Which external monitor is the best?


macrumors 6502
Dec 14, 2009
Charlotte, NC
If you want to go cheap but good quality, I would say Acer. I throw those at my techs as second monitors and they love them. For me tho, Cinema (TB) Display is the best. I love my Thunderbolt since I can keep everything plugged into USB and the network. Only complaint is they forgot the headphone jack.

Apple Key

macrumors 6502a
Jan 4, 2012
I'm not a fan of Apple's new glossy displays. But the old 30" Cinema display is nice! :)


macrumors 6502a
Oct 16, 2008
HP ZR24w

I use the HP ZR24w with my MacBook. Here's some features of the ZR24w:

• IPS display
• sRGB (72% NTSC)
• 178º x 178º viewing angle
• 24-inch
• 1920 x 1200 resolution
• DVI and DisplayPort
• matte (aka anti-glare) screen

I love this monitor. The only downside is that the scaler doesn't work properly if you plug in a DVD or Blu-ray player into it and want it to scale to 1920 x 1080. It will be in 1920 x 1200 mode, thus making the picture stretched vertically. This is only a problem if you want to connect something other than a computer (like a DVD or Blu-ray player, or video game console) to this monitor. If you're only using it with a computer, it will be fine.