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Ask Max: Plasma displays, HD, and the Mac mini

Asked on 02/27/2007:

Some display questions:1. can plasma displays be used as computer monitor? (or is resolution poor)2. or can the Apple 32™ Hi Def be used as TV monitor (switchable?)3. what is largest display that the original 1.25 Ghz Mac mini can handle?


You could use a Plasma screen as a computer monitor, but it would be so blurry you would not want to do much work on it. Here is a way to visualize it. At the highest broadcast level of HDTV, 1080i, you have a picture of about 1920 X 1080 pixels. An Apple 23™ LCD (Apple 23™ Cinema Display) has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. If your HDTV is bigger than 23™ but has the same 1920 x 1080 resolution, then the picture will be enlarged but with less detail. If you are seated far enough away from the screen it could work, but that adds a distance strain to working with the display. Also many Plasmas will not work well with computers on a hardware level. Your Mac mini can take up to a 23™ Apple display which is close to the resolution of HDTV. A 23™ display makes a good TV as well as a great display.

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