Help me pick a secondary display

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  1. baker5721, May 9, 2011
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    baker5721 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 27" iMac and I'm currently using an old 22" Samsung TN next to it as my secondary. To say the least this is a horrible setup. The Sammy just looks like crap next to the iMac. What I'm really wondering is what type of display I should be looking at to replace it? Should I rule out TN panels? The 22"-24" size is really all I'm looking for. I'm just thinking that unless I get two LCDs side by side this is going to be impossible for me to answer this on my own. Do any owners have any recommendations on displays to use with an iMac? I'm worried about brightness and color consistency- not so much viewing angles etc. So I guess a TN could suit my needs- I just don't know how it might look next to the iMac?

    Edit- Forgot to mention price. And to really get to the bottom line should I get a $300 entry level IPS or a $300 high end TN panel?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Check out a Dell 23" ultrasharp (IPS), that should be within your price.
     
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    It's not in your desired price range, but this would go along perfect with your iMac.
     
  4. baker5721 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So your advice would be to stick another IPS next to the iMac? I've looked at the Dell and it seems to be the best monitor in it's segment.
     
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    I think so. If you're concerned about color reproduction, IPS is the way to go. Since that is basically right at your price point and is the size you want, it seems like the ideal fit.
     
  6. baker5721 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Lol I could never justify spending $900 on a display just to put run my email on. Thanks for the input though!
    I'll probably go with an LG panel that's very similar to the Dell just because I like it's array of inputs better. My question was more geared towards TN vs IPS in this situation rather than specific models anyway. I am worried about it's brightness though. The iMac is 375 and this is 250. The Dell is rated at 300.
    Thanks for the input!
    LG for reference:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005232&cm_re=LG_IPS-_-24-005-232-_-Product
    And any more advice would be appreciated!
     
  7. Makaveli6103 macrumors 6502

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    You can get a NEC EA232WMi from buy.com for under $300. Great IPS LED monitor.
     
  8. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Sit down and use one for a while. You'll figure out how to justify it. ;)
     
  9. baker5721 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I'm glad the consensus is to get an IPS panel. I have another small issue though. I would also like to use this monitor with my directv box. As far as I can tell I need a monitor with HDMI and speakers/audio out. The only IPS panel I've found with this capability so far is this LG:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005232&cm_re=LG_IPS-_-24-005-232-_-Product
    It has HDMI in and a 3.5mm audio out. That connected with some cheap speakers seems like it would be a really easy solution for tv with the remote in rf mode.
    Any thoughts on LG panels?
     
  10. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    I think LG makes the iMac displays. Either way, they tend to make good stuff.
     
  11. CHSeifert, May 10, 2011
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    Obvious answer - get the Apple Cinema led 27" display :)
     
  12. iamthedudeman, May 10, 2011
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    I was in the exact situation as yourself.

    I own my own business and own quite a few macs, imacs, mac pro's, even a few mini's.

    But for at home My current setup is a Apple Cinema Display 27 with a imac 3.2 21.5. It went through quite a few alterations before I settled on this setup. The imac 27 Cinema display has a better overall temperature profile than the 27 inch imac.

    They each have the same display but the 27 imac is alot warmer than the 27 Cinema display, the whites on the imac are not really all "white'. It is hard to tell unless you have them next to each other.

    Having a 21.5 imac I have two glossy display IPS panel's in dual screen mode, and have the 27 Cinema display set to 1080P, same resolution as the 21.5.

    I have on order a 21.5 quad i7 2.8 with SSD.

    If you are using a 27 imac with another display, you're going to have to go glossy. A matte with a high gloss display such as a imac does not work, trust me I did it. Many times.

    A high end TN panel will serve your purposes well. I used many monitors such as the Dell 23 ultrasharp, Which is a 'e-IPS panel. Not much better than a high end TN if at all.

    This is a good IPS panel as is the Dell. But both Matte. Will not work.

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/382087-382087-64283-72270-3884471-4101131.html

    I have tried a HP TN such as this. I got this idea off of a reviewer off of Amazon.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/display/display/1/storefronts/XP599AA%23ABA

    I used this monitor in a dual mode setup with a 27 imac. Let me tell you this monitor is fantastic. It is 8 bit TN panel with true 16.7 million colors, glass screen with a 'bright view' treatment. Brightview absorbs the light so you get all the benefits of a Matte with the clarity of a gloss. Best of both worlds.

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/6bit_8bit.htm

    I did not believe it until I saw in best buy the imac side by side with the 25.5 inch HP. I set the imac 27 to 1080P and steped back a few feet. Head on the HP actually looked on par with the imac. It is the best TN on the market right now. As good as it gets for a TN.

    It was so good in fact that I got sick of the yellowing issue on my 27 imac and went with the HP 25 inch panel as my main display for a short time and bought a 21.5 to go along with it. The HP as good as the 21.5 after I calibrated the HP monitor. Set the brightness down to 70 and basically matched the imac's color profile.

    The drawbacks of a TN panel are apparent when viewed from the side, but this TN panel also has decent viewing angles. I did numerous tests, and it did not do too bad. I eventually went with a 27 cinema display and sent the HP to the office to use with the Mac Pro there. I eventually needed the viewing angles and the HP was not up to par for viewing angles, but if viewing angles are not important the HP is a good choice.

    My marketing director still doesn't know it's a TN panel, he thinks its a PVA panel or a MVA panel. He is happy and I am not going to tell him. The panel looks that good.

    Check one out before you buy anything, you will have to get a imac stand since the HP is much shorter than the 27 imac though.
     

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