Monoprice 27" monitors?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SuperMatt, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. SuperMatt macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2002
    Anybody have one of the monoprice 27" monitors? I've heard they are supposed to compare favorably to the Apple Thunderbolt Display, minus the thunderbolt dock. But at a price of $450 or so, you would have plenty of cash left over for a dock if you want one.
  2. bomberaia macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2014
  3. smithy1185 macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    You will need to get a Dual Link DVI to mini displayport adapter depending on your setup. The user lemonade-maker also said that 10.9.2 breaks compatibility when using these Korean 27" monitors with the nMP so it's something to keep in mind for now.
  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Don't they have displayport? Dual link dvi is a legacy item.
  5. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    if hes running and old mac pro these monitors will work without any adapter
  6. jw77777 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    hi, i recently bought this to run my new Mac Pro 2013. i tested it using a Macbook Pro Retina with HDMI. I must say, I was pretty impressed by the brightness and the clarity. the only thing that sucked was that there was a dead pixel in the first one that I received, but Monoprice sent me another one, and had me send the old one back. It was pretty easy. I also bought HDMI cords from them. Overall, I am excited about my Mac Pro whenever it decides to get here. The base of the monitor is kind of ugly, but I mounted my 27" screen to a VESA arm, which makes it look a ton better...
  7. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
  8. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    It does depend on the exact version, but HDMI as a standard easily (and currently) supports the upcoming 4K resolution. The original version 1.0 only supported up to 1080p, but the current version 1.4 supports up 3840×2160 aka 4K.
  9. JQuick macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014
    Prior to version 1.3 1920x1200p @60hz was the maximum, so it always supported a bit more than 1080p.

    Version 1.3 increased the usable bandwidth from 3.96Gb/s to 8.16Gb/s and supported 2560*1600p @ 75Hz. v1.4 can support QHD @30Hz (2096x2160p).

    Version 2.0, released in September 2013, can support QHD@60Hz.

    Though it has been advancing, I really think it's time for both DVI and HDMI to die. The design of DVI carried baggage from analog CRT support with it. The HDMI spec started with electrical signal compatibility with DVI.

    In this day and age, asynchronous packet streams are the way to go.

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