Monitor for 2015 Mac Mini

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  1. grand.dad macrumors newbie

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    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 regular

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    Have a look at the reviews here:

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk

    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.

    M.
     
  3. Pieterr, May 10, 2015
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  4. grand.dad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi and thanks for your help, that will give me plenty of reading to do.
     
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    Currently using U2515. Working great for me.

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

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    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

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    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.
    Pros:
    - 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
    Cons:
    - 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

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    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. grand.dad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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. grand.dad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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. grand.dad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    Please note, a 15 feet DP cable may be cheaper than the adapter.
     
  16. grand.dad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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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