Mac Mini - Dual 4:3 monitors

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gabicava83, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. gabicava83 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Hi there,

    I currently use my Mac Mini with a 30" ACD (ACD being a bad purchase) I have had this for over 1.5 years, use it in the home office but just can't get on with the single monitor. I use dual 20" monitors at work with Windows 7.

    Unfortunately, Mac's have always been more of a play/hobby than a work tool at home and thus, never used them with dual monitors and stuck with the 30" ACD but times have to change(even though I work in IT - all work stuff is Windows, apart from our iPhone4 rollout)

    So, just wondering how you guys find the finder management with dual screens and how you get on with it. I find explorer fantastic on Windows 7. ( I love bits from both Windows 7 and OS X)

    Additionally, as I will be using the Mac at home for work, widescreen can be somewhat frustrating, are any of you guys/girls still using 4:3?

    Many thanks in advanced, really appreciated.


  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I like 16:10 monitors. It is a nice compromise.

    16:9 is too short and wide. 4:3 (16:12) is too skinny.

    Nearly all computer widescreens used to be 16:10. Now they are all nearly 16:9. I'm not sure why that is. But 16:10 can still be found, and usually they are the nicer models too.
  3. AmanO macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    Mac Pro 4,1 6 core 3.46, 16 of 1333. GTX970
    I want to use a 4:3 LCD, but going from HDMI to DVI via a monster HDMI/DVI cable will not let me. I am ordering a DP/TB - DVI adapter to try.
  4. Whaditis, Jan 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

    Whaditis macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    Currently using one 4:3 Dell 2007FP and although its only 20.1 inch monitor
    I love it, was hoping to find another that was an S-IPS panel but they're not easy to find. Two of these in tandem would be perfect.

    4:3 is definitely my favorite!

    Got a 16:10 Asus 24 inch as a second monitor which is pretty good.

    If you can find a couple of Dell 2007FP then that would be a nice set up although the limiting factor with these
    are you'll be without display port and no HDMI and you have only DVI and VGA inputs which is an important consideration.
  5. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Funnily enough 2007FP is what I was thinking.

    4:3 for techie stuff + Web Design works well. Very well, sitting now in front of the 30" ACD, it's not ideal for me.

    How are you finding the resolution on the 4:3 and dual screens?
  6. Whaditis macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010

    As for the resolution, I haven't found 1600:1200 wanting as the text actually seems a bit sharper than my Asus 24 inch 1920:1200 since the pixels on the 2007FP are confined in a 20.1 inch screen.
    Definitely a pleasure to look at text, graphics and website viewing.
  7. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Excellent, that is what I wanted to hear.

    The 2007wfp is quite hard to acquire, even on ebay for reasonable pricing.

    I can get the LP2065 for a reasonable price.

    I've just come across this, might have to do it.

  8. Whaditis macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    If I remember correctly, the WFP version was the wide screen 16:10 version
    And the FP version as the one I have is the 4:3 version.

    The 2007WFP is a very nice monitor but its not 4:3 like the 2007FP

    Your thread has inspired me to re-ignite my search for a second 2007FP.
  9. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    You're totally correct, mistake of mine, well spotted. So used to adding W on all the monitors.

    Thank you.

    Right, off to purchase 2 x 2007FP or LP2065's, just need to work out the connectivity, I have 2012 Mac Mini.
  10. Whaditis macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010

    One of the great advantages of owning a headless Mac is you get to choose almost any display you want.
  11. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I'm running dual Dell 2001FP's, 4:3 at 1600x1200 apiece. The monitors have served me well for a lot of years so not looking to get rid of them anytime soon.

    The only difficulty I have with dual-screening on Mac is that it renders the full-screen mode in Lion/Mountain Lion pretty close to useless. If you fullscreen an app, it takes up one monitor and the other one is just a grey background. Not the end of the world, but a little annoying.
  12. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    I don't tend to use the full screen mode, it's a bit annoying actually. I use a third party tool to size up my screens to full size (but not full screen) or take up half left/right/top/bottom of screen when required ( a bit like the windows 7 feature which is great) but not sure how that will work with dual screens.

    I am considering getting 3 x 1600x1200 monitors, one will have to run via a USB port, but I don't do gaming so should be fine.

    Just still not 100% decided if I should sell the 30" ACD. I am loving the MacMini though, when the new MacPro comes out (if it does) the MacMini will be part of a ESXi farm, or a HTPC with Plex and some other bits (kind of wasted though)

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