My High Def Life: Comparing the Mini and Apple TV output
by Erica Sadun
I honestly don't see a quality difference between the two. Both produce crisp watchable pictures. But then again, I'm neither an audio nor video perfectionist so take my opinion with the skepticism it probably deserves.
Also remember that Apple TV works out of the box and is pretty bullet-proof but isn't meant for general computing. The Mini offers Front Row, but it's pretty easy to leave that mode. Apple TV is $299 and the Mini costs significantly more.
|Anything else to add? I think all you did was state the obvious, and not much even at that.|
|Sorry about that Steve but I'm not sure how much one can go into depth when the answer is "I didn't see a difference".|
it should be noted that only the newer Intel Mini's support core image processing, which definitely provides much better display image quality on a TV than than the older Power PC Mini's do. i've tried both.
|I have an Intel Mac Mini hooked up to my 720p HD projector and have a 106" screen. I use the mini as my DVD librarian and replay box, DVDPedia rocks. The picture quality is stunning. It is awesome even with DVD quality video.. it is not as good as HD, but it looks great. I looked at an AppleTV in the Apple Store last week. I think my mini looks better by far.|
Using Quartz Debug (included with the Developer Tools) you can change the resolution of the Mac mini's interface and make the menus considerably larger. Albeit this brings in room for some crazy tiling issues (in some applications), but all these problems _should_ be fixed in Leopard.