Mini & Daisy Chaining Monitors?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Daniel97, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Daniel97 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    I have a 2011 Mac Mini.

    I need to set up my new office and would like to daisy chain 2 monitors.

    My budget for monitors is £200. They dont have to be the fanciest on the market but 2 nice IPS LED monitors would be nice.

    Im based in the UK so need UK stores.

    Found this for £110

    My question is ..

    A) Any recommendations for an IPS monitor no more expensive than £110?
    2) How do i daisy chain them so i can have 2 on display?

  2. ray648 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2008
    daisychaining is a thunderbolt thing. Just plug one of those monitors into the hdmi, and the other into the thunderbolt port via a mini display port to hdmi adapter. No need to daisy chain on the mini as it has two display outs.
  3. Daniel97 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    Oh okay that easy!?

    Which one becomes the primary monitor with the dock and toolbars etc then?

    Can you recommend any monitors?
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Yup, that easy :)

    You can set which one is primary in the display settings. Just drag them around and such.
  5. Daniel97 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    Perfect! Thanks!

    Both will display equal resolution despite different ports?
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yes. It is what I do with my current 2011 Base Mini. just make sure to pick up a cheap thunderbolt/mini-displayport to HDMI adapter.

    I use some LG 2375's, but I think they have been replaced (LED IPS 23" displays). No idea what they go for over there, but here they were running about $200 which I think is what their newer versions are going for.

    Edit: Just to point out, HDMI can only do upto 1920 x 1200 or more realistically 1920 x 1080 (as most screens are now 16:9).
  7. Daniel97 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
  8. ray648 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2008
    1920x1080 is 1080p, so those monitors linked in the first post are fine.
  9. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Displayport also has daisychain support in later revisions; however I'm not sure what revision Macs support, and you would need support for it in your monitor also.

    Simply having two monitor outputs (like with the Mac mini) is of course much simpler. :)

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