Looking for monitor for console and iMac hook-up

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Amnesiac1, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Amnesiac1, Apr 26, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011

    Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2010
    I was looking at this one the other day:

    Samsung PX2370 23" LCD Monitor:

    23" display
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    2ms response time (G2G)
    Dynamic contrast ratio of up to 5,000,000:1; Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
    250 cd/m2 brightness
    Dimensions: 14.8"(H) x 21.9"(W) x 1.04"(D)


    Screen Size 23"
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1 Dynamic; 1,000:1 Native
    Brightness 250 cd/m2
    Response Time 2ms
    Viewing Angle 170°(H),160°(V)
    Connectivity HDMI, DVI, VGA
    Speakers No
    Special Features Not Avail.
    Dimensions 14.8"(H) x 21.9"(W) x 1.04"(D)
    Weight 9.0 lb.
    Warranty 3-Year Limited


    The above monitor also has optical input.

    However, given that I would like to hook up a Wii to this monitor, I'm not sure that it is the best choice. If I want to hook up a Wii, possibly a PS3 and my iMac to a monitor, which would you recommend? I'm looking for something closer to, but preferably under, 300 dollars. Built-in speakers would be ideal but, if not, some sort of optical output so I could connect it to other speakers...
  2. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2010
  3. scoobydiesel macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    Im not someone who should answer this question but i really do like that samsung, Dell also has some nice units on their site that i had been looking at.
  4. Chris5488 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    This has hardly to do anything with iMac, and this is an iMac forum.

    However I can tell you you need VGA input, HDMI input and DVI input.
    You need VGA for the Wii (and get yourself a VGA cable for Wii), HDMI for the PS3 and DVI for the iMac, for which you need a mini-displayport to DVI adapter (note: the Apple mini-displayport to DVI adapter max output resolution is 1920x1200)

    Just use the Newegg site or something equal to search for monitors which have VGA, HDMI and DVI input, are not more expensive then 300 dollars, are 23" and wathever else you want. When you have a selection search on Google for reviews... then you'll know which you want/need.
  5. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
    you are going to connect your imac and wii to a 23inch screen? why? ...

    why not use hdmi to mdp converter like kanex,belkin etc to hook up wii to imac ?
  6. Darien Red Sox macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    CT, USA
    The Wii to my knowledge dose not support HDMI output only component or composite, the input on the iMac is a display port which is only backward compatible with HDMI.

    You could use a converter though http://www.neoya.com/shop/?gclid=CLGypITDvagCFURx5Qodi1fgAw
  7. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Don't need HDMI input for the PS3 unless the OP wants a monitor with speakers. DVI = HDMI - audio channels.

    At this point, it would be good to know how the OP plans to have audio coming out of the systems. If he plans on plugging the PS3 into a receiver box using the optical connection then that covers the sound issue. The Wii doesn't help either - it's very limited in its outputs. It's pretty much an analog system. A monitor with optical output isn't going to help much unless the monitor is active in encoding audio input into a digital output rather than a simple passthru - this would really raise the price of the monitor.

    This then raises the question of why does that monitor have optical input if it has no speakers? :p Although I imagine that monitor has a speaker add-on that you can buy.

    Anyway - spec wise, that monitor seems fine. I'd suggest looking for reviews on it in terms of how it reproduces colours. That's the only thing worth looking into yourself and see if you're happy with what other people say about it in formal reviews.

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