Mac Mini 2014 and Samsung U28E590D

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MiniMe77, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. MiniMe77 macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2015

    can anyone tell me if I can use this monitor with the OS operating system? On their tech specs it says you need Windows but I assume OS works too?

  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009

    Yes, but you may not love the experience.....

    The 2014 Mac Mini's are only capable of 4K resolution at 52hz. 60hz is not possible. Further your only choices that will work are Full 3840x2180 or "retina" 1920x1080. You won't be able to use a "retina" 2560x1440 (doubling of the pixels each direction) on the monitor which I think would be ideal at 28".

    So if you want to use native resolutions you are either stuck with super small icons and text at 4K or super huge "retina" 1080P and at only 52hz.
  3. MiniMe77 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2015
    Thanks for the reply. Why is it not possible to use the 2560x1440 setting?

    And I thought the 4K setting only works at 30Hz for the Mac Mini? I won't be using it for gaming, just developing and internet so maybe the 30Hz (or 52Hz) would be ok?
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    It's possible to use 2560x1440 but then you aren't going to be using the native resolution and you aren't going to get to use the doubling of pixels (ie OSX can't render the image at 5120x2880 for the true "retina" experience) because Iris graphics doesn't support that resolution (only Iris Pro). At that point you might as well buy a basic 27" 2560x1440 which would actually look crisper.

    Further you can do 52hz if you use switchresX and create a custom setting. For development it will probably be okay but if you do any scrolling (especially at 30hz) it will feel leggy.
  5. seth556 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2014
    I have the monitor hooked up to my rMBP and it works great. But like everyone has said, it won't work well on a Mac Mini.
  6. MiniMe77 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2015
    What about if I got the 24 inch version instead? Then the text and icons shouldn't be too small, right?

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