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Is a 4k monitor, downscaled to 1600x900 crisp?

Can a 4k 21.5 inch monitor do 1600x900 crisply? The standard 21 inch resolution is 1920x1080, which means DPI 102, and that's unusable for me. UI elements are too small for me to see. I could scale it to 1600x900, but for a standard monitor, it gets fuzzy. Does a 4k monitor solve this issue? I'm using a late 2014 Mac Mini (i7 3.0GHz, 16GB RAM). [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 17, 2016 - 19 answers

My computer will turn on but will not send a signal to the monitor.

What could be the problem? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Sep 26, 2016 - 10 answers

Hook Me Up! --MAC VERSION - external keyboard

Basically, I want to use my laptop without using the keyboard on the laptop, and use the external monitor, as well as an external keyboard. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on Sep 22, 2016 - 17 answers

Best capacitive touch monitor for Windows?

Almost two years ago today I posted a question about whether we could use OS X with a touch-screen, and mostly the response was no. Now I'm back asking which capacitive touch monitors would be best on Windows! We are resigned to setting up dual boot on this Mac Mini so we can finally get a better touchscreen. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Sep 14, 2016 - 2 answers

I need tiny displays for an art project

I want to make some figurative sculptures, roughly life-size. I'd like to have the eyes be displays showing video recordings of actual human eyes looking around and blinking. I'm not sure what to use for this. [more inside]
posted by picea on Aug 30, 2016 - 11 answers

What to buy for a sweet PS4/general entertainment setup?

I'm gonna be coming up on some money soon. Hooray! In order to save money I plan on buying a PS4, but I'm starting from nothing. What sorts of things do I need to have a really fun experience? [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jul 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me find a monitor for my mac mini

I want a 23"/24" monitor for my mac mini. I do a lot of writing/reading PDFs + long texts plus fair amount of photo editing. Speakers wanted.Not sure if webcams in monitors are worth it. Would be used in sunny room in FL, so anti-glare advice welcome as well. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Jun 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Advertising screen vs cheap TFT monitor - what's the difference?

I'm looking to buy a monitor for our business that I can use to display adverts/information on. Either fed from a server or loaded onto a SD card. Does anyone know the difference between a cheap used 22" TFT from eBay which I can use with an old Mac Mini and a proper "advertising screen" with a built in computer which can costs hundreds of pounds? Thanks a lot for your insights.
posted by dance on Apr 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Dealing with shifting windows on a multi-monitor setup

I have two computer monitors: a 1920x1080 144hz one that I use as my primary monitor for gaming on and a 1680x1050 60hz one that I use as a secondary for browsing/chatting/miscellaneous things on. This nearly always works well, but I've been running into an issue where if I'm running something at fullscreen at a non-native resolution on my primary monitor it shifts everything offscreen on the other -- making chat windows or Netflix unusable. Is there an easy way to fix this on a software/system level? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Mar 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Hope to Work Out of Town....But Need a Serious Monitor

New York's about to get super cold, i'm crashed on a project, and I see lots of tempting $150 r/t last minute fares to Dallas. So I'm thinking of going refugee. Problem is, my current work requires a decent sized monitor, and my Macbook Air has a tiny 13" screen. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 11, 2016 - 31 answers

Help me get a monitor for my Mac Mini

I have a mid-2010 Mac Mini that we use as our family's common desktop computer. The monitor is dying. Help me choose a replacement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Fight with Samsung monitor, Part II

My Samsung monitor won't stay on for more than two seconds. Why!? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Mirror iMac monitor hotkey?

My spouse and I own an 27-inch iMac from 2011. Recently, the screen seemed to go briefly haywire and then black. Now, when the computer is turned on, it seems to boot fine, but nothing can be seen on the screen (the flashlight trick did not help). Is there a way to make the computer mirror itself to another monitor at startup so that we can access its contents? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Simple question, but kind of desperate: Monitor mount - supine

Is there a swing arm or some other way to mount a monitor such that I can lay down, on my back, and look straight up at it? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Humidity & Temperature Monitoring Systems

I'm looking for a solution for humidity & temperature monitoring for ~20 rooms, and also for refrigerators & freezers. (Can be separate monitoring systems). Text & email alerts are needed when the rooms or equipment fall out of range. Also needed is the ability to pull historical reports for 30 day ranges. Any recommendations from the hive mind?
posted by wearyaswater on Aug 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I make this monitor work with my components?

I have this monitor. I use it with my 2012 15" Macbook Pro. I am curious about using it as a TV. I have questions about some of my older components and an adapter I saw on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jul 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Can I hack my Apple Watch into tracking sleep?

