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I've just picked up this monitor to take advantage of the resolution and extra screen estate. Didn't realise it'd be such a chore trying to find the right adapter for it. I've come across a lot of conflicting information, after calling the Apple store I'm even more confused.

I'm connecting it via HDMI at the moment but that doesn't hit the 2560x1440 that I bought it for. Has anyone connected this monitor to a thunderbolt/minidisplay mac? If so, could you please post a link to the adapter.

Many many thanks.

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This question appears to be too localized. – gronostaj Jul 29 '13 at 9:07
Thunderbolt is backwards compatible to DisplayPort. Hence the option to buy DisplayPort cables with a Thunderbolt Mac. The screen also has a DisplayPort input, so it should be obvious what to buy: A MiniDP-DP cable. (HDMI doesn't work because Apple considers this to be the 'TV' option maxing out at full HD) – Daniel Beck Jul 29 '13 at 9:20
@gronostaj Too Localized was one of the most misused close reasons. That's why it's gone. – Daniel Beck Jul 29 '13 at 9:27
@DanielBeck - That's exactly what I figured, then I spoke to Apple and it all went weird. I've bought a cheap adapter, if it works fine the I'll get a better one. Thanks for the help – Steve Green Jul 29 '13 at 9:33
@SteveGreen - Why would you get a "better one" a cable is a cable. Just because it has a gold connector instead of a connector doesn't make the quality any better. Save your money, your cheap cable, is just as good as the one that costs 6x as much. Anyone that says they can tell the difference between two cables is not telling you the truth. – Ramhound Jul 29 '13 at 11:17

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These people apparently have made the connection you want, and they did it with this adapter and a DisplayPort cable, or a cable like these.

That is, either:

  • a DisplayPort (female) to MiniDisplayPort (male) adapter (and the monitor comes with a DisplayPort cable, I assume), or
  • a cable with a DisplayPort end and a MiniDisplayPort end

I think the key is that you don't need anything specifically Thunderbolt. DisplayPort cables can be used with Thunderbolt jacks, and DisplayPort can handle that resolution.

(Actually, though, so can HDMI: HDMI with resolution 2560 x 1440 possible? ...but Apple seems not to be using the full capability of HDMI.)

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Thanks for the details! I just bought one of these from ebay, cheap but hoping it'll do the job.… I Love my mac but sometimes apple can be GAAAAH!. Woman I spoke to on the phone - "We have thunderbolt ot ethernet cables...we have...." – Steve Green Jul 29 '13 at 9:11

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