: Recommend a Monitor


HAL 9000
Apr 7th, 2010, 10:07 PM
I'm looking for a 24" display. I would need it to view movies, surf net nothing to intensive, and I'm not a gamer.

I have a 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" :yikes:

I know...I know overkill for my uses, I love Macs and want the best.

Been looking at Dell, samsung, Apple of coarse, but I can't make up my mind.

And it has to look cool.

Sho
Apr 8th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Are you looking for TN or IPS panel, also how much do you want to spend?

Z06jerry
Apr 8th, 2010, 08:52 AM
Dell Ultrasharp 2410 which regularly goes on sale for as low as $419, or Apple 24" Cinema Display.

Optimize
Apr 8th, 2010, 09:22 AM
I recently picked up a 24" monitor at Costco. They had/have 2-3 models with prices ranging between $200-250.

The specifications seem to be good from my non-professional perspective, and I like the 3-year warranty.

Models include Acer and LG.

It was plug and play to set up and, wow is it nice compared to looking at pictures, movies and documents on the laptop screen.

IllusionX
Apr 8th, 2010, 09:50 AM
Whatever you buy.. do not ever buy a TN panel. I know the price might be very interesting, but after a while, you'll see it is nothing compared to an IPS panel.

ScanMan
Apr 8th, 2010, 11:04 AM
I'm partial to the newer, wider gamut NECs. Here's a helpful site I bowse on occassion: Monitor Panel Search Database (http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/panelsearch.htm)

Sho
Apr 8th, 2010, 02:18 PM
I have a 24" Acer TN panel, I don't mind it. It's not the best but not the worst. Get a TN panel if you want a budget get an S-IPS monitor if you want quality.

HAL 9000
Apr 8th, 2010, 04:09 PM
Thanks every one, I may sway towards the Apple 24" cinema display refurbished. I seen one today and it's just awesome.

But haven't made my mind yet.

keebler27
Apr 8th, 2010, 04:23 PM
Hi Hal,

This is more of a joke as you already have a mac, but a friend sent this link to me and I thought it was funny to share:
(and btw, I've also been looking at those 24" display from apple... too bad I just bought a new lens for my camera - doh! :)

ExpanDrivel Apple releases new 27″ LED Cinema Display – comes with a free Mac - The ExpanDrive Blog (http://blog.expandrive.com/2009/10/20/apples-releases-new-27-led-cinema-display-comes-with-a-free-mac/)

HAL 9000
Apr 8th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Yeah technically that would have been a better option for me, but I'm happy with what I have. The Nehalem is a beauty.

zlinger
Apr 10th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Save your cash, and get a Samsung LED monitor. Apple displays are overpriced.

I picked this one up, to match my 55" Samsung LED.

Samsung 23" LED Monitor (PX2370) - Future Shop (http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-23-led-monitor-px2370-px2370/10140328.aspx?path=85636f9a741542ae369f81090e33670 9en02&lid=fp-10140328-samsungsamsung23ledmonitorpx23-en)

$349 in Canada, or $309 in USA.

SnowX
Apr 10th, 2010, 02:28 PM
I'm quite happy with my LG Flatron

Z06jerry
Apr 10th, 2010, 08:50 PM
Whatever you buy.. do not ever buy a TN panel. I know the price might be very interesting, but after a while, you'll see it is nothing compared to an IPS panel.

Save your cash, and get a Samsung LED monitor. Apple displays are overpriced.

I picked this one up, to match my 55" Samsung LED.

Samsung 23" LED Monitor (PX2370) - Future Shop (http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-23-led-monitor-px2370-px2370/10140328.aspx?path=85636f9a741542ae369f81090e33670 9en02&lid=fp-10140328-samsungsamsung23ledmonitorpx23-en)

$349 in Canada, or $309 in USA.

"the PX2370 uses a 1920x1080 6bit TN TFT panel which, while fine for gaming and video watching, is not ideal for image editing due to how the colors/gamma changes at off angle viewing".

