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Finding a 1920 x 1200 Display
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Aug 20, 2011, 04:14 PM
 
The latest Mac Mini supports up to 1920 x 1200 resolution (assuming you can't afford a Thunderbolt display). Why is it so difficult to find a monitor that supports that resolution? There are tons with 1920 x 1080. Do those additional 120 vertical pixels matter that much?
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 05:22 PM
 
Just out of curiosity, is there a way to attach the current 2011 Mac mini to a 30" Apple Cinema Display.? My uninformed guess thinks the included HDMI to DVI Adapter is not Dual-Link.
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 05:58 PM
 
1900x1200 is a limitation of HDMI. Mini DisplayPort will do it with the right adaptor.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB571Z/A
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Aug 20, 2011, 06:21 PM
 
So you would need not one but two expensive adaptors?
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 06:25 PM
 
No, the 30" is a DVI display. Plugs straight into the one I linked above.
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Aug 20, 2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Thanks! How did you do that? I looked at NewEgg, but I couldn't figure out how to display only 1920 x 1200 resolution monitors.
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 07:36 PM
 
Select "LCD Monitors", then go through the available search parameters in the left sidebar. Make "Recommended Resolution = 1920 x 1200".
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 07:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Select "LCD Monitors", then go through the available search parameters in the left sidebar. Make "Recommended Resolution = 1920 x 1200".
Cool, thanks. So what about a display that's 1920 x 1080? Do the extra 120 vertical pixels make much of a difference?
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 08:05 PM
 
They do if you want to watch 1080p video full screen, then the image will be stretched.
     
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Aug 20, 2011, 08:12 PM
 
Yeah, chances are you'd be better off with 1900x1080 if you watch movies.
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Aug 20, 2011, 08:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Yeah, chances are you'd be better off with 1900x1080 if you watch movies.
Don't you mean 1920 x 1080?
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 01:58 AM
 
find a used 23'' apple cinema display. The max output is exactly 1920 x 1200
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 02:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
No, the 30" is a DVI display. Plugs straight into the one I linked above.
Yes, that's the display I have. But I don't understand how that solves anything by itself since the 2011 Mac mini lacks both, a DVI port and a MiniDisplay port. Hence I thought you still need two adaptors, the one you linked to and the included HDMI to DVI adaptor. Kind of a mess.
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 02:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by selowitch View Post
The latest Mac Mini supports up to 1920 x 1200 resolution (assuming you can't afford a Thunderbolt display). Why is it so difficult to find a monitor that supports that resolution? There are tons with 1920 x 1080. Do those additional 120 vertical pixels matter that much?
My Dell 2408wfp is 1900x1200. Looks like their new U2412 is as well. HP has a few too.

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So you would need not one but two expensive adaptors?
How about one slightly less expensive adapter?

Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
They do if you want to watch 1080p video full screen, then the image will be stretched.
Why not just letterbox it?

Originally Posted by angelmb View Post
Yes, that's the display I have. But I don't understand how that solves anything by itself since the 2011 Mac mini lacks both, a DVI port and a MiniDisplay port. Hence I thought you still need two adaptors, the one you linked to and the included HDMI to DVI adaptor. Kind of a mess.
The 2011 Mac mini has a Mini-DisplayPort (the Thunderbolt port doubles as a MDP and shares the same connector).
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Aug 21, 2011, 03:47 AM
 
Originally Posted by selowitch View Post
So what about a display that's 1920 x 1080? Do the extra 120 vertical pixels make much of a difference?
Letterboxing with the extra 120 pixels isn't bad, nothing like on a 4:3 display. It leaves just the right space at the bottom for a control bar or subtitles, without having them appear on the video. Likewise if the menu bar appears at the top.
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 05:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by angelmb View Post
Yes, that's the display I have. But I don't understand how that solves anything by itself since the 2011 Mac mini lacks both, a DVI port and a MiniDisplay port.
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Mini Displayport devices plugged into a Thunderbolt port will function as normal DP monitor.
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 08:16 AM
 
The 2011 Mac mini has a Mini-DisplayPort (the Thunderbolt port doubles as a MDP and shares the same connector).
Mini Displayport devices plugged into a Thunderbolt port will function as normal DP monitor.
I was not aware of that. Thanks for clearing it up.
     
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Aug 21, 2011, 01:20 PM
 
Well, that's the whole point of Thunderbolt using the mDP connector — it incorporates DisplayPort as one of the protocols!
     
   
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