iMac and Dell 2713HM

Discussion in 'iMac' started by b0redom, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. b0redom macrumors regular

    May 4, 2007
    So, I have a shiny new late 2012 iMac on my desk. I also have a Dell 2713HM monitor.

    What is the best way to connect them up? Has anyone ACTUALLY done it? Apple have been pretty useless at telling me what cable I need. I've had everything from TB->DVI, TB+USB->DVI, HDMI.

    I need to know it will drive the display at native resolution, so 2560 x 1440.

    It will allegedly require the use of DL-DVI or DisplayPort.
  2. kaellar macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    I guess, you need a mini-dp-to-your-dell's-connector adapter.
    One of these:
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I'd go with something like this. You can't use a thunderbolt cable. This is a common misconception. Displayport is ideal there, and adapters are to be avoided whenever possible in favor of a single cable solution. You mentioned native resolution. What problems did you have?
  4. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    All you need is either a

    Mini display port to hdmi cable


    Mini display port to Dvi cable

    That's it.
  5. patrickdmiller macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2013
    This is the same setup I have driving the dell @ 2560x1440 from the 27" imac. The mini displayport->dvi didn't work - just static - I believe this is because it requires dual-link dvi.

    I don't think HDMI can support 2560x1440

    What I ended up using was a imac -> mini displayport to displayport adapter->display port cable -> dell monitor. This has worked fine. You should be able to bypass the adapter and just use a mini displayport to displayport cable.
  6. b0redom thread starter macrumors regular

    May 4, 2007
    Thanks for the replies.

    @patrickdmiller - do you have the mini display port cable plugged into a TB port?
  7. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I sometimes plug in the cable I mentioned before into my macbook pro if I want to use the larger display on it. It's not the monoprice one specifically, but a displayport to mini displayport. The adapter is an inferior solution if you can do it with one cable. DVI has several standard. Pick the wrong one and it doesn't work. With that resolution you absolutely would need dual link. The 30" displays of the DVI era all required dual link cables. The display you purchased is made to use displayport. Forget DVI exists. It's there for legacy purposes. If you have an older machine with a DVI card, you can still use it that way, but it makes no sense to use it voluntarily.
  8. nottooshabby macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    Just use mini-display port to displayport cable assuming your dell has display port. My dell 2412 has one. For some reason apple does not make it very obvious this type of cable will work and instead just shows you adapters that you don't need. Thunderbolt and minidisplayport are the same size connector. It also supports resolution over 2560x1440
  9. b0redom thread starter macrumors regular

    May 4, 2007
    Thanks for that. Ordered the same cable, but from Lindy here in the UK. It's a bit cheaper than the £80 cable Apple tried to sell me!
  10. DFWHD macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    Not to hijack the thread, but can any of you comment on the picture quality of the Dell 2713HM monitor compared to the iMac or TB Display? I'm thinking about buying one for my mid 2012 MBP, but am also torn between the TB Display or just getting a 27" iMac for the horse power it offers...

  11. IGregory macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    Just in case you are not aware, here's Dell's just released 2713H.
  12. DFWHD macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    Thanks. If I spend that much I'll lean towards the new iMac. Are the Dell monitors comparable in PQ to the Apple displays? I use Photoshop and Lightroom to edit photos, but am not a heavy user these days, mostly a hobbyist.
  13. nottooshabby macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    The biggest difference at the 27" size is the dell monitors use an anti-reflective coating. At that price point it is a tough choice. The reason I got a dell monitor was I didn't need the 27" size, so a $300 24" dell monitor was a more reasonable option.
  14. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    That cable wouldn't have worked anyway. Apple's clueless salesmen try to sell people some really stupid things at times. Thunderbolt cables can't be used for standard displayport displays.

    All I can say is buy it directly from Apple. That way if the uniformity is bad, you can return it.

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