Apple display vs. generic pc monitor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nhcowboy1, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    My old studio display monitor is failing, and I need to find an inexpensive replacement. I can upgrade to a slightly newer cinema display (aluminum, 2004 - 2008) or just go out an get any old generic PC monitor.

    It'll be connected to a 2009 mini, although I'll also want to be able to use it with my 2008 mini if I need to.

    Is there an advantage to the slightly more expensive (and a heck of a lot harder to find!) cinema display?

  2. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    The apple displays use IPS panels.
    They offer better color, contrast, viewing angles etc.

    You can get "pc" monitors that use IPS panels, but they are almost as expensive...

    Realistically, if your not doing graphic design or something else that requires really accurate colors than a standard off the shelf monitor would be fine....... just asking the question really usually points to you not needing it.
  3. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    Dell Ultrasharp, half the price(roughly) of the equiv Apple TB display, plus it's matte not glossy, i prefer matte but that's just me.
  4. Destroysall, Jul 6, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2012

    Destroysall macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2012
    United States
    Yup! Dell U2410. Same, if not better, IPS panel. Only downside is no built-in audio and smaller resolution (1920x1200 instead of 2560x1440). However, those are minor cons as many use external sound solutions and any resolution higher than 1920x1200 jumps immensely in price/value.

    If you like the aesthetics of the Apple Cinema Display, eBay is the place to go as many used displays go on sale for half the price of a new one.

    Hope that helps!

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