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I'm planning to order an M2 Mini and I want to connect it to a Dell U2412M monitor that I already have.

The Mini has HDMI video output, but I believe it can also serve video via Thunderbolt 4.

The monitor has DisplayPort and DVI inputs.

What would be a good way to connect these two devices?

The monitor does not have speakers, so I don't care about running audio.

My only other Mac experience is with a 2013 MacBook Pro, so my hardware/port knowledge is not exactly up to date.

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I would connect the DisplayPort output on your Mac to the DisplayPort input on your monitor. I see no reason to convert to or from HDMI, DVI, Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4. The USB-C ports on your Mac can supply DisplayPort output directly from the Mac's graphics hardware.

For example, you could use this cable.

In your case, you should be looking for cable specifications which equal or exceed the the following.

  • Connector A: USB Type C Male
  • Connector B: DisplayPort Male
  • Apple ALT-MODE Compliant
  • DisplayPort v1.1a resolution up to 1920x1200@60HZ

Note: Apple refers to "USB-C Alt-mode" as "native DisplayPort output over USB‑C",

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