iMac-like 21.5" display for MacBook?

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  1. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    I just picked up an external monitor for my beloved early-2011 13" MacBook ... it was a long time coming. Admittedly, however, I'm not in love with the picture quality of the new display. Next to my MacBook, the colors are washed out and everything is not nearly as sharp. I know some of that has to do with pixel density. This display is a 1080p 21.5" IPS, like the iMac. But, the iMac I find a lot more vibrant. Is there any external display on the market exactly like the 21.5" iMac?
     
  2. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Could you provide more info? Like brand and model.

    Did you try calibrating it? I found that calibrating any monitor (if you do it well) can make a huuuge difference.
     
  3. AppleGoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I got this one:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-...lack/6692508.p?id=1218780227807&skuId=6692508

    I tried calibrated it a touch, though I'm no expert on the matter. I really don't feel the color is off though.

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    Oh yeah. One other thing I failed to mention is that I'm using VGA.
     
  4. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    I'd suggest switching it from a VGA cable to DVI.

    In looking at BB's site, there were several others in the same price range that might be better choices. The Samsung 21.5" has HDMI input, which will give a slightly better image than VGA or DVI.
     
  5. jimbee macrumors newbie

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    No, this is not correct.
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I found a 23" Apple Cinema Display on Craigslist and have been very happy with the image quality. There are some bargains out there if you look.
     
  7. LxHunter macrumors 6502

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    Mm... Pardon the naive question.
    Would a Apple Cinema display work with my 2014 rMBP? Frequently see ACD's on CraigsList in Toronto.
     
  8. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    It should but you will need a thunderbolt/MDP to DVI adapter.
     
  9. AppleGoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Switching from VGA to DVI made the difference I was hoping for. I now like this display quite a bit.
     

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