Mac Mini Display

JWalker1995

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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
 

JWalker1995

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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
 

eutexian

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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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JWalker1995

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Looking on the Web

Should the resolution be
1366x768
1280x768

Which is better?

Also HDMI or DVI?

Thanks
 

BreakGuy

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Looking on the Web

Should the resolution be
1366x768
1280x768

Which is better?

Also HDMI or DVI?

Thanks
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.
 
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JWalker1995

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1366x768 is an HD resolution. 1280x768 is a WXGA resolution.

DVI and HDMI are the same image quality wise. HDMI can carry audio, whereas DVI cannot.
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
 

MadDragon1846

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

BreakGuy

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

Any reasonable views?
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.
 

iamthedudeman

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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.
 

JWalker1995

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

SR45

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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. ;)
 

jamesryanbell

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