Monitor for 2015 Mac Mini

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  1. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    Hi everyone this is my first post but have been viewing for a long while.

    I would like to purchase a new 24 inch monitor to replace my old Dell monitor and there are four Dell models that I am looking at.
    The reason for Dell is mainly for the 360 degree rotation on the stand because I view the screen at about 45 degrees from horizontal, because of a spinal issue, as I view laying down.

    I use the screen mainly for browsing the internet and printing a few photos but would like a good monitor especially as my eyes are not as good as they were. The screens I have in mind are the U2414H, U2415, U2515 and U2412M, sorry I did not know how to link them to be able to just click on them.

    Price is not really a consideration I just would like to know what differences I may see between them as I am not really sure, apart from the physical size of the screens.
    Thank you for any advice.
  2. marclondon macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2009
    Have a look at the reviews here:

    I would avoid the U2412M as it has the older heavy anti-glare coating, which a lot of Dell's monitors suffered from. The latest ones have a lighter coating.

  3. Pieterr, May 10, 2015
    Last edited: May 10, 2015

    Pieterr macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2015
    The Netherlands
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    Hi and thanks for your help, that will give me plenty of reading to do.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  6. durruti macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2004
    Currently using U2515. Working great for me.

    DPI is comfortable for text and my eyesight.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    Hi thanks again for the advice, I almost purchased the U2415 but a little concerned about the few films and games played giving me top and bottom bands.
    I feel the extra vertical pixels would be good for surfing and documents but not so good as 16-9 res for the above items.
    I think I need to view the U2414H and U2415 before I decide.
  8. frank4 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    A pair of Dell S2340L IPS monitors are connected to my 2011 mini and I like them a lot. These monitors last year were sometimes very inexpensive compared to the U series ($140 compared to $250 U2412M on sale) but unfortunately the price has gone up.

    Here is a review I put on the Dell site (Nov./2014):

    "I am using a pair of S2340L monitors with a 2011 Apple Mac Mini. One of the monitors is driven direct from an HDMI port and the other uses a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter to connect to the Thunderbolt connector.
    I also considered the Dell U2412M which is better quality and has additional features but I decided the extras were not really necessary for me. The S2340L does everything I need, most importantly it has excellent sharpness and colour at an attractive price level.
    - very good colour quality, possibly because the screen has minimal or no anti-reflection coatings
    - colour quality similar to recent Mac displays
    - glossy screen not a problem in my controlled environment
    - displayed material also looks good when viewed from the sides and above
    - good size, low power requirements
    - several menu adjustments for sharpness, brightness, colour etc
    - HDMI cable is IMO preferable to older bulky DVI cables and connectors
    - monitor could be used as a TV, with HDMI from source device
    - monitor is fairly resistant to wobble from work surface vibration
    - a fairly good looking and unobtrusive monitor
    - my 2 monitors have slightly different colour quality which was a problem at first. Fortunately I was able to adjust them with a rough visual calibration to get colour profiles that give a very close match.
    - menu buttons are small and require high force to operate
    - glossy screen could be a problem in a bright room
    - "IPS Glow" reduces contrast of some dark material, such as movie outer space scenes
    - only HDMI and VGA input connectors (HDMI is OK for me)
    - HDMI cable could be more securely fastened at the back of the monitor to prevent falling out, but no problem yet
    - monitor uses a small (4x2x1") external AC power supply"
  9. Pieterr macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2015
    The Netherlands
    The U2515H has a 16:9 aspect ratio (good for movies) but also has 1440 vertical pixels (good for surfing and documents), i.e. the best of both worlds. :)
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    HI, yes the U2515H looks a very good screen but I may just go for the U2414H, reasons being a slightly smaller footprint and still larger than my current 20 inch and also larger pixel pitch than U2515H.
    I definitely need to view a few of the Dell models before deciding, but thanks for the advice.
  11. DFWHD macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    I used a U2414H with my rMBP for around 6 months. It's a great monitor. I upgraded to a U2715H just for size, but if I needed a 24" again, I'd buy it in a second.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    I have just purchased the Dell U2414H and so far very pleased with it.
    I have it connected HDMI to HDMI at present which works well but will also try it with a MDP to HDMI adaptor, as I would like to use the HDMI out port for connection to my tv.
  13. Pieterr macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2015
    The Netherlands
    The U2414H has a DisplayPort input too. You can connect the monitor using a mini-displayport-to-displayport cable to your Mac. Then the HDMI will be free for connecting to your TV.
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    Hi Pieterr, as I already have a 5mtr HDMI lead which is the length that I need,I thought I would just get an HDMI to mini-display port connector for connecting to the mac mini, hopefully this will work.
  15. Pieterr macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2015
    The Netherlands
    Please note, a 15 feet DP cable may be cheaper than the adapter.
  16. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2015
    Yes you may well be right I had not really thought about it, I will have to check it out, thanks.

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