I recently posted about BOXX workstations but I forgot to ask for opinions for 27"-30" monitors.
I don't want dual displays, just one big screen. I would like to stay $1600.00 or under.
Anyone care to recommend?
Right now, the best "high end consumer" monitors are actually made by Dell and HP. Sounds shocking, but they have nice IPS technology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD#In-plane_switching_.28IPS.29
This is one of the best 27" monitors out there, before you step up to the full professional grade monitors (meant for people who do video editing for TV & movies):
I even did a quick search on C|Net, and their top pick is this monitor too. Interesting, because I only went to their site after I showed the Dell.
Also, the HP equivalent is supposed to be just as good, but it is VERY pricey, at over $2800.
Another great monitor is the Apple Cinema display, which is also a 27" IPS for $1,000. It may even be slightly better than the Dell, but supposedly it isn't compatible with PCs, so you are out of luck.
-Edit: I should mention that I put my money where my mouth is. At home I own the 24" 16:9 widescreen version of the Dell IPS monitor.
The Dell UltraSharp series are sweet. Do not consider any other Dell. The UltraSharp's do not have the short pixel count in the y direction of the screen like you get with other widescreen monitors. This is very important for CAD work, we are not watching movies on our monitors.
We have the UltraSharp U3011 30" monitors where I work. I love it.... Two 24" UltraSharp's makes for a sweet setup as well.
Be sure you have a video card capable of driving the monitor with preferably a DisplayPort socket on the video card. This will allow you to get the full capabilities out of the monitor.
Anyone using HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD ? If so, how would you compare this to the Dell Ultrasharp 30" ?
David Lelonek wrote: Anyone using HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD ? If so, how would you compare this to the Dell Ultrasharp 30" ?
David Lelonek wrote:
That's a fine monitor as well.
The actual LCD panel for the HP ZR30w is identical to the one in the Dell 3011. It's made by LG. So colour reproduction should be pretty similar. The HP is normally cheaper and of similar build quality. I heard it even has less input lag, not that you'll be doing any twitch gaming at work.
IPS panels are great. As far as colour accuracy, it's probably a moot point though. I doubt you'd really need to see 8 bits of colour per channel. The wide viewing angles are great though and once you go IPS you never go back.
I use two Dell U2410's at home for graphic design. I picked them up direct from Dell when they were 25% off. Like others have mentioned, the Dell UltraSharp line is the way to go if you're going to go Dell. Don't go for any of their normal TN monitors.
You just missed (last week) an amazing sale for the Dell U3011 for only $1,125. I was tempted to pick one up but didn't have any spare cash. The normal price of $1,500 still fits within your budget though.
Unfortunately at work I only have a Dell 2009W and a second hand 1800FP with a wonderful scratch right down the middle of it's face. How the heck did that happen?
I have a Dell Ultrasharp U3011, it is the best picture I have ever seen, I love it.
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