30" Monitor Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tamvly, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    Just got a new octo 2.8 MacPro (wonderful machine for those considering the old vs. new MacPro decisioin) and am looking to upgrade monitors - I currently have an old 23" ACD, but would like to move up to a 30" display.

    I'll suspect that some photo work will be involved eventually, so I'd like to get a monitor with good color gamut. But mostly I use the machine for program development, some music recording and the typical productivity apps. The more screen real estate, the better.

    Any opinions on what I ought to be looking at: Dell, Eizo ... ?
  2. larapumkin macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2008
    apple or dell

    get dell or apple
    apple 30 would be my 1st choice if i were u.
    if ur little short, go for the top of the line from dell.
    dell and apple's 30 inch monitors used to have same panel from samsung.
    i am a photographer so im little sensitive on colors.
    for 30 inch, dell or apple is the right choice.
  3. aibo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    Southern California
    All 30" displays are going to be S-IPS panels which have great color reproduction, viewing angles, and response times.
  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Well, I'm pretty sure there are some exceptions to the S-IPS rule - for example, Samsung makes a 30" SPVA panel. Always check the manufacturer's webpage before buying if IPS meanst that much to you. The only 30" monitor I would get (aside from LaCie and Eizo) is the NEC LCD3090WQXi. Good non-professional solutions (from what I've read and would buy personally) would be the Doublesight 305W, the HP LP3065, the 30" ACD, and the Dell 3007WFP. Calibrated properly, all of these monitors are good choices, but NEC is really good for print media.

    Heck, I would have an NEC if it wasn't for my wallet. :D
  5. Macpropro80 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Are NEC's good? My school was going to get 20inch apple displays but we all no what happened to those, so we are looking at NEC's. are they nice?
  6. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    You won't regret getting an Apple 30" display. With the others...well...you might.
  7. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    You can pick up a Dell 3008WFP on Dell's refurb site for $1099.
  8. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    This might help.

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  9. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    The NEC LCD3090WQXi got best of show at Macworld, I thought...

    If I has more time on my hands, I would research on it some more - I skimmed the article and saw a mention of poor handling with HDCP content, but that's the only outstanding issue, as according to this article.
  10. mastersoft macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
    dont buy HP LP3065 .... i change 2 monitor in 1 month
  11. Gonk42 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    near Cambridge
    NEC is good but expensive

    I'm also looking at 30 inch monitors and from my research the NEC has
    had rave reviews e.g.

    but it is a lot more expensive than Apple or Dell's offerings. As a student
    in the UK the prices to me would be

    Apple ACD £1050 approx (student price)
    Dell 3008 £1035 (on special offer at the Dell site at present)
    NEC 3090WQXi e.g. £1666 from overclockers (I've seen prices in the
    range £1540 to £1800+)

    So I'd like to get the NEC but it is hard to justify an extra £650 or so (65%)
  12. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    You can actually get the 3007WFP-HC for $1099 new at Dell SMB. I don't have either so I don't know the difference in the lines (other than the better contrast ration on the 3008). Can anyone elaborate?

    Edit: The specs also list the 3008 as having a better sync rate (86Hz vs 60Hz for the 3007)
  13. Gonk42 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    near Cambridge
    One difference is that the 3008 has many more connection options than the 3007.
  14. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I have a NEC LCD2490WQXi and it has been excellent. I would think your results with the 30" would be equally pleasing.
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    It's actually really difficult to choose between the two, they're just so competitive. For photographic work, graphics, any type of DTP where colour acuracy is important, I'd recommend the Apple over the Dell, period. However if you'd like to utilise multiple inputs from verious devices (as preview panel for videographers) and perhaps play some Blu-rays through the display then I would have to recommend the Dell...

    Some of the professional Eizo displays are good if money's no object and the hood is an absolute essential requirement - don't forget the pro eizo displays actually have a short life than the Apple or Dell and they cost more!!

    Personally I've gone with dual 30" ACD's and one 24" Dell (though it's mainly for the PC) but for some reason it's one the Mac more!!

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