minidisplay port or hdmi. Which is better?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, which connection type is better in case of connecting a MacBook Pro (15" 2017 , 17" 2010) to a 4K monitor/TV?
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    I recommend display port as it may sorry higher resolutions than the Macbook HDMI connection.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What do you mean by "sorry higher resolutions"?
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    Some HDMI connections will only support 1920x1080.

    Do either of your laptops have HDMI? I think the 2010 only has display port and the 2017 doesn't have HDMI.

    What connections are on the monitor?
     
  5. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    DisplayPort (and mini-DP, they are basically the same) will in general support higher resolutions than HDMI, and in my opinion it's a better physical connector as well. The HDMI plug design sucks.
     
  6. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. I have a Moshi mini displayport to hdmi adapter. However, when I plugged in my MBP 2010 17" to my 65" Samsung 4K TV at home, nothing showed up even I closed the lid. I tried to change the resolutions of the TV but it did not work.

    If I buy 40s" TV as an external monitor, they only have HDMI. Samsung does not say if it is HDMI 2 but I suppose so. If I buy computer monitor, they have both minidisplay ports and hdmi ports. There are many complains about the Philips 43"'s burn in issue. I hesitate to buy it. So, I am thinking of TV.
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    Many monitors that have a displayport connection would have a full size connection rather than mini.
     

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