Released on July 21, 2011. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Thunderbolt. This unit is also used to run the Mac mini Server configuration.

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Best monitor and largest resolution for this Mac Mini?

My system: Mac mini (Mid 2011)

  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
  • 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256 MB

It serves me quite well as I only do basic computing, but I am interested in maximizing the quality and resolution of my monitor, buying a used one on FB Marketplace or the like. I am currently using a very old HP monitor and only getting 1680x1050. :(

My question is: what is the largest resolution that my system can handle and what should I be looking for in a used monitor?


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Your Mac Mini's specs: Mac mini 2.7 GHz Core i7 (Mid-2011)

Sadly, you won't see anything better than 1920x1200 via HDMI

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This is a bit confusing! As you would need a Thunderbolt based display or a DisplayPort based display and it needs to support the newer spec.

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You might want to look at the new 2020 Mac Mini with a 5K/6K display support if you need ultra high graphics. I'm thinking on getting one to replace my tired 2011 27"


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@danj - it seems like the max resolution is 2560x1600, no?


@amr1001 - Sorry no, the best the 2011 model can offer is 1920x1200

You would need one of these to get 2560x1600 Late 2014 Mac Mini


@danj - This is from the link you shared for the Mid-2011 model: " well as a new "Thunderbolt" port that is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort and likewise supports an external display at 2560x1600 and passes an audio signal as well."


@amr1001 - Ah... We are mixing things here! Lets use a model to describe this conflict

The car you just bought has a engine which can offer 1920 HP and your tires can support upto 2560 HP

What is the maximum your car can run? Sadly the smaller number as the cars engine can't push what the tires can support.



Here is our guide to the best monitors for Mac mini.

  • Best Overall: LG UltraFine 4K.
  • Best Image Quality: Apple Pro Display XDR.
  • Best 5K: LG UltraFine 5K.
  • Best for Widescreen: LG 34WK95U-W Nano-ISP UltraWide.
  • Best Curved: LG 38WK95C-W Curved UltraWide.
  • Best on a budget: ASUS ZenScreen.


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Who is the "our" in this guide? This is not from iFixit.




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