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Samuel Frazier
advice for 27" external monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 4:02:34 am

I'm going to buy a MBP Retina or non- Retina and am looking for something to extend my desktop. I know this is not an ideal setup for color correction and I may add a T-Tap and a 1080p TV later. But for now I just need more real estate for my timeline and want a monitor that is at least decent with color.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!


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Rafael Amador
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 5:28:51 am

For years, DELL has been the favorite option for most people around this forum.
rafael


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Ernie Santella
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:53:01 pm

I 2nd the DELL comment. I've been using them for years with FCP. Recommended.

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http://www.santellaproductions.com


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 1:38:12 pm

I just replacedy 30" Dell with a 27" Viewsonic (it's dual link so it is greater than 1080p resolution which will better match your Retina's resolution).

http://www.viewsonic.com/us/vp2770-led.html

You can find it for cheaper elsewhere.

HP also makes a really sweet 27" dual link led monitor as well:

http://tinyurl.com/83u9d7e

This monitor can also be found for cheaper than the list price.


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Samuel Frazier
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:26:08 pm

Thank you all for the help. I appreciate it.
Jeremy, unfortunately, something odd happened to your link and it’s not coming through for me. Were you referring to these two IPS monitors:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Accessories/Monitor...

Found some other options at HP, but they were well above my budget of around $350. Also found this Viewsonic right at my budget that won a PC Magazine award:

http://www.viewsonic.com/us/monitors/vx2753mh-led.html

Is it a big deal to try to get closer to the resolution of Retina MBP? Will I have a hard time moving items from one screen to another?

Thanks again!



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:31:39 pm

That link certainly got butchered in my last post. It's now fixed. Sorry about that:

http://tinyurl.com/83u9d7e

[Samuel Frazier] "Is it a big deal to try to get closer to the resolution of Retina MBP? Will I have a hard time moving items from one screen to another?"

It won't be hard, no. You can go with 1080p, but since I was coming from a 2560 monitor, I wanted to keep that resolution rather than downgrade. Remember the Retina resolution is 2880 by 1800.

1080p will add some extra screen real estate, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Jeremy


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Samuel Frazier
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:43:23 pm

Thank you for that. And it's a big relief to know that kind of thing wouldn't be an issue. I currently use a 17" MBP with a 1920x1080 screen and would I use a very old (and square shaped) 17" LCD there are huge issues. It doesn't show the whole part of the desktop it's supposed to, etc.



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:45:17 pm

To be clear, the Dual link 27" monitor will look better than the 1080 monitor.

But since you don't have the budget for it, spend as much as you can on the 1080 monitor.

Jeremy


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Shane Ross
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:32:38 pm

$350? That's a MIGHTY LOW budget for a monitor that you want to closely match the quality and color of your high-end Retina display.

Shane
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Samuel Frazier
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:58:32 pm

Well, I'm certainly not going to argue with someone of your experience, but you've honestly confused me a bit. I've been reading old posts here and I thought you were a big proponent of never trust anything for color unless you have at least something like a T-Tap to a TV (not computer monitor). So I figured the 27" I'm looking for wouldn't be too crucial and would be mostly for more editing real estate.

Did I misunderstand? Sorry for my confusion.



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adam taylor
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:19:47 am

I replaced a faulty CinemaHD screen six months ago with a Dell U2711 - its been an excellent monitor and would certainly recommend one for extending your desktop realestate.

adam

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Samuel Frazier
Re: advice for 27" extrenal monitor?
on Mar 21, 2013 at 3:15:10 pm

Thank you very much. That is a very nice monitor. Unfortunately, it's a bit above my price range as I actually edit in 3 places, so a lot of purchases have to be either portable, or in 3s. I ended up getting a ViewSonic VX2770SMH. The reviews were positive and people said they were able to calibrate the color pretty well. Am sure it's not perfect or anywhere near the model you got, but hopefully it will do until I have the funds to get a T-Tap and HD TV.



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David Turner
Re: advice for 27" external monitor?
on Mar 22, 2013 at 6:35:41 pm

Hey!

Although it looks like you went with a lower budget option. I figured I'd weigh in quick for others who may stumble upon this thread later on:

I have the MBP Retina & the Apple Cinema Display (thunderbolt version)
- I went with this for the main reason of not losing a Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt can handle tethering, but there are currently no Thunderbolt hubs for sale. So if you want to keep 2 Thunderbolt ports open, the Cinema Display is the only one that has a TB port on the back.

I would love to have an NEC 27in monitor. I'd highly recommend these and have always liked them when I used them. Look them up. They are also a bit pricy like the Cinema Display, but definitely worth it. It just doesn't have a Thunderbolt loop through (although you may be able to go to this via the Retina HDMI port).

Cheaper options, I don't have suggestions, because basically I think most cheaper monitors just totally suck. But if it's a necessity go with an HDMI monitor. This can come right out of the Retina's HDMI port.

- DT


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