Monitor Recommendation Please

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Lou Cipher, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Lou Cipher macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    I just bought a Mac Pro one quad core 2.8GHz tower to get lots of power and flexibility for low cost. I could have gotten the high end iMac for the same price so I think this was a great value purchase.

    Now, I am looking for help getting a high quality set of monitors to do HD video editing and music multi-track recording.

    Any advice as to what size monitor and which brand and model to get at the best price...?

    The Apple Cinema displays are too expensive for my budget and wanted same quality but lower price.

    Hoping this is allowed to be asked in this forum - I don't want to upset anyone with this question so please let me know if I am not allowed to ask about buying a non-Apple monitor.

    Thanks so much for your help if I get it!
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    There are a few threads on this already, and offer a good bit of information. So a search could help you get started. ;)

    For anyone to help, some details will be necessary.

    Use intended
    What features are important

    It could really help members see which direction to aim you in. ;)

    Good luck. :)
  3. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
  4. phalewhale macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2007
    Hey, I tried the 20" HPw2007v first. There's no DVI output and the resolution is a measly 1680*1050 - I could live with it though - but the unit I got was making this buzzing type sound - a little like my CRT TV downstairs after it's been on for a while. Anyway, I got a recommendation from a guy on here for the 22" Dell S2209W. Although it's 22" its 1920*1080 so it's HD compatible and it supports HDCP. The screen is matte and so far I've been very impressed. Plus, it only cost me £142 from PC World. It's basic but very good.
  5. Lou Cipher thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hey Nanofrog - you make some good points - thank you!

    OK - based on what you asked:

    Budget - about $500 per monitor
    Use intended - HD video editing, multi-track audio recording
    Size - 1920 X 1200 (full 1080p)
    What features are important - image clarity, low power consumption, durability

    Hope this helps and I'll do a search...I did a search already before posting however I saw more on the Apple Cinema Displays
  6. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    If you are aiming for high quality, avoid any monitor with a TN panel. Unfortunately, you'll have to do a fair bit of research to find out what kind of panel each monitor contains, because manufacturers are not exactly forthcoming on what parts they use.

    You'll want PVA or (ideally) IPS panels in your monitor.
  7. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Look at the dell 2408. Right now on sale for 510. Has a lot of inputs and a good panel. 24" panel, true HD. Might put you over 500 with tax and shipping, but a very good monitor.
  8. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    This. Here's a bit describing the different panel types:

    The cheapest IPS Panel I know of (same technology used in the Cinema Display) is this HP. Never used it myself, but I've heard good things from the internets.
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    If you're looking to do a lot of HD editing, etc, and particularly if you plan to make money at it, you would have to look at professional models. If this is the case, $500USD won't cut it. :(

    1920x1200 translates to a 24". :cool:

    BTW, as I still don't know exactly what you need, could you provide a little more detail?

    There's other members who use professional models that can give a lot of input. (No matter if you need a consumer or professional unit).

    The HP LP2475W seems to be a good monitor. Keep in mind it's a consumer unit, not a professional one. Street prices are hovering around $600USD or so.

    Again though, it depends on what you really need. If you don't need a professional monitor, the right consumer model can make you quite happy I think, and won't break the bank. ;)

    I do concur that a TN panel won't work for what you've listed. Just not good for color accuracy. Look at PVA, MVA, or IPS based technology. It is sort of hard to find out which type a monitor actually uses, but not impossible.

    Some good links have been given, and I would recommend giving them a look. :)
  10. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    I'm thinking of getting this monitor for the 1.83 ghz Mac Mini C2D I'm about to pick up tomorrow off of Craigslist. I'm thinking of getting it refurbished from Dell Outlet though to get it under $400 (w/ a coupon)
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Not a bad monitor from the reviews I've read. Several forum members are using them as well, and their posts backup the reviews.

    At $400USD, I'd say order one before the stock is depleted. :)

    BTW, what kind of warranty terms come with this as a refurb?

    I've been considering this route with an HP or NEC, but they don't give much of a warranty. 90 days IIRC. :( By the time I add the extended warranty, the savings is all but gone. :eek: :rolleyes:
  12. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    I've found myself in the same position. Due to the cost of the added warranty, it just didn't seem worth it IMO (HP LP2475w). There's still some savings with the NEC 2490, but again, not much (~$70USD IIRC).

    Hard to figure out, and I wish you luck. :)
  14. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    Thanks. $517's a hard pill to swallow for the new 24" Dell 2408 and the $399 for refurbished does go down nicer. But short warranty's not so nice. My Mac Mini will be here tomorrow so it'd be nice to have SOMETHING...What to do, what to do..

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