Monitor Recommendation

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  1. jefftb macrumors newbie

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    Looking for a monitor to plug into my 2012 MBP 13". I've tried an LG but wasn't really impressed with the color and with HDMI it was horrid.

    Looking for something in the $200-$300 range, prefer HDMI, DVI and would like the audio output plug.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I use an old 23" Cinema Display that I bought on Craigslist. Better than any other display I've tried. Lots available on eBay too.
     
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

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    I like Viewsonic but it's hard to go wrong with anything IPS.
     
  4. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    I've heard a lot of good things and recommendations about Dell's IPS monitor(s).
     
  5. jefftb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for feedback so far. I am looking at IPS.

    I definitely what HDMI, but some don't come with HDMI and DVI, only VGA. I tried one monitor with HDMI and got major issues with Whites.... I read that is a problem with mac mini, but I am using a MBP. Curious if its same issue that is supposed to be resolved in 10.8.3. If not, and i cannot use HDMI, then am I losing a lot using VGA instead of DVI?
     
  6. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I have the LG E2370VBF and its not bad.
    As you noted color isnt brilliant as Mac's display but gets the job done and is a great gaming monitor as well.

    If you want color to be your priority, go with Dell's IPS monitor.
    Except for the horrid DELL logo on front and back, the display is absolutely astonishing.
     
  7. mfram macrumors 65816

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    Looks like the Dell S2340L meets all of your specs. IPS with LED backlight. It has HDMI and VGA with the audio out. You probably aren't going to get DVI and HDMI in the same monitor because they are redundant connectors. You can always get adapters that switch between them.
     
  8. jefftb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually looked at that one. Weird, on Best Buy it has DVI no HDMI. On NewEgg it has HDMI, no DVI.

     
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    You can actually adapt HDMI to DVI with a passive cable.

    If your budget allows it, you might also look into the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM instead, which has both DVI (and thus HDMI), as well as DisplayPort.
     
  10. jefftb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I like the HDMI because of the audio, especially if the monitor has an audio out. One less thing i have to plug in when I dock.
     
  11. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    I'd love one of those as my secondary monitor only they keep their damn value so well, they still ain't cheap!
     
  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I lucked into mine for $140. I saw a couple of others for $180 to $200 in nearby areas.
     
  13. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    I live in ireland so tech like that is so uncommon. craigslist seems great in the US for finding this kind of stuff.
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    "Looking for something in the $200-$300 range, prefer HDMI, DVI and would like the audio output plug.
    Any suggestions?"

    This one seems to be highly regarded:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AOC+-+2...lver/6293177.p?id=1218726428129&skuId=6293177

    Some reviews:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412690,00.asp
    and
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/aoc_i2757fm.htm

    Note: regular price at Best Buy is $299. However, seems like it goes on sale every other week or two for $269. Worth holding out for the savings, if it interests you….
     
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  16. jacob-07 macrumors regular

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    I think best buy might be using the images from a Dell S2340M. The S2340M and S2340L are identical except the S2340L comes with HDMI and an audio output.
     
  17. jefftb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good catch. Appears Best Buy doesn't sell S2340L.
     
  18. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Just for the record, those Audio outs are supposed for the optional Dell Speakerbar, which attaches to the bottom of all Dell screens.
    [​IMG]
     

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