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I need a new monitor-to buy miniDisplay port or Thunderbolt port monitor?

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My monitor just crashed, so I need to buy a new monitor soon.  My mac mini is intel 2.4 GHz core 2 duo.  I just had a 500 GB HD installed by Apple because original 320GB HD crashed, so I am not ready to upgrade to a new mac mini which will come with a Thunderbolt port.


What I would like advice on is if I buy the refurbished Apple display with the miniDisplay port which was originally released "September 2010" to accompany my Mac Mini (Mid 2010), how long before I need to upgrade this hardware because these will not be supported?


I use 10.6.8 now and am happy with this OS, and I could upgrade to Lion/Mountain Lion if I had to, but am I wasting my money  on a 2010 monitor when I should just buy the latest new Mac Mini with the TB port and buy the latest TB monitor?


Thank you in advance for your response.

PS I love Mac Mini's.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8), '10 500GB 2.4 Intel Core2Duo 2GB
  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    I don't think you will run into trouble with the non-thunderbolt monitor or the 2010 Mac Mini not being supported anytime soon. Keep in mind that plenty of Mac users (including my daughter) use commercial, non-Apple monitors (hers is by Samsung) via a miniDisplay-to-DVI adaptor (there are also miniDisplay-to-VGA adaptors and other types as well) and a ordinary DVI cable. These PC-type monitors work fine with 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 etc. I don't see any issue with these or your pre-thunderbolt Apple display working well into the future. They all use standard interfaces.


    My only reservation would be with the "refurbished" unit. That means it probably broke in the past for someone. So make sure it comes with some sort of warranty.  You might look into "regular" monitors made by Samsung, etc. Some of them are really high quality, such as the one used by my image-fussy photographer daughter. They only cost about $100.


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