Mac Mini TV Performance?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by zedsdead, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    How does the Mac Mini handle itself when being used directly with a large TV?

    I have a 1080p TV, 46" and plan to use it as a computer to show people how to use iPhoto and iMovie and such. I had my MacBook Air hooked up, and it worked fine as a second monitor but there was minor lag at times. When the Air was hooked up to my Apple 24" LED there is no lag at all so I was wondering if the screen size has anything to do with it.

    Does the Mini handle this situation well? I am currently waiting for the refresh, but wanted some opinions in case this has been an issue or not.
     
  2. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    The next Mac Mini should be fine for that. If as hoped it gets a Sandy Bridge processor it'll make the MacBook Air look terribly slow in comparison for CPU intensive tasks, especially if you put a SSD in the Mini.

    As for EyeTV, the current Mini isn't as powerful as many of us would like, but I find it to be adequate. Hopefully the refresh will correct this and allow smooth playing of live sport in HDTV using progressive scan.
     
  3. zedsdead thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I think part of the issue was the 2.13 core2duo processor in the Macbook Air, but I agree that the next Mac Mini should be much more powerful. The Graphics Card will be a downgrade, but shouldn't be that much of a difference.
     
  4. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2010 unibody mini hooked up to a 37" Vizio 1080p HDTV as it's main monitor. (I also have a 24" HD monitor as a dual monitor, but I rarely use that).

    I have had absolutely no issues at all using a large HDTV. There isn't any lag, the picture is fantastic, etc.

    I play a ton of movies on this thing, using Front Row, VLC, and Boxee (and the iPad has apps to use as a remote for all 3).

    I'd highly recommend it.
     
  5. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    I have had no problems pushing a Vizio 47" LCD, or a LG 37" LCD with my 5 year old Mac mini, 3 year old MacBook (both in sig), or my girlfriend's '09 13"MBP.
     
  6. zedsdead thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I can't wait until they are updated! I have wanted one for years, but never had a practical use for it until now. Very excited. :D
     
  7. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I have EyeTV and two 2009 Minis and see no problems other than the motion problem inherent in 1080i video. Changing computers won't fix that problem.
     
  8. dcoulson macrumors member

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    Doubt screen size has anything to do with it - I'm running three displays off my Mini without any lag (2 at 1920x1080 aka 1080p and one at 1920x1200).

    Do you have the Mac Mini plugged into a port labeled HDMI/DVI that is perhaps handled differently by the TV? I'm thinking image processing on the TV might be the cause of the lag, but I'm not 100% sure.
     
  9. zedsdead thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don't have one yet, which is why I was asking...lol...glad to hear it works great though.
     

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