Mini Display Port

micro-DisplayPort for 4K+ thinner phones and laptops in works for 2014

micro-DisplayPort for 4K+ thinner phones and laptops in works for 2014

Laptops could be getting smaller and smartphones gaining easier external display connectivity with the news of a new, more compact micro-DisplayPort connection in the works. Expected by VESA to be finalized as a standard by Q2 2014, the smaller port will be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices, but still offer beyond-4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultraportables.

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Apple Thunderbolt Displays shipping now plus some clarifications

Apple Thunderbolt Displays shipping now plus some clarifications

Apple's Thunderbolt Displays have finally begun shipping, but the company had to post some clarifications as to how the displays can be connected and daisy-chained. Apparently there has been some confusion as to whether the new Thunderbolt-equipped display would connect with existing Cinema Displays via the Mini DisplayPort and how many additional monitors can be linked together.

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Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display official: $999 from August

Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display official: $999 from August

Apple's last update of the day is a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the bigger sibling to the existing 24-inch model.  Packing 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, the new Cinema Display uses an IPS LCD panel that offers 178-degree viewing angles; there are also 49W speakers (plus a subwoofer) and an integrated iSight webcam.

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Belkin AV360 converts HDMI to 27″ iMac Mini DisplayPort input

Belkin AV360 converts HDMI to 27″ iMac Mini DisplayPort input

If you've ever stared angrily at your 27-inch iMac and asked what - beyond OS X - it's ever done for you, then Belkin's new AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter may be just the ticket.  The converter box is capable of taking in an HDMI input - such as from a games console, set-top box or Blu-ray player - and outputting it in through a Mini DisplayPort connector.

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Atlona DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter for iMac input

Atlona DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter for iMac input

One of Apple's new iMac's most nifty features is their ability to work as a standalone display for an external video source, such as another Mac or a console.  Unfortunately that means your external source needs to have a Mini DisplayPort output, something in short supply unless you're already toting a recent Apple product.  Now Atlona Technologies have stepped in with the DP200, a DVI to Mini DisplayPort converter that's officially compatible with the 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs.

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Atlona Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter launches

Atlona Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter launches

Arriving top of the "you mean we didn't already have an adapter for that?" list is Atlona's DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter.  The unassuming box sucks up your dual-link DVI input - such as from earlier MacBooks or many existing notebooks on the market - and then squirts it out via the new, compact connector increasingly featuring on high-end displays.

CinemaView Mini DisplayPort LCDs updated; new dual-HD TV tuner

CinemaView Mini DisplayPort LCDs updated; new dual-HD TV tuner

Collins America have already reworked their CinemaView displays - best known for offering Mini DisplayPort connectivity suitable for use with Apple's latest MacBook and MacBook Pro models - despite none of the original monitors being available for sale.  The company has dropped the smallest models, the 19-inch CinemaView 19 and 20.1-inch CinemaView 20, and added the 47-inch CinemaView 47, a combination TV and PC, and an external HD TV tuner.

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First non-Apple monitors to feature Mini Display Port announced

First non-Apple monitors to feature Mini Display Port announced

Want to play with Apple's new video connection standard, but don't want to shell out $800? Collins America has announced the first new line of LCD monitors to utilize Apple's new Mini Display Port standard. The CinemeView LCD displays are made specifically for Macs and the first three models will be available before September 1st, 2009.

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