Using a 2018 Mac Mini with a 4K TV

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68020

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    Hey so I've been thinking of buying a 2018 Mac Mini and I thought of using it with my 4K LG TV instead of with a monitor on a desk. I already have a wireless Apple Keyboard and trackpad. Would this be a good idea or would an UHD TV not be as good a picture as a computer monitor? I currently have a 2014 13" MacBook Pro which still works well but I'd like to upgrade.
     
  2. gigatoaster macrumors regular

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    Hello there

    I do it too but I added a Apple TV 4K & Infuse as there is some stuttering on my OLED TV with the mini.
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have an Apple TV 4K. I'm just wondering if it would be practical for everyday use to have a Mac Mini connected to my 4K TV. I think I'm looking to avoid having a traditional desk setup.
     
  4. gigatoaster macrumors regular

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    Well, depend on what you would use the mini for. Personally, I use it only fir uTorrent & roon. Working on a 4K TV is weird, I am not used to it. I use my MacBook Pro for that.
     
  5. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You connect your MacBook Pro to your 4K TV? I've tried that with mine but my 2014 MBP can only do 30Hz whereas the newer ones can do 60Hz.
     
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    Nope, I use only the Apple TV 4K to watch TV shows. I turn the TV off when listening to music via Roon.
     
  7. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I’ve never heard of Roon. I stream my music via AirPlay to my Apple TV into my AV receiver.
     
  8. gigatoaster macrumors regular

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    I use Roon because it takes advantage of my DAC connected via USB to the mini. I upsample in DSD128 with it.

    This thing is mostly used by some people into hifi or audiophile. It’s very expensive, though.
     
  9. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmm okay. Well I'm not at that level yet. I have quite a way to go.
     
  10. getrealbro, Jun 9, 2019
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    Been there. Done that. You might want to think about these 3 questions…

    1 - Do you live alone?
    - Using your only TV as a Monitor can be a relationship challenge :) She wants to watch TV and you want/need to use the Mini.

    2 - How big is your 4K TV?
    - Anything bigger than 32in will make the UI look very large. If you like your 13”MBP you’re used to a much smaller UI.

    3 - Where do you plan to sit while a) watching TV b) using your Mini?
    - The comfortable viewing distance and seating for watching TV vs using a computer are usually quite different.

    GetRealBro
     
  11. a2jack macrumors regular

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    I use TVs as monitors with older mini Macs. They work fine at 1080i.

    On our main TV,4k, 55" TCL. we use a $30 fire stick for 4k and an 09 mini for peeks at the internet and mail. TV has 3 HDMI inputs.

    My main day to day computer, a 2012 mini, runs a 32" TCL TV, at 1080i and other resolutions.

    We have two other Minis on TVs in the house. All videos, and text look great. a2
     

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