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Second Monitor for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by StoneMountain64, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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??
  2. macrumors newbie

    Never thought I'd do this on MacRumors ...

  3. macrumors 6502a


    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.


  4. macrumors regular

    I second the "Eh?"
  5. macrumors newbie

  6. macrumors regular


    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.
  7. macrumors demi-god

    Apple fanboy

    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
    Dell Ultrasharp
  8. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    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.
  10. macrumors member

    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.
  11. macrumors newbie

    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
  12. macrumors regular

    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 :)
  13. macrumors newbie

    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?
  14. macrumors newbie

    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:

    ultrasharp: (best customization for position)

    Asus: (looks good and cheap)

    Ultraslim: (Thin and may look good with the iMac
  15. macrumors 6502a

    From the first link, I like this one the most - http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&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.
  16. macrumors demi-god

    Apple fanboy

    Whichever has an ips panel. For your budget I would chose the dell Ultrasharp series. They get good reviews for a cheaper panel.
  17. aggri1, Nov 21, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

    macrumors regular

    (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.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    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 :D
  19. macrumors 68000

    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.
  20. macrumors newbie

    hahah :) I meant in the sense that it would look good with the iMac, screens being similar etc
  21. macrumors newbie

    any other ideas?
  22. macrumors regular


    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.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Dell ultrasharp, it's as good as a 27inch cinema, and it is $350 cheaper today.

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