non-4k display: 27" vs 30" - worth the price?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MRrainer, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of buying a new display for a maxed-out 2012 i7 Mini (2.3 GHz).

    I don't do much photo-editing, no video and obviously no gaming.

    At times, I do some VMs and have a lot of terminal-windows open (I'm a unix sysadmin). I may need to write documentation, draw-up stuff in OmniGraffle...

    So, the question boils down to: are the additional 160 pixels worth the price?

    I would love to hear from people who have used both.

    Actual models I'm considering:
    - Dell U3014
    - HP z30i (if I get a decent discount via $work)
    - HP z27i (dito)
    - ViewSonic VP2770 LED
    - Dell U2713H (apparently same LG display as below, as per PRAD.de review) - is this the "best" of the U27xx displays? They have far too many models for my taste...
    - NEC PA272 (expensive, but I have a penchant for good displays and the price is still OK-ish, compared to their Spectra-View offerings which I really don't need anyway)
    - maybe just be cheap (after all, it's mostly text what I'm after) and get one of the cheap 2560x1440 offerings from AOC, ASUS, Benq or Phillips? They're essentially between a third and a half of the price of the above NEC.
    - NEC's PA302 looks nice - but price-wise it's most likely beyond what I can "sell" my GF....(cough...cough)

    I really want a solid display that is easy on the eyes and good for text-work.
    I do watch movies on my Mac, but I could live with sub-par performance on that front.
    At work, I have dual HP ZR24 with Linux, which is OK, but I feel I could make more of a single large display (Eizo's new 24" screen with the 1mm bezel also looks interesting - the bezel of the ZR24s is far too big for my taste)

    I live in a country with relatively "weak" consumer-rights.
    If I'd order e.g. a cheap Benq GW2765HT (which is basically a 3rd of the price of the 27" NEC) and it would suffer extreme backlight-bleeding, this alone would not be a reason to return it. I could maybe return it (on my own cost), but the most I would get is a voucher for the value (minus a restocking fee, because I opened the box...).

    I've always spent more money on displays than anybody else in my surrounding. It paid-off in the CRT days and I feel it should still pay-off these days.
    Even though I don't plan to spend that much time in front of it - after all, I work full days in the office...
     
  2. mjohnson1212 macrumors member

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    I own a PA272W and use it for coding and love it. The KVM functionality works great and I use that every day.

    I don't miss the 30" displays as they were a good deal more money at the time I purchased and most of the 30" panels weren't as good as the 27" ones.

    My 2cents... Good luck.
     
  3. MRrainer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Do you calibrate the display?
    From what I read on a pro-photographers' forum, these displays are factory-calibrated with equipment much, much more precise and expensive than e.g. a i1 display pro.
    I do admit I don't want to spend the 200-something dollar-equivalent (or whatever an i1 goes for) if I don't really need it anyway.
     

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