Re: Samsung Syncmaster PX2370 any good?: PC Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review (http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1004&message=34991370)

The Dell u 2410 and Apple 24" Cinema display utilize superior IPS panels and the 24" Cinema Display is also LED backlit. They're also 1920 x 1200 (not 1920 x 1080)

TFT LCD - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD#In-plane_switching_.28IPS.29)

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fellfromtree
Apr 10th, 2010, 09:30 PM
Split the difference. What about e-IPS?

zlinger
Apr 10th, 2010, 09:31 PM
Z06jerry: I will never hook up a Dell to a Mac (hate the Dell brand and case designs... makes the Mac look cheap). Generally speaking, I'm also finished with mix and matching brands (have an old Acer that I'm giving away) except if style is visually appealing.

guess it is all personal preference. But in my reviews, it narrows down to either Apple or Samsung... Apple is $$$, and Samsung in my view offers best balance of syle, price, and quality.

Over the last 4 months, we have replaced all panels (inc. a 10" picture frame) with a consistent and visually appealing look (all have glossy frame, clear border, grey/blue light), and 1.5" thickness is stunning.

Interesting specs and info on panels... but 1080, etc. seems to work great in terms of quality, comfort, and style (and cost). I paid $275 in the US for this model... what else could I ask for?

krs
Apr 10th, 2010, 10:26 PM
Dell offers excellent monitors and when they're on sale you can't beat the price.
If I remember right, the 24-inch Dell Ultrasharp uses the same panel as the 24-inch Apple - and the panel is what pretty much makes the monitor.

ldphoto
Apr 11th, 2010, 12:00 AM
A good choice might be the NEC EA231WMi. It's a 1080p 23" monitor that uses an IPS panel. It is available for about 350$. I use one for sRGB work, and it's a fine monitor, the black levels are really good for an IPS panel (down to .17 cd/m^2 with the white set to 100 cd/m^2), and the colours are consistent and easy to calibrate.

Another good choice for movie viewing would be a monitor with a PVA panel. they typically have the best blacks and contrast, although there is more colour shift than with IPS (but WAY less than IPS).

Luc

HAL 9000
Apr 11th, 2010, 02:55 AM
Purchased a 24" Apple cinema display and I'm very happy with it.

IllusionX
Apr 11th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Dell offers excellent monitors and when they're on sale you can't beat the price.
If I remember right, the 24-inch Dell Ultrasharp uses the same panel as the 24-inch Apple - and the panel is what pretty much makes the monitor.

yup.. last time i saw the 24" for 279$. I can't wait to have enough money to get a new IPS panel...

my current TN Dell just won't do the job anymore :( I originally bought it for gaming, but ever since i sold the macbook and bought a mini.. i have no choice but to use it for everything.

Truly, it is really horrible.


by the way guys.. do you calibrate it on the monitor or on the mac sys pref?

Z06jerry
Apr 11th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Dell offers excellent monitors and when they're on sale you can't beat the price.
If I remember right, the 24-inch Dell Ultrasharp uses the same panel as the 24-inch Apple - and the panel is what pretty much makes the monitor.

yup.. last time i saw the 24" for 279$. I can't wait to have enough money to get a new IPS panel...

my current TN Dell just won't do the job anymore :( I originally bought it for gaming, but ever since i sold the macbook and bought a mini.. i have no choice but to use it for everything.

Truly, it is really horrible.

by the way guys.. do you calibrate it on the monitor or on the mac sys pref?

That was probably the ST 2410 which uses a TN panel. The 24" with the IPS panel is Ultrasharp U2410 which was on sale for $419 a few weeks ago.

DELL ST2410 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor : Computer Components | Dell Canada (http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=320-1070)

DELL UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor : Computer Components | Dell Canada (http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=320-8277)

IAmCanadian
Apr 11th, 2010, 10:54 PM
Thanks every one, I may sway towards the Apple 24" cinema display refurbished. I seen one today and it's just awesome.

But haven't made my mind yet.

I bought the refurb last year and it is perfect. Best looking and close to the price of the competition.

Andrew Pratt
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:11 PM
The NEC EA231WMi is a great monitor and isn't too badly priced for the features it has. The onboard speakers are awful however so don't rely on those to replace 'real' speakers.