Help Picking a Monitor for Video and Photo Editing

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Chrisg2014, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Chrisg2014 macrumors regular

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    I'm a High School Student, and I make movies and take pictures. I have a part time job with my school filming and editing events. So I want to get a second monitor to edit on, I really don't want to buy another Apple Cinema Display because it's a $1000 monitors.

    Dell - UltraSharp 27" Widescreen Flat-Panel IPS LED HD Monitor
    $600

    Asus - 27" Widescreen Flat-Panel LED HD Monitor - Black
    $320

    LG - 27" Widescreen Flat-Panel IPS LED HD Monitor
    $380

    I've read that a lot of people say the more expensive the monitor is, the better. Which I have a real hard time believing... So Please tell me which of these you think is best or if you think I should be looking at something else.
     
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Generally that is the case.

    What are the screen resolutions of the monitors you mention?

    I assume the Dell is the only one at 2560x1440?
     
  3. Chrisg2014 thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha you would be right... I can't believe I didn't check the Resolution Quality, only the displays reviews, dumb blond moment sorry.

    I have another question for you, considering I'm using a Mac Pro. Should I connect it via HDMI to Mini Display or just straight up DVI but don't I, to get the full image quality need to dual link the DVI? Because I don't think DVI can support that resolution on it's own. I don't know, I'm still new at this. I could be talking complete and unter gibberish for all I know...
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Dell Ultrasharp or something better. Especially if you are not planning on calibrating them. Default color on anything but IPS and a Mac is totally unacceptable out-of-box. I buy cheaper screens with good panels and a colorimeter to profile them and I can save money that way and have great quality.
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    That's not the case as often as some people would like to believe. I don't think the Apple displays are an exceptional choice here. The glare can be extremely annoying depending on your lighting conditions. I'd call them mid range displays. They don't have adjustable height without using a VESA mount arm. They're reflective. They don't have some of the hardware calibration options of other brands at similar price ranges. They offer a dock for your notebook, nice aesthetics, and exist as an added accessory when you buy a Mac. I don't view them as the only choice for a decent display, although I suspect the OP is viewing the low end of 27" displays.

    You really haven't provided any information regarding your choices. You listed brands and sizes, not models. Unless you're listing specific model numbers, it's meaningless. Going by the price information, the cheaper ones are most likely 1080 panels. What connectors are on your gpu? DL-DVI and mini displayport (2009 mac pro?)? If you have mini displayport, use that. If the display uses displayport, grab a mini displayport to displayport cable off monoprice rather than an adapter. If it's hdmi there might be an hdmi to mini displayport cable. As for DVI, dual link is only required above 1080 resolution. If it's a 2560x1440 display, it should have displayport. I'd only suggest using DVI if it's a direct connection DVI to DVI (gpu to display).
     
  6. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    That's why I said generally. I agree that the Apple Monitors aren't ideal unless you have a very high tolerance to glare and need very little in terms of connectivity. The newer models -- when released -- may change the glare aspect, however.

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    That somewhat depends on what your Mac Pro's graphic card's video outputs are, i.e. Displayport or DVI.
     

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