Mac compatibility list for 2560x1440 QNIX QX2710 DPort monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mephisto8, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. mephisto8, Nov 17, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013

    mephisto8 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    In case you haven't heard, there are some jaw-dropping 27" XD (2560x1440) monitors from Korea. These are available from eBay and other places for a fraction of the cost of an Apple Cinema or Thunderbolt display. Many of them use the very same LG panels as the Apple displays, but housed in a bare-bones plastic case.

    I am the proud new owner of a QNIX QX2710 DPort monitor that works beautifully with my 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011), using a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. Other Mac owners haven't been so lucky, buying the same monitor only to encounter compatibility issues.

    I'd like to gather a list of all the different Macs (with specs) that have been confirmed to work with this monitor's DisplayPort. I'd also like to hear if you've bought this monitor but haven't been able to connect your Mac via the DisplayPort.

    I can confirm that the following works without any issues, using a MDP to DP cable:

    Model: MacBook Pro 13", early 2011
    Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB
    OS: 10.9 (Mavericks)

    Please post in this thread if you have the same monitor and have connected your Mac to the DisplayPort without any issues.

    (Note: it's possible to connect to any of these XD Korean monitors, as far as I know, by using the DVI port together with a very expensive Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adaptor cable. But many Mac owners will be interested in connecting directly to the DisplayPort on models that have one.)
  2. kai2002 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2013
    I have a Mid-2012 15" MBP and I want to get one of these monitors. My graphic specs are:
    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (for the built-in display I guess)
    Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Standard Mini-DisplayPort

    Will this work with the DVI-D input version?

    Thanks for your help!
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Avoid DVI-D versions; they'll require an expensive dual-link adapter to work with your Mac.
  4. zyke macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2013
    Just curious, what cable are you using?
    I have the exact same screen but I am unable to achieve 2560x1440 with ANY of the options X - mini DP on both my Macbook Pro 13" retina late 2013 and my Mac mini mid 2011 (discrete gfx).

    The monitor it self just goes black and says something like "power save" or similar.

    I can crank it up to at tops 1920x1200 in all options EXCEPT DP - mini DP, which leads me to believe I need a better cable.
  5. mac45acp macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    Does this monitor have an On Screen Menu for adjusting contrast, color, etc? Does it work well the the Display Prefs "Color" utility?

    I just purchased an HP 2560x1440 monitor but it has no On Screen Menu and no way to adjust contrast other than the WINDOWS utility that came with it which of course I cant use. Adjusting the monitor with the "Displays" prefs/util does not result in the monitor matching colors on my 21.5 inch iMac. It also doesn't always wake up from sleep. It's a great monitor but does not seem to be very "mac compatible."
  6. rgrinny17 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    Not Working With 10.6.8


    I have the same Macbook Pro as the OP. However its not working with my current setup. When I plug in the DP to miniDP adapter to my MAC, I am getting a system message from my MAC that says it needs to be restarted. Every time this is occuring. Anyone else experience this?

    My next step will be to upgrade my OS to Mavericks. Hoping this will fix the issues.
  7. tezgno macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm using the monitor with a 2012 Mac Mini. Any newer (2011+) Mac should work with the monitor. The key, though, is that if you are using a DVI-D only monitor (like the QNIX), then you have to purchase the Dual-Link DVI adapter AND NOT the standard single-link DVI adapter.

    This is the DVI adapter that you need:

    One of the problems that people have is that very few electronics stores carry this adapter. Most carry the cheaper (approx $30) single-link adapter. This will not work with DVI-D Dual Link monitors such as the QNIX. Also, you do have to plug the USB cable in.
  8. andyownzuf00 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2008

    Just bumping this thread to give updates on current OS X, etc. compatibility...

    Experienced Systems Administrator here... I ordered a QNIX monitor as I suspected it would work fine with my system, and boy was I not disappointed...

    Here are my system specs:

    Late 2012 iMac - GTX 660m (512 MB VRAM) - 2.9 GHz Core i5 - 16 GB - OS X El Capitan 10.11

    Monitor I ordered:

    Perfect Pixel QNIX QX2710 LED EVOLUTION II DP MULTI TRUE10 27" 2560x1440 Monitor

    All you need to make this work with the above system (and I suspect any Mac 2011 and above with at least a decent Intel onboard graphics and/or NVIDIA GTX card is a miniDP --> DP cable. To mess around with an expensive $100 dual-DVI cable seems ridiculous to me when the multi port (DP, HDMI, etc.) version of this monitor is only like $20 more than the DVI version.

    Running in native 2560x1440 without any special settings, adjustments, etc.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    P.S. thanks for your insights, mephisto8... I also agree with the brightness not being as high as I'd like, but I must say it's not a deal-breaker for me considering the monitor was $270 and provides excellent image quality I have no issues. not one dead pixel, either.

  9. Flawn Williams, Oct 6, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2015

    Flawn Williams macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2015
    I also just acquired the same DP version of the Qnix 27 inch monitor. It doesn't work with everything I have got, so here are some cautions and some successes:

    With my 2010 iMac, this Qnix monitor does not work at all, with either MDP-DP, MDP-HDMI, or MDP-DVI cables. In all cases the screen acquires an image from the computer during start-up, but it freezes there, and never sees a cursor. I had to go back to an older Samsung 27-incher from 2011 to get working 1920 x 1080 via MDP-HDMI. (The iMac's internal screen has gone intermittent.)

    With 2014 and 2015 MacBook Pros, the Qnix happily does 2560x1440 with an MDP-DP cable.
    With an old 2007 MacBook Pro, the Qnix happily does 2560x1440 using the DVI cable supplied with the monitor.
    With a 2012 Mac Mini, the Qnix will do 2560x1440 when driven with an MDP-DP cable. It can also connect to the Mini using the Mini's HDMI output or using an MDP-DVI adapter, but in both of these last cases it will only do 1920 x 1080.
  10. rickyd5000 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2016
    I'm really wanting one of these Qnix 1440p monitors (with DisplayPort) to use with my 2014 Macbook Air. I assumed it would work fine with a "direct" miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, and I wouldn't need to bother with a $100 active adapter for Dual Link DVI.

    However, the ebay description from green-sum and dream-seller says things like:

    From this eBay Qnix sale with DisplayPort:

    From this newer Zero Bezel Qnix model (this is my preferred model):
    I'm not sure if they really don't work, or if they just haven't been tested, or if there have been so many problems historically - they would rather avoid supporting MacBooks going forward.

    I do see many links showing Qnix working with MacBook Pro, but can't find any working with the Air over DisplayPort at 1440p. And the MBP might have some additional capabilities such as Intel Iris Pro Graphics, which makes it work - not sure...

    If anybody has the MacBook Air working with the Qnix via a "direct" miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort connection - I would love to know about it. Also, please leave the year of your MBA.

    Thanks ahead!
  11. rickyd5000 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2016

    Just to update. I saw a good deal ($380) on this 1440p monitor: "Samsung 32" WQHD LED Monitor (S32D850T)" - and my 2014 macbook air displayed 1440p via miniDP to DP cable without any issues.

    Since I also had the Qnix DVI-only monitor, I bought the apple adapter, and that displays at 1440p as well, although there are some sporadic wake issues when it goes to sleep (this is a common issue, google if important to you). The current going rate for the adapter is $40 used on ebay. I recommend getting used, as you should verify firmware 1.03, previous versions have issues (it is not upgradeable).

    Given the above data, I would expect the Qnix Multi port to also be compatible....

    Hope this helps! Cheers..

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