Monitor Recomendations Under $500

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by boywonder27, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Ok so love to get the NEC, Lacia, $1000+ stuff but is no way can do it right now. I need something under $500 even under $400 better.

    I am running a MBP 13" i5 2011 model. I need external monitor to connect to. I am doing Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography editing and retouching on it. I like to keep around 24" as had an iMac 2008 model that was 24" and seemed good size. I have ColorMunki to calibrate with.

    What do you guys have or recommend that wont break the bank?
     
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    Dell and HP have some good, yet inexpensive IPS displays. For the best colors, you definitely want something else than TN panel and IPS is one of the best. Take a look at their web sites.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I am also looking for a monitor in the same price range for my 15' MBP. Any good monitors out there that have a couple USB ports like the cinema display?
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Dell U2410 for example
     
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    I paid $550 (w/shipping) for my silver 23" Cinema Display on eBay a couple years ago - if you don't have to have the latest & greatest, you might want to look into that option. If you can stand a slightly smaller display, I've seen the 20" of the same series at considerably lower prices (under $300).
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    This ^^^ It's my next purchase once I recover from my upper end '11 MBP 15". It sucks that it went up $50 in the last week.
     
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    That's a highly overpriced TN panel. It doesn't even work with 10.6.5 or.10.6.6 (even says that on the website at the bottom, the screen flashes). Albeit, it has the best non-apple design, considering it copies apple:p. But don't buy that, i'd get the dell, they're great!
     
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    Why not get a Samsung 2333T, it is a nice cPVA panel in it and is only $150 :)
     
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    vincenz

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    Get a used/refurbished 24" ACD. Best bang for your buck.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iBook might be a good monitor for time being till get more money saved up for something else. Its $169 locally. I think I'll try it out. Set it up, calibrate it, see who it works.
     
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    Just got the Dell U2410. I highly recommend it!
     
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I wanted to get this one, but $169 for Samsung 2333T cPVA monitor 23" will do for now. Maybe few months or if good deal comes along on some of the $500+ monitors Ill upgrade.

    I used colormunki to calibrate it, so far so good.
     
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    I agree the Dell UltraSharp 24" good monitor. but I went with something not TN, and 23" Samsung 2333T worked out well for $169. Ill deff keep eye out for 24" Dell sales, and when get some more money will upgrade. But aleast got something for now to edit on.
     
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    used 23" Apple Cinema Display, i think still the best looking cinema display

    or if your lucky a 24" Apple Cinema Display
     

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