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Michigan One Fly Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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May 25, 2011 7:43 PM

I am looking for a monitor to use with Aperture and Final Cut. Maybe 22 or 24 inch.  I am not ready to spring for an Apple Cinema Display, so what is out there?

Any good websites with reviews or recommendations for the forum ?

17 " 2010 MBP 2.66 GHz i7, 8 GB Mem, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Aperture, FCE, 3 External Hard Drives
  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    May 25, 2011 7:45 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    What is your price range...? In most cases you do get what you pay for.

     

    The 24 Cinema is pretty darn nice and is going for cheap used at this point...

     

    RB

  • jrd1993 Calculating status...
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    May 25, 2011 8:38 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    Here are two links that I came across that might be helpful. One is an article about displays. The other is the link to the display talked about in the article.

     

    http://macperformanceguide.com/RecommendedDisplays.html

     

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=WishList.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku= 689880&is=REG

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    May 27, 2011 10:12 AM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    What's your budget?  Seriously -- no reason to make recommendations of specific monitors without knowing how much you expect to spend.

     

    Very strongly suggest including hardware calibration along with the monitor purchase.  A lot of monitors are good, some are superb, none are reliable without hardware calibration.

     

    I use NEC monitors and a ColorMunki Photo photospectrometer, and am happy to recommend each.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    May 27, 2011 12:37 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    $800 is tight for monitor + calibrator.  Have a look at the NEC refurbished offerings -- always worth checking as you comparison shop.

     

    The 2490WUXi2 is an excellent, slightly out-of-date monitor (I have no plans to replace mine anytime soon).  To take full advantage of it (and other upper-quality NEC monitors) you need the SpectraView II software, which works with several hardware calibrators.  The software isn't free, but comes with the monitor+calibrator bundle.  (The refurbished one on offer does not come with a calibrator, afaict.)

     

    You haven't mentioned whether you need or want a wide-gamut monitor.  This should be near the top of your decision tree.  The 2490WUXi2 is not (that's one of the things which make it slightly out-of-date, and less expensive).

  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)
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    May 27, 2011 6:18 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    NEC 2490. Personally although I like refurbs on computers, I avoid refurbs on displays.

     

    HTH

     

    -Allen Wicks

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    May 27, 2011 8:54 PM (in response to SierraDragon)

    In principle I agree, but I'd recommend a refurbed/sold by NEC w. mfr. warranty 2490WUXi2 for $540 over most (and perhaps all) other $540 monitors out there.  A new one is at least $700 (and worth it).  Since the OP's budget is $800 including hardware calibrator, it's refurbished or nothing.

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