Everything Financial Advisors Need To Know About Mini Display Ports Hot

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Advisors need to know that mini display ports are the new ports on mobile computers to which you can connect an external monitor. They’re better than VGA, DVI  and as good as HDMI connectors for displaying video. They give you improved video and audio throughput speed over older types of connectors.
By definition, all the cool new ultrabooks and convertibles come with small display screens of seven- to 13-nches diagonally. If you’re using one of these devices as your only computer, you are likely to want to connect it to a big monitor at your desk.
Some of the more expensive ultrabooks and convertibles, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, Toshiba KIRAbook, and Lenovo ThinkPad Helix support ultra-high resolution monitors of 2560 by 1440 pixels. You'll want to use the mini display port adapter on your tablet or convertible or ultrabook to connect to your external monitor. Though the monitor might also let you use a VGA or DVI connectosr, you want to use a cable with a mini display port male on one side and and a male display port or HDMI plug on the other end.

Surface Pro Mkni Display Port on right with iPhone on left for perspective.

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.




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