Mac Mini Display

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  1. JWalker1995 macrumors regular

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    Hi, Am looking for a monitor for my 2011 mac mini
    I'm a student with a very tight budget, $150 max!
    What display would people recommend? DVI or VGA?

    20" screen max (don't have space to go any bigger :( )

    Any suggestion are great

    Thanks
     
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  3. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Any chance you where this can be bought in the uk? I just converted my price above because most people on here are from the us
     
  4. Cmd-the-World macrumors regular

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    The 2011 Mini comes with a HDMI to DVI converter so all the OP needs is a DVI to DVI cable.
     
  5. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a hdmi to dvi cable lying aroud so cables are not an issue :) I just need a monitor :)
     
  6. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    The US version of Amazon has it for $118, so you may want to check the UK Amazon.
     
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    Oh yeah, I forgot that was in the box.
     
  8. eutexian, Jan 20, 2012
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    If you can squeeze to these dimensions: 392.9 x 509.6 x 175 mm

    Then there is a nice BenQ that is being heavily discounted on Amazon right now. Down from £131 to £85. It is a 21.5" though.

    http://tinyurl.com/78mhvxv

    BenQ's UK website: http://tinyurl.com/7vpuryr

    If thats no good.. there are a few others on Amazon. all 20" and all under your budget.

    http://tinyurl.com/7tjgy39

    Might be an idea to check out PCworld.. who are having sale.
     
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  10. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looking on the Web

    Should the resolution be
    1366x768
    1280x768

    Which is better?

    Also HDMI or DVI?

    Thanks
     
  11. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    For the same size, get the one with a higher resolution or the one with the aspect ratio that you prefer.


    Doesn't matter, they're both digital, quality will be the same.
     
  12. BreakGuy, Jan 21, 2012
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    1366x768 is very close to an HD resolution (almost 16:9). 1280x768 isn't quite as close.

    DVI and HDMI are the same image quality wise. HDMI can carry audio, whereas DVI cannot.
     
  13. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Whats an aspect ratio? (i am very much a noob)

    so I'm going to buy a 1366x768 monitor, this seems to be general consensus. Correct?

    I've got a set of speakers so sound docent matter.

    Thanks
     
  14. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I edited my post while you were posting yours.

    Yea go with the 1366 if you can.
     
  15. MadDragon1846 macrumors regular

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    This link shows you some examples of aspect ratio:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

    Basically most monitors you'll find these days are either 16:9 or 16:10. Films are usually in 16:9, so you might want a 16:9 if you plan on watching films on your monitor.

    I had until recently a 22" 16:10 monitor (1680x1050 res) and I'v recently got a 24" 16:9 (1920x1080 res). And there isn't really much difference when using them for the usual PC-type stuff.

    The main difference is when watching films, on my 16:10 monitor it'd have black borders at the top and bottom of the screen. Theres no black borders on the 16:9. :cool:
     
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  18. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    its a tad expensive and will only just fit in the space so may look silly, a very nice monitor though and would love to have one
     
  19. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    You know what you need and what your budget is. I'm sure you'll make a great choice.
     
  20. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha how helpful, that will really help me to choose a good monitor.

    Any reasonable views?
     
  21. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    You can't really go wrong with Acer. Acer are definitely up there with the best of the technology players. I don't like picking items for people. I feel like I'm spending their money for them and I'm not into doing that.
     
  22. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    Get this monitor. And you will be happy. Guaranteed.

    http://www.amazon.com/HP-2311x-23-I...QO5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327167308&sr=8-1

    I have a 2711x in dual screen mode with my TBD and seriously I don't care what people say, IPS this and higher resolution that. I have a hard time just by looking at the two which one is better.

    I had the TBD as my main display and the 2711x off the the right of me slanted. Just for a extra display. Couldn't justify another TBD for just more screen real estate. I now have them side by side. With the TBD at the same resolution as the 2711X which is 1920x1080. The higher resolution I like but the font is just too little and I have to proof read contracts and put together presentations it gets a little tired on the eyes.

    The HP display is a glossy with a coating on it to reduce glare and let me tell you it works. Now I do like the TBD better. Just by looking at them straight ahead you would be hard pressed to pick which one looks better. You can't beat a IPS display. But the HP costs one third of the TBD and makes a good impression of duplicating the image quality of the TBD.

    But for bang for the buck, the HP displays can't be beat.
     
  23. JWalker1995 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Have you read what I put at all?
    That is to big and to expensive so thanks but no thanks
     
  24. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Just remember, its the display that you look at all day, so if possible, skimp on something else, not the display or you will regret it later on. ;)
     
  25. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Exactly. That's not something to skimp on. Get something nice.
     

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