Mac Mini versus iMac advice needed

victoryroad

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Jul 20, 2011
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I've been eagerly waiting for the new Airs and now that they are out, I started to wonder am I better off getting the Mac Mini.

First off, I am interested in buying the $799 Mac Mini model and attaching it to a 27" Viewsonic VX2753MH which I don't yet own.

With this configuration, I see that if I connect the two through HDMI, the maximum resolution I can achieve is 1920x1080. This is much less than the 2560x1440 resolution of the 27" iMacs.

My question is therefore what are the advantages in this case of buying the Mac Mini? The graphics, as well as speed is worse. Second, with the Viewsonic monitor, will the pixels be relatively large, i.e. blurry?
 

C64

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Sep 3, 2008
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Connect it through TB for full resolution support. Either by DisplayPort or DVI, whatever the monitor supports.

For the rest, we can't decide what your needs are and if the spec differences really matter for what you'll be using it for.

One difference to keep in mind: with the iMac you already have a screen, and you can connect two others on a similar resolutions using the two Thunderbolt ports. The mini only has one TB port, which will be partly in use by your monitor. But is that a problem? Your call.
 

victoryroad

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Jul 20, 2011
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Connect it through TB for full resolution support. Either by DisplayPort or DVI, whatever the monitor supports.

For the rest, we can't decide what your needs are and if the spec differences really matter for what you'll be using it for.

One difference to keep in mind: with the iMac you already have a screen, and you can connect two others on a similar resolutions using the two Thunderbolt ports. The mini only has one TB port, which will be partly in use by your monitor. But is that a problem? Your call.
Hi, thanks for the response.

The Thunderbolt connection won't make a difference would it? Cause the 1920x1080 resolution is the monitor's max resolution according to the page.

Will the 1920x1080 versus the 2560x1440 have a noticeable difference?
 

Icaras

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C64 said:
Connect it through TB for full resolution support. Either by DisplayPort or DVI, whatever the monitor supports.

For the rest, we can't decide what your needs are and if the spec differences really matter for what you'll be using it for.

One difference to keep in mind: with the iMac you already have a screen, and you can connect two others on a similar resolutions using the two Thunderbolt ports. The mini only has one TB port, which will be partly in use by your monitor. But is that a problem? Your call.
Slight correction: the iMac 21.5" has only one TB port but still should have the abitlity to daisy chain to more than one TB equipped display.
 

japtor

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Jun 29, 2010
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The native resolution on that monitor is 1920x1080, you need a different one (and a few hundred more dollars I think) if you want 2560x1440.
 

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