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Jimmy Hat Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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Oct 21, 2009 12:14 PM
Hi there,

Currently considering an iMac or Mac mini and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a good widescreen monitor on a budget to go with the mini if I go down that route..?

Many thanks,

JH
MacBook Pro 17" 2.93GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • compnovo Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 12:33 PM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I have two Acer monitors, a 17" standard and a 23" widescreen (model H233H) that I'm currently using and have been very pleased with both --- no dead pixels, good contrast and brightness.
    I purchased mine at Costco but you can also get one from Newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009162&Tpk=h233h

    Bryan

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    Mac Mini 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.1), and a Wallstreet G3 with OS 10.2.8/OS 9.2.2
  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 4:25 PM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    We have a Samsung LCD 22" widescreen monitor with DVI port for a mini-to-monitor connection. Works great, bought from Sam's. Suggest you buy locally, and Sams and Costco are two good sources. By mail order, vendors often have a minimum number of dead pixels required before you can return a monitor, and if yours has less, it could still be enough to bug the tar out of you.
    PB G4 1.67ghz 2gb; mini G4 1.5ghz 1gb, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BSteely Level 5 Level 5 (7,635 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 11:38 PM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I really like my Samsung 2343bwx connected to my mini. Good value.
  • The_Snarf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:01 AM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I had to choose one month ago a monitor for a Mac mini on a cost base and ended up with a Samsung SyncMaster T240. You have to like the casing, as it is more a tv screen look. But you get 1900x1200 resolution, connectors for DVI, VGA and HDMI. There is also a 2port USB2 Hub included and also low power consumption in standby.

    cheers, Snarf
    MBP, mac mini server, mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • BBQBob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2009 11:26 AM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I have my mini connected to my LG 42" LCD TV. Works great. My recommendation is to let your TV do double duty in U can.

    Bob
    MACmini, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • JustPerfect Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2009 11:12 AM (in response to BBQBob)
    I like the 42" LG idea BBQBob! Which model? How connected: HDMI; DVI; USB??
    MacBook Pro Core2 2.2Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Dual display: 15.4 TFT & 30 Cinema
  • MrXXXXXXX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 3, 2009 8:26 AM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I just hooked up my new mini to the ADC, 30" (2560x1600)....Looks great.
    unibody 15" Macbook pro Late 2008, macMini 2.53, 4ram, 320hdd, Mac OS X (10.6), "rookie", Airport Extreme(dualband), Mybook 1TB
  • helloiamamac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2009 9:13 PM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    This is a follow up to the Acer 23". This is a good monitor that comes with every possible cable you could need. The picture is good but the sound is really below par, almost like a cheap radio. I use headphones ($10 or less at walmart or similar) instead of the speakers. The Acer should run about $230 with taxes.
    MM09/4GBRAM/320GBHD, fast, cheap
  • John2219 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2009 12:17 PM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    Beware of Samsung monitors that require MagicTune software (no buttons) to adjust the display settings: brightness, contrast, and all.

    For me, MagicTune is failing to run on a brand new Mac mini, so I have no way of adjusting the brightness...it's too bright for me. I started a topic about this.
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Targon Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Nov 19, 2009 9:53 PM (in response to MrXXXXXXX)
    [quote]I just hooked up my new mini to the ADC, 30" (2560x1600)....Looks great.[/quote]

    Not making much sense here dude. You mean the 30" Apple Cinema Display? ADC = Apple Display Connector. If so of course it looks great it is a beautiful display, but that is useless information. What is important is how the mini's integrated video chip which is using main memory handles such a massive display with a hi-res such as 2560x1600.

    Specifically, is expose' choppy? How about resizing windows such as Finder windows with background pictures in icon view, is it fluid or choppy? How about scrolling large PDF files with many charts, images etc is this choppy and is the CPU getting taxed? (open Activity Monitor and hit command+4 to display the horizontal CPU meters).

    Post back let us know some details
    MBP 15", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 10.5 is the poorest quality OS X release to date. FIX IT!!
  • throsnis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2009 7:12 AM (in response to Jimmy Hat)
    I got a Samsung Syncmaster 932bw 19 inch lcd monitor a year ago for my desktop pc and when I got my mini last month it hooked up with no problem. Beautiful display. You can pick one up for as little as 99 bucks.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • chemadmac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 30, 2009 11:37 AM (in response to MrXXXXXXX)
    I would also be very intersted by how this thing works.

    Any problem with the mini-display port to dual-link DVI adapter ? Any lines on the screen when displaying a very dark image full screen ?

    I would actually appreciate any details on this because I'm about to buy the same stuff, and I'm pretty much scared by the comments about the adapter here and there.

    I hate glossy screens and noisy machines, so the mini with the 30" Cinema Display is a dream, unless they don't work together well.
    Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • MrXXXXXXX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:13 AM (in response to Targon)
    ACD expose is not choppy
    unibody 15" Macbook pro Late 2008, 2.53 mini, iphone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4), "rookie", 2.53 mini, Airport Extreme(dualband) 7.4.1, Mybook 1TB
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