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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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from 27" iMac to Mac Mini

Hi all.

Question for you MM owners out there.

I'm thinking about moving from my 27" iMac to a MM with dual monitors. The 27 has some ridiculous resolution which is nice but I'm concerned about moving over to two 1080x1920 monitors plus picture quality.

Can anyone offer any advise on this?

I'm thinking about the 2.6 i7 with 16Gb RAM and an added SSD, not sure what to think about the fusion drives.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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You can attach a second monitor to your iMac
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Old Mar 2nd, 2013, 01:27 PM   #3
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The plan is to upgrade to the mini. Right now I have the 2009 i5 iMac, not sure if upgrading to the mini with dual monitors is better or not over a new imac
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lots more pixels/desktop real estate on 2 x 1920x1080 than 1 x 2560x1440

i7 2012 mini will also annihilate that imac in anything CPU-intensive. GPU on the mini is kind of where it falls apart...
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isn't the 27" CPU upgradable? You could easily upgrade the 27 imac with an i7 sandy bridge CPU. That should come out cheaper than buying a Mini and 2 monitors..
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lots more pixels/desktop real estate on 2 x 1920x1080 than 1 x 2560x1440
Dual gives you 4147200 pixels.
iMac gives you 3686400 pixels.

So that's a 12.5% increase broken up over 2 monitors and I expect a larger amount of glass (which the OP may prefer depending on eyesight). Personally, I prefer one big monitor over 2 smaller ones. Also works better with Apple's full screen modes. I've done a couple 24" screens, then switched to a 30" and 24". The 24 generally only gets turned on if I am doing work in Lightroom where having 2 screens is preferred. Otherwise I tend to prefer windowed apps on one screen.
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It's the 1080x1920 resolution that's holding me back

The 27 is 2560x1440 which I'm used to

I've run dual 19" LaCie CRT in the past, loved them but again the resolution was incredible, 1080 almost seems archaic
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It's the 1080x1920 resolution that's holding me back

The 27 is 2560x1440 which I'm used to

I've run dual 19" LaCie CRT in the past, loved them but again the resolution was incredible, 1080 almost seems archaic
It's 1920 by 1080, not the other way around, and that's unlikely to be worse than the 19" LaCie monitor(s) you used to have, resolution wise.
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It's 1920 by 1080, not the other way around, and that's unlikely to be worse than the 19" LaCie monitor(s) you used to have, resolution wise.
I know, typo. But if I turned them sideways they would be 1080x1920....haha

I believe the lacies were 1920x1440, on 19" and at the time they were super sharp. Probably not so much with older eyes
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well had a look at monitors today and I'm really liking the TBD except for the price and the very real possibility of an upgrade from Apple of them. So now I'm thinking the MM with a TBD. Not cheap but basically the same as what I have now with a nice speed boost.

Perhaps I should hold on to my iMac a little longer. I was really hoping to get a nice speed boost.

I also looked at the new iMacs, nice but I felt trapped with this one not being able to upgrade to SSD. At least with a MM that's user friendly.
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