Any recommendation for external monitor?

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  1. mavericks7913 macrumors 6502

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    I was planning to buy BenQ SW2700PT for $400 from eBay but someone else already purchased it and I was quite mad about it. Other one cost around $650 and can't afford that price. Right now, I have $350 and can afford up to $400 and I need at least one good external monitor for photography works. I prefer 27 inch. Any recommendation for the external monitor for macbook pro?
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Well the BenQ you mention is a cracking monitor.
    But in interest of fairness I should point out I sell them for a living!
    We also sell high end Eizo's and NEC's, but we sell more of the SW2700pt than all the rest. Mostly because it's a cracking monitor for the price.
    Others worthy of mention would be
    Eizo CS270
    NEC PA272.
    If these are too expensive you'll need to look at Dell etc.
    But you can't hardware calibrate the dell as far as I'm aware. Look for something with a matte screen, IPS panel, uniformity, wide colour gamut etc.
     
  3. mavericks7913 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean hardware calibration? I decide to buy Dell monitor (http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Monitor-...00PC9HFO8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8) and gonna use i1 basic pro 2 from my school for calibration.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Hardware calibration is when the monitor has a built in LUT (look up table).
    An i1 basic Pro will create a profile stored on your graphics card, known as software calibration.
    Rather than buy a basic, I'd look for an i1 Display Pro. It will do the same job, but for a lot less money.
     
  5. Designer Dale, Jun 8, 2016
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    OP: Hardware calibration generally refers to a device sometimes called a spider (Spyder). You attach it to your computer and monitor in various places and run a program that displays and reads colors on your screen. It generates a profile that your graphics card uses to display optimal screen colors.

    AFB: Correct me here if I'm reading this wrong. I thought hardware calibration was calibrating with a hardware device, not something built into the monitor like you describe. Software calibration is using the OS to control the graphics card.
    Dale
     
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Both hardware calibration and software calibration use a colorimeter to measure a series of tones and colours to a pre determined standard. This industry standard is called an ICC profile.
    Spyder is just one brand. I1 display Pro is generally considered to be the best by most experts. Another is called the ColorMunki display.
    With software calibration the colours are controlled by your graphics card.
    A more accurate profile is displayed when you have a look up table within your monitor to control your colours, brightness etc. You still use the same device, but rather than the software that comes with the device, you use software that comes with your monitor to acsess the LUT. Colour Navigator 6 or Spectraview would be two of the examples.
    This is hardware calibration. Sometimes the colorimeter can be built in to your display like a high end Eizo like the CG277, but that's way out of the OP's budget.
     
  7. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Check out the ASUS Pro Art series. I've been very happy with my 24" and you can get them under $400 now. It calibrates pretty well with my Spider 4 Express.
     
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    Another vote here for the BenQ. Very pleased with mine, it is well worth saving up for. I think AFB may have been the chap who sold it to me, he had that same orange skin-tone and pointed head.
     
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    ???
    I'm so confused. :confused:
     
  10. steveash macrumors 6502

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    You've forgotten what your icon looks like?
     
  11. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Oh dear. Yes I totally missed that one! My daughters drawing, my photo.
     

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