Good Display for MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ozontheroad, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. ozontheroad macrumors 6502

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    Hi people,

    just bought a 2009 Quad 1.66 MP (stock)

    i need to buy a display... any recommendations (24" would be nice)

    i also need to instal windows on it an was thinking of getting a dedicated HD for it. my question regarding the extra HD is... can i go out and buy any SATA HD and put it in? any HD recommendations ?

    thnx
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    2.66, right? :p

    You absolutely need to tell us what you'll be doing. We can't in good conscience recommend you a monitor without knowing your needs.

    Any SATA HDD works.
     
  3. Whiteyez macrumors regular

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    And also tell us how much money are you willing to give..
     
  4. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lmao.... can you imagine the reaction here is apple had actually released a 1.66 GHz MP lol

    video editing... nothing fancy, not a pro here (iMovie) and i would also like to start editing my photos.

    i sell DVDs with videos and photos but until now i haven't been able to do much regarding editing (no machine to do it on)

    $$$ up to 500 $$$

    now i have to start thinking how i'm going to secure my bungalow when i go back to koh tao (island where i live) maybe i can dig a moat around it and boobie trap my door and windows.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you're not doing it for work, you don't need the best possible, but if you're doing it and care about it, you want a fairly good monitor.

    You'll need either a S-PVA, S-IPS, or H-IPS panel; the latter being the most color-correct.
     
  6. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it's an option to make extra $$$ in my line of work, so i would like to offer the best finished product possible.

    if spending a little more will allow me to deliver a better product then i wouldn't mind paying more.
     
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  8. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that dell looks nice :)

    do displays specify the type of panel the use ? as in S-PVA, S-IPS, or H-IPS , how do i find out the panel type when in a store?
     
  9. shinchan72 macrumors member

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    I bought two of the Apple 24" LED displays. I prefer the glossy look of the colors for years now so that's not a problem for me.

    I've owned the 30" Dells and HP ones also and the Apple monitors are my favorite of any I've owned yet. From brightness and contrast to completely even lighting and zero problems they are great for me.

    And they look x1000 better than any others I've owned also.
     
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can look it up online.

    http://lcdtech.no-ip.info/en/data/lcd.panels.in.monitors.htm

    or

    http://www.flatpanelshd.com/panels.php

    Basically assume everything under $500 is TN. Most stores are also only going to carry TN or maybe some S-PVA. Samsung are TN and S-PVA (their technology). Same for Acer and Lenovo and many of the brands that seem unfamiliar. Dell and HP use a mix of TN, PVA and IPS. NEC use TN and H-IPS.

    One of the best value IPS displays you can get is the HP LP2475W and the best all round choice is the NEC LCD2490WUXi.

    This forum is invaluable for display advice
     
  11. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That's rather sweeping and, fortunately, inaccurate.

    I got two 24" M-VA displays for $500 total. I'm very happy, as the model I bought is also made with TN panels, but I was lucky enough to wrangle M-VA.
     
  13. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    I didn't say everything under $500 was TN. I said assume and always check before you buy.
     
  14. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Take a look at an NEC LCD2490WUXi. :)
     
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  16. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Definitely go for the 24" led acd.

    H-ips panel + 24" + LED backlighting for $799 (student discount) can't be beat.
     
  17. PowerPaw macrumors member

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    I looked at this monitor a couple of years ago at the NEC showroom just before it was released, connected my PowerBook and calibrated it.

    It had the best display for the money for PhotoShop period - much better than the ACD at the time however... for InDesign or even word processing the fonts are as blurry as hell because of the dot pitch.

    Its going to be a totally personal thing, i.e. you probably won't notice it and I am not sure if the font rendering is any better with Leopard but this stopped me for going with a 25.5" display. If you can I would strongly suggest taking a look before you buy if possible and connected to a Mac not a PC.
     
  18. brendon2020 macrumors 6502

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    very happy with my dell 2407, can get them under $300 new and around $200-250 on ebay. But now i'm looking at the 30 acd
     
  19. dazz macrumors newbie

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    So we need to know what the person is doing with a Mac in order to recommend a monitor, but we don't care what he/she is doing for the SATA disk? I thought not all disks were equal? Sorry if I'm picking nuts. :)
     
  20. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

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    ozontheroad: what's your budget? If you can afford thousands of dollars, get yourself an Eizo and be be very happy. If not, look at NEC, the Apple 24" LED or, if you can stand seeing the logo, a Dell.

    This is a commercial site, but they rank all the monitors, so you can see what kind of quality you're getting for your money. They only deal with the high-end stuff, however (Eizo, NEC, etc).
     
  21. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hey guys,

    thanx for all the recommendations and links. i've read some good reviews about the Dell 2408WFP, will go out tomorrow to see if i can find one (living in saudi at the moment so not sure what's available... my 2009 MP will be the first one in Jeddah :D should be here tomorrow)

    i know i'm going off-topic in my own thread but do you guys recommend moving my home folder to a dedicated HD? are there any real benefits to this ?

    cheers
     
  22. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Probability Theory says that there will be more people that will be affected by the difference in panel types than by the difference in consumer- and enterprise-grade hard drives. :p
     
  23. ozontheroad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    one of the extra HDs is for windows, my better half needs to run some software (given to her by the company she works for). this way she can have her stuff on the extra HD and not mess about on my one.
     

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