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The best monitor solution for iMac 2011 base 2,3 GHz at a reasonable price.

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Hello users at overclock.net,

Im in pursuit of a new screen to my computer, and i'm looking for a 24 inch screen with at least 1080p in resolution and backlighting LED. (and it would be really nice if it was a trusted brand)

And i've been looking on these screens so far:

DELL U2412M ULTRASHARP (IPS)
(not sure, heard that it has something called dirty look, and overdrive.
But not really sure, hope anyone could help me out here? biggrin.gif)

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

DELL P2412H PROFESSIONAL (TN)

My budget is around 360 dollars, i know that it isnt that high for my needs.

In terms of use, then im not going to use it for gaming, but i might sometimes watch a movie or two, and i tend to be on YouTube often. Otherwise im just going to surf and make assignments.

Hoping that anyone could give me an hint, at what i should look after.

By the way , are all screens working with a Mac Mini?

Know i had alot of questions, but im really glad that you are willing to help me out. thumb.gif
Edited by Dan98472 - 12/16/11 at 10:34am
post #2 of 9
an IPS screen will for the most part always have a superior picture over TN displays, far better viewing angles, and most often more accurate colors. If you can afford the IPS screen, I would say thats definitely the way to go.

Yes the screens will work with a Mac Mini - your mac mini will have either a DVI out which you'll use with the screen, or a Display Port which will work with the screens as well.
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Thank you for your reply. Okay, i think i'll go with the U2412M then. :-)

In terms of compatibility, do you know/think the base Mac Mini 2011 2,3 ghz with intel graphics 3000 would handle the UI within OSX Lion fluently in 1920x1200? Or would i expierence lag, or stutter. I dont really know the performance of Intel Graphics 3000, but i've heard it's okay for daily use.
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Short of playing games the Intel integrated GPUs are more or less up to snuff. You shouldn't really have issues with it driving multiple monitors much less one 1200p monitor.

I would go for IPS if possible. The dirty look is more of a graininess that is caused by the fact that LG uses a hard anti glare coating under between the panel itself and the matte finish of the monitor. Some people are really bothered by it, I personally have not really had issues with it and I think it's a few loud people in the minority who find it really annoying who have stirred up a fuss about the issue. I would say 9/10 buyers will be perfectly content and would never notice it if someone else did not mention it to them.

The overdrive issue I don't know what you are specifically referring to. It may be the fact that the monitor is an eIPS display, a design that is cheaper than some of the higher end monitor like the U2410 and U2711. The aforementioned two monitors are native 8 bit panels (so for each individual subpixel there are 8 levels of intensity) but eIPS displays like the U2412M, U2211 are 6+2 bit. This means they natively support 6 bits and 2 additional bits are accomplished by dithering. That said outside of professional color sensitive use, nobody is going to notice. The dithering is accomplished at a rate that should be higher than perceptible to the human eye; while it is a theoretical issue it's about as evident as the flicker in a florescent light bulb (it's there but 99.9% of the population don't notice). Moreover, most monitors you have used (TN) are of the 6 bit kind and not the 8 bit kind.
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For your needs, no i don't think ips is worth the cost. Though ips panels look incredible! But if you're doing basic tasks I don't think it would be worth the cost. You could save a lot with a cheap tn panel
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For your needs, no i don't think ips is worth the cost. Though ips panels look incredible! But if you're doing basic tasks I don't think it would be worth the cost. You could save a lot with a cheap tn panel

The worst place to cut costs are peripherals. The only real mode of output a computer has is the display. It's not the place to start skimping.

Also i don't think they look "incredible," the best adjective would be to say they look accurate. The fact that they look so much better than TN panels is a testament to the poor quality of TN panels not any spectacular features that IPS panels have.
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post #7 of 9
Yeah but for surfing the web a TN panel would suffice. He can do what he wants but I was just answering the title of the op. I stand by my recommendation.

If he has money to blow then ips would be a nice upgrade. But for his needs (no gaming or photo editing) money could be spent elsewhere.

I do agree that people that are running crossfire etc. On a TN panel is a waste
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The difference betwen my old screen ASUS VW246H and my current screen Ultrasharp U2711 is massive. All my pictures look so much better and my games are fantastic. The color difference is just fantastic to be honest, i would have never believed it if i didn't see it for myself.
post #9 of 9
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Hmm thanks for the informative answers, but now another question is on my mind. I've seen that some people are experiencing issues with flickering on the DELL U2412M screen. (I'm really a perfectionist, and i really dont have the energy and time to return it, tried that before.)

Which TN Panels does have a good performance? I'm really blank right now. All of them seems to have 1000:1 in contrast, but there is still a difference in their vibrance and color output or am i wrong? It also seems to me that many brands at that price range have some issues after first use.

Thanks for helping me out! biggrin.gif

I've been told that i should look after DELL, Samsung and BenQ. But i really want a standard look, not something very different.
Edited by Dan98472 - 12/16/11 at 10:51am
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