Good cheap (sub $300) monitor to use with my 2014 Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jm31828, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. jm31828 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2015
    I love the way Apply displays look, but can't afford the crazy high price for one. I have an ancient cruddy monitor I've been using that is dying. So, I am looking for a good replacement that would look at least in the neighborhood as the apple display for color and clarity. I want 24 inch or smaller.
    I have read great reviews on the Dell Ultrasharp U2415 that is 1920x1200 led with an adjustable stand for $283. It is an IPS panel. Anybody know if this would be a good "poor man's" Apple display alternative? Or are there any others in this price range that you would recommend?
  2. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    I have a 3 year old 24" BenQ GL2450 monitor which has been a real performer! Look-it-up on the Amazon or Newegg Websites.
  3. DFWHD macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    Checkout the Dell U2414H, it can be picked up for around $269 these days
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  5. Not-A-Fan macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2015
    Dell are offering a 25" 1440p at the same price point, seems like a far better deal to me.
  6. jm31828 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2015
    Thanks for the replies- I will look into the Dells mentioned to see how they compare with the one I was looking at.
  7. frank4 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    Running a pair of Dell S2340L here, I like them a lot. If you watch for a sale these are sometimes half the price of a similar size U series. No anti-reflection surface so they work best where there are no bright light reflections. I think the S2340L gives a better image than the 1920x1080 display on recent 21.5" iMacs, they have more adjustments such as sharpness and RGB levels.
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    It is good, but not overwhelming. It is much better than expected and is not suitable, if you watch a lot of dark movies (IPS glow). The U2415 uses a very modern display. Hint: Make sure that the distance between you and the display is large enough, otherwise you will see the single pixels. The default settings are too bright and need ColorSync (hardware/software) calibration for OS X 10.9+. I did not test my U2415 with El Capitan regarding 30-Bit support. I read the Intel IGP supports 30-bit color with the appropriate drivers (Windows 7+).
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I would stay away from anything 1920 x 1080. A much better resolution is 1920 x 1200, and can be had for under $200. Those extra lines of vertical space don't seem like much on paper, but make a huge difference when working with documents or excel.

    I got this one, which works very well for me, which is $185 from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
  10. jm31828 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2015

    Yeah, the Dell Ultrasharp U2415 that I am looking at is 1920x1200, and it appears to have very good color accuracy- and the bonus I like about it over some of these others mentioned is the fully adjustable stand (being able to raise the screen up and down). And I don't think I want to go any larger than 24"- my eyes are sensitive to light and any bigger than that, even with the brightness turned down I feel like I'm staring directly into the sun. :)

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