Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Check 6, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. Check 6 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2007
    Question of the day. I'm about to buy a MacPro and let my wife have this very capable Imac (combination of the glossy screen and an eye issue that is not correctable that I have and the difficulty I'm having calibrating the screen). So the decision has been made and I have defined what I want in a Mac Pro EXCEPT the monitor.

    Anyone have any complaints with the Apple 30" display and or is there a better monitor for the same price? Your inputs are appreciated.
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    You could do better with a Dell 30" WFP unless you need the Apple branding;)

    As a monitor it isn't bad, just a bit pricey.
  3. Check 6 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2007
    You mentioned the Dell, is that price based or is it as good as the apple, NEC and or Samsung. Yes I know there is a "surcharge" for the apple logo.

    Second unrelated question, where in Texas are you in college?
  4. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Dell has price going for it ($799 for the 3007 at as well as the huge range of connectivty options. The quality differences are minimal compared to the Apple Cinema Display.

    You have a few groups of 30" displays.

    Those using older S-IPS panels (some newer revisions than others):
    Apple, Dell, DoubleSight (Hazro in the UK), HP, LG. Only the Dell 3008 has a scaler out of those which causes input lag and so the 3007WFP-HC is preferable if its only going to be used for a computer monitor.

    Those using H-IPS panels:
    Just the NEC LCD3090WQXi here as far as I know, better quality than all the S-IPS based displays. Also has a scaler so not ideal for gamers.

    Those using S-PVA panels
    Samsung 305T - The S-IPS displays are a better option, unless you get a great deal on price.
    Samsung XL30 - LED Backlit and $3,500, has some use in the professional market.
    Eizo - Most site and user reviews put it on a par with the NEC and most people would rather have an IPS panel.
  5. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    I have the HP LP3065. I am extremely pleased with it.

    The HP LP3065 gets slightly better reviews than Dell's 3007WFP-HC.
    You are correct about Dell having the best price at $799 for a refurbished.
    I would have gone with Dell but I found the LP3065 at an extremely great price.

    This is what AnandTech had to say, "All other things being equal - and in our testing we would have to say that the Dell 3007WFP and HP LP3065 are in a dead heat - price and features are going to usually be the determining factors on what LCD people want to buy. In the features department, we definitely give the edge to HP, but this will really only matter to people who plan on using more than one computer with the display. Otherwise, you could basically purchase either of these LCDs and be happy." found 28 expert reviews of the Dell 3007WFP.
    They say that those reviews add up to a 79% approval rating. found 22 expert reviews of the HP LP3065.
    They say that those reviews add up to a 85% approval rating.

  6. Check 6 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2007
    I appreciate all the comments, been playing with computers since 1978 and still learn something everyday..... of course then I forget what I have learned yesterday.

    Another question, other than the price Apple charges for their monitors is there anything negative about the quality of display itself. I'm looking at the 30 in. unit and besides web research, e-mail, some writing and spreadsheets my primary uses will be Photoshop (mild level) and aperture for photo processing. I would like to get into some basic video editing of family stuff.

    I want at least a 24in monitor and as I mentioned leaning towards the 30 inch. I have the early stages of Macular degeneration and thus the desire for clarity and size. Part of the aging process just a little earlier than most. Was a real blow to a guy that flew acrobatic airplanes up until two years ago. Oh well sorry for the ramble and again thanks for the help.
  7. goodcow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    I have a 30" Apple display at work for HD video editing running in its highest resolution, 2560x1600. When I'm not editing I feel like everything is so small since the OS isn't vector based that either:

    1) I have to zoom in with control + the mouse wheel
    2) Lower the resolution, defeating the point of going for the 30" screen

    At home I want a 24" but I hate the damn gloss.
  8. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    well I have the older 23 ACD and obviously I cannot comment on the 30, I can only say the 23 has been great and if it's equal to or better you will love it.

    the 24 has been the best monitor I have ever used by a mile and I have been through a lot at work as a data analyst
  9. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
  10. Check 6 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2007
    The glossy display is the only reason I'm giving up the six month old Imac ( well actually giving it to my wife) My 15" MBP with the matte screen is easier on my eyes than the 24" Imac with its glossy screen. Please keep the comments coming as I plan on pulling the trigger later this week and thanks to all that hve offered comments.
  11. Boneheadxan macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    I just got my 24" Apple Display yesterday and it's bloody awesome :D

    I mainly use my Pro for music production and damn Ableton Live looks so sexy. I never thought a display would inspire me to write music, lol. Oh and I love the gloss, don't know why people hate it. :confused:

    Been running some of Call of Duty 4 with the 4870 card to test the machine and it looks too friggin awesome. Then again, I'm not a hardcore gamer. :p

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