slim profile monitor. Light weight with a relatively decent IPS display. Not too costly, got it on sale for $159 about a year ago. You can also go for its bigger brothers of the series, a 24 inch and a 27 inch.

    Happy hunting :)

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  19. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    DELL buys LG screens for its IPS models?
    Do you have good experience with high-inches LG screens?

    What about 24''-27'' ASUS and IIYAMA IPS monitors?
  20. stevejensen57 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    I would recommend one of the Dell Ultrasharps. Here are some options(listed least to most expensive):

    The U2312HM (mentioned by fyremaker) 23" IPS LED Monitor
    The U2412M (mentioned in this article) 24" IPS LED Monitor
    The U2713HM (mentioned by Giuly) 27" TFT LED Monitor

    Good luck in your search!
  21. thagomizer macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2005
  22. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Me too. I use it with my 2012 Mini and can say it is simply amazing.
  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I ended up with the older 27" AOC I2757FH monitor, because it was a shelf unit in stock at Best Buy and had a matte display.

    A lot brighter than my old fading iMac, but found that the AOC monitors have several settings and simply turned it to a "book/text" setting which dropped bright white level to a decent setting for me.

    Stopped by the Post Office on the way to Best Buy when they had the monitor on sale to drop it to under $200.

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