Question regarding displays to use with my Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jm31828, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. jm31828 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2015
    About a year ago I decided to jump into the Mac world- I went cheap and bought a Mac Mini for $650 (the 2014 version with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive). I already had an external monitor (non Apple) so I didn't want to spend the extra money for an iMac even though that would have been my preference.

    Well now my old monitor is dying and I will need to buy a new one. I really like Apple displays, but the $1,000 price tag for the Thunderbolt display seems crazy. If I combine that with the $650 I paid for the Mac Mini, I'd be way ahead of what I would have spent last year to just get an iMac.

    So my question is, is a Mac Mini with an external Thunderbolt display equal to what you have with an iMac, or is this actually a superior setup display or other hardware-wise?

    It may sound weird, but I am just curious because I am considering a cheaper alternative monitor from Dell or elsewhere, but yet know that it's hard to beat the Apple display. I just would like to know if I would be overpaying for the same setup I would have had with an iMac now by buying the Thunderbolt display, or if I would actually somehow have a better setup than I would have had with the iMac. (mentally trying to justify not going with the iMac now a year later)
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    I would recommend a non Apple monitor. It may be refreshed any time. It's not worth 1k IMHO.

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