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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Question Second Monitor for iMac

I will be getting the iMac 21.5 when it comes out (hopefully soon!) and was planning on getting a second monitor to set up with it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good one that would compliment it??
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:42 AM   #2
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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I will be getting the iMac 21.5 when it comes out (hopefully soon!) and was planning on getting a second monitor to set up with it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good one that would compliment it??
Same.

Apparently this used the same panel as the 2011 model - http://www.dell.com/ae/business/p/dell-u2211h/pd

They probably have new panels now, and that monitor doesn't seem to be sold anymore. I'm gonna ask again once the iMac is out/torn down so we can get more info.

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:08 AM   #5
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This one looks pretty cool and the adjustable height might be nice, but I was just looking to see if anyone had one they would recommend from experience or if anyone knew of a new one to check out.



http://www.amazon.com/ULTRASHARP-U22...harp+21.5-inch
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 03:43 PM   #6
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Dell makes excellent LCD screens, as long as you get an ULTRASHARP model (which obviously costs a little more than the regular versions). I have a 30" Ultrasharp I got a few years ago and it still works perfectly—no issues with fading, or color calibration. At the time, it was almost half the cost of the Apple 30" LCD.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:06 PM   #7
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It depends on what you want to do with the iMac. Are you a photographer or video editor? What budget are you on. Nobody can answer your question without more information. If it was me I'd go for
NEC Spectaview Reference (size dependent on budget)
Eizo CG range
ACD
Dell Ultrasharp
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:16 PM   #8
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It depends on what you want to do with the iMac. Are you a photographer or video editor? What budget are you on. Nobody can answer your question without more information. If it was me I'd go for
NEC Spectaview Reference (size dependent on budget)
Eizo CG range
ACD
Dell Ultrasharp
Damn I thought this was my thread for a second! I made the exact same question only a couple of days ago.

I guess I might as well just use this.

I do video editing, but I'm looking for a monitor that matches the iMacs as close as possible. Would be best if I could get a monitor with the exact same panel.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 07:13 PM   #9
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Damn I thought this was my thread for a second! I made the exact same question only a couple of days ago.

I guess I might as well just use this.

I do video editing, but I'm looking for a monitor that matches the iMacs as close as possible. Would be best if I could get a monitor with the exact same panel.
It would be awesome if Apple released a matching 21.5" and 27" monitors to pair up with the iMac. Also, this would give Mini owners something else to consider. I'd save up for one that's for sure.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 07:48 PM   #10
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The problem is resolution (1920 x 1080), the 21" iMac will be higher resolution and much brighter. When you put this side by side with an iMac the Apple screen makes all others look like a cheap imposter. I have a 24" LG Widescreen HD monitor next to my 27" mid 2010 iMac and the difference is very noticible. The only monitor I found that looks good next to an iMac is the apple displays and they are rather over priced at $1000 IMO.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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It depends on what you want to do with the iMac. Are you a photographer or video editor? What budget are you on.
I will use it for video editing, photoshop, live streaming, etc. (I am a YouTuber http://www.youtube.com/stonemountain64)

I am getting the 21.5 imac and would prefer a 21.5 second monitor as well just to watch videos on or pull up information of photos for photoshop. Also to keep twitter and chat windows open while livestreaming on. Budget $100-250

Just wanted to know if anyone had one they really loved that looked good next to the iMac and had good quality, or any recommendations
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:45 PM   #12
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I use HP 2311's either side of my 2009 iMac 27". One is connected to my iMac as my iMac only has one displayport. The other is connected to my Mac Mini. The displays are reasonably good and definitely good value. They do them in smaller sizes. The other thing I like about them is that they have VGA, DVI and HDMI connections so I have a few things connected up to them and easy to switch between inputs.

Can't wait to get a new iMac 27" and both will then be connected up via the Thunderbolt ports :-)
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:21 PM   #13
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The other thing I like about them is that they have VGA, DVI and HDMI connections so I have a few things connected up to them and easy to switch between inputs.
I am not sure how the connectivity works yet, you said thunderbolt is what you will use? Is there a specific input I should be looking for on the monitor i purchase? (DVI, thunderbolt, HDMI) Which is the best or does it matter?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:51 PM   #14
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Here are the monitors I have found and am considering, any recommendations from people with ANY experience with monitors feel free to weigh in. I have never bought one before.

21.5 is what I think is best
new 2013 dell:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/s...c=new_monitors

ultrasharp: (best customization for position)
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...n&sku=320-2736

Asus: (looks good and cheap)
http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-...s=asus+monitor

Ultraslim: (Thin and may look good with the iMac
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...n&sku=320-2748
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Here are the monitors I have found and am considering, any recommendations from people with ANY experience with monitors feel free to weigh in. I have never bought one before.

21.5 is what I think is best
new 2013 dell:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/s...c=new_monitors

ultrasharp: (best customization for position)
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...n&sku=320-2736

Asus: (looks good and cheap)
http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-...s=asus+monitor

Ultraslim: (Thin and may look good with the iMac
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...n&sku=320-2748
From the first link, I like this one the most - http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...n&sku=320-9802

It's cheap and seems to have the necessary ports.

But I'm waiting to find out the actual panel of the iMac, then I'll think about monitors. Maybe I'll be able to get one with the same panel.
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Whichever has an ips panel. For your budget I would chose the dell Ultrasharp series. They get good reviews for a cheaper panel.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:32 PM   #17
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... Does anyone have any recommendations for a good one that would compliment it??
(emphasis mine)

Hehe, compliment. "Wow, you're so nice, iMac. That's some great colours you have there. Gosh, you're so fast! I wish I were more like you."

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Dell makes excellent LCD screens, as long as you get an ULTRASHARP model (which obviously costs a little more than the regular versions). I have a 30" Ultrasharp I got a few years ago and it still works perfectly—no issues with fading, or color calibration. At the time, it was almost half the cost of the Apple 30" LCD.
seconded, and i would reckon because they have the same features as the monitor you saw on amazon, and as a plus they are a good choice for mac monitors because of the quality
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Get a Mini, and combine it with 1 or 2 Eizo Foris 2333 displays. They are better than the built in one already, and the combination is cheaper and faster.
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Hehe, compliment. "Wow, you're so nice, iMac. That's some great colours you have there. Gosh, you're so fast! I wish I were more like you."

Sorry, couldn't resist.
hahah I meant in the sense that it would look good with the iMac, screens being similar etc
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 02:19 PM   #22
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any other ideas?
You get what you pay for. That's the best piece of hardware advice I can give you—especially when it comes to your choice in LCD screens.
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Dell ultrasharp, it's as good as a 27inch cinema, and it is $350 cheaper today.
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