looking to buy a decent monitor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by redwine65, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. redwine65 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010

    I just bought a new mac pro quad core...I steared away from a imac because I've heard alot of people on mac boards saying the glossy is bad for seeing true color, and it's bad for your eyes if you look at the computer a long time

    Im trying to find a good monitor for around 600 to 700 dollars....I heard that a monitor should be able to be calibrated..

    I seen this one being talked about, people say the folks from B&H like it and they have seen alot of screens


    but it's a lil too expensive for me.

    I was looking at NEC monitors and seen this one that supposibly is on sale for 1000 dollars..and has something called

    " SpectraViewII Color Calibration Solution"


    I could go to a grand for a monitor if it's really worth it..

    I also seen this moinitor for around 300, with good reviews


    I heard people that talk about graphics that say you want a monitor around 24" because anything bigger streaches the image.

    I want to use the monitor for makeing HD videos, some photoshop, gaming, and watching movies...

    what would be a good monitor for around 600 to 700 dollars? I figure if I put 2300 into a new mac I can spend at least a third on a monitor..

    any info would be appreciated
  2. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    One possibility is to look for a 23" Apple Cinema Display, the one they sold before they came out with the current 24" glossy Cinema Display. The 23" has a matte S-IPS screen and calibrates very nicely. It goes used for $400-500. I just sold one for $450 not too long ago.

    The Samsung you mention has a TN panel. Those are the cheapest panels, and the last choice for accurate color work. Sort of the opposite end of the spectrum from the Eizo panel you mentioned. If you want to color calibrate and have it accurate, get a monitor with a S-IPS panel.
  3. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Dell 2410 or 2409 is a good call, with a built in usb hub, card reader and a crazy amount of inputs (DVI, HDMI, DP, Component). It is on sale for 479. 24".

    Are you doing professional photo work?
  4. redwine65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    thanks for the suggestion RT I will look into them...

    kellen, no..Im definatly no professional. but I would'nt mind haveing the best equiptment I can for the money. just incase I do need it...I will check out your suggestion too.

    looks like I can get a decent monitor for around 500 by both of your sugestions...

  5. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    Kellen's recommendation of the Dell Ultrasharp 2410 is probably a pretty good one. That monitor runs $600. Less if you watch for it to go on sale. I use the Dell 3008WFP (got it for $1399 on sale) with my MBP and that is an awesome monitor. I'm not fan of Dell generally, but I do really like my display.

    I used the Spyder3 Pro colorimeter to calibrate mine and have it within a fraction of a percent of the 6500K white-point ideal. It's great for photo work. Like the 3008, the 2410 uses an S-IPS panel.
  6. redwine65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    RT, I see a Dell 3008WFP on ebay now at 700, but I suppose it's gonna hit 1700 in a day , by the time bidding is closed...so thats way outta my ballpark...

    it looks like Im gonna go with the Dell Ultrasharp 2410, either that or I see a few 23" Apple Cinema Display on ebay....

    thank you for the info
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Dell Ultrasharp u2410 or HP 2475.

    Hands down, best displays for the money.

    Dells, especially, can often be found on sale (at the Dell site), at very good discounts.
  8. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Here is Dell on ebay selling that monitor for 500 buy it now, no tax.


    Use bing.com cashback of 8% to save 40 bucks and its only $460.

    Good price if you ask me. If you want to save more money, try to find a 2409, the older model. That or step down to a TN panel, especially if you aren't using it professionally.

    Also the 23" monitors from apple are nice, but for what they charge and the limited connectivity, I would rather have a dell 2410. And I own two 23".
  9. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    Yeah, the 30" monitors do not come cheap. The 3008 -- or older 3007 -- show up as a refurb in the Dell outlet store every now and then, but they go fast. I've seen them for around $800 or so.
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    This. Or try to pick up a 30" Dell from dell.com/outlet if you want a 30" monitor.
  11. ljx718 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
    i have an almost new 24in apple cinema display if youre interested. its the matte one a previous poster was talking about. i bought it a couple of months ago, but rarely use it. email me to discuss if you like. leoman319@yahoo.com
  12. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    23" ?
  13. redwine65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    ljx718, just looked at this thread again now... a couple hours ago I got the 24" U2410 from dell.....thanks for the offer though...

    I kinda got drained after the mac so I used thier payment plan for 12 months
    (works kinda slow with 2 ft of snow on the ground in my trade)

    they gave free shipping at 524...allways good to have cash in the bank during winter...

    thanks again y'all for the suggestions. looks like it will work out great

  14. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    good decision. I have the 2408wfp and really like it; its a S-PVA display. I got it new about a year ago (for a little over $300). Also the HP LP2475W and Dell Ultrasharp U2410 are H-IPS displays, not S-IPS. H-IPS is a newer technology, which has better contrast than S-IPS displays.

    S-IPS vs H-IPS

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