MBP Retina to IPS Monitor (HDMI vs DVI) Font...

smallguy

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Hi Guys,

I have just purchased a new LG 22" IPS Monitor for my MacBook Pro Retina. It is currently hooked up through HDMI but I just wondered whether DVI to Thunderbolt would be a better option?

Currently I feel that everything is perfect, apart from the font being ever so slightly blurry. I have looked at LCD font smoothing etc. The monitor is on "Default for Display" and 1920x1080

Many Thanks
 

JTToft

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You probably mean Mini DisplayPort to DVI. But no, it wouldn't be better.

If the monitor has DisplayPort, that would be preferable. Otherwise HDMI is the next best thing.
 

smallguy

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You probably mean Mini DisplayPort to DVI. But no, it wouldn't be better.

If the monitor has DisplayPort, that would be preferable. Otherwise HDMI is the next best thing.
I'm sorry I did mean DisplayPort! I just wondered as the font is slightly blurry?
 

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I'm sorry I did mean DisplayPort! I just wondered as the font is slightly blurry?
- Don't know. 1080p is a pretty low resolution, but should be at least alright on 22". Perhaps a sharpness setting on the monitor?

If you're comparing to the much much higher resolution screen of your Retina MacBook Pro, the difference will be huge.
 

smallguy

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- Don't know. 1080p is a pretty low resolution, but should be at least alright on 22". Perhaps a sharpness setting on the monitor?

If you're comparing to the much much higher resolution screen of your Retina MacBook Pro, the difference will be huge.
Sharpness is fine on the monitor. I've seen that it could be that it isn't set up as RGB for the colour? It seems that macs can sometimes think you are connecting it to a tv not a monitor?
 

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Sharpness is fine on the monitor. I've seen that it could be that it isn't set up as RGB for the colour? It seems that macs can sometimes think you are connecting it to a tv not a monitor?
- That can happen via HDMI, yes. Another reason DisplayPort is superior.
Don't remember how to fix it off the top of my head.
 

smallguy

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- That can happen via HDMI, yes. Another reason DisplayPort is superior.
Don't remember how to fix it off the top of my head.
So would you recommend a hdmi to DisplayPort then? I have heard you need to get it for RGB through HDMI
 

JTToft

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So would you recommend a hdmi to DisplayPort then? I have heard you need to get it for RGB through HDMI
- Does your monitor have DisplayPort? Otherwise you can't use it.
If it does I would recommend Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort. Goes from the Thunderbolt port of your Mac to the DisplayPort on the monitor.

(HDMI to DisplayPort is only possible via expensive active adaptors and there isn't much point to it over pure HDMI.)
 

smallguy

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- Does your monitor have DisplayPort? Otherwise you can't use it.
If it does I would recommend Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort. Goes from the Thunderbolt port of your Mac to the DisplayPort on the monitor.

(HDMI to DisplayPort is only possible via expensive active adaptors and there isn't much point to it over pure HDMI.)
Sorry the monitor only has VGA, HDMI and DVI.