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Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 29, 2018 12:00PM
I just bought this...

2012 Apple Mac Mini I7 MD388LL/A Quad Core 16GB Memory 525GB SSD & 1TB HD

I'm thinking of stepping up my monitor and I saw this.

I'd really like to keep this purchase around $300, if possible. Size is important, 32 at the most though.

For Photoshop, Illustrator and occasional web surfing. I'm not a gaming guy.

[www.newegg.com]


Anyone know of something better or why I should avoid this deal?



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 29, 2018 12:05PM
PS 30" and above for size.
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 29, 2018 02:10PM
For $200, I don't think you can do better in that size. In fact, that price is lower than usual for that monitor.

As far as the monitor itself, it is supposed to be pretty good.



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: March 29, 2018 04:15PM
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Newegg's Return Policy
Televisions or Monitors with 8 dead pixels or more can be returned for a replacement within 30 days from the purchase date.
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 29, 2018 05:09PM
I bumped my budget to $300
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 29, 2018 05:18PM
Is it too late to pickup one of those $1300 27" iMacs?



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 29, 2018 06:08PM
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Surfrider
I bumped my budget to $300

I think your original at $200 is still a good choice.

For $300, that opens up some possibly better options, like the Omen version of the HP 32"ers for about $280. And if you want to look at the more traditional 30" monitors, used Dell U3011 and 3008WFP models can be found in $300 range.



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: March 30, 2018 11:54AM
For $300, you could consider a 40"-55" 4K TV....
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 30, 2018 01:02PM
I can get this at Staples for $299 [www.dell.com]


Or this for $199 [www.dell.com]
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 30, 2018 03:36PM
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Surfrider
I can get this at Staples for $299 [www.dell.com]


Or this for $199 [www.dell.com]

Forget the second one ($199); it's only 1920x1080 resolution.

On the first, you have to decide between the big gap in pixel size. A 4K monitor in a 28" size means really small pixels. On the other hand, the 32" at 2560x1440 resolution gives you large pixels.







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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: PeterW
Date: March 30, 2018 05:16PM
You realize your mini cannot display 4K, right?
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 30, 2018 06:35PM
$100 ebay coupion back. 27" imac calling your name...



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 30, 2018 07:16PM
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PeterW
You realize your mini cannot display 4K, right?

Good catch. For some reason I thought it could.

I thought the latest minis had 4K support, but according to EveryMac, Apple doesn't make any mini with support for more than 2560x1600 resolution. dunno smiley



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 30, 2018 08:38PM
So that means 1920x1080 resolution would be the call?

It's a 2012 mini
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 30, 2018 09:26PM
Nope. It can do 2560x1440 or 2560x1600.

2560x1440 is a common resolution in 27" and 28" monitors, as well as the 32" you were looking at. 2560x1600 is only found in 30" monitors (16:10 rather than 16:9) like those from Apple, Dell or Monoprice. The Monoprice 30"ers are really hard to find but there are tons of used Dells and Apples out there in your price range.

There's also this: [www.monoprice.com]
which looks like a terrific monitor. It is over your budget but Monoprice has a lot of coupons that would get it close to your price; currently there is a 20% off coupon and I have seen 25% off.



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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Forrest
Date: March 31, 2018 06:13AM
The Dell UltraSharp U2518D 25" IPS LED QHD monitor is a great choice. I have the prior version - U2515 with the same specs. 2560 x 1440 resolution, 76 Hz refresh rate, antiglare, HDMI, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort inputs, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3 year warranty. Best Buy has on-sale for $299.99. It's a great monitor.
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: PeterW
Date: March 31, 2018 08:11AM
But the 2012 mini can only do 2560x1600or 2560x1440 via the DisplayPort; HDMI is limited to 1920x1080. Make sure whatever monitor you buy has the right port of the desired resolution.
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 31, 2018 11:23AM
Thanks guys, keep it coming!
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: March 31, 2018 02:04PM
If I got a 4k monitor like this one

[www.monoprice.com]

Could I dial the resolution back to 2560x1440?
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Re: Shopping for a new monitor
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 31, 2018 05:07PM
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Surfrider
If I got a 4k monitor like this one

[www.monoprice.com]

Could I dial the resolution back to 2560x1440?

1) I don't know the answer to that. Hopefully, someone with experience can chime in.

2) Even if the answer to 1) is yes, would it look fuzzy?



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