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Best non- Apple display?

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MikeyGee Calculating status...
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Feb 27, 2009 4:25 AM
Hi all.
I have just persuaded the company I have been working for for the past few months to change the PCs that I and a colleague use for graphics work to new Mac Pros.
Whilst they are happy to shell out for the Macs and software, they have just told me that they won't want to get us two screens. So we will keep one of our current screens (a 21" NEC Multisync LCD2170NX if anyone is interested) and get one new screen each.
Which leads me to my question (finally!)
I really don't think they would be happy with spending the £1000+ on a 30" Cinema Display, so I am thinking a 24" widescreen from another manufacturer would be best.
I have used Lacie monitors in the past, and been extremely happy with them. Does anyone here have an opinion on the *Lacie 324* 24" monitor?
Can anyone recommend a particular monitor?

I welcome any and all thoughts on this subject, so that I can present options to my boss!
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,545 points)
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    Feb 27, 2009 4:57 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    Mac Pro Windows 7 9800GTX 4 x WD Caviar 640, ACD 23" Sonnet Tempo E4P APC RS1500
  • direwolf8 Level 4 Level 4 (1,280 points)
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    Feb 27, 2009 6:33 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    I have both the Samsung 2493HM and T240. Neither is full depth wide spectrum color but both are very bright, with great contrast and consistency across the entire display.
    G5, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,545 points)
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    Feb 27, 2009 6:34 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    So that suggests the Dell or HP monitors would be fine options then, I take it.
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  • Stephen Giles Calculating status...
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    Feb 28, 2009 6:02 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    I would recommend taking a look at the HP LP2475w. I'm very happy with mine.

    A very thorough review is available at http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_lp2475w.htm.
    PowerMac G5/2.3DP, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Samsung 1TB, WD 640GB, 4GB RAM, Radeon 9600, HP LP2475w, Dell 2007WFP
  • jongleberry Calculating status...
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    Mar 6, 2009 2:09 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    i would suggest an IPS panel. they are, however, more expensive ($600+)
    http://www.flatpanelshd.com/panels.php

    hp 24" lp2475w is a good monitor, probably best priced.

    if not ips, pva, such as the dell 2408wfp. i have a benq fp241w which is a little cheaper than the dell but with less color accuracy and am satisfied.
    mac pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
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    Mar 6, 2009 9:29 AM (in response to direwolf8)
    Like you, I have a 26" (25.5" actually) Samsung 2693HM and 24" Samsung T240HD. I'm pleased with both but the 2693HM is a real winner in my opinion. The T240HD is just nice to have because it has a built-in HDTV/TV tuner.
    MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • shardlojik Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 9, 2009 6:24 AM (in response to justHIM)
    I've got a 22" Samsung T220 which works fine (bit of backlight bleed at the bottom though).
    Mac Pro (Early 2008) 2 x 2.8GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 4 x 1GB RAM, 2 x Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB, 2 x WD WD10EACS Green 1TB
  • Matt Tech Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 12, 2009 12:24 PM (in response to justHIM)
    does the samsung t240 work via DVI on a mac? the manual says use vga, which has put me off a little. also, is it easy enough to calibrate/ set up? the included software is windows only. is that a problem, or did you just use the osx calibration tools?

    any help appreciated, as i need 2 24" monitors for logic (and potentially final cut) and was looking at the t240, or a dell
    Quicksilver g4 867,768mb ram/ Mac mini 1.66 Intel Dual Core 1gb ram, 2x300gb lacies, 1x600gb lacie, dual monitors on g4, osx 10.4 on mac mini
  • macnoel Calculating status...
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    Mar 13, 2009 11:53 AM (in response to Matt Tech)
    Hi,
    I can only answer the question of calibration: Yes, the "Displays" preference panel in OS X (10.4 and 10.5) allows setting of resolution and calibration too.

    "Easy?" - I would say yes, but confess it took me two tries to get calibration "close enough." This is probably my inexperience more than "accuracy" of Apple's calibration software. I do know that many who are professional graphics designers often recommend getting a calibration tool. I was "too cheap" to bear the added expense, so I don't actually know if that's true.


    My Samsung 24-inch is now two model years behind, so I can't speak to what is available today.
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  • ma9ical Calculating status...
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:16 PM (in response to MikeyGee)
    In my opinion, there is no contest, the best professional displays are from EIZO. You certainly pay for the quality, but it is exceptional. I use personally a CG241W, which seems slightly over your budget (by £50 before VAT), but it is an impressive piece of hardware for colour critical work. I have used cheaper displays but none equal this.

    I also add this link, although it is a commercial website, it does explain clearly the differences between display:

    http://shop.colourconfidence.com/

    And good luck !
    MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Mar 13, 2009 7:34 PM (in response to MikeyGee)
    MikeyGee wrote:
    Actually, I'm 'colour blind' (as it used to be called), so personally speaking, colour is not as important as clarity, sharpness, ability to rotate the display to show clients - anything that will prevent eye-strain and make my working life more pleasurable!


    Then it sounds like you want a pivoting display with a fast response time. Not necessarily a budget-busting Eizo.

    There are usually three "best monitors" out there:
    The best for a gamer (fast response time, great rendering of motion)
    The best for an office/casual user (sharp, sharp text, possibly pivoting for vertical documents and web pages)
    The best for a color professional (color as accurate as possible)

    There's no single monitor that's a best value for all three. Don't let anyone sell you the best color monitor, you don't need it and those are the most expensive. A good pivoting Samsung, NEC, or Dell at a midrange price sounds right.
    Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PowerBook G4 15" Al, PowerBook G3 FireWire, PowerCenter Pro, PowerBook 160
  • Mathias Dubois Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 16, 2009 8:02 AM (in response to ma9ical)
    I have an EIZO S2411W and it's great! Plus the guy in the shop said they had the best service one could imagine. Exchanged a defective monitor overnight. Top that!
    MacPro, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), ...Mac Plus 4MB
  • kaplucker Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Mar 16, 2009 9:59 AM (in response to MikeyGee)
    You might want to check out this forum post over on Anandtech:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=31&threadid=2049206&enterthre ad=y

    It is an extensive thread talking about LCD screens. Anandtech is mostly a Vista/XP community but the information on LCD displays should be platform neutral.

    -Kpluck
    MacBook 2.2 SR, Mac OS X (10.5.6)

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