IPS monitor for Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by radiohed, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. radiohed macrumors regular

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    First let me say that I currently own a 2010 mini server running Lion client with 8gb ram. I had the original mini and they are great little machines. :D I have been keeping an eye out for a decent IPS monitor that won't break the bank. I don't really want to spend a grand on the Apple display and don't really need a 27" monitor. I wish Apple made a 23" version. Anyways, this new line coming from LG looks pretty nice. :cool: I would only need the 23" version.

    http://www.slashgear.com/lg-ips7-series-lcd-ips-displays-pack-mhl-for-easy-phone-hookup-20239523/

    It looks like IPS displays are coming down in price and will likely be the norm in another year or so. I may upgrade to a new mini eventually, but really want a new monitor first. Does anyone else have a recommendation for an IPS monitor? I basically do some photo editing but nothing extreme.
     
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I can't comment on the exact models you mentioned, but I use 3 -23" LG IPS displays (models from about a year or so ago). I'm happy with them. Not perfect, but I paid about $250 for each one of them which gives me a heck of a lot of desktop space.
     
  3. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    How much do these LG monitors cost? They look pretty sleek!

    From a quality standpoint, I can recommend the Dell UltraSharp series. The U2411 24" model has a 16:10 aspect ratio and gives you more space this way with a resolution of 1920x1200. Price is about 260. The 27" model uses the exact same panel than the Thunderbolt Display, but with "better" backlighting (CCFL consumes more energy, but gives more accurate colors in this case) and costs about 550.

    If you prefer LGs design (which I could understand very good) I think they should be pretty okay. Haven't made any bad experiences with LG IPS panels so far.
     
  4. borostef macrumors 6502

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    I have been using LG IPS235 monitor for about eight months now and I am satisfied with it.
    Not the best monitor in the world, but for that price more than satisfactory.
     
  5. radiohed thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for an IPS monitor that's under 300.

    What brand would go best with a mac mini?

    LG

    HP

    DELL

    ASUS

    OTHER

    ?
     
  7. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Why not get one of the 27" Korean models like this. It's the same LG S-IPS 2560x1440 panel as in the new iMac and Cinema Displays, just in a different case. It has a no dead pixel guarantee too - all for $309.

    The brand doesn't matter.
     
  8. omvs macrumors 6502

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    If you have a microcenter center nearby, the EQ276W is nice for the price too:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384780

    2560x1440, IPS, and multiple input options. Looks like you can rip the stand off and replace with any VESA mount without much screwing around too.

    I bought one of the korean ones (QH270) because micro center was out of stock at the time, but they just got more and a couple coworkers grabbed some
     
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    I use a HP ZR2240. It's a 21.5" 1920x1080 display. Very nice image quality and good support too, since HP considers it enterprise class.
     
  11. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    NEC. Built like tanks with excellent ergonomic adjustments and a four year warranty. CCFL backlit displays start at $300 MSRP; I haven't priced LED displays. There should be some models available with a discount priced at under $300; I have no idea if IPS panels are available in that price range.
     
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    P-IPS is better than IPS. For colour critical work I would go for a NEC SV 231 (or PA231 if budget won't allow for the SV) or an Eizo CG 223.
     
  13. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    there is no guarantee. in fact, if you read the full auction it specifically states then anything less then 5 dead pixels is considered normal.
     
  14. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    They paste that into all their auctions, but that's for the regular model. The pixel perfect model has a zero bright pixel guarantee.
     
  15. lali macrumors regular

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    I will sound like a complete heretic, but are there any higher quality monitors that are glossy? I am not into photo editing. but I appreciate high quality monitors. please let's not start a glossy versus antiglare interglactic debate!

    thanks
     
  16. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    it says anything less then 5 deadpixels is normal on the pixel perfect model as well. they would not put that under their pixel perfect model if it had a zero dead bright pixel warranty. show me where it says in writing otherwise and i will believe it.
     
  17. TickleMeElmo macrumors regular

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    Dell definitely has some of the best warranty service out there. I have a U2711 and a U2211, I RMA'd both for small color issues and they were happy to send me a new monitor before I shipped mine back.

    It is also one of the few manufacturers who are willing to offer 3 years warranty and actual 0 dead pixel warranty.
     
  18. radiohed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all of the good advice. It looks like IPS is fast being adopted and prices are dropping. I still like the looks of the LG Series 7 displays and will wait to see the pricing on the 23" version. :D
     
  19. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I know what you're saying, but I spent a lot of time picking one and looked at lots of auctions by many sellers of quite a few brands. They basically all paste that same disclaimer in their auctions, and a few actually explain the perfect pixel guarantee. Supposedly if it's in the title, it's one that was checked for dead pixels (even though it has the same boilerplate text in the auction).

    I haven't received mine yet, so I guess we'll see when I get it.
     
  20. rockisdead macrumors newbie

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    I hooked up my macmini with Dell 2408 WFP atm,used to use Dell U2412M,both through HDMI to DVI adapter with 1920 * 1200.
     
  21. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    There is an asus line called the pro art line. they are calibrated at the factory. they have a 24 inch asus pro art for 299. it uses an A+ IPS panel. just browse asus monitors at newegg and look for the monitor names that start with PA. there should be 3 or 4. including a 24 inch that is like 400 usd. thats not the 24 inch your looking for. there is another better one for 300.
     
  22. radiohed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Those look like really nice monitors. Very adjustable stands and high end panels. Definitely will consider one of those. :)
     
  23. JasperJanssen macrumors member

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    I'd go with the Dells, my U2412M works just fine with me apple gear.
     
  24. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    I grabbed one of those last year when it was (mis)priced at 199 NZD (RRP 699). Have been very happy with it. It is one of the newer e-IPS models which is a tad below the true IPS models.
     

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