mini to a 55" 1080p tv, will text be readable?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gagaliya, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. gagaliya macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2010
    I know most of you guys who has the mac mini hooked up to a tv for multimedia stuff, but i am looking to do iphone development (coding, lots of text files). Will a mac mini hooked up to a 55" 1080p tv have readable text? or will the resolution not be high enough.

    Also in term of the actual setup, i am thinking mac mini -> dvi+optical to hdmi adapter -> tv hdmi input.

    will that work? do such adapter exist, that has dvi + opitcal on one end, then hdmi on the other end.

  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have a 50" plasma at about 8-10' viewing distance. Text is perfectly readable off my MBP (Early 2009 17" ub). I use an Apple mini-disp > DVI to DVI > HDMI cable + TOSLINK for audio.

    I seem to remember seeing an adapter which would combine the DVI and optical audio to HDMI, but don't know any thing about it.

    As a developer myself, I'm not sure I'd like to use a big-screen TV as a display. I suppose I could get used to it, but the couple of times I've hooked up the MBP to the 50", it just seemed "odd" reading and typing on it. I wanted to use it as an option for surfing, too (using BT keyboard and mouse). But, like I said, there's no problem with resolution.
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Exact same setup for me as well and while setting mini to 1080p is certainly readable, I actually find it a bit too small to look at for prolonged periods of time so I usually have it set to 720p. I use it most often as HTPC, using Plex to watch video and as all of my library is encoded at standard DVD resolution or 720p for my other :apple:TV, this resolution seems to work out best but as always, YMMV.

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