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January 11, 2011 5:11:42 AM

Hi,
I need a new monitor for my macbook pro. It should be 27 inches, and be IPS, while still having a decent response time.
My budget is 1000 USD, and it would be really nice if it had a mini display or display port. I really like the Apple Cinema Display, but it's not possible to connect my xbox 360 to it, right?

Thanks in advance
a b C Monitor
January 11, 2011 6:35:23 AM

Agreed. The U2711 is the way to go. I believe it uses the same panel as the Cinema Display.
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a c 195 C Monitor
January 11, 2011 11:45:19 AM

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U2711 is amazing for sure.
This I-Inc iH-282HPB 27.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor is still good AFAIK($210.00).


That does not use an IPS panel.
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January 11, 2011 6:27:47 PM

The only problem with the U2711 is that i heard bad things about the antiglare coating. If i get it, i might remove it, but then it would void my warranty. :( 
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a b C Monitor
January 11, 2011 7:49:03 PM

There's not any way to remove the antiglare coating to my knowledge. I do know that it's pretty much the same coating as on my U3011, and I don't think it's a big deal.
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a c 195 C Monitor
January 11, 2011 9:36:01 PM

There aren't that many 2560 x 1440 27" IPS panel monitor available to choose from.

Other than the Dell there are:

1. DoubleSight DS-275W Black 27" 6ms - Not my first choice, since they have quality control issues.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. NEC PA271W - This would personally be my 1st choice. I really, really like NEC's high end monitors. However, it costs around $1,350 so it is above your price point.
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/nec_pa271w.htm

3. Hazro HZ27Wb - Only in Europe. There were rumors a couple of years ago that Hazro was going to attempt to make a presence in the US.
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hazro_hz27wb.htm

That's all that I am aware of and since Hazro does not sell in the US, you only have 2 other options (unless of course you live in Europe).

So.... If you really don't want the Dell U2711, then you can take a crap shot at the DoubleSight DS-275W and hope that you didn't waste your time and money... Or step up (and dig deeper into your pocket) and welcome to the world of NEC...
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January 11, 2011 11:26:12 PM

^5 +1 what the other veterans said - Dell Ultrasharp u2711 based on your budget!

Here is a link to a very good web site with a comprehensive list of IPS monitors:

http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php

You can click on most of the monitor names to go to highly detailed technical reviews.
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January 12, 2011 12:20:19 AM

cjl said:
There's not any way to remove the antiglare coating to my knowledge. I do know that it's pretty much the same coating as on my U3011, and I don't think it's a big deal.


How bad is the coating?
I've heard people saying that it "sparkled" the color and made text fuzzy, while others said it was not a big deal.

The only downside to the dell is that it doesn't match my mbp :) 
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January 12, 2011 1:07:19 AM

AAHHHH! Sparklies!

The sparklies are due to incorrect settings. Fairly well documented in highly detailed technical reviews. Even though the monitors are color calibrated at the factory the brightness and luminescence settings are still too high, especially for professional digital and video editing.
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a b C Monitor
January 12, 2011 1:24:37 AM

nibuoy said:
How bad is the coating?
I've heard people saying that it "sparkled" the color and made text fuzzy, while others said it was not a big deal.

The only downside to the dell is that it doesn't match my mbp :) 

Honestly, I think part of it is just personal preference. I can't even see the coating unless I look specifically for it. It certainly doesn't bother me. Some people are very annoyed by it for some reason (I honestly don't understand it...).
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January 12, 2011 1:45:12 AM

Ok Guys,
Thanks for all your help.
I've come up with my decision:
Ill find a place with the dell u2711 and see how much the antiglare bothers me. If it's not too bad, i'll buy it. If it is, I'll go for the Apple Cinema Display 27 and go for something like this to use my xbox 360:

Thanks again
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