Mac Mini to HDTV-VGA or HDMI?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AppleMactablet, Feb 12, 2010.


Which connection is best?

Poll closed Feb 19, 2010.
  1. DVI to HDMI (Digital to Digital)

    5 vote(s)
  2. DVI to VGA (Digital to Anolog and back to Digital)

    0 vote(s)
  1. AppleMactablet macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
    I getting a Mac Mini and want to connect it to my 19" Visio HDTV I bought 2months ago-It has VGA input and I have an extra HDMI-which is better to view my mac?

    I like dealing with indivual pixels when I edit photos-really detailed-But want good HD video
    But i dont want a fuzzy or blury screen

    This is my first time hooking up to a HDTV, as I been using a CRT my whole life-

    Price is no prob/just what do you think would be better to use as a computer screen.
  2. mediaboy macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2006
  3. AppleMactablet thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
  4. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    A TV is not a computer monitor.

    I connect my MacBook to my Sony 60" 1080p HDTV. I'ce connected it via VGA & HDMI. If I connect via VGA it only does 1024x768 (or something like that). I get a picture in the middle of the screen with black bars all around. (top, bottom & sides).
    If I connect via HDMI, the image fills the screen and my MacBook says 1920x1080. But due to overscan, the menu bar at the top is missing and part of the dock on the bottom is missing. I can click the "overscan" (or something like that) in the displays preference and the display is then usable (from a computer perspective).

    So ... from a pixel accuracy perspective:

    VGA - pixel accurate - not full screen,
    HDMI w/overscan - pixel accurate, but no dock or menu bar
    HDMI w/o overscan - Not pixel accurate, but usable & looks good.

    another way to put it:
    A computer monitor advertised as 1920x1080, has ALL pixels viewable.
    A HDTV rated at 1080p with 1920x1080 (LCD, LCOS or DLP) does NOT have all viewable.

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