Mac Mini Display to LCD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by k3roro, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. k3roro macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I have a quick question regarding the image quality when connecting my Mac Mini to my Samsung Monitor 24'' monitor.

    I am connecting it through a HDMI -> DVI adapter and connecting it through the DVI on my monitor.

    Although it does display the image, the colour look off, it doesn't look sharp or high definition at all. I checked the resolution and it shows up as 1920 x 1080, which should be very good, but the resolution doesn't look good at all. I am wondering if this is because I am using a 24inch monitor and whether I should try getting a HDMI cord to conncet HDMI to HDMI from the Mac Mini to the monitor, or get a HDMI > VGA adapter instead, or maybe buy a better monitor?

    Please let me know your comments.

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If your monitor supports HDMI directly, go with that. Sometimes HDMI <-> DVI converters end up fuzzy. Or you could go with a miniDisplayPort to DVI adapter, which should work well
  3. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    The Native resolution on most 24" Monitors is 1920x1200, NOT 1920x1080. It's likely fuzzy because you are not running the display at the native resolution. HDMI out supports 1920x1200. Check your monitor's native resolution to see if you are running it at native resolution. This could likely be the problem. 1080p HD is 1920x1080 and 16:9 aspect ratio, but most 24" and 23" monitors run at 1920x1200 and 16:10 aspect ratio, not 1920x1080.
  4. k3roro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    Does the brand of the cable work? I was looking at these $25 Belkin HDMI cables and these $100 monster cables, will the price affect the quality?
  5. k3roro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    The screen I have is from here it says it has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, hmm.

    Could it be the monitor itself? It looks nothing like the iMac monitors.
  6. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Only a defective adapter could cause a fuzzy image. The video signals in HDMI are the same as DVI. The adapters are passive, not active. They only change the connector, not any video processing.
  7. k3roro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    Maybe I'm not being clear enough when I say fuzzy. It's not that they are so fuzzy you can't read the text, but they look horrible and nothing like the iMac display and the displays on the Macbook Pro.

    I'm starting to think that it may be the monitor, but I just bought this monitor brand new, I guess there is a reason why Apple charges $1000 for their Apple Cinema Display, it just looks awesome.
  8. 2pxbTony macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Can someone confirm that? As I might get a mac mini and hook it up with my current monitor
  9. k3roro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2010
    Just thought I would share a quick update with you guys.

    So I got the HDMI cable from the Apple store, it is made by Belkin and people say that it has comparable quality to monster.

    It turns out that it produced the same quality as the DVI adapter.

    I have now ordered a Dell IPS monitor in search for a display comparable to the apple cinema display.

    I will keep you guys posted. Meanwhile I think I'll keep this HDMI cable.
  10. 2pxbTony macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Thanks for your update:)

    Look forward more updates from you!

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