Best monitor for Mac Pro?

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  1. strausd macrumors 68030

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    Hey, I was wondering what the best monitor for a Mac Pro would be. I would like for it to be 24 inch, either 1920 X 1080 or 1920 X 1200. Also, I would like an LED display instead of an LCD. It would be nice if it was under $400 but my budget can stretch a little. Anyone have any suggestions? Links are definitely welcome :D
     
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Best really depends on what you need. If you don't need color fidelity (not a photographer or professional w/Photoshop or whatever), you might try the G2410H.
     
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    I do a lot of Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Mudbox, and ZBrush so color is pretty important.
     
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    I don't have this exact monitor, but in my experience the UltraSharp range are excellent.
     
  7. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I thought about mentioning that, but the U2410 is $599, which is quite a bit over his budget. I don't use any color-critical applications, so I don't really know of any PVA or IPS monitors under $400, sorry.

    I've also heard mixed reviews about the U2410 – while it's generally an excellent monitor, there are people who complain about it. Of course, you get that with all tech products. And you could probably find it cheaper on eBay.
     
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    If colour is really important to you, don't even look at cheap displays in the $400 range. ALL of those displays use TN panels, regardless of their backlighting. TN panels are crap, especially for colour critical work. Even the slightest movement of your head will change the colours dramatically due to the very poor viewing angle of TN panels.

    Do yourself a favour and buy a IPS or PVA panel. Believe me, they are worth it.
     
  10. peejack macrumors 6502a

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    Yeh buy an Apple IPS panel monitor then you can scrap the yellow button, you will never need it ;) :D
     
  11. codymac macrumors 6502

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    A member of my staff just got a U2410 and I'm considering replacing two aging Dells I have with a couple of U2410s. From what I've seen, and his reports, it's a very nice (IPS) panel for the money.

    I've had the same reservations based on the reviews I've seen, but from seeing it firsthand, I think I'd be happy with it.

    It's over the OP's budget, but they are listed at $499 on Dell's site at the moment. Of course, it's also not LED.
     
  12. Raytrace macrumors member

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    HP LP2475w can be had for around $500 if you look hard enough. Not an LED display but it is IPS.
     
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    Generally speaking, that tends to be the case. But there's more to it than just the panels.

    For example, take a look at what Eizo Nanao can do with PVA; exceptional images, but it comes at quite a premium.

    But I'd expect better results from say the HP L2475W (IPS) vs. say some of the Samsung's 24" PVA offerings. Quite a difference in it's market position, performance (primarily color accuracy), and cost from professional units such as Eizo Nanao's (some are PVA, others IPS) or NEC's IPS based units.
     
  15. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    If I had to chose between IPS and LED, which would be the better choice?
     
  16. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    IPS = panel type
    LED = backlight type

    So they're not the same. Designers can take an LCD Panel (any type; TN, PV, IPS) and either mate it with CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting) or LED (Light Emitting Diode). LED's are more energy efficient, and can offer more gradation control (depending on the implementation).
     
  17. Icaras macrumors 603

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    This looks like a pretty nice monitor. It looks like a new model too. Thanks for sharing this! Now I'll have to check out some reviews on this...
     
  18. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Do they make monitors that are both LED and IPS?
     
  19. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Yea, the LED is just the type of backlighting. The 24" Apple Cinema Display is a perfect example of a display that IPS that uses LED back lighting. So are the new iMacs too.
     
  20. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Oh, also I think worth mentioning is Dell frequently and constantly has sales on just about everything in their online store, including monitors. In fact, there was just a sale on the U2410 a few days ago for a $100 off, down to $499.

    I think they have a sale so often that its about once a month that you'll see it dip below $500.

    I also recall reading from one of Nanofrog's post in some random thread that if you call Dell you score a lower price over the phone, so thats a direct route if you're looking for one.
     
  21. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Yes, but they'll be over your budget range. As Icaras already mentioned, the 24" LED ACD is such a beast, but it's out of budget.

    I think NEC's LED backlit models may use IPS panels, but I'd have to check to be sure. But those will be expensive as well, more than the ACD (professional units). And don't even bother looking at Eizo Nanao unless you can make a significant increase to your monitor budget (Color Edge line can exceed $5kUSD on 24" units last I checked).

    They do, but the better pricing is typically associated with systems. I've not bothered to request quotes for just monitors, so I don't know what the discounts could be (if any beyond what's offered on the web pricing in this case).

    Worth a shot though, and would be the same with HP as well. ;)
     
  22. Mhaddy macrumors 6502

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    Another +1 for the UltraSharp range of monitors. I've got a 30" and a 20" before that and both were great for colour. Wait for sales and then call in to score another 5-10% off the sale price (may have to haggle a bit).
     
  23. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my Dell U2410 on April 18th from an Ebay seller who was selling for $449 + $19.99 shipping (here's a link to the auction if you want to check it out). I've already gotten a notice about the cashback which is at $35.92. I'm still waiting to hear about the mrrebates.com cashback of 3% which should have been able to be stacked. The big thing I Was worried about was of course warranty. So I shot the seller the following e-mail:

    And they replied back with:

    If you go the ebay route, you might want to do the same thing and look for a similar response.

    Will be using this with my recently ordered 2.52ghz Mac Mini. I need to figure out this whole calibration thing though - the colors look funny on the Dell 2408WFP (2408wfpb according to the back, rev 01) that I'm using w/ the 1.83ghz Mac Mini I left w/ my family.
     
  24. suselfunk macrumors newbie

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    NEC EA231WMi seems like a viable option, even though it has CCFL and not LED backlight. It receives raves around the internet and the $340 price tag must be considered inexpensive for a IPS 23" 1920 x 1080 display. Any experiences out there?

    tech specs.
     
  25. RebootD macrumors 6502a

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    Sadly not an LED but the NEC 24/2690 wuxi2 line have hardware calibration and my (26in model) is the best screen I've ever owned.
     

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