@bluzman Thank you. I didn't know those existed. @Whiskeyman. Thank you. If I were you, I wouldn't want to give that up either. I am used to a smaller screen, and this is just a hobby for me, so I am good with a smaller screen. However, I am used to the Retina displays. ARGH!
After much nail-biting, I decided to get the Mac Mini M1,16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD, 10 GB Ethernet.
I could have waited to see if they offer the M2, but I know this will work for my simple photo editing needs, and I like the ports that it has. I can add external storage as needed and hubs if necessary. So, now I just need a display.
I thank you all for your input, and I appreciate that you don't mind sharing your knowledge with somebody like me who understands very little about stuff like this. I'll probably be asking more questions in the near-future.
Go to Amazon and search for "HDMI computer monitor"... That should give you enough selection to get started... You can refine the search by settling on a target size and price-point... Once you narrow that down to a few...Link them here, and we'll let you know if there's any "gotchas"...
I've got the last Intel iMac before they got the M 1 chip, and everything works very fast and well on Photoshop and Lightroom. The Topaz software apps work well, too, and move along at a reasonable speed. I'm sure you will have even better performance on your new M 1 Mini. Congrats!
The comment by @FredKingston about monitors jogged my memory. In addition to what he said, be sure to read this thread. Despite the thread being 6 years old, there is helpful info by Moab Man as well as by WayneF who suggested an IPS monitor. Perhaps there are newer, better features available, but please consider reading thru all the comments.
I wouldn't worry about a Mac Mini M2 at this point... The earliest rumored ship date is 2023... I expect a significant price increase over the M1 also... It appears that the M2 chip, in testing, is faster than Apple's Mac Pro which is a $6,000 machine... I'm sure Apple isn't going to launch a faster, cheaper box that eats into their higher end computers without significant equalization in pricing and features...
I hate making decisions.
After looking at monitors and features, I could just get the 24" desktop with 16 GB and 512 storage with a retina screen and call it a day. It has only 4 ports and a gigabit ethernet.
I was looking at the ASUS ProArt display, but I would need to see it in person.
Tired of thinking about it and don't want to spend the money on it, which isn't helping.
I was discussing that with my husband. My last computer was an Intel, and it ran fast enough for what I use it for. Seems like I am always 1 step behind on tech is why I was wondering about the M2 chip, but I am sure the M1 is fine especially with 16 GB behind it. @hark I remember that thread.
I have been looking at monitor specs, and I have a question about them. I found maybe one that has a power cord, the rest do not. Am I supposed to be changing out a battery in these things or do they charge up from the unit? Sounds like a dumb question, but I haven't located any information about it.
I'll see if I can locate the one that said it has a battery, but I am probably just misunderstanding something I read, and explains why I have been so damned confused. I even looked at the back of a display today trying to figure out how it was getting power if it didn't have a power cord. Any way, I really feel dumb even thinking something like that.
I dunno. I read something about a lithium battery, and later I read a description for another monitor that said something about a power cord or AC port or something. Somehow, my brain turned that into they have batteries, and I couldn't make sense of it. I am extremely tired. I had a bad bout from my thyroid that had me down-for-the-count for a couple days last week. When that happens, I have zero energy and get really confused. Literally, can't think straight. One time, it was so bad that I had to leave work because I was looking at my equipment and didn't know what button to push. I almost crashed on site. This last episode was that bad, I had a struggle making coffee, which is something I have done virtually every day for decades. I crashed for the better part of 2 days. I am still tired.
I think I figured out what I was looking at. Some portable monitors use a USB-C cable to power it using integrated batteries (like you stated), but how I managed to make the leap that MOST of the new monitors are like that just boils down to me not thinking straight or reading the entire monitor descriptions. :unconscious: @FredKingston
Mystery solved. I was most likely reading a 'portable' display description, and made the mental leap that MOST of these monitors are built like that. When I tried to research it to confirm, I came up with nada. This morning, I thought to put in the term "portable," and found some USB-C powered monitors. Thinking more clearly today, but not by much. I still feel a bit dumb because I couldn't figure out why the heck they would build computer monitors like that. Well, they do but not for desktop systems.
Sorry guys, as soon as I figure out what the heck I am going to do about a monitor, I'll post a link or two for some advice.