davesrose wrote in post #18468645
If your Mac Mini is older, chances are it has a mini DisplayPort connector. The ACD comes with a dual-link DVI adapter (that requires USB to power the adapter and offer 2560x1600 resolution). If you do connect a computer to a TV or projector with lower resolution, shortcuts will get re-organized. I'm not really sure what your intention is, though. You mention connecting a PC to TV, getting a 4K TV for general viewing, replacing the ACD. The ACD was expensive when it was new, and is still a good monitor. You're not going to find a better monitor in the $200-$400 range. If you're looking for a monitor with good color reproduction, you're looking at just over $1000. The Dell Dell UP3017 has HDMI or DisplayPort connections at 2560x1600 resolution (along with a wide color gamut). For slightly more, the Dell up3216q offers full UHD resolution and 99% aRGB colorspace. If your PC is new, it might have DisplayPort or HDMI (HDMI might limit it to 1920x1080). With the Mac, you'd have to get a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cord (and chances are it wouldn't support 4K resolutions).
Good point, i am sure it is a mini DisplayPort then, and when i checked the monitor resolution or size whatever on the settings it was set at highest value which is 2560x1600, and yes, i need USB and all all cables connected with the dual-link DVI, and i really hated very much that dual-link hanging around with so many cables around just to power the monitor, so that i was thinking about another monitor as good quality or better than ACD but less connection hassles.
I do have a TV for general or normal watching, and i have 3 desktops, i gave one to my daughters, but PC isn't my main workstation for photography or photo editing, most likely i use it for PC games or web browsing or some stuff that i don't use graphics much rather than games, and i don't much care about the quality on games which are already good on TV, but when looking at photos, i feel they are not so natural and precise colors, it is so saturated or too contrast or i can't see the DR there at all, could b nice colors but it is like there is no gradients in colors mostly in shadow or brightness areas, and because i stay really away from TV rather than a PC monitor, so i decided to keep the TV for general watching, and i wanted to upgrade to 4K just to watch some 4K videos or whatever if having that UHD capability, while with PC monitor i wasn't really look for 4K, if it has it then fine, but i care more about wide gamut and aspect ratio with matte-like monitor, so different purposes for TV and PC computer.
So, you are saying the equivalent or replacement to my ACD is already high cost, yes my ACD was so expensive that time, so that i won't get rid of it unless i have something as good or even better, not necessary $200-400, but i was thinking that technology improved a lot these days, and i thought maybe there are monitors at that size or bigger with low price and they smash ACD in performance, but your answer strengthen the idea that a better monitor than my ACD even currently are still all at high prices.
My Mac mini is old, but it has HDMI port in addition to that mini DisplayPort, but you said HDMI might limit it, then if i want to watch movies on 4K TV, how do i connect a media player to this TV then? and i did read somewhere that there are HDMI cables that support up to 4K, are they really you think?
Also you mentioned Dell Ultrasharp, does it mean it is a great capable monitor better than my ACD? i was thinking about Dell Ultrasharp monitors long time ago, but i wasn't sure how they are compared to Apple monitors either Cinema display old monitors or Retina, so that i didn't decide on one yet, and i may go with older model of Dell Ultrasharp if i can find available in 30" and non 4K, so i shouldn't look at another brands such as Asus/Benq/Viewsonic....etc?!!!!