Anyone use a Dell U2412M with a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DaSal, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. DaSal macrumors regular

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    I was wondering if anyone was using it, and if it works well? There's a comment on the Dell website by a Mac user saying it doesn't work with DisplayPort with a Mac. I was wondering if that was an isolated incident or if anyone else is having these problems. Also, I was wondering how the USB hub works. Do you have to attach one usb cable from the Mac to the display, or can the hub function using the DisplayPort connection?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I have heard people have had issues with a direct connection with displayport, but you could just use a cheap mini displayport to DVI (not dual-link) adapter and a DVI cable instead. For usb, you just have a usb cable from the computer to the monitor as well.
     
  3. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Buy an HP ZR24w instead. Much better consistent quality and service and support. Its even cheaper. I use mine with a display port to minidisplay port cable from Kanex with no issues.
     
  4. gigatexel macrumors newbie

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    I use a U2412M at work with a MacBook Pro via a Mini-DP to DVI adapter. I do have a Mini-DP to DisplayPort cable that I will try and report back. As for the USB ports, they require a host cable that you have to hook up to your mac. I've spent time with a ZR24w at work as well, and subjectively I prefer the image of the LED backlight of the U2412M, I feel it's more similar to the built-in LED display of the MacBook Pro. I agree that the ZR24w is a more accurate display when brand new because of the expanded gamut of its S-IPS panel, but keep in mind that CCFL backlit displays like the ZR24w will inevitably dim over a couple of years. All in all, the U2412M has been working great and I don't have any complaints except it makes my older monitors look terrible in comparison.
     
  5. medi.freak macrumors regular

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    I am also planning on buying that Dell. Does the miniDP to DP cable work with the thunderbolt macs? And is the host cable for the USB drives included when buying the monitor?
    Thanks, media.freak
     
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  7. matt94gt macrumors member

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    miniDP > DP?

    I just got the U2412M and so far i love it. im just connected from the mini display to my vga adapter for now, I have ordered a DVI adapter.

    Is the display better using the miniDP > DP vs using the DVI? Should I of ordered the miniDP > DP instead?

    Thanks
     
  8. brianrumsey macrumors newbie

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    Questions on Dell U2412M

    Hello all,

    I'm looking into a new external monitor and am liking most of what I've seen about the U2412M. I am hoping some you who own it might be able to answer some questions and provide input.

    I am looking for something in the 24 to 27 inch range. I much prefer the idea of 1920x1200 over 1920x1080. I'd like to purchase new technology rather than something a few years old from when 1920x1200 was more common than it is now. I haven't found anything at 27 inches that meets this requirement within my budget (tops around $300-400), and have found a few options at 24 inches, the U2412M looking the best. I plan to use this monitor mainly with a 2010 Macbook Pro, and I'd also like to be able to use it with an older Power Mac G4, running a Radeon 8500. I presume this would not be a problem for the U2412M?

    I was hoping to hook up the MBP via DisplayPort and the G4 via DVI, but via this thread and some other places, I'm seeing some questions as to whether the U2412M plays nice with the Mac's Mini Displayport.

    I've also read that this display is not able to handle certain resolutions well, including 16x9 -- what happens when you set it to say 1920x1080? Bars at the top and bottom?

    I would really appreciate answers to my questions as well as general feedback about how you have done with the U2412M on your Mac. I am also open to suggestions of alternatives. I've seen some HP monitors that would also fit the bill, but all seem to be either older technology or more expensive. I haven't seen anything introduced at CES that would supplant the U2412 as far as my wants go -- did I miss anything?

    Thanks for any and all input!
     
  9. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Will report back to your question brianrumsey next tuesday (17th) when the U2412M arrives with the Displayport to displayport cable. Hope this works or I'll just use the DVI connector. ;)
     
  10. nuggies5 macrumors newbie

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    I have just bought myself a Dellu2412m and use the display port with my 15" late 20011 Macbook pro with no problems at all.
    Its a great monitor,out of the box it was ok but i used the profiles from this review..http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm...and it looks great.

    Ian
     
  11. brianrumsey macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Ian! Looking forward to your report as well, SR45.
     
  12. jon08 macrumors 68000

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    I use Dell U2311H with my late-2011 MBP (through Thunderbolt) and it works fine.
     
  13. eutexian macrumors regular

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    Dell U2412M

    It is a favourite monitor for photographers who cannot justify or afford the 'professional' grade monitors from the likes of EIZO and so on. I have never seen reported on the various photography forums I browse - problems with Macs. In fact quite the contrary.

