Good non-apple external monitor for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jsnuff1, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. jsnuff1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2003
    Ill pay the apple tax on a MBP when the new ones come out, but as nice as the apple displays look, I cant bring myself to spend an extra 500 for an apple external display.

    So with that being said what are good alternative external displays for MBPs? Would the MBP have problems driving the newer 1080p displays that are out?
  2. mikeherdes macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
  3. Incrimn8r macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Does the MBP output enough resolution to operate this monitor at native resolution?
  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Outputs at that resolution no problem. You might also want to look at Dell monitors. They're not the best out there but for the price they offer on various monitors, can't go wrong.
  5. jimbowdang macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2010
  6. RHELF macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Quick question for ya, I bought my girlfriend the H233H monitor to use as an external display with her 2009 MBP a few months ago. Have you had any issues with dead pixels? I've gone through two already with dead pixels around the borders and I'm wondering if it's just a fluke thing or if the "you get what you pay for" is applicable here. It's great picture quality and size for the price, but I researched a lot before purchasing and it seems that most monitors of that size are more expensive.
  7. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    this monitor above (the NEC) or the Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA. Its an eIPS monitor like the NEC but 22", 1680 x 1050 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

    If you call Dell Small Business, you can get them for $212. See this thread:

    Nothing short of spending $500 competes with these two monitors.
  8. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
  9. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2009
    If you have a TV with a VGA connection, I would advice trying it out. You'd save up some money.
  10. mattyuk macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2009
    I dunno if or when these are out but the LG W2486L is a definite purchase alongside the new MBP for me!

    Edit: Yes, they are available, great price!!
  11. FoundAHalo macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    I have to agree with the LGs – I've just added a 27" LG monitor to my MBP, and it's working like a charm. Full 1080p, with a nice smooth look. With a bit of tweaking in Display settings, the colour looks very sharp.
    Picked one up from Overstock for $280 – LG W2453V-PF 24-inch
  12. RhymesWithSeven macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    With my 2007 15" MBP, I use a 21" Dell monitor at work - then throw my MBP in my bag and use a 23" Acer H233H at home, both at a resolution of 1080-ish. Both are less than 4 months old.

    They both look good, especially after spending 15 minutes calibrating. Now they're not SUPER great like an Apple Cinema Display, but certainly good enough for my needs of larger screen real estate.

    I really just need the larger screens for my audio creation programs (Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton). I'm not concerned with graphics capabilities.

    I researched and found both of these on sale (at different times) for $150 US or less. At that price, and considering my increased productivity as a result, I'm extremely pleased!!
  13. Tim018 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2009

    i got a samsung syncmaster 2343 for $200 and its at newegg for $220, its a great monitor, i use it with my mbp on a daily basis. it offers a slightly higher res than most 23" monitors, 2048x1152. i have one at home and we have three at my work on a triple monitor setup, all of them work great

    my 2 cents
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Currently using A HP 2159m, 21.5'' 1080p, dvi, hdmi and vga inpupts, speakers(my xbox 360 is connected to it as well). LED Backlit, I'm not sure whether it's an IPS screen or not, the colors are brilliant, vibrant, it has an anti-reflective coating on the glossy screen so reflexions aren't too much of a problem.
  15. jsnuff1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2003
    wow that is a pretty impressive monitor...nice design and best stats ive seen for a computer monitor.

    This just might be the one.
  16. fatgorilla macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    If you think this is impressive, check out the Samsung XL2370. I have it and its mind-blowing.
  17. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    While the LED backlit LG seems like a decent option, Dell also sells some cheap LED backlit TN based monitors at similar prices.
    Nonetheless, the entry level IPS monitors: Dell UltraSharp 2209WA, NEC EA231WMi, Dell UltraSharp U2410, HP LP2475W, and Apple Cinema Displays are going to be much nicer displays.

    Since you seem to be leaning towards the cheaper TN panels like that LG, you should take a moment to read up on the differences between the technologies.

    IPS Pros
    Better Contrast (whether it use a CCFL backlight or LED backlight)
    Wider Viewing Angles
    Less Eye Strain
    Wider Color Gamut (True 8 bit color)
    No Color Shift
    Normally have a longer warranty
    Better Dead/Stuck Pixel Policy
    Most IPS displays come with height adjustable stands

    TN Pros
    Cheaper (especially for 24" or larger screens)
    Faster response (better for gamers)
    Availability of LED backlights without huge increases in price

    Basically it comes down to for less than the price of the LED backlit LG, you could have an entry level Pro Monitor either the Dell UltraSharp 2209WA or NEC EA231WMi and for a little more than the LG, you could move up to a 24" entry level Pro monitor, the Dell UltraSharp U2410 or HP LP2475W. Your Eyes will appreciate it too. Also read professional reviews, manufacturers tend to list specifications which are not always true, especially when it comes to contrast and color range.
  18. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
  19. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    HP only uses TN panels in their consumer line of monitors. If you want IPS or PVA panels, you have to order from their small business lineup.
    HP LP2475W - H IPS
    HP LP2275W - S PVA
    HP LP2065 - S IPS
    HP LP1965 - S IPS
  20. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
  21. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    It appears to be another consumer tn panel but with a led backlight.

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