I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jun 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Credit Monitoring

Hey Mefites, what do you think is the best credit monitoring service? Is it worth it?
posted by bquarters on May 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Monitors for MacBooks

I have an early 2014 MacBook Pro (HDMI and two Thunderbolt 2 ports). I also have a 20" Dell "UltraSharp" 2007WFP, purchased in 2005 with a resolution of 1680x1050. Retina display has ruined this monitor for me. Have monitors changed much in the past 10 years? Can I get a reasonably priced one that won't look like I took my glasses off? I'd like to pay less than $1,000, hopefully a lot less. Can I afford to get two?
posted by one_bean on Mar 19, 2015 - 18 answers

4k HD monitor usable in the short term with a late 2011 17" Macbook Pro?

I have a late 2011 MBP 17" 8GB RAM, 2.5 GHz i7, Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB. I need an external monitor right now. I plan to buy the next generation MBP once they come out, top shelf version and upgrade the RAM. I need to know if I can use a 4k monitor in the interim. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Mar 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Monitor "fades out" slowly into vertical lines

I have a refurb monitor that's starting to go bad: the screen will fill with vertical color lines that don't change once they appear. Cycling the power almost always fixes it, but it's starting to happen more often. There are three boards inside - which is the likely culprit? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 16, 2015 - 8 answers

House Arrest Vertical Range

Are house arrest ankle monitors able to detect vertical movement? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Good 27" monitor to connect to late-2010 MacBook Air

Looking for a good 27" monitor to connect to my late-2010 MacBook Air. The Wirecutter's recommendation, however, is nearly three years old, and Apple's Thunderbolt monitor is more than three years old. Are there more recent guides? Or do you have any specific recommendations? P.S. I have to make this purchase before Dec. 31, so I can't wait for some new monitor that won't be available until next year. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Dec 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Why won't my external monitor not detected?

I bought a new laptop, which doesn't have VGA input so i bought a new cable ( HDMI Gold Male To VGA HD-15 Male 15Pin Adapter Cable 6FT 1.8M 1080P ) To connect my external monitor to my laptop. I connect the cord, it fits in snugly on both ends, but no external monitor is detected. Do I need drivers? or some kind of convertor? Thanks. (FYI my monitor is a dell 2001fp, and my laptop is a dell DELL XPS 15 9530 )
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 1, 2014 - 13 answers

She took his amplifer

So my daughter came home from college for a visit, and when she left, she took her Les Paul and the cute little Line 6 amplifier I'd been using for my synthesizer rig. So now I'm using this incident as an excuse to upgrade myself with a pair of powered monitors (and perhaps a subwoofer, too). [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

What could be causing these strange flickering pixels in some images?

Recently, I noticed some pixels flickering on one of my monitors. At first I assumed it was a problem with the monitor until I noticed the flickering pixels scrolled when the image scrolled (i.e., it's always the same pixel in the image regardless where the image is on the screen). So then I thought it was an animated image, but if I drag the window over to the other monitor, the flickering goes away. [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Oct 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Mavericks broke my second monitor

I recently upgraded my iMac to OSX 10.9.5. Since the upgrade, my second monitor (ViewSonic VG2230wm attached through a DVI-Firewaire adapter) flashes to a black screen intermittently. I am unusually dependent on that second monitor and this problem seems perfectly designed to drive me insane. Please help me preserve what is left of my sanity. [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

What should I know about buying a used external monitor?

I want to get an external monitor, and found a Dell model I like (U2412M) on Craigslist. Is there anything I need to know, other than that it works when I plug it in? Do current monitors still get burned out pixels? Do they wear out after a certain amount of time? Is there any reason I should pay twice as much for a new monitor?
posted by three_red_balloons on Oct 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Capacitative or edge to edge glass touch screen monitor for Mac?

I'm looking for a standard size (22" or so) capacitive or edge-to-edge glass (LED) touch screen monitor for use with a Macbook. This is hard to find, apparently. More details on why inside. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Oct 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Two Monitors of Verona

I have two identical monitors, hooked up to a dual-HDMI graphics board. The board is a replacement for the previous, damaged board, and now one monitor clearly has display issues the other does not. In this link, the left image is the problem - note the white lines around the dark lines. Also, regular vertical lines vary in thickness on the left monitor, suggesting a resolution mismatch - but there's only one setting for that. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Home CCTV options?

I've been toying with the idea of getting some sort of CCTV or IPCCTV to keep track of what's going on around my house. Do you have CCTV? What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 28, 2014 - 6 answers

What is this monitor connector type? Can I connect it to my new MB Air?

I inherited an old Dell PC, and I'd like to be able to use the monitor for a second display for my MacBook Air. The connector cable is a type I don't recognize -- it's not VGA. It looks like this. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Do LED lights cause permanent eye damage?

