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I see the new Mini mac is getting good reviews.

I have a 2012 iMac and an even older Macbook Pro, both of which I had upgraded to SSD.

Talk of a new iMac next year.

I am considering buying a new Mini Mac and understand that it has a HDMI slot, with this I could connect to my 4K TV and watch on a 42" screen.

Is it posssible to connect to a TV or would I need to buy a dedicated computer screen ?

john

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If the computer has a HDMI output and the TV has a HDMI input, yes you can connect to the TV and display the computer on the TV.

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My original post was badly worded.

What I should have said is, Will the workings of a computer run on a TV ?

I know both have a HDMI connection but do they "Speak" to eack other in same language.

 

john

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4 hours ago, jonwilly said:

My original post was badly worded.

What I should have said is, Will the workings of a computer run on a TV ?

I know both have a HDMI connection but do they "Speak" to eack other in same language.

 

john

You are wording your question strangely 

 

An HDMI output will, in general, display on a display with an HDMI input.

 

Can you use a TV as a computer monitor? Yes. But it will be a poor choice as a TV has a very low resolution compared to even a low quality computer monitor. 
 

Computer monitors are designed for viewing at close distance so have small pixels at high density. TVs are designed for viewing at much greater distances so have larger much less dense pixels. 

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On 12/27/2020 at 6:31 PM, jonwilly said:

Thank you.

I am a user not an expert on electronics.

If I don't know I ask.

 

john

I was thinking the same, I’m waiting for a apple silicon iMac too, and was thinking of getting a m1 mini to keep me going until the new iMac is released.

I thought what could I do with the Mac mini, put it under the TV? There are so many better and cheaper alternatives, even my TV has some pretty capable software. Putting it under the TV is a bit of a waste.
I will wait, my old unsupported MacBook Pro can keep going until a new desktop replacement arrives.

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6 hours ago, jonwilly said:

I have found that I can watch vids from my iPad on my TV using my HMDI cable, so I think I will be OK using a Mac Mini.

 

john

As mentioned you will sacrifice a great deal of resolution by doing that, so as I said yes it will display and if you just want to watch movies you probably will not notice much difference. But if you want to do anything related to text you will only be able to use about ½ to ⅓ of the usual screen space as the quoted TV resolution is interlaced so is about ½ the published number.

 

The Mac Mini is able to put out 4096 x 2160 on HDMI at 60Hz that is a resolution virtually no TVs are capable of displaying with any degree of sharpness if they can display it at all.

 

Your iPad can’t produce anything like that on it’s own display whichever iPad you have.


so if you are happy with the low resolution you will get using a TV great, but know that it could be much better with a monitor.

 

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Just ordered a Mini Mac from Apple Singapore will be delivered 17/06 to 21/06. so will get an answer then.

I have been happy watching my iPad on my TV last few days and if not happy then my local dealer will get to sell me a Monitor.

 

john

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28 minutes ago, jonwilly said:

Just ordered a Mini Mac from Apple Singapore will be delivered 17/06 to 21/06. so will get an answer then.

I have been happy watching my iPad on my TV last few days and if not happy then my local dealer will get to sell me a Monitor.

 

john

If your TV supports 4096 by 2160 pixels at 60Hz (HDMI)or

 Up to 6016 by 3384 pixels at 60 Hz your TV may be OK

 

The iPad display is likely to be 2160-by-1620-pixel resolution though that depends on the iPad it could be slightly different but not by much

 

So you need about double the resolution on your TV compared to your iPad 

also the pixels on a monitor are much smaller because you use them at very different distances 

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Quite happy with the way my iPad Pro plays on my TV.

I am not a nerd just a user, looking forward to playing on TV with the Mini Mac, problems then I  can afford a monitor.

 

john

Not had a new toy for a couple of years.

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1 hour ago, jonwilly said:

Just ordered a Mini Mac from Apple Singapore will be delivered 17/06 to 21/06. so will get an answer then.

I have been happy watching my iPad on my TV last few days and if not happy then my local dealer will get to sell me a Monitor.

 

john


I was waiting for a big iMac, but got tired of waiting so I bought a 250GB / 16GB RAM last week - it’s pretty damn cool .. not like a computer experience, but different from a iPad experience. I think you will be really pleased.

 

Im just confused why you would use it with a TV, you can stream video over wifi to your smart TV / android box / appleTV. Anyways, each to their own, it will do what you want but just a bit excessive.

 

The Mac mini does come with home, TV+ app and I also got a 3 month subscription to Apple Arcade so you can play mini motorways on your TV - but there is no Netflix or HBOgo app.

 

Hope all works out well.

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It will be nice to be able to do most of my computer work from comfort of my Laz Boy Chair. 

Also during the smog season I go away to the seaside for a couple of months. the hotel I use has TVs with a HDMI connection which will be very good for me.

Thanks folks for all useful comments.

 

john

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