Alternatives to Apple Displays

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  1. honeycombz macrumors 6502

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    I'm still using the 23 inch Apple Cinema HD Display with my MacPro 3,1 and ATI Radeon HD 5770. Looking to upgrade but don't feel like the 1k price tag for another Apple Display. Wondering what monitors folks recommend? Thinking an upgrade to 27" would be nice.
     
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  4. honeycombz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow. That seems really nice! The thing is, I was hoping to spend less than 1k but if I was going to that seems slick.

     
  5. honeycombz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about in thr $400-$700 range? Anyone familiar with Planar displays?
     
  6. Chrystal Ocean macrumors member

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    Was looking at those also. I've an ancient LG 21.5" Flatron WW2253V. Poor viewing angle, colours off, dark colours poorly distinguished. Given my eyes are getting worse, it's a bad combo. Was checking out Planar's 27" model but it's sold out at both Future Shop and Best Buy!
     
  7. hyune83 macrumors member

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    Actually it won't be that much more difficult to drive than a 1440p display.
     
  8. honeycombz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i hate having to make decisions like this. this is why i always just pay more and get the apple thing because i dont have to think.
     
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    Traditionally, the Dell UltraSharp series is a good alternative to Apple's display. They use similar panels with the same 1440p resolution, so image quality is comparable to an Apple Thunderbolt Display. You won't get the sleek design and Thunderbolt capability, but you'll save quite a bit of money at their 27" model.
     
  10. honeycombz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow the dell 29" pano ultrasharp is only $449 on newegg. that looks like a pretty rad monitor.
     
  11. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The key is knowing your requirements.

    For the near term do you need:
    monitor that connects via display port (your Mac does not do TB)
    monitor that connects via TB1 or TB2 (Mac needs TB 2 if your want to 4K resolution)
    monitor has TB docking station functions to multiplex TB, USB 3, ethernet, speakers, FaceTime camera...etc.
    resolution: what pixel count is the minimum you want to drive
    screen size: 24", 27", 28", 31"....?
    color gamat: sRGB is good enough or do you need Adobe RGB?
    and last but not least......budget ;)
     
  12. JuryDuty macrumors 6502

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    When I was doing monitor research, I was torn between the 24" version of that Dell and the ASUS PA248Q. Both are about the same price. I went with the Asus because it also had built-in USB3. It turned out to be an EXCELLENT monitor. They have a 27" version, too. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.

    Deal hint: If you buy through Amazon, look under "used" for one from the Amazon Warehouse. I bought mine from there--the box was just damaged a little, but the monitor was in excellent condition and had Amazon's return guarantee. Saved about 1/3 on the price.
     
  13. honeycombz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the asus pa278q looks nice too. maybe i need to head over to best buy and check out a few in person. currently i'm running a mac pro 3,1, with a ati radeon hd 5770 1024mb card. i wouldn't want to go lower than my current 23 inch dvi monitor which is 1920 x 1200 and i may be upgrading to a newer older mac pro in the near future... maybe the 5,1 i don't know.
     
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    - Precisely that one is a huge waste of money because of its extremely low resolution of 1920x1080. Especially for a 27" panel, that's horrible.
    Consider this: It's the same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus but instead of 5.5 inches it's 27 inches. That'll look terrible.
     
  16. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    I'm seriously looking at the LG 34UC97 ultra wide curved monitor to replace my 23" ACD on my development workstation.

    It replaces a multi monitor setup, and the curve means when you turn your head, your eyes remain closer to the same distance from the screen regardless of where you're looking.
     
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