nMP and Dell U2713HM, any feedback?

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  1. razer macrumors regular

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    So my Mac Pro is on order and i now need to get a monitor. Ive shortlisted three:

    Dell U2713HM
    LG27EA83-D
    AsusPA279Q

    Just wondered if anyone had feedback on using one of these (in particular the Dell as it offers the best price) with the nMP.

    They all have Displayport connections so would the best way forward be a TB2 to Displayport cable (as you can tell ive not bough a monitor for over 10 years - just when DVI kicked in!)

    Thanks
     
  2. Einz macrumors regular

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    The Dell U2713HM works fine, get mini displayport to displayport cable and you are all set.
     
  3. mrsavage1 macrumors regular

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    get a viewsonic vp2770 instead the dell's have a lot of issues like cross hatching. I have 2 vp2770s great monitors.
     
  4. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    It's probably out of your budget but the Dell's bigger brother the U2713H is the one to get. Can be got for a very good price if you hunt around here in the UK anyway.
     
  5. razer, Jan 17, 2014
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    Thanks all! Up till now i had read the H and the HM the other way round in terms of quality and reviews.

    Given that thissetup will be used for Lightroom and Photoshop the H does actually seem the better option.
     
  6. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    It certainly is - make sure it has the latest firmware which is 03. If you are even slightly disappointed do not hesitate to call Dell to get it exchanged, first class warranty support for 3 years.
     
  7. razer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ive just found a Dell partner (NRG.it) that sell refurbished ones (1yr warranty RTB) for very good prices. Dropped them a line to find out more.
     
  8. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I have that one on my shortlist as well. However, I've seen a lot of reviewers complain about the overshoot.

    Others that I'm investigating:
    - Eizo EV2736W (just one review, in German, but it was positive)
    - NEC MultiSync EA274WMi (released late November, no reviews yet)
    - Apple Thunderbolt Display

    So far, I'm leaning towards the Apple Display as its reviews are most consistently positive.
     
  9. razer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Only problem with the apple is that its likely to be replaced soon which is ahy i discounted it (well that and the price)
     
  10. 2128506 macrumors regular

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    TB display is good, using it for second year now. No issues, colors are good.

    In this price range you might consider checking out Lenovo LT3053p, plan to get it myself if no good affordable 4K displays come this years.

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    True that. TB display is long overdue for a refresh.

    Still it is a very good 27" non-4K display with camera/mic/ports done via single cable.

    And MacBook charger of course (need adapter for new MBs :( ).
     
  11. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    The thing with displays though is that it is one of the few technology product categories where this year's model rarely is better than last year's model in all regards.
     
  12. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that one looks very nice! Choices, choices... And I have to make up my mind fast, finally see that my nMP is preparing for shipment. :)

    I ordered it (CTO) around 7:45am Eastern on 12/19. I didn't get an email on the status change. With Apple's poor communication I have been habitually checking the order status page every hour or so for the past few weeks.
     
  13. 2128506 macrumors regular

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    Get a TB Display then, it's as good as 27" Mac-oriented displays get. And considering built-in camera and mic and TB/USB/FW ports it's a no-brainer.

    P.S. I hate you, me being in "processing" status. :)
     
  14. N19h7m4r3 macrumors 65816

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    Give me a Matte Anti-glare option and I would get one. Instead I'm leaning towards a Dell, or possibly that $799 Asus 4K monitor.
     
  15. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    Sorry, didn't mean to rub it in. Just wanted to let people know that the fact they haven't heard anything from Apple doesn't necessarily mean the status of their order didn't change.

    Though I assume that once the thing does ship, Apple will send out a notification.

    But yeah, I think I'll go with the TB Display.
     
  16. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    What about the Planar PXL2790MW? Someone mentioned it over in the peripherals forum and think it is the only fused display besides the iMac.
     
  17. Bad Leopard macrumors member

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    Yes, I ordered and am using two of the AsusPA279Q's with my rMBP via the Thunderbolt ports right now, and am really liking them so far. I ordered them at the same time I ordered a maxed out 6-core nMP, but haven't received it yet.

    I was going to go Dell, but man they seem to have a lot of bad reviews lately, so I took a chance on these Asus monitors and so far they are amazing. Oh, and yeah, I also thought about getting a couple of Apple displays but really despise the shiny screens.
     
  18. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    The Asus looks very good I must say. However, I read a user review on Amazon, saying the 10-bit function isn't compatible with the latest Thunderbolt Macs. Does it work for you?
     
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    The TB/ACD display would be perfect for me if it didn't have its glossy coat. I've tried my hardest to keep one when I've bought them used but I can't. The u2713h I think is the same panel, far uglier but far less shine to its surface!
     
  20. Bad Leopard macrumors member

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    The only app that I have and would know where to turn this on is Photoshop CC in the Advanced Graphics Processor Settings, and the clickable box for this option is simply not there like it would be in Windows. Unless something has changed in the Mavericks build for the nMP, I would say we are out of luck until Apple decides to support it.
     
  21. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    Thanks! Strange that Apple still doesn't support 10bit. Perhaps the nMP will change that. It would seem a bit silly to create 'FirePro' drivers for OSX that don't support it, if the Windows version does. But perhaps it's more complicated than that?

    I decided to go for the Asus. The screen should be arriving tomorrow and hopefully the nMP will follow not too long after (scheduled to arrive Wednesday according to UPS). I went for the Asus because of its wide gamut screen, higher refresh rate, ergonomic flexibility, and $800 price tag, as well and smaller things like the fact that I'll be able to connect my Windows work laptop to it, the built-in card reader, USB 3.0 ports and the fact that it is fully black, like the nMP.

    I just hope I'll get used to its not-so-pretty frame.
     
  22. rjbenson83 macrumors regular

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    why no mention of the $449 HP ZR2740w 27" LED-Backlit IPS Monitor, it's IPS and wide gamut.

    There's also the Viewsonic VP2772 27" Adobe Color Widescreen LED Backlit IPS Monitor for $999. this one is 12-bit color.
     
  23. FiveEcco macrumors member

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    I have a connection question for the Dell U2713H.

    Is it possible to connect the first Dell Screen with a MiniDisplayPort to MiniDisplayPort Cable (Thunderbolt-Cable) with the nMP and the second one with a DisplayPort to DisplayPort with the first screen?
    Can i use the full resolution than and 60Hz?
     
  24. lesferdinand macrumors regular

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    Well, I got the Asus PA279Q. It looks much better in real life than on their site. It works great with Windows but haven't figured out yet how to get the sRGB and aRGB modes to work with the nMP/OS X. Both work fine when I connect my work laptop via DisplayPort.

    I have tried HDMI and mini DisplayPort-DisplayPort on the nMP but no luck. Also, initially the graphics looked horrible in OS X. Turns out that you have to turn off sharpness enhancement. It didn't cause problems on the Windows side but creates weird artefacts when using OS X.

    If anyone has figured out how to use sRGB and aRGB with OS X, let me know.
     
  25. anticipate macrumors regular

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    I got this one from Planar:

    http://www.planar.com/products/desktop-touch-screen-monitors/24-inch/pxl2790mw/

    It basically looks like a black 27" iMac or TB display. Same screen, same bonding to glass, same panel, same resolution, same everything. It's quite good, and I have it hooked up via a mini display port to display port cable from Gefen. $600 though (though that's a lot cheaper than a grand). Just make sure "overdrive" is off or it'll ghost.
     

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