monitor choice dell 4k or apple

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  1. visualanté macrumors member

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    I am looking at getting a mac pro but not sure about monitor choice. the choice is between thunderbolt cinema or new dell UltraSharp 24 Monitor – UP2414Q ....would i regret the smaller screen....im a digital artist
     
  2. michael_aos macrumors 6502

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    I get the impression only the Sharp that Apple sells and the Asus clone of it are officially "supported" at this time.

    I also read Lenovo just announced a 4K display for $799.
     
  3. visualanté thread starter macrumors member

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    so the dell my not be supported?
     
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    How about something NOT Dell or Apple? Could such a thing exist? Yes. Why the same old tired plagued brands?
     
  6. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    My guess is that most people might not like a 4K monitor for general purpose. It seems (from posts) that OSx isn't scaling things, and that text is VERY small on the 4k's. I'm more inclined to getting a good 2560x1440 for my "main" monitor, and maybe a 4k for editing photographs/4k video footage on. Of course, right now I have nothing to shoot 4k footage with, but we will be getting a camera before the end of the year. 4k raw photos I have plenty of....
     
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    I have a feeling that it's best to wait it out, if at all possible, since it seems that there are so many different sizing standards, 28", 32", and other sizes that i feel that it's best to wait for the dust to settle before purchasing a monitor that will last some time.
     
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    This really is a bad time for purchasing any 4k display imo.
    I'm getting an oldschool thunderbolt display and will sell it when apple comes forward with some 27/28" 4/5k dispaly that will enable retina style scaling of the UI elements while displaying images and videos at their native size.
    It's the only way I see 4k displays are useful.
    We need software scaling to make use of this ridiculous resolution.
     
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    this would kind of blow if other displays that are more to my liking such as the LG and Lenovo models are not going to work out of the box. To be clear, I am less concerned with perfect color space than I am with an industrial design that is not distractingly ugly.
    Not that I am some high brow graphic designer. I just like my jeans with no embroidery, my shirts with no asymetric graphics and my electronics without spurious design elements or ugly angles (cough Dell).
     
  11. mintakax macrumors regular

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    Ignoring 4K displays, would professionals or prosumers who are doing video or photography, even consider an Apple thunderbolt display over say a NEC 271w-bk which is cheaper and according to reviews, considerably better at color reproduction ? I'm just curious. Is it the TB connections and camera, style ?

    I would like a TB display, but it seems surprising inferior for most of the applications that the nMP is designed for.
     
  12. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    Not only that, but I simply refuse to go back to a glossy display. The glare, and reflections make it horrible for me.

    If Apple sort out the display, get it to real professional levels, and have a matte screen I'll be all over it.
     
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    I wouldn't buy 4k yet until the screens are true 4k panels and not two stuck together and the controller interface fudged. Later this year for the real thing..

    For non 4k I like the Dell u2413 and u2713h and u3014 models, nice non mega glossy screen and excellent gamut and superb value for money. Great 3 year on site and pixel perfect warranty. The Dell's are not beautiful outside but very functional and not ugly but the panel itself I prefer over a 27" TB.
     
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    The NEC 271w-bk is not cheaper as the thunder bolt display (found it currently for 760 € with edu discount). The dell is not much cheaper either but looks horrible..

    I hate being so superficial when it comes to a display but I had a 2012 imac + Cinema display on my desk for the last year and don't wanna go back to those dells.
     
  15. mintakax macrumors regular

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    Over here amazon has them for $859 w/o Spectraview, although it says
    1000:1 6 ms
    http://www.amazon.com/NEC-PA271w-bk-27-Inch-2560-1440/dp/B003LD1QRY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389054533&sr=8-1&keywords=Nec+271w-bk
    Is this different ?
     
  16. DisMyMac macrumors 65816

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    There were many quality complaints with the A01 version of the U3014. A02 was better, but now they are on A03 which seems to fix everything.

    The problem is Dell considers this an internal issue so there is no way to know which you are getting until the box arrives. For now, it's best to avoid discounts and wait as long as possible for the old ones to be sold.
     
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    A01 problems with the 2413 and 2713 too. A01 the usb 3 didn't even work properly on the 2413! The 2413 is A05 and excellent now and though you may get an earlier version in the box, one hair dryer phone call to Dell and the next business day a newer model turns up on your doorstep!
     
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    It would make sense if apple would offer a scaled/interpolated resolution "sort of retina-ish" mode like on the rmbp, displaying a 2560x1440 resolution while maintaining the actual pixel size for videos and images.
     
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    Yeah, I suppose that makes sense. I run a non-native scaled resolution on my rMBP and it looks great. I suppose the same would work on this kind of monitor as well.

    Personally, I'd prefer the desktop real estate that native 4K offers but that means 32" minimum to be usable.
     

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