I don’t have a lot to tell you about mini display ports but they’re also not something financial advisors need to know a lot about.
Increased use of convertibles and ultrabooks means you are likely to run into a mini display port sometime soon, and you’ll thank me for this little lesson when you do.
Surface Pro Mini Display Port on right with iPhone on left for perspective.
If you buy a convertible or ultrabook with a touch screen, be aware that you’re going to need one of those cables to connect to a monitor. Connecting to a 2560 by 1440 HD monitor with a DVI connector would actually be limiting your resolution to 1920 by 1080, defeating the purpose of having an HD monitor.
One other thought on this topic: When you set up your external display to connect with your tabelt, convertible or ultrabook, you can choose whether you want to make the big monitor your "main" display. You probably do not want to make the 27-inch monitor your main display.
Because the ultrabook or convertible is probably a touch device! You want that device to remain your main display so you can use the touch interface on your desk in front of you alongside your kepyboard. This way, you're getting the benefits of the big HD monitor as well the touch interface when you want it.
That setup will save you from spending the money on an ultra-high-resolution touch screen, which you probably do not yet own, although the prices on those are coming way down. In fact, if any A4A members are using a large touch screen display, I’d love to hear about your experience.
For financial advisors who make client presentations and review performance reports and financial plans with clients, a touch screen monitor on your desk would seem to be a perfect set up. When a client comes to the office and you want to show him something on your screen, a touch interface is optimal, especially if you are using PowerPoint.
Flicking instead of clicking the next slide is a whole different experience. It has the cool factor still because it is so new and most people have not experienced a touch screen on a desktop. But it is an entirely new way of you and a client watching TV together, where you are in control of the show.
On thing to wathc out for: A display that is 27" may be too large? To use the touch screen on a desk, the screen should be positioned about 18 or 24 inches from your chest when seated. A 27" monitor that's just 18 inches from your eyes may be too close.