What to get if not an Apple monitor?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by whitedragon101, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    I would love to buy the 27" Apple monitor but its price is incredibly high.

    What 27" monitor would you buy for brightness, contrast, accuracy etc if not apple?
  2. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    The alternative is the Dell u2711, prices drop down to $700 very often.
  3. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    Checkout Dell or HP. Their prices might be close to Apple's though. I think a 27" monitor with excellent color management is going to be fairly expense no matter how you spin it. Happy Shopping!
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    If color accuracy is important, know if you need narrow (sRGB) or wide (aRGB) monitor....and get a Spyder or Munki package to calibrate it. That goes for any brand of screen.

    In fairness to the expensive ATD, it much more than just a good sRGB IPS screen. It is also a charging station for Mac laptops, provides a thunderbolt docking station for Macs, contains a USB 2 hub, contains a FW port, contains a GB ethernet port, integrated camera, and integrated speakers.

    Yep, an ATD is not inexpensive. But compare it to the cost of a Dell U2711 plus a Delkin thunderbolt dock ($399). Those two will still not provide all the functions of the ATD.

    Best prices I have found for ATD are $829 at Apple for refurbed with full warranty and $929 at B&H for a new one.
  5. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2006
    Mt Brook, AL
    If you are looking for the best monitor for photography, look no further than an NEC. They have great color gamma and are easy to calibrate. also, get a calibrating tool.
  6. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Thanks guys.

    I think given the other options are around £600 I will go for the apple monitor. I had a look and its looks like £850 is the lowest I can find in the uk, Apple UK don't have any products at all on their refurbished store.

    I think I will wait a little while as I am hoping Apple will put in the same bonded screen technology that is in the new iMac that reduces the screen reflections by 75%.
  7. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I'm just waiting for a Thunderbolt display with PCIe slot inside for a thunderbolt (from the mac) GPU - or even just a thunderbolt GPU embedded inside - and possibly a SATA bay?

    It would turn the thunderbolt display into an awesome dock for your MBA - storage and GPU worries go out the window - high end gpu is useless on battery anyhow, so why not move it into the dock/monitor you use when plugged in?
  8. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    Apple monitors are awful, like seriously awful.

    If you want a seriously good monitor for photography, I'd compromise on the size of it and get a eizo coloredge 21" for about £600....

    Infact there's EIZO ColorEdge CS230 24" on ebay uk for £590...... If i had £590 I'd probably buy one.

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