Decent monitor around $100

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Chodarth, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Chodarth macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I want to buy a new monitor for a friend of mine for Christmas. He has a Mac Pro (2008). I want to spend around $100. All he does is run Pro Tools on the Mac Pro. Any suggestions or better yet tell me why your cheap monitor is the best?
     
  2. Rondofan9 macrumors member

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    Go to best buy and pickup an led monitor 19" from $60-90.

    Or

    Go Apple:
    http://1-stopshopping.com/index.php...Apple_M7649Zm_A_Studio_Display_17_LCD_Monitor

    http://1-stopshopping.com/index.php...RT_21_1600_x_1200_85_Hz_027_mm_white_graphite

    http://1-stopshopping.com/index.php?c=6892&n=541966&i=B00008DCYE&x=Apple_M8893ZM_A_20_Cinema_Display
     
  3. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    None of those monitors will work with the newer macs without a very expensive converter for the signal. The middle one won't work no matter how hard you try. You need at least the 20" 23" or 30" "aluminum" models to work.

    Just wait for a sunday sale and buy one that's a recognizable brand.
     
  4. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

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    The middle (CRT) one would probably work, if it's the same as the one I've got, it's just a VGA connection. But the others, not worth the hassle.
     
  5. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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  6. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    It depends on the year. Most of the CRT ones that I remember have an Apple Display Connector which is like VGA except it has power built in and only works with older macs.
     
  7. briansolomon macrumors 6502

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    Get him a gift card and let him cover the rest to get a "decent" monitor.
     
  8. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a

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    If he's just using it for pro tools mostly, the type of monitor won't matter much. Find the biggest monitor you can with a high def display (1050 or 1080), and buy it! There's lot;s of choice through retailers like Best Buy or futureshop... or even the Source, sometimes. But, do make sure it has a video connector he can easily use with his computer (e.g. dvi).
     
  9. thekev macrumors 604

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    I'd avoid the early Apple studio/cinema displays. In fact they're a terrible idea. They weren't the best in 2003 or whatever, and things have improved considerably since then. I've read some nice things in the past about Benq, and they seem to specialize in budget displays.
     
  10. Spencie macrumors regular

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    Agreed. The old apple monitors aren't very good. Anyway, my pick is the I-Inc IP193ABB 19" Widescreen LED HD Monitor - 1366 x 768. Right now its even on sale from $130 to $80 now. 50 dollars off! http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...ffiliateID=WxHRncoD05Y-WhMxhQh28SJdhyqv7rFnlw
     

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