Monitor help for MBP

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by DAM-Photography, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. DAM-Photography macrumors member

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  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    You said you are getting 2x but the MacBook Pro can only drive one external monitor.
     
  3. toxic macrumors 68000

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    that's a TN panel. I suggest you look for PVA or IPS panels instead, otherwise spend the extra for one of the better hardware colorimeters, since this seems to be one of the better TN panels. though I guess I should add that I don't think glossy screens work very well for photography.
     
  4. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    As they said, glossy screens are not good for photography. If you do get two monitors you need a hardware calibrator because no two monitors are the same. If you wanted to drive a second external monitor from your MBP you could do it with one of the USB devices but you would get horrible performance and it wouldn't play well with pro apps.
     
  5. bcgflow macrumors newbie

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    You'll also need to buy the extra dvi dongle to connect to the monitor. Like posters above said you can only support one (i'm using my MBP with an external monitor, wish I could use 2 external monitors myself)
     
  6. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Technically you could with one of these http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/VIDU2DVIA/ you just wouldn't get the best 3D performance.
     
  7. DAM-Photography thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone. I guess I will only be getting one of them then. Which screens did you end up going for on your MBP? Glossy or antiglare?
    Also what is the best way to connect the MBP to the monitor?
     
  8. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I definitely prefer matte screen to glossy. The latter one really makes the colors pop, but the reflections could be difficult to control.
     
  9. jaysen macrumors 6502

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    Like everyone else has stated, i'll add my .2 cents to reiterate;

    Definitely go with an IPS or PVA panel at minimum. Do not settle for a TN panel - period. If you're set on HP, consider the LP2475W - it's an S-IPS panel with great color reproduction. The set will set you back $450-600 depending on where you purchase from but definitely worth the money.

    Other Suggestions are the Dell U2410, NEC EA231WMi, or the Dell 2209WA (using 2 in a Dual Set-Up).

    Either of these monitors would be a truly huge step-up from what you're considering.

    Don't forget to invest in a calibration unit - EyeOne LT or similar.

    Also, buy the Genuine miniDP to DVI adapter when hooking these monitors up - I purchased some monoprice adapters and all though they worked great for the cost, I did notice some noise at higher resolutions (1920x1080)
     
  10. DAM-Photography thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for here. Here is the list of monitors I can get.
    HPQ 1 A W22 22"W LCD 22" Wide LCD $120.00 90 DAYS
    HPQ 6 C W22 22"W LCD 22" Wide LCD $110.00 90 DAYS
    HPQ 3 C W2207 22" BLACK 22" Wide LCD $140.00 90 DAYS
    GATEWAY 2 C FPD2275W 22" Wide LCD $130.00 90 DAYS
    GATEWAY 1 C HD2201e 22" Wide LCD $110.00 90 DAYS
    Gateway 1 A HD 2200 22" W 22" Wide LCD $120.00 90 DAYS
    Gateway 3 C HD 2200 22" W 22" Wide LCD $110.00 90 DAYS
    HPQ 11 A W2338H 23" Wide LCD $180.00 90 DAYS
    HPQ 21 C W2338H 23" Wide LCD $170.00 90 DAYS
    GATEWAY 2 C FHD2400 24" LCD 24" Wide LCD $190.00 90 DAYS
    HPQ 4 C W2408 24" 24" Wide LCD $190.00 90 DAYS

    Would any of these be worth while or would you recommend me different monitor?
     
  11. jaysen macrumors 6502

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    All of those monitors (unless I've overlooked them) use TN panels - Not worth it IMO.

    If size/budget is what you're looking for I highly, highly, suggest the Dell 2209WA - an IPS panel that can be had for $210/shipped + tax (for some)...

    I know this thread is a few weeks old but never saw the reply
     
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  13. toxic macrumors 68000

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    you can check the panel type here: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/

    a giveaway for IPS panels is a 178 degree viewing angle and maybe a slow response time, around 15 ms. if you can see it in person, IPS panels give a purple color cast in the blacks when viewed at an extreme angle. TN panels turn yellow. I dunno about PVA.
     

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