I came across this article and became concerned about my eye health, in light of a new LED monitor that I recently bought and use for about four hours each day at home (at work, I look at an older LCD monitor with a CCFL backlight for eight hours). Is this something to be concerned about? Also, can some sort of (UV) filter be placed in front of the screen to reduce risks? Currently, I have my LED monitor set to 0% brightness and 25% contrast.
posted by kalsifur on Jul 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Wireless Monitor

Is there an adapter that would let Mac and PC laptops connect wirelessly to an external monitor? I don't own a TV, but I watch a lot of Netflix/Xfinity on my laptop. I have a large flatscreen monitor that sits unused on my desk. I'm thinking of positioning this monitor like a tv in my living room, but I don't want to haggle with cords every time I watch a show. [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Jun 15, 2014 - 9 answers

What is going on with my laptop screen?

In the past few days I've notice blue vertical lines on my monitor, only in white areas. What is going on? Is it a graphics card issue? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

External monitor buying

I want an external monitor for detailed 2D black-and-white work (so I mostly care about resolution-for-the-price, right?). [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on May 5, 2014 - 9 answers

I need a new external monitor for my iMac

I had a new iMac and my older, external Apple display (10 years) recently died. The thunderbolt screens have terrible, terrible reviews. Any suggestions on a specific model for a 27 inch screen? I do video editing so it needs to be pretty decent. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Apr 20, 2014 - 8 answers

E-ink tablet wirelessly mirrors laptop?

My computer is inside my apartment; my e-ink tablet is in the backyard; both are on the same wireless network. The tablet both (1) mirrors everything on the computer and (2) serves as a wireless keyboard and mouse, sending my touch commands to the computer. How close to this setup am I able to come right now? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Monitor WTF

About six months ago we started having issues with our computer monitor. Upon booting our 2-ish-year-old Dell desktop, the monitor would blink on and off a couple of times, then work as normal. As time went on, the blinking went on longer and longer until it was doing it for close to a half-hour. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Apr 8, 2014 - 10 answers

A certain type of browser alert

Anyone know of a Firefox or Chrome extension/utility/plugin/script etc that can monitor webpage changes every few seconds, and doesn't need to be reset every time the alert triggers? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Mar 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Does split-screen software like this exist?

I am looking for some sort of software that will split my single monitor into four separate desktops that will allow me to have full-screen video on each quadrant. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Battlestation: Multiple desktops and monitors but 1 keyboard and 1 mouse

Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option. Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious on Feb 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Fit bit...body media arm band or other option?

I would like to get an idea of how many calories I burn in a single day. I'm also interested in being able to log my food intake using a database. I do not want to have to sync with my computer daily, but do want to use my smartphone. I am looking to spend $150 or less. I am willing to wear the monitor on my wrist or arm. I do have a large hand so any bracelets would need to be a strap with closure. Please tell me which monitors you like and don't like about the one you use. What does the hive recommend?
posted by Coffee Bean on Jan 24, 2014 - 25 answers

Best small, cheap HDMI monitor on Amazon?

I got a nice Amazon gift card for Christmas and I've decided I'd like to buy a new small monitor for my Raspberry Pi and other small computing trinkets. HDMI input is required! What brands should I search out or avoid?
posted by mkb on Jan 22, 2014 - 6 answers

High-DPI Linux?

I have a Yoga 2 Pro, freshly purchased, with an insanely high resolution screen (3800 x 1800). I generally run Xubuntu in a VM alongside windows, but I'm struggling to make it truly workable. What is the state of the art in resolution independence when it comes to Linux? What window manager should I be looking at, are there guides and tweaks etc.? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I improve my computer screen reading experience?

I do a lot of proofreading for work, but it's a struggle compared to proofreading hard copies. I already use f.lux to cut down on eye strain, and browser plugins to make text more readable, but I find I'm still straining to keep my eyes from bouncing all over the place. Help! [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Will a long run of VGA cable and/or using a splitter damage VGA card?

We've cooked a video card that was 1) supposed to be at least somewhat high end and 2) was hooked up to a VGA splitter, with one leg going 100' to a monitor. Coincidence, or did we overload/cook the video card? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Monitor size, resolution issues, with special snowflake

Finding the right monitor setup - prefer lower rez! [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Oct 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me fix an intermittent monitor fault

My husband and I bought two monitors a little over 12 months ago. They worked just fine for 6 months when his developed an intermittent fault. Essentially, the screen abruptly goes static-y and weird, and horrible noise comes out the speakers - I guess it should be described as interference. None of the controls work and it has to be powered down and back on again. Two months after his started going wrong, mine did too - exactly the same way. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 13, 2013 - 8 answers

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