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

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    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

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    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

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    Checkout the Dell U2414H, it can be picked up for around $269 these days
     
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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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 68040

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    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

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    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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