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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Monitor questions Reply with quote

You can see in my signature the info about my Mac mini. I am a newbie to Mac after having an iPod and iPad. Question is: absent getting the Thunderbolt display, what is the clearest and best monitor to get. I am now using an HP w2207h connected via HDMI. The text everywhere is not clear and pictures are dark. I have gone thru the calibration process to no avail. Would appreciate help in making this monitor work better or find a different one that is not as expensive and large as the Thunderbolt. Would prefer one around 20-22 inches.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HP actually has a new 23" IPS-based LED display that's getting really good reviews. Good viewing angles and pixel pitch as well. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg either.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Accessories/Monitors/A9F77AA?HP-2311xi-23-inch-Diagonal-LED-Monitor

The Dell Ultrasharp displays are always a good starting point as well. I own the Dell UltraSharp U2410 and it's a beautiful IPS-based display with a ton of inputs. It will set you back around $550, but you can usually find Dell accessory coupon codes to bring it down some. I bought mine for around 20% less than the retail price.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-8277&~ck=baynoteSearch&baynote_bnrank=3&baynote_irrank=0

As far as your current display, have you tried lowering the gamma to 1.8 in System Preferences > Displays? The default in Lion and Snow Leopard was raised to 2.2 and that can look darker on some displays.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:39 pm    Post subject: Monitor questions Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
HP actually has a new 23" IPS-based LED display that's getting really good reviews. Good viewing angles and pixel pitch as well. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg either.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Accessories/Monitors/A9F77AA?HP-2311xi-23-inch-Diagonal-LED-Monitor

The Dell Ultrasharp displays are always a good starting point as well. I own the Dell UltraSharp U2410 and it's a beautiful IPS-based display with a ton of inputs. It will set you back around $550, but you can usually find Dell accessory coupon codes to bring it down some. I bought mine for around 20% less than the retail price.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-8277&~ck=baynoteSearch&baynote_bnrank=3&baynote_irrank=0

As far as your current display, have you tried lowering the gamma to 1.8 in System Preferences > Displays? The default in Lion and Snow Leopard was raised to 2.2 and that can look darker on some displays.


Thanks for your reply and help. I had heard good things about Dell Ultrasharp, but was not sure. Did not know about the HP offering. Will check it out. Current display is very unsatisfactory in many ways...text especially, but screwy colors and dark colors. Will try the other setting on gamma.
Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: another monitor question Reply with quote

I have an older Dell Ultrasharp 1900 FP (mfd in 2002). I'm wondering if it will work satisfactorily. It has a DVI cable, so I think I have to get an adapter? Like DVI to HDMI? Appreciate your help.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly you might notice some weird issues with adapters like having to restart your mac mini several times in order to get a image to display on the screen i recommend adapters but honestly spend some money on the adapter cheaper is not always better.
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