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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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LED Monitor suggestions for 2009 Mac Mini

I have a late 2009 Mac Mini that I currently have connected to our TV because of our apartment set up. We will be moving soon to a new apartment where I'll have a dedicated office, so the TV will not be in the room with the mini any more.

Can anyone recommend a decent LED monitor for my Mac mini? Looking for something at least 23" 1080p is not a requirement. I'm hoping to keep the cost under $300.

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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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Dell - ST2420L 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor with LED : Computer Components | Dell Canada.

$159.00, free shipping.

I have an UltraSharp 24", but those are not under $300.00 most days, unless they're on sale, and even then, they top $300 after the taxes are added. I'm very happy with mine.
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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 05:02 PM   #3
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Gee, maybe head off to one of the four Best Buy stores they seem to have in the Toronto area, or any other type store of your choice, and have a look and check out their specs and price.

Or just try on-line:
23" - 24" Monitors : Monitors - Best Buy Canada

We've always been satisfied with the Samsung monitors, for decent quality and price.

You may want to check out the "Display Details" at everymac.com

Similar spec late 2009 says:


Display Support: Dual Displays Resolution Support: 1920x1200*
Details: *This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on a DVI or VGA display using the Mini-DVI port and 2560x1600 on a dual-link DVI display using the Mini DisplayPort (with an optional Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter).

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 (Late 2009) Specs (Late 2009, MC238LL/A, Macmini3,1, A1283, 2336) @ EveryMac.com
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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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Gee, I almost forgot - don't forget the video cable!! Many if not all displays don't come with any video cable these days, and check and see if you'll need any video adapter etc. as well.
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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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There are a bunch of IPS LED monitors for a reasonable price these days. A quick search at Canada Computers reveals a bunch of them:

Canada Computers | Computers, Computer Parts, Computer Componets, Hardware & Accessories

I suggest IPS 'cause of way better colours and viewing angles versus a TN (which most of the monitors at big boxes like Futureshop would probably be).
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I'd recommend an NEC IPS monitor such as the EA232WMI. For the price (about 300$), colour reproduction and viewing angles can't be beat.
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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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I think you get the best bang for the buck and excellent quality with a Dell monitor especially during the Dell Days of Deals which happen fairly often.

I would suggest you decide a bit which features you want before you buy.

Last 23" monitor I bought for my Mini was an LED backlit IPS panel with an adjustable tilt and swivel stand, monitor incorporated a 4-port USB 2.0 hub which I find very useful since all the Mini USB ports are in the back, Display Port or match whatever the best video port is you have on the Mini - try to avoid adapters. That monitor cost around $180.- or so.
This was a 1920x1080 monitor, next time I'll go for a 1920x1200 monitor assuming the prices have dropped below $200.-
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I think you get the best bang for the buck and excellent quality with a Dell monitor especially during the Dell Days of Deals which happen fairly often.
Such as the one that's on now, ending in 2 days (Aug. 23rd)?

Dell 48-hour electronics sale




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The 23 DellTM UltraSharpTM U2312HM monitor with LED offers a brilliant view, rich colors and adjustable height options.

Lose yourself in the details: : Enjoy 1920x1080 (max) HD resolution, a vivid 2,000,000:1 (typical) dynamic contrast ratio and IPS technology for outstanding color consistency across a wide viewing range.

$199.00
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Old Aug 21st, 2012, 11:42 PM   #9
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That's actually exactly the one I bought.
I wanted a display port input and a swivel stand to turn the monitor vertically as well as the USB hub.
IPS wasn't that high on my list - I also bought a TN monitor which was $60.- cheaper but had a very basic stand and no DP or USB hub.
I found the TN panel acceptable - they are much better than the TN panels a few years back, but the other "features" were worth the extra money to me so I sold the TN display for what I paid for it.
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Such as the one that's on now, ending in 2 days (Aug. 23rd)?

Dell 48-hour electronics sale
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Thanks for that link CubaMark, and not monitor related, but you saved me almost $50.00 when I saw the sale price on the Targus 16" Brick Messenger Case. I'd been looking for an affordable case for my 15" MBPro for some time that I only need occasionally.

Brick 16" Messenger - Blue : Laptop/Notebook Accessories | Dell Canada

$16.00 and free shipping and it's on its way.

About six hours left on the sale price now at 9pm PST.
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