new iMacs as a monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Zillion, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Zillion macrumors regular

    Zillion

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #1
    I read this post http://blog.fosketts.net/2010/01/05/27-imac-monitor-tips/

    However if I read the specs from the iMacs it says only Mini DisplayPort output, which btw I cant see on the image.

    Is it still possible to use the iMac also as an external display for a PC with Display Port or a Macbook?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Lagmonster macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    #2
    Not yet. We need a Thunderbolt adapter. Soon i hope!
     
  3. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

    iSayuSay

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    #3
    Essentially, mDP on 2011 iMac has been modified to be a Thunderbolt port. Too bad they have identical port, but works very differently.

    Thunderbolt port works as universal I/O port, and this include display mode. So in case you want to use iMac 2011 as display, you need some sort of adaptor.

    Whether it is adaptor for mDP-Thunderbolt, or HDMI-Thunderbolt, or even DVI-Thunderbolt.

    It's not just mDP port as we know it all along. So you can't use it with another PC with mDP but without Thunderbolt.

    That's why currently there only 2 devices on earth which can use iMac 2011 as display directly. Macbook Pro early 2011, and another iMac of the same gen :D
     
  4. Zillion thread starter macrumors regular

    Zillion

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #4
    Thx a lot for ur answers! I guess I need to get an older iMac if I want this.
     
  5. dgr macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2011
    #5
    or just get the new version and hope/wait for the adapter.
     
  6. creepy crab macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    #6
    Or just live in the knowledge that a third party will make an adapter. i'm sure this will be called a gamble by some, but in all seriousness, TB is soon going to be standard on all apple machines, and the need for a universal display mode will be overwhelming. Theres an adapter for absolutely everything, but sometimes with new tech it takes a while.

    I was in the same position as you as i need my imac act as my monitor for everything, including blu-ray and xbox, but the adapter will come!
     
  7. Zillion thread starter macrumors regular

    Zillion

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Location:
    The Netherlands
  8. Chris5488 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    Belgium
    #8
    Well, I have been searching and searching for a solution to connect my Xbox 360 to my 2011 iMac since the HDMI to mini-Displayport converters are useless since Thunderbolt.

    This is the best option I have found: the Blackmagic Intensity Extreme.
    It's an HDMI capture card which uses Thunderbolt. It relies on a video editing program like Final Cut or Adobe Premiere but if you're not recording put the playback on fullscreen you get the same result :)

    As long as you're not recording the signal there will hardly be any lag.
    It's not a perfect solution (limited to HDMI and it's resolutions) but you won't have any EDID- or brightness problems :) I really hope this works lag-free since this could be THE solution I have been waiting for (and so many others).
     

Share This Page