30" screen - color unimportant - alternatives to adc?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thatisunless, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. thatisunless macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    I need a bigger screen - still using a CRT one - but it's for black and White manuscript paper work, not photography. So my question is: if sharpness is important, but color precision isn't - is there a cheaper alternative to the apple cinema displays that would suit?

    Thankyou wise advisors....

    Lee Morgan
  2. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Either of Dell's 30" displays will probably be fine for you. The 3007WFP-HC or 3008WFP. If you are in the US then you can get refurbished units cheaper at dell.com/outlet
  4. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Dell, HP, LG, Samsung and Apple are all good, so just get the cheapest one you can find.

    The LG one linked in the first reply is $1,160. Dell 3007wfps have gone for $600-700 in the past (albeit refurbs with Bing cashback) but I don't know why you would pay $1160 over $700 for basically the same product (they both use the same S-IPS panel).
  5. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Whatever you do, get a monitor that uses IPS or H-IPS display technology. You'll never go back to cheaper TN panels, which I now hate with a passion.
  6. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    If sharpness is whats important to you, then look for a high resolution monitor in a smaller size. While a 30" monitor might be "large", the DPI isn't really all that high for its size.
  7. Jaap macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2008
    I don't think there are any 30" TN monitors for sale (but you're right: TN sucks)
  8. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    The only displays that have a higher pixel density are the upcoming high res 27". They've got 108 PPI, whereas 30" screens have 100 PPI.
    Other (smaller) displays have a lower density (about 94-99), except for 22" high res displays (1920x1080), they also have about 100PPI.

    So yes, if PPI is a criterion, the upcoming 27" displays (e.g. Dell) are the better choice.
  9. stuuke macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    Any idea when Apple will update the 30" to match the rest of their screens?
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    thatisunless Color is never "unimportant" but if color-dependent work is not your focus then I can see how you could say that. I would go with a 30" Dell and would not spend any money on an Apple Cinema Display (30") at this point.

    Hopefully never if they plan to match the 24" LED Glossy. I want matte and Apple won't get a dime from me if my current 30" dies if they opt to go glossy only.

    PS: You should search: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=011016119145480959114:kuv1aq0hily&ie=UTF-8&q=when+Apple+will+update+the+30"+site:forums.macrumors.com&hl=en&as_qdr=all&meta=
  11. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2009
    I have a 30" Dell 3007WFP-HC 3007WFP-HC does the job for me very nicely, and great resolution too
  12. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    Any 30" would do. I don't think there is a bad 30" as they all use either IPS or PVA panels. Gateway, LG and Samsung has PVA panels with the rest being nearly all IPS. Only reason caveat is some have antiglare coating that makes the LCD look sparkly. I dont have a problem with my HP LP3065 but I can see what might make it a major turnoff however.

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