I'm looking at some major screen upgrades and I've narrowed it down to the Apple Cinema Display 27" refurb or the HP ZR30w with some rebates and discounts. Looking for pros-cons I may have missed.
I need to run 3 of whichever I choose off a 5770 in a mac pro.
looking to spend an absolute maximum of 1k per display, since there's 3 savings add up fast...
I don't need flawless color reproduction, or anything else super specific.
I would like to do some gaming on them.
I don't care if they're glossy or not so long as they're clear (reflections aren't an issue in my space).
I tend to prefer 16:10 to 16:9, but it's really not a big deal either way so long as the pixel count is high.
I intend to run them at native res only, no other devices connected.
So here's my findings so far:
ACD 27" pros:
If I go with refurbs they're about $70 cheaper
Apple branded which is always nice for pairing with a mac
LED back light (and lower power draw as a result)
Better color accuracy
Includes speakers and iSight (both include USB hub)
ACD 27" notable cons (besides spec differences such as size):
I need to get a second video card or a DVI-D to MDP adapter (about $70) to plug in 3
I need extenders for the MDP and USB connectors to reach the computer
more pixels and more physical space at 16:10 (that's what a big screen is for afterall...)
much lower response time
MDP and DVI-D connectors so no need for adapters or extenders
No monitor is perfect, wondering specifically if anyone has experience with both displays and would care to share their thoughts. Am I missing anything specific in regards to config (if you put 3 ZR30w in a room they fight and break tables and chairs while you sleep? or more realistically the 5770 can't push native res to all 3 at once, or something along those lines). In a multihead array the thickness of the border on the screens starts to matter, is the border on either excessively wide? etc.