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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: mac mini 2012 model & 42 inch HD TV Reply with quote

Hello all,

I'm considering the purchase of a 2012 lowest spec mini and using it with a 42" Samsung TV via a thunderbolt to HDMI cable.

I'd like to know how efficient and smooth it is at handling such a large display? Also is it pin sharp? Last thing I want is grainy resolution.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you planning on using it for ?

a 42" TV is still only a 1080p ie a lower resolution than most computer monitors.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
What are you planning on using it for ?

a 42" TV is still only a 1080p ie a lower resolution than most computer monitors.


Hiya Phil, I'm wanting to sit back in my armchair and surf the net, the odd movie online. I want it to be fluid and slick though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem you may have is that although its a 42" TV viewing it at 1080 resolution from the other side of the room the text is likely to be much smaller than you'd expect it to be, your 6 -12ft away unlike with a computer monitor where your only 1-2 ft away.

Movies etc won't be a problem but reading something like this forum post might be.

I do have my Mac Mini hooked up to a 37" 1080P TV and if I use it for browsing I do have to zoom in and increase the font size for it to be comfortable, but its not as good as sticking a laptop on your knee or sitting at your desk.

The family are watching something at the moment but I'll have a go at taking a picture of mine tomorrow displaying this post to show you what I mean.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
The problem you may have is that although its a 42" TV viewing it at 1080 resolution from the other side of the room the text is likely to be much smaller than you'd expect it to be, your 6 -12ft away unlike with a computer monitor where your only 1-2 ft away.

Movies etc won't be a problem but reading something like this forum post might be.

I do have my Mac Mini hooked up to a 37" 1080P TV and if I use it for browsing I do have to zoom in and increase the font size for it to be comfortable, but its not as good as sticking a laptop on your knee or sitting at your desk.

The family are watching something at the moment but I'll have a go at taking a picture of mine tomorrow displaying this post to show you what I mean.


When you zoom in, is the text still sharp? Are the website page structures messed up?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had the Mini setup as my main machine back on my desk for most of last year and I've only recently hooked it back up to the TV in the living room. Since doing that though I haven't use it for browsing only as a media centre running Plex, so I'm thinking about how it was from memory only. I'll check it out properly tomorrow and report back.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosso wrote:

Are the website page structures messed up?

If you use the zoom feature that is enabled in accessibility (control key and scroll), the enlarging happens by magnifying the screen image, not the actual elements on it, as Windows does.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this isn't very scientific and the pictures are pretty dark but I fired up the mini and loaded this thread then took a picture from about 10ft away using my iPhone. the text on the screen is much sharper than it appears in this image but the size is pretty much how I see it

Left is with the TV at 1080P right is at 720P



I can read it ok from 12ft away at 720p but at 1080P I'm starting to struggle and wouldn't want todo it for long
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for this Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot depends on your eyesight. I have a 46 inch sony I am about 6-7 feet from it I can see the print pretty well. I had surgery for cataracts a few years ago. My vision corrects to 20-12 or so.

My wife wears eye glasses she corrects to 20-25 she finds it too hard to read the tv for surfing. Of course I can set the screen to 720P and it is easy to read at 7 feet.

OH they just dropped 10.8.3 it greatly improved my tv's picture.


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1482487

this link has some good info
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
OH they just dropped 10.8.3 it greatly improved my tv's picture.

I posted here after updating to 10.8.3 yesterday. The white levels through HDMI are much improved now after applying the update. HDMI is perfect now in my book between 10.8.3 and the recent firmware update for flickering.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, no more crushed whites with Mountain Lion 10.8.3. It was a long time coming, but worth it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YEAH we used eyetv to record Jimmy Fallon for the whole week uncompressed 6 or 7gb for the hour show. The picture quality is better on the recording then it was watching with the cable box.

My quad mini and eyetv gets better imagery then the cable box.

I can say that as of the 10.8.3 update a quad 2012 at 679 refurb from apple store is a great htpc.

here is your link out of stock .

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD388LL/A/refurbished-mac-mini-23ghz-quad-core-intel-core-i7
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