24" Monitor suggestions instead of ACD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by turtletooth, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. turtletooth macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    Like a lot of others here Ill be jumping on the next Mac Pro release. I dont have a monitor at the moment (aged 667 powerbook owner at home) and rather than blow £200 extra on an ACD (unless a possible new one is fantastic/cheaper) Im looking for others.

    Can I get input on good monitors from you, the plus and minus points. Must be available in UK.

    My usage? primarily Final Cut Studio usage, After Effects, plus photo work, need as good a colour reproduction as possible (I don't monitor for broadcast on the LCD but Id like to be close), wide range of connections, good response, contrast etc.


  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    The BenQ FP241W has been getting excellent write-ups, HDMI input too. I haven't seen it in person but google for reviews.
  3. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    NEC LCD2490WUXi is supposed to be very good


    The same model, but 26" had the following written about it

    Lacie is another brand to consider too.

    Here is a good thread to refer to: http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?FTVAR_FORUMVIEWTMP=Single&catid=31&threadid=2049206
  4. sblasl macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2004
    Heber Springs, AR
    Did not read the article but a glaring omission is that the "reference" monitors made by EIZO are not mentioned.
  5. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    The BenQ FP241W is a P-MVA panel, and the others mentioned are probably more expensive than the ACDs.

    Look for S-IPS panels if you are going to use it for photo/video editing.

    The Apple M9178 has a 23 inch 16 ms S-IPS (LG.Philips LM230W02) panel and it's only U$900
  6. turtletooth thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yes I noticed that the NEC ad the BenQ were more expensive, I guess Im looking for monitors that use the same panels as the ACD's, but without the apple tax (id rather spend the extra on ram/drives). I believe Samsung may use the same panels, but Im not sure what model numbers....
  7. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    Use this ;) : http://www.flatpanels.dk/panels.php
  8. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Apples Cinema displays are kinda old hat now.

    The NEC would be my first choice and probably what the next generation of ACD's will be using (same panel as 24" iMac).

    The NEC however has better LUT's and other innovations to improve quality. It's not all about the panel, its also about the electronics that provide the image.
  9. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    There are about 100 different NEC monitors ranging from $300 to $5000
  10. turtletooth thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    Haven't these screens been getting really bad press, problems with yellow casts and poor overall consistency?
  11. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    I don't believe that is a result of the panel manufacturer as a whole or the technology used, more likely an issue of quality control tollerances.
  12. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    ..and your point being...?

    I made a reference to a particular NEC model earlier in the thread.
  13. lallenlowe macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
  14. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Dell is not an automatic choice. Their QC is questionable for some models (2407WFP-HC) and their policy of using different panel types in the same model number is not good for the consumer (2007WFP).

    The Dell 3007WFP-HC would be my choice, but it is 30" and requires 2 DVI connections to drive it a it's native resolution of 2560x1600. Still, that would work well on a Mac Pro setup. £1200 inc.
  15. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    My bad. I answered in a hurry and didn't notice you were the same poster who recommended that specific monitor.

    My apologies.
  16. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm using a Dell 2407WFP and it's quit nice.Lots of inputs and it looks good.
  17. VanMan macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
    24" monitors

    You (we) are in a tough spot. I was also recently shopping for a monitor for the Mac Pro and saw many good reviews of the Dell 2407WFP-HC which I purchased. It has a half stop darker band along the the extreme right edge of the screen (not too much of a problem since very little occupies that space except palettes, but still...) The biggest issue from a photographer's perspective is that moving your head left or right, even slightly, causes a substantial shift in the relative brightness of shadow areas. Not sure what the answer is. The LaCies are no doubt very good but the prices are stratospheric.
  18. jasonvp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2007
    Northern VA
    I probably sound like a broken record on this topic (specifically, the Dell monitors). I would strongly discourage folks picking up Dell's 2407 monitors. I've had 5 of them, and they were all returned because of poor quality. Hot/stuck pixels, external controls failing completely, the list went on.

    Sad, too, because their 2405s are phenomenal monitors. I have 2 of them that I absolutely adore. So, if you WANT a Dell, look to Ebay for a 2405. Obviously, shop carefully. But, stay away from the 2407s.

    (I expect to hear from a number of, "I have a 2407 and have no problems with it!" people. You either haven't had it long enough, or you're just incredibly lucky).

  19. adamzx3 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2007
    NE Ohio
    I would highly suggest an Eizo Coloredge if you can afford it. I have the 24" Coloredge CE and it works great for graphic design, photo retouching work. It has near adobeRGb gamut and is a great value. Their Coloredge (non CE) has a better view angle and 100% adobe RGB coverage, though for HDTV i'm sure the CE series would do it (more info on their site). They also feature hardware calibration vs. using the video card to make the adjustmets. They may be twice as much as the apple 23" but even the CE is waaay better.
  20. roybfr macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I have 2 Gateway FPD2485W 24" Monitors on my Mac Pro and am quite happy with them, enough so that when their new 30" version is avalable locally I will be picking one of those up as well. The FPD2485W has a DVI, VGA, 2 sets of component, 1 set composite and 1 S-Video input. One of mine does double duty as my Xbox 360 display and for HD movies off the 360. It has nice touch sensative controls, Transparent adjustable PIP (in HD too), Enhanced video with DCDi, and a variable height stand. Great versatile monitor. I think you can still get them but they have been replaced by the FHD2400 which I think adds a HDMI input and the bezel is now silver vs black.
  21. macfeever macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    Refurbished 23" display?

    I've been following this thread and am intrigued no one suggested purchasing a refurbished 23" Apple display. What is the benefit for buying a 3rd party monitor?
  22. iBeard macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2005
    I went to the site tribe3 posted and it seems that the NEC LCD2490WUXi is the only 24" LCD w/ an IPS panel.
  23. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    Heard a lot of people talk about Dell monitors -- also seen them hooked up to Minis in the "Post your setup" threads...
  24. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wow, quite a jump, I would also recommend an ACD refurb. If color correctness is important, nothing touches ACD in the price range IMO.
    Love my 30".
  25. peejack macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Have a new dell 2408wfp it's great.

    Don't listen to people bleating on about panels, unless your using it for REALLY high end colour and graphic design it makes no difference and if you were you budget would need to be alot higher and you would know what you wanted.

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