The Mac Mini is the smallest desktop computer manufactured and sold by Apple. It was an innovative product when launched in 2005. It was, and still is, the most affordable Apple computer, and has gained popularity because of its affordable price point. However, the Mac Mini's form factor posed a lot of limitations, which mostly include the minimal amount of upgrades that a user can do. For example, the video card is integrated into the logic board, and cannot, therefore, be upgraded.
Running your computer on dual monitors can greatly boost productivity, especially to graphic designers. Even if you're working on documents or school reports, having your computer outputting to two screens can help with comparing documents and manipulating graphics. With the Mac Mini, one way of installing two monitors is by using third-party add-ons, such as the Matrox dualHead2Go. This can split your Mac Mini's display horizontally, and mimic a graphic card with dual-monitor support.
If you need to run a dual-screen Mac Mini, here are some things you need to consider.
- You must have the following: Intel Based Apple Mac Mini, Two VGA or DVI Monitors up to 24 inches in size (when picking out two monitors, it is ideal that you use monitors of the same size), DualHead2Go system by Matrox. And since you'll be using a wide display, you need to have a program that will add a custom resolution for instance, SwitchReX.
- You now need to install the device driver bundled with the DualHead2Go unit.
- You also need to install the SwitchReX software.
- After doing so, launch SwitchReX. Go to the Resolutions tab, located at the top panel. Select "Custom" and then select "New." If your individual monitor's resolution is 1280 by 1024, you must set the resolution to 2560 for horizontal and 1024 for vertical. If your individual monitor resolutions are 1024 by 768, set the monitor to 2048 for horizontal and 768 for vertical. And then hit the "OK" button. You are basically doubling horizontal pixel count.
- After installing and configuring the software, shut down the Mac Mini.
- Connect the VGA input cables from the two monitors to the DualHead2Go system/gadget. Then after that, connect the included VGA cable from the DualHead2Go unit to the VGA port on your MacMini. You can perform this step when your computer is on, and it will recognize the device in the similar way it recognizes most plug-n-play devices.
- Boot up your Mac Mini and you now have a double-monitor unit.
This method makes your Mac Mini think you are using a gigantic monitor, when in fact there are two monitors combined. So expect that it's possible that windows might pop-up on the gap between the two monitor.
Apple does not officially support handling two monitors on the Mac Mini, but this is an excellent choice to those who feel better productive with two monitors.