Can I use my early 2010 27″ iMac as a monitor for video and gaming?

Nhan Nguyen April 12, 2012
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Can I connect HD and SD video devices like PS3 (HDMI) and Wii (RCA) to an iMac? I would like to use my Mac’s screen to play games and watch video from other sources, but I do not want to use an Elgato EyeTV, which introduces lag.

Any suggestions?

  1. Theo Reisinger
    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Can this be done with a laptop too? Thanks

  2. Nhan Nguyen
    April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks all, I will try them out!

    • ha14
      April 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      let us know which configuration you will choose.

      • Nhan Nguyen
        April 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Based on what I've read through links provided here, I'll start with the Kanex, then the Belfan. Either way, I'll still need an additional RCA to HDMI adapter, as you and James Bruce suggest.

    • Nhan Nguyen
      April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Thanks, I'll check it out!

  3. James Bruce
    April 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    This cable will do the job I believe, though I havent tried myself so cannot guarantee. http://estore.circuitassembly.com/products/Mini-Displayport-to-Displayport-Adapter-Cable.html

    You also need to restart your mac in target display mode

    (note, mid-2011 imac 27" will not work - only via thunderbolt cable, which is obviously useless for HDMI things)

    • James Bruce
      April 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

      my bad, you do also need one of these: http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=508267

    • Nhan Nguyen
      April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Thanks, I'll check it out!

  4. Susendeep Dutta
    April 12, 2012 at 5:12 am

    From the following forums,the users provided descriptive video links and suggested one product which is cost effective and it works -

    The forum link below suggest that Kanex XD is the best hardware adapter to be used for connecting PS3.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1295670

    Kanex XD ( $149.95 ) -

    http://www.kanexlive.com/xd

    Click on the link below for Video demo -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ZJqBTu9Nk&feature=player_embedded

    Click on the link below for Xbox 360 working video -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhbrypDlI-4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    ( source - http://www.avforums.com/forums/apple-mac/1497599-use-imac-monitor-xbox360-ps3.html )

    How to Connect your Nintendo Wii to your Mac or PC via USB ( video) -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDGhh0d-TFQ&feature=player_embedded

    (source - http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Technology/Computers/Question974375.html )

    • Nhan Nguyen
      April 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

       Thanks, I'll check it out!

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