New monitor for my old MacMini

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Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 20,904
Re: New monitor for my old MacMini
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Apple Support – Mac mini (Late 2014) – Technical Specifications

It looks like this Mini might be able to drive a single 4K (3840x2160) monitor over HDMI, at a refresh rate of 30 Hz. I think it might be limited to 2560x1600 when using Mini DisplayPort output or when driving dual monitors of any type.

The Mini could probably use a 27" – 32" 4K (3840x2160) monitor (hooked up via HDMI) in either of these modes:

Retina "like 1920x1080 pixel" mode:

  • Same amount of workspace as on your 21.5" 1080p HP22cw monitor.
  • Larger text and objects than on your HP22cw.
  • 3840x2160 pixel detail for photo areas.

Retina "like 2560x1440 pixel" mode:

  • More workspace than on your 21.5" 1080p HP22cw monitor.
  • If you were using a 32" 4K monitor, text would be a bit larger than it is on your HP22cw. It would be like going to a 24" 1080p monitor. If you were using a 27" 4K monitor, text would be smaller.
  • Might have some cost in terms of performance or pixel-peeping artifacts.

The pixels on your HP22cw are somewhat closely packed (for a small monitor), and the ones on 27" – 32" 4K monitors aren't as closely packed as those on Retina iMacs. So as far as native PPI is concerned, you're not going to see the night-and-day difference with an upgrade to a 27" – 32" 4K monitor that someone would see when upgrading from a 27" 2.5K iMac to a 27" 5K Retina iMac.

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