Any good external display recommendations??

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking to get an external display for my MBP (15" early 2011). My MBP display is the hi-res 1680 x 1050 version so I'd want something with the same or better resolution. I don't mind getting it refurbed or used so if I could keep it around $200 or under that'd be great.

    I do have a 1080p HDTV (Insignia) and with my mini-displayport to HDMI adapter I can mirror or extend my display. But I figured an actual computer monitor may have an overall better picture when using my MBP then my TV. My HDTV is excellent for watching movies on blu-ray or DVD but seems somewhat pixelated when mirroring or extending my Mac display.

    Anyone got suggestions please?
     
  2. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    Best display under 1.5K IMHO
     

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  3. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    ...and nowhere near the OP's $200 budget. :rolleyes:

    OP, with a budget of $200 I think you're going to be limited to something in the 24" 1080p range, and while that's a higher resolution than the internal display it's not going to look as good due to the relatively low DPI for the size of the display and viewing distance. It won't be horrible, but you'd be better off looking for a 1920x1200 24" display such as a Dell U2412M which can be had for under $300.
     
  4. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    You are completely correct I read that as $1200 I apologize
     
  5. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah my $200 range may be a bit low. So Dell is not going out of business? LOL I've heard Dell displays are pretty good. If I could find something like that used (Kijiji) or refurb that may bring down the price a bit though.

    @ MyMac1976 - Yeah I'd love an Apple Cinema Display. Too bad they don't make anti-glare versions anymore. Even so they're too expensive for me. Even though I have a MBP I had to save for a year to get it. Money is fairly tight for me overall as is the case for many people.
     
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    bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the tips. What about this one? I found this one on Kijiji as I'm looking for some cheaper options. It seems ASUS is a well respected brand when it comes to monitors.
    http://www.nmicrovip.ca/asus-21-5-v...ht-widescreen-lcd-monitor-vs228h-refurbished/

    Or this one:
    http://www.nmicrovip.ca/asus-23-6-v...n-300-cd-m2-1920-x-1080-vs247h-p-refurbished/
     
  8. jmthigpen macrumors regular

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    I would go with the VS247H, for the larger size, and better response time, it also has many more reviews.
     
  9. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    True that. I'll let you know if I pull the trigger on it. Do you think it'd be better to use it with DVI or HDMI? Or would it matter.
     
  10. jmthigpen macrumors regular

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    Go HDMI, DVI would yield the same image quality, but HDMI is more common and useful now.
     
  11. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely get IPS. If you don't you'll constantly regret it everytime you look at the screen from any sort of angle, as the colors will shift and fade and invert.

    I have an Asus VS229, and it is pretty good. The VS239 looks pretty similar. In my experience Dell IPS displays are slightly but noticeably better than Asus ones, probably worth an extra 20 bucks or so. If I were in the same place again I would definitely get a Dell.

    Just make sure it is IPS.
     
  12. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Not sure if the ones I mentioned are IPS but the Amazon pages for those displays have a "product alert" which talks about the IPS technology. But IPS is not mentioned in the specs. Even so those displays have excellent ratings and reviews on Amazon.
     
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    9400m driving that display must be harsh km

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    Excluding NEC pro monitors and things like that
    1. Apple cinema 27/30 they are neck and neck
    2. U2713hm revision a02 it cleared up allot of problems
    3. Shimian/catleap
    4. Pb278q - samsung based panel
     

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