Screens, 27" Wide or non wide

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TWR Motorsport, May 4, 2013.

  1. TWR Motorsport macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Hi there,

    Want an external screen
    thinking about
    Dell UltraSharp U2713
    LG 29EA93

    Both are widescreen

    or a normal 27" monitor.

    Thoughts, experiences of the monitors especially the LG would be great.
    What do you need to connect etc?

  2. Giuly, May 4, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Nope, they aren't.
    The LG 29EA93 is an ultra-wide monitor, it's the counterpart to the Dell UltraSharp U2913WM.
    Between those two, pick the Dell. It's not only a reliable brand, but also $100 less expensive.
    There's also the AOC Q2963PM at the low-end, which is $100 cheaper than the Dell, but lacks the support, features and quality of the Dell.

    Whether you should pick any of those instead of the Dell UltraSharp U2713HM is up to you.

    16:9 videos and photos will appear like on a 23" screen on those ultra-wide displays, they're completely unsuitable for that. However, if you live in Excel or Numbers, the screens are great and fit more columns at once. Web browsing, word processing, programming and pretty much any other tasks save for spreadsheets rather benefit from a higher screen, not a wider one. And the U2713HM will blow you mind for that once you've figured out that it rotates to fit i.e. letter-sized documents perfectly (no, you don't have to tilt your head as you can adjust the rotation via the menu bar).
  3. Johbremat macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011

    What features does the AOC unit lack against the Dell?

    The AOC reads as a faster G2G refresh rate and also includes the ability to connect MHL devices to it without an adapter. There's also no mention of PiP nor PbP support for the Dell which the AOC does.

    And are you referring to panel quality or build quality? Because outside of the Dell having an AH designation, they're both IPS (possibly even from the same manufacturer). Design might leave you wanting, but the AOC trumps with a thinner bezel where it counts. I've owned (and still use daily) Dell panels and their build quality is nothing to write home about.
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Prices fluctuate daily. I recently went through the tradeoff but ended up with the more traditional 27EA83 -D.

    The dell has more of the annoying (eye straining) heavy antireflective coating. The LG seems to be more color accurate with a wider gamit, don't recall if it comes calibrated from the factory.

    Dell comes with more cables.

    Depending on whether you want value, high performance gaming, watch movies, do graphics work you may be lead down one path or another. There are several on line reviews available.

    AOC doesn't usually show up as a performance color accurate monitor but gets high marks for style and value otherwise. I think they look cheap... but thats a subjective thing and you will get a lot of that here.

    Dells are popular here but only when they are on sale

    There was re recent thread on the macbookpro forum about difficulty driving the 29 inch form factor without forcing the resolution.
  5. Giuly, May 5, 2013
    Last edited: May 5, 2013

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Panel quality.
    You're kidding, right?
    If you think AOC is better in that regard, then feel free to go for it. If you rather want something that doesn't look notoriously Taiwanese, get the Dell.
  6. Johbremat macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011

    No thanks. Only reason I chimed in was for the sake of addressing inaccuracies so the OP could make an educated decision.

    If I wasn't using an ATD, it'd be an NEC MultiSync. No doubt.
  7. Giuly, May 5, 2013
    Last edited: May 5, 2013

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    And how exactly is it important that the AOC's bezel may be 1/4" thinner if the rest of the display just looks cheap and weird? I'm not a big fan of its faux brushed metal made of plastic, either.
    Maybe I just misunderstood and you're saying that's a good thing that they tried to expose the least amount possible of the stuff to to the guy who's using the display, though.

    NEC doesn't offer a 29" wide-screen.

    The OP didn't even consider the AOC, I just threw it for the list of the 29" wide-screen displays to be complete.

    They changed it on the Uxx13 series, it's much better now.

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