20" LCD's.....Formac or Apple ??

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  1. macrumors member

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    Who out there knows alot about or has the Formac 20" Digital LCD ?? I've seen the Apple LCD"s in person (20" & 23") but not the Formac. From what I've read about the Formac, it seems to spec a little better than the Apple LCD's (contrast ratio and color accuracy)..........or are they about the same to the eye ??

    I'm looking at getting a new G4 in the near future and a Digital LCD monitor to go with it. I do alot of Graphics and Printing so whichever LCD monitor I get needs to be color accurate enough to replace my 21" Hitachi CRT.

    So.........which would be the better monitor (especially for color accuracy) ??

    Since I just noticed that Formac recently dropped the price of their 20" LCD to $1,399 (very cool !!), that seems to be a better buy than Apple's 20" (which has less screen space from top to bottom because of the Cinema design).

    Any feedback is appreciated.
     
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    Re: 20" LCD's.....Formac or Apple ??

    i have the formac 2010 and i love it, at the time apple didn't release the 20 inch LCD so i had to settle for formac's 4:3 ratio. It is a beautiful display though, formac says its the first truly color accurate LCD and you can prove it by buying those pantone color testers which i know nothing about about, but to the naked eye, its a sweet monitor. btw i have the DVI model which is nice since I can use it with a future powerbook.

    Tyler
     
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    IMHO, formac is a sketchy company

    I bought two of the 17 inch displays, and have nothing but good things to say about them.

    However, I wouldn't buy from Formac again because since I bought the displays, I have had trouble with their customer support on other Formac products (studio, studio dv/tv). Basically, they try to make to so hard to speak to a human being that you give up.

    I dread the day that something goes wrong with one of the displays. I don't think that the warranty is worth the paper it is written on.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    That was eactly what I experienced, too. Their support is horrible. I would never buy another Formac product again. Go with the Cinema Display, it looks much cooler as well.
     
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    mymemory

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    I would take the Apple LCD just because Apple is doing a very good job with their monitors.

    Now, you are talking about colo accuracy, well that is a cons that you have to work out to gather with the price difference.

    In my experiene I work with a sony ctr monitor which is not that accurate, I'm 70% of the market out there. Actually, I do not know anybaody with an even 70% color calibrated monitor. I haven't seen one in my life to be honest.

    So, what is real is the price and suport. The price is not that different but the support woul be a diference when you need it.

    It is your choice, I would take the Apple just because in a few things I can not go around that long.
     
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    benixau

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    also - you mentioned that apple cut off space at the top? no way. from my understanding - someone confirm apple complies - all LCD ddisplays are measured by their viewable area, unlike CRTs. The means that apple has just stretched it out to give you a 16:10 ratio or 4:2.5 compared to 4:3 for the formac displays.

    go with the apple 20". it is as good a 20" LCD as your going to get. and if you have an ADC port its just 'click' (plug in to graphics card) - hummmm (startup sound) - tada, all configured.
     
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    yzedf

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    If you want color accuracy you need the CRT. No if's, and's, or but's about it.

    That being said, I would go with whichever offers the most screen real estate (total pixels). If tied, get the Apple.
     
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    alset

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    As mentioned above, Apple's support makes their displays worth the extra cash. Hands down.

    But if cash is a concern, Formac makes a fine product.

    Dan
     

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