    Purely from a photographers point of view there are many Monitors out there that are vastly superior to the offerings from Apple. However few of them are as 'easy on the eye' - I am the first to admit that the TB display is a thing of beauty... whereas my own monitor: Asus PA246Q is not. But. at less than half the price and with a much wider gamut. it beats the Apple display on every level. (for my purposes at least.)
     
  14. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    For brianrumsey:


    Dell U2412M arrived, but the Displayport to Displayport cable did not at this time, so I connected an HDMI cable from the MacMini 2011 port, and the other end (A DVI D cable) to the monitor. No cable adaptors needed since the cable purchased is a DVI-D/HDMI from Amazon.

    Hooked up a DVI/HDMI adaptor cable to the MacMini, and the other end, DVI to the monitor to see if this would not give me any problems, and happy to say, it to worked just fine.

    Also hooked up the Dell sound bar, turned on the system, and all is working. The sound bar for this monitor, I chose the AY511, and the sound quality is much better than my older sound bar 501 that I used on the Dell 2407 FWP monitor.

    As soon as the Displayport/Displayport cable comes in, I'll hook that one up. Should arrive in a few days.

    Screen is bright at default (Setting at 75). Just about right.

    No dead or stuck pixels at any color background.

    Turned off the lights in my office, and cannot see any light bleed at this time.
     
  15. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    OK, the Mini DisplayPort to Displayport cable arrived from Amazon and it works just fine. So the individual that said it will not work was wrong or he/she got a bad cable or worse, didn't hook it up right ;)

    Dell display U2412M on its second day and doing quite well, thank you very much :D
     
  16. brianrumsey macrumors newbie

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    Thanks SR45 for your followup! Glad to hear that the U2412M is working well for you and it may well end up being my choice as well.
     
  17. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Using the Dell U2412M as well. Very nice monitor and I have not had any issues with it.

    It works via the hdmi-->dvi adaptor that comes with a mac mini. It's also working fine with a miniDP-->dvi adaptor with both a 2011 mini and a 2011 MBA. I have not tried display port yet, but I am guessing it will work fine, as per previous poster.
     
  18. jgz macrumors regular

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    Huge difference between stock icc and this one, I love it so far!
     
  19. Drinkin40's macrumors newbie

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    what else am I missing?

    I just purchased the U2412M monitor. I ordered this cable thinking I was all set, but apparently I am now missing a Displayport Male to Displayport Male cable. At this point would it just be easier to get a Mini-Displayport to DVI cable, which Apple store has in stock. Any performance advantage of doing Displayport monitor instead of DVI?

    Thanks!
     
  20. jgac macrumors newbie

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    Figured I post in here since it is almost the same monitor.

    I have a U2312hm and have noticed an odd issue. I originally bought it to double my monitor space with my 2011 imac, and connected it with a mdp->dp to do so. I flickers randomly, a real issue.

    Not knowing if it was a cable issue since I bought from monoprice, I double checked it with my macbook air, and no flickers there.

    Both are running OS X lion with all updates.

    I'm not quite sure what the issue is. Any ideas?
     
  21. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    This is what I purchased from amazon and it works for me without any issues thus far

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004065DAC/ref=oh_o06_s00_i00_details
     
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  23. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    That is good news Drinkin40's. Glad that it works and good luck with the new monitor. I do like mine ;)
     
  24. systemio macrumors newbie

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    confirmed: miniDP to DP works great with Macbook Air 2011

    The U2412M is hands down the best monitor for the price for developers at the moment. It works great with a Mac, and like someone said earlier, the display looks good with the laptop display. Tried the miniDP to DP and miniDP to dvi through an adapter and it works. Definitely get this monitor with your Mac if you are a developer wanting more screen real estate + better quality. I would not recommend this if you are like a pure graphic designer or something though. The monitor is good but it's color range and sharpness (due to pixel count) won't be as good as like a Thunderbolt display or something. But for developers who do some photoshop, fireworks, etc, it's great.

    The question to me now is.. I just bought another one lol.. but have to connect it to my macbook air through a USB to DVI adapter. Anyone have any experience doing this in Lion OS? I heard it's buggy.
     
  25. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    Strange from the various posts ive read the dell ips monitos are typically preferred over the thunderbolt for color correctness not just because they are matte screens but the are said to be more accurate colors then the thunderbolt. which is opposite of what you said. Typically from what ive read folks who cant afford something like a eizo display get a dell ips not the thunderbolt
     

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