Mini-Displayport to VGA or Mini-Displayport to HDMI

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by vpjayant, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. vpjayant macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2007
    This is for my TV which can output at up to 1920 * 1200. I don't know if using MDP-> HDMI would be any better than using MDP-> VGA (for my MBP). I tried using VGA before, but at full res, text seemed blurry. Haven't tried with HDMI. Would HDMI look at all better? I plan on using this mainly for watching movies in HD and as a monitor when I'm at home.
  2. akbc macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    How big is the TV?
    If your TV has a DVI input, DVI seems to be a pretty good choice.

    I use DVI for my 26" 1920 x 1200 TV (for my desktop, though) and things look great.
  3. neonmik macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2009
    I have a MacBook Pro 15" and a Samsung 47", Full HD Flatscreen.
    I run then through a Mini-Displayport to DVI, and then a DVI - HDMI cable.

    You can run it through a DVI cable straight, BUT the cables are around £20 compared to DVI-HDMI which are around £5.

    The screen quality is awesome when you use the DVI/HDMI because it's all digital! =]

    Hope that helps.
  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    It is very hard to make an accurate comparison - VGA and DVI (HDMI) are analogue and digital, respectively. Today, however, the markets are moving away from VGA and the only reason ANYTHING has it is for legacy support. There are a few examples where VGA comes in handy, though, such as a game-console-connector for those of us with monitors with only a DVI and VGA port :D

    Still, MDP->HDMI is probably your best bet for powering your television.

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