30" ACD for $800 (used) vs 27" ACD $999 (new)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MJ - Tides Ent., Sep 9, 2010.

  1. MJ - Tides Ent. macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks.

    I found a 30" ACD on Craigslist for $900, in great condition, but I think I can talk him down to $800.

    Would you buy the 30" or wait a few weeks and get a new 27"


    I do graphic design + video editing, color accuracy is important. I've been leaning towards the 30" due to matte for the accuracy + real estate.
     
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

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    You do the design work professionally? If so I would avoid a used monitor and the 30" ACD is a bit on the dated end of LCD technology. I would go with an LED based monitor so between the two I would get the 27" ACD.

    Cheers
     
  3. MJ - Tides Ent. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes professional graphic/video. Im graduating from college and setting up my office.

    Going with a new 2010 quad core and 24gb of ram as I cannot afford the Hex, ram, monitor, extra Hard drives, and not to mention Adobe Creative Suite.

    I compared Apple's 30" vs 24" in store today, and the 30", although dated, still seems like a pretty nice option for the price/my needs. Maybe I can offer $600 cash? Try to get a real bargain.. if he doesn't have any other offers.
     
  4. MJ - Tides Ent. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    also, I'd love to purchase one of the NEC monitors with the spectra view, but I really can't afford anything more than $1000. Even the 24" is $1400.

    Color is important, but there is almost always some sort of minor shifts from screen to print, as paper choice and printers always vary, so I'm ok without being 100% accurate.

    I'd like to be somewhere around 95% accurate as designers always need to do test prints as it is.
     
  5. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    One more thing

    Apple only have 3 year warranty on their screens and you can get 5 year with better service elsewhere.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    27" ACD is glossy which is, more or less, horrible for anything serious designing that needs color accuracy. To be honest, I wouldn't get an  monitor at all. Take a look at EIZO and NEC for example, much better quality
     
  7. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

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    While I could disagree with the glossy being an issue when your just starting out in design, i'll stay on topic...

    If you've got a $1000 budget, i would HIGHLY recommend the Dell U2711. Using bing or ebay should be the price below the 1K mark. It's unfortunately 16:9 ratio but extremely accurate and " best bang for your buck" in it's price range. Just have to get used to the 2560x1440 res. Definitely the first item on my shopping list when i graduate next year.
     

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