What to get if not an Apple monitor?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by whitedragon101, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to buy the 27" Apple monitor but its price is incredibly high.

    What 27" monitor would you buy for brightness, contrast, accuracy etc if not apple?
     
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    aerok

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    The alternative is the Dell u2711, prices drop down to $700 very often.
     
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    100Teraflops

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    Checkout Dell or HP. Their prices might be close to Apple's though. I think a 27" monitor with excellent color management is going to be fairly expense no matter how you spin it. Happy Shopping!
     
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    MCAsan

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    If color accuracy is important, know if you need narrow (sRGB) or wide (aRGB) monitor....and get a Spyder or Munki package to calibrate it. That goes for any brand of screen.

    In fairness to the expensive ATD, it much more than just a good sRGB IPS screen. It is also a charging station for Mac laptops, provides a thunderbolt docking station for Macs, contains a USB 2 hub, contains a FW port, contains a GB ethernet port, integrated camera, and integrated speakers.

    Yep, an ATD is not inexpensive. But compare it to the cost of a Dell U2711 plus a Delkin thunderbolt dock ($399). Those two will still not provide all the functions of the ATD.

    Best prices I have found for ATD are $829 at Apple for refurbed with full warranty and $929 at B&H for a new one.
     
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    BanjoBanker

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    If you are looking for the best monitor for photography, look no further than an NEC. They have great color gamma and are easy to calibrate. also, get a calibrating tool.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys.

    I think given the other options are around £600 I will go for the apple monitor. I had a look and its looks like £850 is the lowest I can find in the uk, Apple UK don't have any products at all on their refurbished store.

    I think I will wait a little while as I am hoping Apple will put in the same bonded screen technology that is in the new iMac that reduces the screen reflections by 75%.
     
  7. macrumors 68030

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    I'm just waiting for a Thunderbolt display with PCIe slot inside for a thunderbolt (from the mac) GPU - or even just a thunderbolt GPU embedded inside - and possibly a SATA bay?


    It would turn the thunderbolt display into an awesome dock for your MBA - storage and GPU worries go out the window - high end gpu is useless on battery anyhow, so why not move it into the dock/monitor you use when plugged in?
     
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  9. macrumors 65816

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    Apple monitors are awful, like seriously awful.

    If you want a seriously good monitor for photography, I'd compromise on the size of it and get a eizo coloredge 21" for about £600....

    Infact there's EIZO ColorEdge CS230 24" on ebay uk for £590...... If i had £590 I'd probably buy one.
     

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