Which External Monitor? Help!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jj48, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. jj48 macrumors regular

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    I've currently got base 13" 2011 MBA, which I find is a great mix between portability and screen size most of the time. However I'm strongly considering buying an external monitor, because I am increasingly finding that there are occasions when I would love a bigger screen for some programming/word processing/light photo editing work at home.

    Ideally I would just go out and buy a thunderbolt display tomorrow - however my budget is more in the £400 and lower region (although I could be persuaded a bit higher possibly).

    My requirements aren't very restrictive:
    • 23" and above
    • <£400
    • Compatible with 2011 MBA
    • Picture looks great!

    Any advice/guidance would be great. Would love to hear what you guys use as alternatives to the ATD!
     
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  4. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    Firstly, make sure its LED, dont get LCD. Yes, thunderbolt would be a great choice, specially cause it would add more ports to your air.

    Having said that, if you want a white monitor, you have Benq V2400 eco, or a Benq Haier 24"

    If you want a black monitor, simply go to a store and get any Samsung or LG screen. Seriously, its like picking up coca-cola at the market, any bottle is the same.
     
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    Not if one values good colours and viewing angles.
     
  6. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502

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    Samsung makes some good ones. Got my 21.5" for $120, 1080p.
     
  7. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    If its 1080p LED DVI/HDMI connection and manufacted by LG/Samsung...its all the same. They all have good colours/viewing angles

    Having said that, Benq is very strong in Europe, right? They are also very good, you should probably find a nice Benq monitor
     
  8. jj48 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks for the advice guys. I was already looking at the Samsung displays - I like their design. Will also consider benq as they seem to come highly recommended.
     
  9. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Let's not confuse the OP.

    All panels are LCD -- that describes the display itself.

    Some panels have LED backlighting, and some panels have CCFL backlighting.

    If possible, OP, get a display that uses an "IPS" LCD panel rather than a "TN" LCD panel. You might have to dig deeply into the specs to find the panel type, but it's going to be there somewhere.

    I prefer LED backlighting, given a choice, but I'm happily using a Dell U2711 with its CCFL backlighting.

    That LED-backlit Dell looks pretty sweet.
     
  10. twiggy0 macrumors 6502

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    One of the best monitors out there at the moment. 24 inches, 1920x1200, quality is out of this world, and price is $505


    Dell UltraSharp U2410
     

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