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A few questions about the Mac Mini....

I'm pricing out a Mac Mini right now because of my tax returns and I've always had a laptop. I don't need the laptop to travel, but I prefer to sit in my living room in my 'comfy' chair and do things on my laptop. So I was thinking about just using Apple's wireless keyboard/mouse an hooking up the mini to my TV. Is there ANY reason why I should not do this, or be able to do this? I figure I can just hook it up to a video input and be able to access it via TV1/TV2.

Thanks guys...

Also, how would the Mac Mini compare to my current Dell laptop 5150?

And lastly is there any problem with leaving a desktop on 24/7?

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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

LOLs I bought my Mini last week, still waiting on it to arrive. It's in Houston right now, but for some reason they didn't deliver it today. Instead I got the Wireless keboard and the mouse delivered. Im a n00b in the mac world also, as soon as I get it (which should be monday) I got the1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512, and the 100GB Serial ATA drive. Can't wait for it to get here, Ill make a thread and post pics when I get it. Maybe not




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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

Even with an HDTV, quality is going to suffer when hooking it up to a tv. Not so much with videos, and pictures. But text will be harder to read and such.
Ive had my comp hooked up to my tv in my room, (32" Toshiba flatscreen) and its real hard to read any typing.

Also hooked up to a 54" HDTV downstairs, quality is better, but still not as good as you get on a standard crt monitor.

BTW, with the tv in my room it was hooked up with an S cable, with the tv downstairs just a simple video cable, it has a name, but i forgot it.


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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

[quote author=nappyjim link=topic=41916.msg614781#msg614781 date=1142148781]
Even with an HDTV, quality is going to suffer when hooking it up to a tv.* Not so much with videos, and pictures.* But text will be harder to read and such.
Ive had my comp hooked up to my tv in my room, (32" Toshiba flatscreen)* and its real hard to read any typing.

Also hooked up to a 54" HDTV downstairs, quality is better, but still not as good as you get on a standard crt monitor.

BTW, with the tv in my room it was hooked up with an S cable, with the tv downstairs just a simple video cable, it has a name, but i forgot it.
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Damn, why is this?? Is it because of the size or something?

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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

Im not an expert, but its just because of the pixels and how tv renders images and text compared to how monitors render it.


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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

[quote author=BAM6I4 link=topic=41916.msg614995#msg614995 date=1142180762]
[quote author=nappyjim link=topic=41916.msg614781#msg614781 date=1142148781]
Even with an HDTV, quality is going to suffer when hooking it up to a tv. Not so much with videos, and pictures. But text will be harder to read and such.
Ive had my comp hooked up to my tv in my room, (32" Toshiba flatscreen) and its real hard to read any typing.

Also hooked up to a 54" HDTV downstairs, quality is better, but still not as good as you get on a standard crt monitor.

BTW, with the tv in my room it was hooked up with an S cable, with the tv downstairs just a simple video cable, it has a name, but i forgot it.
[/quote]

Damn, why is this?? Is it because of the size or something?

Also, nice tailights, where'd you get em? lol
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HDTV's max out at 1920x1080, and VERY few HDTV's have even that res (my 32" LCD TV is 1366x1080, and even that's on the high side), and that's in a huge box (30, 40, 50", whatever your TV is). By comparison, my 23" LCD panel (computer) is 1920x1200.. If you don't have an HDTV, don't even bother, quality is basically unusable.

This has nothing tod o with it being a mac/mac mini, and everything to do with it being a TV you're outputting to.

That being said, I know people who do do it. A buddy of mine uses his 32" 1920x1080 LCD HDTV as his monitor, for the most part. You can output to an HDTV via S-vid, component, HDMI or DVI, assuming you get the proper adapters (and depending on the inputs your TV has).

As for a comparison to the Dell 5150... the dual core Mac mini is probably a bit faster proc. Faster drive. Has a CD burner (or CD & DVD burner). Bigger HD obviously. You aren't going to play high end games on it, if that's what you want to do, though.
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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

So what size monitor should I get? And what numbers should I look for when buying one....?

Thanks guys, I actually priced out the apple imac i think it is, where the computer/screen is one, and it might be cheaper to get that than a maxed out mini....hmmm

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Re: A few questions about the Mac Mini....

The iMac is both more powerful and cheaper than the mini - you can't even get a lot of the things that the imac has on the mini. For example, iSight camera, Radeon X1600 graphics, higher end Core Duo's. If you want the integrated screen and all that, the iMac can't be beat.

I have a 23" Apple Cinema Display on my G4 mini.
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