2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 6:31 PM by John Fenton
boondoggle74 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am purchasing a new Mac Mini. Can I use a HDMI-connected HD TV as my primary monitor? I am going to use the Mini as a music server, so I won't be doing detailed work using the monitor.

 

Thx.


Mac mini
  • 1. Re: Can I use a HDMI connected HD TV as my primary monitor?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Hi, yes you can, assuming the TV resolution is 1920*1200 or less the HDMI port works directly...

    HD Graphics 4000Integrated
    Details:This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

     

    Also see: What type of video system is provided by the Aluminum Mac mini models? Which are integrated and which are dedicated? Can the video be upgraded?
    512 MB*512 MB*
    Details:*Apple quietly reports that with 4 GB of RAM installed, this model uses 512 MB of RAM for graphics. With additional RAM installed, more RAM may be reserved for graphics use.
    Dual Displays1920x1200*
    Details:*This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI display or a DVI display using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and 2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
    Dual/Mirroring*2560x1600*
    Details:*This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and 2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/specs/mac-mini-core-i7-2.3-late-2 012-specs.html

  • 2. Re: Can I use a HDMI connected HD TV as my primary monitor?
    John Fenton Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Yes, as BDAqua said.

     

    I've been using a Vizio 26" 1080p Razor LED-LCD TV as my monitor since I got my base Mac mini (Late 2012) 3 weeks ago. I finally ordered a 27" monitor this week, but the TV gave me time to decided what kind of monitor I really wanted. (And it's actually not half bad.)