a good lcd monitor to go with my PB....

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by msp2, May 11, 2004.

  1. msp2 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2004
    any ideas on 17"-20" lcd monitor to go with a 12" or 15" PB? I'm working w/photo shop on scanned photos. So i'm interested in a monitor with best color gamut contrast ratio.....thanks for your recommendations.......
  2. Quark macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2002
    From Experience

    I highly recommend the "Formac" line of LCD monitors. If you compare them to others, you'll find the specs to be better than the other brands.

    Plus the pricing is very good. I have been using the Formac 2010 for about a year now and I have not seen anything that comes close to the quality, clarity, brightness, etc.

    At least, check them out www.formac.com

    This thing is just awesome all the way around!

    Hope this is helpful.

    Take Care,
  3. msp2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2004
    thanks, i checked out their sight-they look nice but a little spendy....do you know how do they compare to apple displays? Apple's 17" is going for $630 these days...
  4. Quark macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2002
    Far, far better

    As far as pricing, I understand that there is a cost factor when comparing the smaller sizes, but at the time that I got mine, it was actually much less expensive than the comparable Apple monitor.

    As far as quality, the Formac is the best in the industry. I have worked with several different displays - from Apple, Sony, Philips, Viewsonic, NEC, etc. I am a professonial software developer and need a clear, bright, sharp, and color acurate display. Nothing can touch the Formac. I'm not sure who actually manufactures the LCD panel itself, but I have not seen anything come close to the quality of the Formac.

    Here's a web address to some more recent user reviews (well, 2 anyway...)

    Apple 17" Studio Display current list is $699.

    The 17" Formac is listed at $649. So for $20 more than the price that you found ($630), no-tax (if you buy over the net), you'll get something that you will enjoy for a very long time. And it complements all Apple systems very well.

    There is a Formac 2010 (20") on eBay, but it is at $500 and there are over 6 days left...

    I'm kinda picky and wouldn't make such a substantial investment in something that is used.

    Formac displays are one of those hidden Gems -- and just so you know... no, I don't work for Formac.

    Good luck and best wishes,
  5. DGFan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    Just a word of warning, there seem to be a lot more complaints about Formac circulating the net than any other line of LCD screens.
  6. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    i believe this is because formac recently changed ownership (or something to that nature) so their customer support has been lacking. i do, however, believe that they have gotten their act together. dont' take my word on it.
  7. locopano macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2003
    FORMAC monitors are better than the apple displays. They comewith the adaptor DVI and ADC, 3 years warranty much faster screen rate (no ghosting), they are much clearer, brighter than apples as well.

    Check out the FORMAC websitethey have a COMPARE tab..its shows you just how much better the monitors are with the technicals specs etc..

    I would go with FORMAC over APPLe unless there is a substancial price difference..but fiyou play games (i dont) the FORMAC wont leave you with the "ghosting effect" its can have monitors response times as low as

    10ms but genrally 25ms on avg... where as apple displays are 40ms apparently...

    checjk out formac.com... you can buy from a US company called B&Horsomething for 650US ...

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