Monitor Sharpness issue with Mac Mini (HP Pav. 27xi)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by exy, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. exy macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2015

    I bought a HP Pavillon 27xi. I connected it via HDMI to my mid 2012 Mac Mini. I am quite disappointed with quality (especially fonts). Is it a settings issue or is that particular monitor not compatible with Mac Mini?

    I would appreciate any advice or guidance.

    Here are the specs:

    HP Pavilion 27xi - LED monitor

    Design and feature highlights
    Connectivity:HDMI, DVI, VGA
    Ergonomic options:25-degree back tilt
    Resolution:1,920x1,080 pixels
    Aspect ratio:16:9
    VESA wall-mount support:No
    Included video cables:DVI, VGA
    Panel type:e-IPS
    Screen film:Glossy
    Number of presets:5
    Overdrive: No
    Picture options:Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness
    Color controls:RGB and 3 color temperature options
    Gamma control: No
    Additional features:Enhance+
  2. marclondon macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2009
    It's a big monitor with a low number of pixels for the size - not the sort of monitor that's going to give you good text. It's probably fine for movies and everyday web and email but it's not going to be much good for say desktop publishing.

  3. nep macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2014
  4. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
  5. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    This was my exact experience with a 27" Asus monitor, I tried a number of things including RGB and font smoothing before I returned it. The unfortunate truth is the only way to truly make the fonts look better is to cram more pixels in there, unfortunately this isn't possible. I returned the 27" monitor and replaced it with an ultrawide (29" LG) and have been immensely happy with it.

    I think the only way to approach a 27" monitor is with it being at least 1440, anything less the text is going to look blocky.
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009

    I wish we had a sticky that basically said "DO NOT BUY 1080P 27" MONITORS"

    how many of these threads do we need? My personal opinion for minimum resolution are as follows:

    23" - 1920 x 1080
    24" - 1920 x 1200
    27" - 2560 x 1440

    Now I do use two 24" 1080P's at my office, but since I didn't get a lot of say in it, I'm okay with it. They make my 23" 1080P's look so much sharper even though they are only 1" difference.

    27" 1080P monitors should be abolished. Those are TV's, not monitors....
  7. marclondon macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2009
    I've got two monitors on my Mini - one is a 24" 1920 x 1200 which is good but the other is one of the best I've had - a 22" but also with 1920 x 1200 - this is excellent for text work. (it's an Eizo).

  8. exy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2015

    I bought the oroginal display adapter instead of connecting the monitor directly via HDMI. It solved the problem. The monitor and fonts look very good.
  9. DanGoh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2014

    What "oroginal display adapter" did you buy? Mini displayport to HDMI?
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    paulrbeers wrote above:
    [[ I wish we had a sticky that basically said "DO NOT BUY 1080P 27" MONITORS" ]]

    I strongly disagree.

    My PREFERENCE is for a mid-rez 27" monitor with 1080p resolution.

    But -- my eyes are older and I need larger text. Once I had better-than 20/20 vision, but those times are long gone.

    It doesn't matter -how clear- "small text" is -- I simply can't see it to read it, clarity is not a factor. Even a retina display would not help.

    With 1080p @ 27", I can run the display in native resolution and still use "normal point sizes" for text, and it becomes readable to me.

    I realize that younger folks, looking at such a display, will protest loudly that "it's too grainy". My response to them is -- wait forty more years.
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I empathize, but this seems like a crude solution to a simple problem. OSX is one of the best OSes for scaling visual elements. You can choose exactly how large or small you want text and other UI elements to be. A monitor with a better resolution, will allow for better scaling. There is research that backs this up too, text of set height was easier to read when it was sharper than when it was more pixelated. Meaning, on either monitor you can set the text to be a half-inch tall - but it will be easier to read for those who do not have good eyesight on the higher resolution monitor.

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