Mac Mini with 2 monitors?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Freemaj, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Freemaj macrumors newbie

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    How easy is it to add two monitors to a mac mini? I have two 23'' hannspree monitors that when I get my mac mini I would like to use duels on it.. if so how many adapters/ and what not can I use for it to work.?
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Depending on your monitor's connectors, you will need 2 different adapters. The Mac Mini already comes with a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter. So for you will need a Mini-Displayport to DVI to VGA adapter for the other video output.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    That's one of the nice things about the mini is that it comes with 2 monitor output ports.
     
  4. OneMike macrumors 601

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    running dual displays right now on the mini. just have a mini-dvi to vga and a mini displayport to vga. works perfect.
     
  5. Krafty macrumors 601

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    I'm just curious as to why they decided to use two different types of ports instead of just 2-miniDVI's or something.
     
  6. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Because Apple's Mini-DisplayPort isn't a good standard and the consumers the Mini is aimed at need a common display connection.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Neither is Mini-DVI.

    I guess it's because of price and I'm not sure can 9400M drive two 30" 2560x1600 displays at the same time.
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Mini DVI needs only a $5 pin-for-pin adapter to work with 99.9% of monitors on the market right now.

    MDP needs electronics to convert the signal which increases the cost, reduces video quality in some cases, reduces reliability and its still an Apple-Only port design very likely to end up as another ADC-reminiscent failure.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Mini-DVI doesn't work with monitors which have resolution above 1920x1200 :p
     
  10. 300D macrumors 65816

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    People using those large resolutions aren't likely to be buying a mini at all or using a laptop as a desktop.
     
  11. Krafty macrumors 601

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    My display is 1920x1080. I don't think you can really judge what people use computer for by their screen size. I know people who use a 17" MBP to surf the web and iChat.
     

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