Best second monitor for a 21.5" iMac

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  1. Fr3d macrumors newbie

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    I know this question has been asked before, but, monitors/prices change so frequently I want to make sure I get an up-to-date answer!

    I've recently purchased the new entry-level 21.5" iMac, and I am currently using it alongside a 20" Dell 2005FPW (which I already had).

    I want to replace this monitor with a newer one that will be a better match with the iMac's own display. At the moment, the main differences seem to be brightness (the iMac is LED-backlit), contrast & colour, and finally the 'gloss' finish on the screen.

    Does anyone have any good recommendations/suggestions? I'm not looking for anything massive (same size as the iMac or slightly larger - I've no idea what the limit is to what can be run off the mini displayport?). Budget is around £200 (which is around $320 apparently!).

    Thanks for your advice!
     
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  3. Fr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Brilliant, thanks rw3, that looks like what I was after!

    Do you know if it has the same gloss effect as the iMac screens?

    Thanks Again,
     
  4. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Most all Dell monitors are AntiGlare screens.
     
  5. Fr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah righty, are there any options without the AntiGlare, i.e. glossy screens?

    Thanks.
     
  6. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    I would think you will have a hard time finding another glassy display!
     
  7. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    That display is 80 cd/m² (25%) dimmer than the iMac tho! and not LED backlit or Glossy!

    best bet im afraid is the 24" apple cinema display! that will be perfect glossy exactly the same brightness and black, alu & glass so will look wicked next to it! :(
     
  8. Fr3d thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :eek:

    The monitor I'm currently using doesn't have the gloss and isn't as bright, these are the most noticeable differences between the two.

    Is there nothing available for around that money that uses LED back lighting and has the same gloss finish?

    EDIT:

    Just found this on the Dell website:
    http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ie&l=en&s=dhs&cs=iedhs1&sku=425510

    The model number is almost identical (P2211H), but this one has an LED back light (and it's cheaper). What do people think?
     
  9. macintoshse1 macrumors newbie

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    The reason it's cheaper is that its' a TN panel not a IPS also it does not have a display port. I know this is outside your budget but the Dell UltraSharp™ U2211H 55cm (21.5") I believe is still a better fit
    (http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sn...ku=421257c=ie&l=en&s=dhs&cs=iedhs1&sku=421257)
     
  10. ebbichan macrumors newbie

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    Did you decide on which monitor to get?
    I'm shopping around for a secondary monitor for my 21.5" iMac too and I'm interested in knowing what you decided on.
     
  11. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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    Consider buying a mini DP/HDMI converter along with an inexpensive and possibly used 1080p HDTV. Yes, it will be outside your budget, but you can use the HDTV for other purposes as well.
     
  12. tigereat macrumors regular

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    How about for iMac 27 ? for Software Development
     
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  14. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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    Consider getting a monitor that can be run safely (i.e., not overheat) while in portrait mode vs landscape mode. This is great for coding as there will be a full 1,920 rows of pixels for displaying source code. Of course, Mac OS/X supports portrait display via selectable rotation on any hardware.
     

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