Optimal Settings for Dell U2713H to use with mbpR-15

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  1. jamiacajoe008 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    I recently bought a Dell U2713H for use with my mbpR-15, and seems like all is fine, but some minor elements missing (colors slightly off..a bit too bright etc.)

    I am trying to get the Dell to display as close to the mbpR-15 factory setting as possible. I do understand the Retina is much superior, so mirroring is impossible, but still wondering what settings other people using Dell U2713H with their mbpR-15 have used.

    THIS THREAD IS NOT MEANT TO COMPARE ACD/ATD with DELL, but simply to share the Dell U2713H settings that work best with mbpR-15.

    So far, what I have done is:
    1) Used the miniDP-to-DP cable that came with Dell - works great
    2) Copied the Display override file on my mbpR-15 as per: http://embdev.net/topic/284710
    3) On the Dell Monitor, I went to Menu->Color Settings->Gamma and set value to MAC (default is PC)
    4) Then used the Color Temperature preset mode with value set to 6500K

    Above settings work well..except the whites are more bright than rich/deep.

    Would appreciate if users shared their tweaks!
    Thanks in advance!
  2. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    Well you could manually calibrate the monitor with the colour utility. That should help you get the correct colour you want. You should do that instead of importing a colour profile you got over the net which may or may not be optimised for your monitor.
  3. jamiacajoe008 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    Thanks NegativZero.

    Are you referring to simply using the menu on the monitor to adjust the RGB values for Menu->Preset Modes->Custom Color->Gain/Offset/Hue/Saturation ?

    As I understand there is no "Color Utility" for the Mac.

    Please confirm.Thanks!
  4. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    There is a colour utility under Settings > Display > Colour > Calibrate
    But of course feel free to find a 3rd party colour calibration app yourself. For me, the stock app is good enough.
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    I don't think you will get much response to your question. Since no monitors are alike, sharing settings is pretty much useless. I also have read that some monitors have a tendency to "burn in" over the first few weeks and that may change settings.

    I think those that are sensitive to color accuracy just use a third party app and hardware calibrator to calibrate the monitor and be done with it. They don't waste much time fiddling. Some factories on some monitors will calibrate their monitors to the published profile so they can be very close, if you have the profile. I hear sometimes Dell's published profiles are a little off.

    My LG was calibrated at the factory and is pretty much spot on, although a tad bright for my taste.

    There was a OS 10.8.2 bug that ended up treating external monitors as TVs, but that was fixed in 10.8.3.
  6. jamiacajoe008 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    ColdCase, thanks for the tip on the Burning in over first few weeks.

    NegativZero, thanks for the Color Utility tip..I used it on the MAc, its a wizard that has two modes for novices as well as experts. It brought my Dell on par with my Retina Factory settings, if not better..

    All is well, and that ends well.

    Thanks MacRumors!
  7. Napolke macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Unfortunately external monitor=TV have not been fixed in 10.8.3
  8. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Its not completely fixed and will still have a TV label in the text profile, but otherwise the profiles are fixed. They are for my LG. Dunno about others.
  9. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    There's a hack to fix it in this thread:http://embdev.net/topic/284710

    Not quite click-and-drool but there isn't any rocket science involved - just generating a display profile override file and saving it in the right place.

    It talks about Dell U2713H but look later down the conversation and there's a script that will generate the override file for any monitor. It cured the problem with my HP LP2475W.

    (Now I've got 8.4 I must try removing the patch to see if its been fixed...)
  10. 12AX7 macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2014
    My Optimal Settings

    After much fiddling, the only setup that I found to be good at all is:

    1) MiniDP-to-DP cable that came with Dell
    2) Display override file (http://embdev.net/topic/284710)
    3) All monitor settings set to default, including the Gamma as PC gamma
    4) Then set the monitor Preset Modes > ColorSpace > sRGB
    5) In the Mac OS go to System Preferences > Displays > Color > sRGB IEC61966-2.1

    Enjoy. :)

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