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I got the green light to pick out a new 27" monitor for work. I was considering the Apple 27" LED Display or the Dell U2711. I will be using this exclusively for doing web design. Any thoughts or info would be great. Also if anyone could recommend a solid calibrator that would be great too.
i use the 27" LED... i like it. I was hesitant since it was my first glossy display but it turned out to be fine. I've used a couple cheaper dell's and find they don't show light greys very well, or at all. So one vote for the 27" Cinema LED from me.
If you have a macbook pro, I would tend to lean to the Apple - merely because you get thunderbolt power, the usb hub, speakers etc etc.
If those things don't really bother you then the dell is a great monitor and is a bit cheaper, I have one myself :)
One more thing, whilst colour accuracy of course important if you're doing it for web you shouldn't really need to get a calibrator and software.. doing it by eye using the OS tool should be enough lol remember all the idiot users out there who will NOT have calibrated screens rendering your colour accuracy somewhat redundant :P
I really want the 27" Apple display as well and could maybe talk my wife into letting me buy it (FINALLY got our taxes done and refunds this week, so money burning a hole in my pocket) but I'm really interested in reading about the differences between the Apple display and other Wide Gamut monitors. I know the Apple is really nice, but I want the best deal for my money if I'm investing in something that's going to be good for serious photo editing. I know the cinema display will be great, but it's possible that there are several monitors at half the price that might be better.
If you can get the funds for the Apple, go for it. The dells are good, but more so if you have to buy 20-30 of them for an entire team and need to justify cost. Rarely will an agency buy all Apple displays.
the imac comes with a good 27" display
I don't know man I have a 20" dell ultrasharp (IPs or whatever) from about 8 years ago that's still completely solid. If I were in the market I would at least look at a comparable dell...
Im considering buying an apple display, but I think I'll wait for an update... Soon hopefully
Yeah I'd wait for an update on Apple displays. They are expensive for a reason, just like NEC & eizo displays, and considering this sits infront of your face / office all day, industrial design is also worth the $$$ imo.
That said - I'm not sure why you'd need that kind of primo colour reproduction for web design? Be easier and cheaper to go with a dell.
go for the Dell or the HP (RZ2740w) - but no matter what logo you choose, be sure to have an "IPS" panel. these are the ones to deliver natural and accurate colors at every viewing angle
I recently got the Dell u2711 and have to say it's fantastic. It's an IPS display for nearly half the price of the Apple display and the actual panels are both made by LG, so essentially they're the same. The Dell does have better colour representation as it's 10bit with a wider RGB gamut. Also, don't be put off about the negative reviews of the aggressive anti-glare coating, as long as you go for the a12 - latest revision, it's been vastly improved over previous models and the so-called 'grain' is hardly noticeable.
the dell is same price as the apple one and looks like shit. why would i buy that over a apple one? and yes i am in the market.
- CCFL lamp. from what I understand, LED's in general dim and drift in colour temp after a few hundred hoursmonNom
- How long it takes before the monitor become unprofilable or how that compares to a CCFL lamp, IDKmonNom
- But you'll notice most of the 'professional' monitors are using CCFL, unless they want form over function.monNom