Mac mini and plasma screen???

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cvzyl, May 26, 2008.

  1. cvzyl macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2007
    Langebaan, South Africa
    I am considering a Samsung plasma screen which I want to connect to my Mac mini. Would the mini be able to send 1366x768 resolution via a D-sub connector to the plasma screen?

  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, according to Apple's website:

    "VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 by 1080 pixels."

  3. xxjuicymintxx macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Should be able to produce a nice image.
    I'd like to have a home theater setup w/ a Mini.
  4. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    Depending on what you are planning to use the setup for, I might recommend LCD over plasma.

    For video playback, plasma is definitely the way to go.

    However, for everyday computing, and particularly for reading text, LCD's produce sharper text, as far as I know. My understanding is that modern plasmas use some kind of image vibration to prevent burnin, which is unnoticeable while watching video content, but apparently very noticeable when trying to read small text.

    LCD's are also lighter, which facilitates wall mounting, and are generally cheaper these days.
  5. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    The mini can drive the plasma the question is does the plasma have a decent resolution on the D-sub? Many TVs have only a limited number of resolutions available on their PC inputs. I would agree with sfroom and italiano40, LCD is the way to go for computing and plasma running OSXBMC for a HT. My LG plasma only takes 1024X768 on the VGA input but OSXBMC lets me correct the output to compensate for the stretching from 4:3 to 16:9.
  7. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    My LG LCD displays 1360x768, which is very close to its native resolution, and is an available resolution on the video cards of my brother's macbook, my sister's macbook pro, and my old 24" iMac.

    Text is very legible. If you plan on doing any computer gaming which requires reading text, i.e. playing world of Warcraft, I highly recommend an LCD. I've been quite pleased with it.

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