What monitor to get for the nMP?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by richard371, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I was planning on getting the Apple 27" display but it seems like it is overpriced and dated compared to whats out there now. Is there another 27-30" monitor that would be just as good or even better for the price? My understanding is I would want at least 60hz? I do some photography also but not a pro. I am also open to 4K if its 60hz or more and <$1K but it seems like these have not matured yet.

    Also it would be a bonus if it looked nice on the desk with the nMP.
  2. violst macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    I use a dell u2711 which is a very good monitor but they don't make it any more. You could look at the Dell UltraSharp 27 PremierColor Monitor - U2713H which cost bout $850 but you can probably find a better price dell always has sales. They also have a few other 27" monitors that are not as good but are a little cheaper.

    They also have a new low cost 4K display but I don't know how good it is?
    Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor - P2815Q. It cost about $699.

    Good luck with your monitor search.
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Dell has been kinda hit or miss with QC. Are you gaming? Otherwise 60hz is not a factor. I like my LG27EA83D but its a wide gamut, geared toward photographers and graphics professionals. Its a feature-rich wide gamut IPS monitor with 10-bit color depth that delivers accurate, robust color reproduction. It has 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB and 100% coverage of the sRGB if that is important to you.
  4. Giuly, Feb 25, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Regardless of you how look at it: A computer monitor doesn't (at least shouldn't) run at 30Hz. And given that you can buy 50" 4K TVs for the same $900 with panels featuring about the same quality, I don't understand the supposed purpose of this particular display at all (except maybe for older Macs that don't support higher frequencies than 30Hz either).

    If you don't want to spend more than $1000-ish and 4K, it's the 24" UltraSharp UP2414Q. It it turns out too small, get a second one later and run a dual screen setup.

    However, the non-4K 30" UltraSharp U3014 is also $1000-ish. If you're looking at the current Thunderbolt Display, this one is likely what you want. You'd basically trade resolution for color accuracy and a higher frequency compared to that weird 28" 4K display, or all the ports for a diagonal that's three inches larger compared to the Thunderbolt Display - which doesn't really matter, as an nMP is stationary anyways.
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
  6. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
  7. bbishop93 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
  8. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    yes, just use a mDP to DP cable, will work fine without resolution limits
  9. howareyoukk macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2013
    viewsonic vp2770. One of the best 27 inch 2k monitor out there. I am using one right now. You need a MDP->DP cable and you also need to override some system files before you can use the monitor properly. Its not the issue of the monitor, its just the thunderbolt or mac is not really working well with non apple display.
  10. cman-uk macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2009
    Any more details on the reason for this please?

    Also a link to step by step guide?
  11. howareyoukk macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2013
    i bought the dual link adapter and it works without overriding the display files. HOWEVER, i got random signal drops. At first the monitor signal drops occurred once in few days but it gets more frequent as the time went by. I thought something wrong with my monitor, cable or laptop. It turned out nothing wrong with any of those. The problem is from apple's thunderbolt or the system itself.

    After reading the info from the link below


    I found out there are many people with a non apple 27 inch monitor have the same issue while they try to connect the macbook pro to their monitor---The ISSUE is that the 27 inch monitors only recognize the output signal of the macbook pro as television signal , thats why the display image was messed up.

    So you just need to follow the instructions from that website i linked u, and it tells u everything u need to do from there.

    Good luck :)
  12. rjbenson83 macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2013
    OSX 10.9.3 might fix this issue. I had grey scale issues with my nMP and the HP Dreamcolor until I downloaded 10.9.3
  13. Thares macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    Dresden, Germany
    What about the Samsung U28D590D?

    Or the Asus PB287Q

    Both are not as expensive as the Thunderbolt Display and even provide the new '4k' resolution.
  14. cman-uk macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2009
    ^ Anything above 1440p may be overkill for now (the text must be tiny!)

    Thanks for the link, really helpful.

    Are you happy with the Viewsonic VP2770?
  15. elchorizo macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Beaverton, OR
    I came to this thread to recommend the same. I use this monitor also and purchased it from amazon a few months back for my rMBP 13". For me, it worked flawlessly out of the box. I just got a mini-displayport to displayport cable and it worked perfectly. Its 2560x1440 just like the ATD but much cheaper and as far as I can tell, just as good (except doesn't have the docking features of course). Anyway, I love it :)

    Here is a link to where I got it.

    I'm also running a very nice 27" 1080p monitor for a second monitor using the HDMI port. These two monitors together are a good cheap combo for less than the price of a single ACD. Here is the link for that one. Again, this second monitor is only 1080p though, so you can see some pixels since its 27" but it still looks really nice as a companion to my vp2770 mentioned above.

    I'm quite happy with this setup.

    Also, I do photography too and Lightroom and my photos look great on the vp2770 although I haven't calibrated it. I am not doing critical work (just a hobby) so I've never gotten an expensive fancy monitor just for photography, but I trust how my photos look on the vp2770.
  16. dpavid macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2004
    Mililani, Hawaii
    Samsung monitor is out because of very bad reviews. Anyone tried the ASUS with great results?

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