What External Monitor are you using ? Rating ?

Zzari

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Thunderbolt display is definitely awesome. That said, not everyone can afford it.

If you're thinking about getting an external display for your MBP, I highly recommend going with an IPS monitor. The jump in quality from a regular TN monitor to an IPS screen is amazing, and once you go IPS you'll never go back.

Some good starter IPS monitors include:

23" Dell U2311h 1920x1080
24" Dell U2412m 1920x1200
HP's "ZR" line of IPS monitors (21.5", 24", 27", 30")

I've used all of the above, and all are good. Just get whatever size works for you and is within your budget :D
 

Tritons

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Some good starter IPS monitors include:

23" Dell U2311h 1920x1080
24" Dell U2412m 1920x1200
HP's "ZR" line of IPS monitors (21.5", 24", 27", 30")

I've used all of the above, and all are good. Just get whatever size works for you and is within your budget :D
But those Dells have only 1000:1 contrast, isn't it quite bad?
 

macNewbie02

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Thunderbolt display is definitely awesome. That said, not everyone can afford it.

If you're thinking about getting an external display for your MBP, I highly recommend going with an IPS monitor. The jump in quality from a regular TN monitor to an IPS screen is amazing, and once you go IPS you'll never go back.

Some good starter IPS monitors include:

23" Dell U2311h 1920x1080
24" Dell U2412m 1920x1200
HP's "ZR" line of IPS monitors (21.5", 24", 27", 30")

I've used all of the above, and all are good. Just get whatever size works for you and is within your budget :D
Are the Thunderbolt display IPS? If not, what are they?

Thanks.
 

NutsNGum

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I use a Thunderbolt Display : 8/10

2 knocked off for pricing and limited port selection.

Comparably, the U2711 is becoming so cheap these days and has a great deal more in the way of connectivity that it's hard not to recommend that. Unless you have an aversion to antiglare coating, which I don't.

Not saying I don't recommend the TB display, but it's worth shopping around.
 

SDAVE

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Still on the Alum ACD. 23"

Works fine. I do like the newer displays with the LED backlights, though. They're much brighter and have better viewing angles.
 

khollister

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Still on the Alum ACD. 23"

Works fine. I do like the newer displays with the LED backlights, though. They're much brighter and have better viewing angles.
I had a 20" ACD, and while the later LED displays in the 27" iMac's and the 27" ACD I currently use were brighter and contrastier, I don't recall any substantial viewing angle difference. Both were IPS panels and the backlight tech shouldn't make any difference in viewing angle.
 

Zzari

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But those Dells have only 1000:1 contrast, isn't it quite bad?
No. Dell just uses a different method of measuring contrast (there is no "uniform" industry method). Those monitors are great - they're very commonly used by photographers and other professionals.
 

mfuchs88

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But those Dells have only 1000:1 contrast, isn't it quite bad?
I don't know specifically but there are different types of "contrast" measurements that companies market with and I think that's why it looks so low. SO one could be listed as one type of contrast at 1000:1 but be better than a 10,000:1 rated with some different system. I'd love if somebody could explain the details please.
 

SDAVE

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I had a 20" ACD, and while the later LED displays in the 27" iMac's and the 27" ACD I currently use were brighter and contrastier, I don't recall any substantial viewing angle difference. Both were IPS panels and the backlight tech shouldn't make any difference in viewing angle.
Also blacks aren't as black as on the newer monitors. And you get weird yellow tints on the older monitors. The 30" ACD (Alum) never had this issue, though. It's a beauty.

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Dell U2412M.

Will get a Thunderbolt Display once it's updated with USB 3.0.
The Dell's are quite ugly, though. But that's just me.
 

thekev

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But those Dells have only 1000:1 contrast, isn't it quite bad?
Stop paying attention to manufacturer marketing crap. At .2 cd/m2 or so, it looks pretty damn black. Beyond that, your blacks get crushed anyway. You might get it blacker, but the shadow detail range gets worse and worse. You can get a beautiful display without 1000:1 or even 500:1.

Also blacks aren't as black as on the newer monitors. And you get weird yellow tints on the older monitors. The 30" ACD (Alum) never had this issue, though. It's a beauty.


The 30" was nice for its time, but the yellow issues had nothing to do with older monitors. They had to do with crappy cheaply made monitors and poor panel calibration at the factories.
 

Mojo1

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NEC CCFL Backlit Displays

I don't care for LED displays. NEC has thirty CCFL displays starting at $300 MSRP.

I snagged an NEC 2490 WUXi2 for $550 (MSRP $899). Built like a tank, better panel than the Apple Thunderbolt, anti-glare and it has a four year warranty. http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/nec_2490wuxi.htm

The NEC displays have excellent ergonomic adjustments. The Apple option? it only has tilt like the iMacs. No Thanks!
 
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