LG 34UM95 (Screen size) vs HP Z27X (color accuracy)

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    rjbenson83 macrumors regular

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    If you work in graphic arts, which monitor would you choose?

    Screen real estate is awesome, but is it more important to have the widest color gamut available?

    Does the $400 price difference come into play as well?

    Which would you choose?



    I personally went with the HP but only because it was available first, had I known I could pick up the LG today from Frys when I ordered the HP, I may have ended up with a different choice, as it's cheaper and bigger.

    Also, the fact that Mac OS doesn't support the 10 bit per channel capability of the HP Dreamcolor monitors nullifies that as a selling point.
     
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    Mac OSX doesn't support wide colour Gamut monitors since when? We have plenty of NEC and Eizo monitors at work that say different.
     
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    It'll support the monitor, but I don't believe the OS supports the additional colors of 10 bit panels. Is this incorrect?
     
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    Depends on the graphic card I believe.
     
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    Bits per channel has nothing to do with the monitors gamut capabilities. They are two different things.

    Gamut is the range, or scope of a monitor's ability to display across the colour spectrum. Deeper blues, reds, greens, etc.

    Bits per channel refers to the resolution within that range. Or more simply put, how many unique steps it can display between white and it's deepest primary colours.

    As far as I know, Apple still does not support 10 bits per channel in OSX. So even if your monitor, graphics card and application all support 10bpc, the stumbling block that is OSX will prevent you from seeing 10bpc displayed on your monitor. This is actually one of my biggest pet peeves with Apple and a tell tale sign that they aren't taking professional users nearly serious enough.

    If this is important to you (as it is for me) I suggest you complain to Apple about this through the official channels. Maybe one day the message hits home.
     
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    The HP's UHD option is pretty interesting.
    Now I see why people say 4k is unusable without the ui scaling.
     

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    Updated to 10.9.3 apparently there is an issue with the gray scale on 10.9.2 with the HP, and the update fixes this. Now the colors and black levels are way better, and it pops like my retina mbp.
     
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    Id love to pick up a LG 34UM95. This monitor looks so great while gaming on it. There is plenty of games that support it too. The only thing that would make it better would be a slight curve to it. I cant afford it right now but its on the wish list for sure.
     
  10. sirneb macrumors newbie

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    I have to agree that my first impression for my 34UM95 is that I kind of wish the side was curved. The side edges just seem so far away, way less comfortable to look at compared to what's in front of me.
     
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    Is the scaling supported on the display with 10.9.3?
     
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    No, OSX doesn't do a good job with UI Scaling. The 4k mode just makes everything super small.
     
  13. Sylonien macrumors regular

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    The LG is sRGB 99% factory calibrated?

    Works natively with my late 2013 MacBook Retina 15"
    http://instagram.com/p/pz8Px5kRKT/?modal=true

    Beautiful. Screen quality reminds me of my (sold) iMac 2011 screen.
    Just as vidid and clear. But much wider. And its slightly matt,
    so I can actually use it without closing all the window blinds and shutters.
     
  14. sirneb macrumors newbie

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    Honestly, once I used my i1Display calibrator on it, there was a significant difference. By default, the screen comes way too bright and you can't even lower it past where it should be without the calibrator + built-in software.
     
  15. Sylonien macrumors regular

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    I've not used a colour calibrator on it yet.
    But I agree it is mega bright, but setting it down to 50 (originally 70)
    is plenty enough even in daytime. Also setting the Super Energy Saver to Low or High helps to reduce the brightness as well.

    But in terms of colour and image quality, its very similar to the iMac.

    Maybe with tweaking it'll be even better.
     

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