Advice on best non-mac monitor for new MacPro

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  1. efgamer macrumors newbie

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    I bought a new MacPro desktop and want dual 24 or 26 inch monitors and cannot afford Mac monitors. What is best to use besides Mac that will give me full scree resolution? I bought a HD 24-inch samsung but can only get it to view in a widescreen format that is not ideal.

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  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You don't want 26" monitors. You don't want 4:3, either.

    You can't get 24" monitors in anything but widescreen (16:9 or 16:10), so buy smaller monitors if you think you need 4:3.
     
  3. NP3 macrumors regular

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    Last time I was shopping for monitors people were saying Dell had almost the same screens inside as Apple's for cheaper (especially with internet coupons).

    However, i'm not sure what you mean by full screen resolution...depending on what you're doing, widescreen is awesome for putting up two word docs next to each other, movies are bigger, etc. So what do you need it for?
     
  4. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so any suggestions?

    So you are saying I will never get proper screen resolution for non-mac monitors if they are 24' or larger? Any suggestions on 22" to go with? If not maybe one good 30' monitor instead of dual - or will have I have the same trouble.

    thanks for the great advice
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  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No, I'm saying that 4:3 is dead and that there is no legitimate reason to buy a monitor that isn't 16:10 or 16:9 anymore.

    You're not going to find anything 4:3 larger than 20" anymore, and fewer every day.
     
  6. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    full screen


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    I want the full screen to be used on the monitor - things just do not look right in widescreen mode. I am using it for making music so bigger is better for me so I can see everything. I was thinking of running duals so I could make music in Reason or Ableton on one monitor and use the other one for various other applications or research.
     
  7. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so I am stuck to buy Mac monitors or can I find something 24-30 inch that will work and give me full use of the screens real estate...?

    thanks again for all the great help - I love macrumors!
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Apple hasn't sold 4:3 monitors since before 2003...

    Everything is widescreen now. There is no such thing as "full" screen, and you're not "losing" anything with widescreen monitors; you're GAINING resolution.

    The human eye resolves things more comfortably when they are wider than they are tall, anyway.

    It's something to which you must become accustomed.
     
  9. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so sounds like I should go big and deal with the wide screen? it seems like when I am in the macstore the mac 30' go full screen - dont they?
     
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Sure there is, they (20", 1600x1200) line up perfectly in vertical mode to a 30" display.
     
  11. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    which brands?

    What brands are those? Can you help point me to them? I just want to make sure I get the right monitors as I am not too savvy about all of this screen resolution stuff.

    THANKS!
     
  12. supermac1 macrumors regular

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    The OP is somewhat uneducated. He thinks widescreen means black bars. To op- Widescreen does fill up the whole screen for computer monitors.
     
  13. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    confused...

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    yes not too bright but make great beats. I do not want the black bars at all - isn't that possible? It seems like a common thing people want?
     
  14. supermac1 macrumors regular

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    If you are hooking up a computer to a display, widescreen or not, you shouldn't have black bars. If so, it's an easy resolution fix in the settings. People don't want black bars. You get them if you try to play widescreen/HD video on a non widescreen display.
     
  15. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Mostly older or very high end models. Don't worry about the whole widescreen thing. Go to a bestbuy or wherever and look at the models they have to get an idea of what you'd get in a 20", 22" or 24" display.
     
  16. efgamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried that...

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    on the 24inch samsung i tried all the settings and couldn't get the black bars to go away. When i plug in my macpro tower it takes away a setting that I do not have when plugging in my macpro laptop...

    can you recommend a specific monitor...or brand?
     
  17. supermac1 macrumors regular

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    Is the samsung a TV or monitor? Are you adjusting the tv/monitor settings or the computer settings?
     
  18. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    RE: Advice on best non-mac monitor for new MacPro

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    "I want the full screen to be used on the monitor - things just do not look right in widescreen mode. I am using it for making music so bigger is better for me so I can see everything. I was thinking of running duals so I could make music in Reason or Ableton on one monitor and use the other one for various other applications or research."

    Your quest for "full screen mode" sounds like something out of the Windows world that has essentially no meaning on the Mac side of things.

    Widescreen or not, the monitor is in "full screen mode" so long as it is running at its "native resolution".

    If you're going to be doing music production with DAW software you WANT a display that is "wide screen", because doing digital audio editing in a timeline emphasizes "left-right" movement instead of "up-down". With a display such as a 24", you would have that extra "width" so that you would have much less scrolling through your timeline than with a 4:3 type display.

    I would offer as best non-Apple choices for 24" to be either the Dell 2408WFP or the HP 2475w.

    - John
     
  19. Slimdude20 macrumors newbie

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    Okay to kind of reopen this thread and not post a new one, what do you guys think is a good Monitor/TV (preferably between 22"-27") that is relatively cheap ($200-$350ish) That is compatible with my mac (ATI Radeon HD 2600 graphics card)?

    I've looked at Samsung's touch of color 24" and that seems nice but a lot of people say it's not good for viewing angle and I want to use the screen for movies/gaming though xbox.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
     
  20. Slimdude20 macrumors newbie

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    Also what would be a good website to get it from? Amazon? Going to try to get one soon since the one I have now is burnt out on the top.
     

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