Mac Mini + Dell U2711 + HiDPI?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by d3vilsadvocate, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. d3vilsadvocate macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2012
    Heya all

    I'm interested in purchasing a mac mini in order to move away from windows. I'm curious if anyone got the mini working properly with custom scaled resolutions on a Dell U2711 panel using SwitchResX?

    I tried it using OSX under Vmware, but that obviously didn't work properly. I'd like to have the equivalent of a scaled 2x 1920x1080 resolution on a 2560x1440 display so that I won't have to squint anymore...

    Thanks for any input in advance!
  2. jwhazel macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2005
    Wouldn't HiDPI on this end up being 1280x720?
  3. d3vilsadvocate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2012
    yep that's about the max that I've got. That's why I'm asking if going up to 1920x1080 in HDPI would be possible in a non emulated environment?
  4. d3vilsadvocate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2012
    does anyone know more about this issue with hidpi and external monitors?
  5. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    So, you're not understanding the problem then...? How would you do HiDPI 1920x1080 on a display that's not 3840x2160?
  6. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Your issue is not externals, but with the OS. Apple doesnt yet have resolution independance. HiDPI only works 4:1. If you want a equivalent HiDPI resolution, youll need a screen with twice the pixel count, in both directions.

    An effective size of 1920x1080 would require a screen with 3840x2160. aka, 4k.
  7. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    I've used 1080p HiDPI on a 27-inch iMac, but I couldn't get it to work with a MacBook Air and a Dell U2713HM.

    You have to use SwitchResX to trick your system into thinking it is actually using a 3840x2160 display. It will then render a 1080p HiDPI screen and scale it down to 1440p. That is actually the same way it works on the MacBook Pro when using scaled resolutions.
  8. grandM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    hold on

    Hold on
    If you hook up an u2711 to a mac mini isn't the entire screen filled then? Is the resolution off? Because if so, I'm going iMac...
  9. d3vilsadvocate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2012
    yes it is! Your display will show 2560x1440 just fine and the entire screen will be filled.

    The problem is that text will look small, just as small as if you were using Windows at the standard 100% DPI setting. IMO it's actually a bit worse under OSX due to the standard font being used by the Apple OS, which makes text appear even smaller than the text shown under windows.

    Now, OSX doesn't offer DPI scaling on non-retina displays as Windows does, hence there is no official way of making things bigger without losing sharpness. The same goes for the iMac display as far as I can tell.
    SwitchResX works around that by emulating a higher res and showing a scaled lower resolution much like on a retina display, making stuff much easier to read without sacrifying sharpness.

    If you buy a mac, could you do me a favor and try out SwitchResX in order to see if you can get a scaled resolution of about 1920x1080 to work on your U2711?
  10. grandM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013

    What does the software cost?
  11. grandM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013

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