Which lead to connect Mac Mini to Dell Ultrasharp U2412M for best image quality??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by northernmonkeyz, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. northernmonkeyz macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011
    Just ordered a late 2012 Mac Mini i5 with 8gb Ram and I am just about to order the Dell Ultrasharp U2412M for £220 on Amazon.
    I have 2 questions, firstly will I need a different lead other to those that come with it to get the best picture on the monitor? If so what is it called?
    Secondly, for the price is there anything else that you would suggest instead of the Dell (similar budget)?
    My main use will be photo editing and watching movies (no gaming).
    I also don’t mind buying used.
  2. NinjaDuck macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2013
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    The Dell Ultrasharp is awesome. I have one and it is great.

    Ways to connect:
    1. Mini-display port to display port cable. (Not provided)
    2. DVI cable. (Provided)
  3. northernmonkeyz thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011
  4. CoolHotCold macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2009
    The Dell U series are seriously good monitors.

    I'm also getting a U series but the 2713HM and Displayport connection or DL-DVI are the only way to drive the 2560 by 1440, for the 24" version you'll be fine with a mini displayport to displayport cable, or the included HDMI to DVI adaptor and the DVI cable in the box.

    For me I would either get a Dell U series in the 16:10 format or a HP ZR series. Both are great, but if you're not gaming then the Dell beats the HP ZR on connectivity.

    And yes that link you shared is the correct cable if you want to use the Displayport connection.
  5. northernmonkeyz thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011

    Well thanks to the comments on here I went ahead and got the Dell U2412M and I got it for £220 new with free delivery.

    Do you think the bundle I bought sounds like a good deal?
    Mac Mini i5 with 8gb RAM (Late 2012)
    Apple Care till March 2016
    Apple magic mouse
    Apple wireless keyboard

    All of the above is 7 months old and boxed in as new condition all for £550.

    Does this sound ok?

    All in with the Dell is £770 (1238.08 US Dollars)
  6. CoolHotCold macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2009
    Considering that a new system will cost £550ish+ £129 + £59 + ~£40 then yes it's a very good deal, though if you're in Portsmouth you can collect the monitor from novatech for the same price for convince
  7. Aniseedvan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2012
    The "D. Evans" review on that cable is me..
    I bought the white one for my MBP last year and it's worked flawlessly.

    I have two dell ultra sharps, the older 2209WA as a secondary and neither have had an issue in years.

    I still run two windows laptops, one for work and one for my photo editing, so having something that will play with everything is important.

    Hovering over a Mac mini as the MBA is proving too popular in the house and I'm constantly having space issues...

    Enjoy your purchases!
  8. northernmonkeyz thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011
    Thank you for the post.
    I truly cant wait to get it!
    I haven't had a Mac since the old blue iMac....been PC since then!
    Concerned about calibration tho as I dont have any hardware for it.
  9. CoolHotCold macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2009

    The Dell Ultrasharp come pre-calibrated out of the box to a very, very respectable standard.
  10. Aniseedvan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2012
    I've got a spyder 3 pro and there's a little difference but not huge.

    My last mac before my air was a LC475 bought in '93 I think and use of classics at uni. When the air first started up with the chime, I had a tear of nostalgia!
  11. northernmonkeyz thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011
    They still use the chime? I miss that chime.
  12. Chevelle macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    What's the best way to hook up to the monster 30" u3014?
  13. Ritte macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    I'm using mini-displayport to displayport to hook up my um2713hm, works really good!

    You'll be using thunderbolt-port.
  14. ocabj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2009
    I have three U2412M displays (one at home; 2 at work) that I use with the same Mac Mini. I calibrated all three and I'll tell you right now, you should definitely calibrate yours if you plan on doing any photo editing on it. When you flip between before and after on the calibrated profile, it's like night and day.
  15. Hungry&Foolish Suspended

    Mar 29, 2012
    Any drivers needed to go with the Mini?
  16. hudson1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2012
  17. al404 macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2011
    Novara, Italy
    bring back this discussion

    i have 2 monitor connect to my mini, hdmi -> for secondary and i already have a thunderbolt to DVI adapter that i use on dell monitor

    is it wort it to by a minidisplay port to displayport cable?
    does image quality improve?
  18. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    You should buy the $300 Monster Display port cables that are gold plated. /Sarcasm.

    Anything other than VGA cables are going to send digital signals to your monitor, i.e. a series of 1s and 0s. Unless you have a need unrelated to the quality of the displayed image, there is no reason to chose one over the other.

    HDMI will send audio, other than that, there is no real difference and the display will look identical as long as you are choosing to send digital signals, regardless of of the connection.
  19. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    If the monitor is 1920x1200 (like the Dell U2412) then no, it won't make a difference. The only reason for getting a mini-dp cable is if you want to connect a second computer to the DVI input on the monitor & switch between the two.

    If the monitor is 2560x1440 (like the 27" Dell U2713) then yes, you'll need to use a displayport cable (or a more expensive TB to dual-link DVI adapter) to get full resolution.

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