best external monitor for retina macbook?

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zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
best external monitor for retina macbook?

I bought the retina macbook pro, this will be my main computer for editing on photoshop/lightroom etc. With photoshop etc not being updated for retina yet I want to get an external monitor. 27 inch. What would be the best option? If it had hdmi it would be a bonus as i could play xbox on it also. Ive been looking at the dell ultrasharps but all this talk about the anti glare coating is putting me off. Im looking to spend around 600-800 pounds (would rather the lower figure)

mawyatt1 Forum Member • Posts: 50
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I have been looking at this very same issue, having the MBPr and wanting a 27" monitor. I spent many hours researching, looking at various Korean IPS displays, the Dells and such. Last Friday I went to local Best Buy with my MBPr, they had the new Apple ThunderBolt 27" display on sale for $950. They also had an open box for $95 off. After hooking up the display and MBPr I was sold, everything just works, and the display is amazing. The only issue is the new display has power for the MBP as a pigtail off the TB connector. You need the $10 1/4" Mag 2 adapter for the power.

The new TB display is actually a docking station, with camera, speakers, mike, 3 USB ports, 1GB Ethernet port, Firewire port and Thunderbolt port. The TB connector/cable is built in. It even works with my Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard, so the MBPr stays closed under the display.

So for $855 this isn't such a bad deal IMO.

OP zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
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yeah, I'm not completely against buying the thunderbolt display but I am moving to University this week and having a HDMI monitor would be really useful because i can play xbox and watch netflix etc through my xbox. Saying this though, my priority is photography so the monitor needs to be great for this.

AShimon Contributing Member • Posts: 797
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zenkizero wrote:

yeah, I'm not completely against buying the thunderbolt display but I am moving to University this week and having a HDMI monitor would be really useful because i can play xbox and watch netflix etc through my xbox. Saying this though, my priority is photography so the monitor needs to be great for this.

Get the 27" TB display for photography if it suits your needs better for what you do. There are all kinds of ways to do what you describe.

OP zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
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yeah but im trying ot find if there is an equivalent that is as good or better for photography with the bonus of Hdmi.

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spqr_ca Contributing Member • Posts: 707
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zenkizero wrote:

yeah but im trying ot find if there is an equivalent that is as good or better for photography with the bonus of Hdmi.

Google thunderbolt to HDMI cable.

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OP zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
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these dont work for xbox

michaelbs Senior Member • Posts: 2,701
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I'm kind of in the same situation: I just bought (but haven't received yet)the MacbookPro Retina and I have a 30" HP monitor with native resolution 2560x1600 pixels. Can I hook the MBPr up with this monitor with no problems and no quality loss compared to a non retina MBP?

Thanks in advance!

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OP zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
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i think you have to use the mini display port to dual dvi for the best results and full resolution.

There must be mac users on here using external monitors. What you guys using!

mawyatt1 Forum Member • Posts: 50
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zenkizero wrote:

yeah, I'm not completely against buying the thunderbolt display but I am moving to University this week and having a HDMI monitor would be really useful because i can play xbox and watch netflix etc through my xbox. Saying this though, my priority is photography so the monitor needs to be great for this.

You could just get a seperate HDMI monitor, these aren't that expensive.

OP zenkizero New Member • Posts: 8
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so you think that the thunderbolt display is best option for the price, for editing on photoshop when connected to a rmbp?

MasterPhotog New Member • Posts: 1
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zenkizero wrote:

so you think that the thunderbolt display is best option for the price, for editing on photoshop when connected to a rmbp?

I have had this argument with a lot of my colleagues over which is better the thunderbolt or the dell ultra sharp.  I program web apps. I have an older 15" Macbook Pro (2010) that I wanted to get a larger monitor (the 15" screen wasn't enough real estate). My Macbook doesn't have a thunderbolt port, so I am unable to use the new 27" Thunderbolt monitor. This was a bit disappointing to me as I was hoping to have a solid hardware upgrade path for my next Macbook Pro purchase. My only option (with Apple) was to buy the 27" Cinema display - which is compatible with my current Macbook. Both the Cinema Screen and the Thunderbolt screen cost the same ($999) which is annoying. The older tech should be cheaper, but it isn't (that's Apple).
A friend of mine told me to check out the Dell 30" UltraSharp. I spent about 3 weeks pouring over as many pictures and reviews as I could. I debated for a long time on the choice between this monitor and the 27" Apple Cinema Display. I figured, for a couple hundred more I could get a higher rez IPS monitor (the Dell) and accept and/or deal with any screen annoyances I would encounter.
So far, this has been the best monitor I have ever owned. The screen is amazing, the colors are amazing, and I can do my work the way I have always intended. My Macbook has no issue porting the highest resolution. It runs flawlessly. The monitor comes with every cable type you can imaging. However, it doesn't come with a displayport to mini-displayport. You will have to buy a cable (or an adapter) for that separately. I bought a Accell B119B-007J UltraAV Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable and it works perfectly.
If you are looking for a large monitor, you cant beat the quality of this amazing Dell. I won't hesitate to buy another if I have the need in the future.

Read all the reviews and decide for yourself....http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KKG

jimofcan Contributing Member • Posts: 751
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I'm using a Dell 30 inch on a Macbook pro, the Dual link DVI adapter works without any issues.

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Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 13,817
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spqr_ca wrote:

zenkizero wrote:

yeah but im trying ot find if there is an equivalent that is as good or better for photography with the bonus of Hdmi.

Google thunderbolt to HDMI cable.

Those (MiniDisplayPort / Thunderbolt) to HDMI adapters are for driving a HDMI monitor from a (MiniDisplayPort / Thunderbolt)-equipped computer.  They're not for accepting HDMI input from a video game system, DVR, optical disc player, etc.

Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 13,817
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zenkizero wrote:

i think you have to use the mini display port to dual dvi for the best results and full resolution.

If that 30" HP monitor has a DisplayPort or MiniDisplayPort input, it would be a lot easier and cheaper to use a MiniDisplayPort-to-(Mini)DisplayPort cable than a dual-link DVI adapter.

Paul00 Regular Member • Posts: 156
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Have a look at the new Dell 2713H, its just started to appear (£570 in UK) and TFT Central just posted their review:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2713h.htm

This display is not to be confused with the U2713H​M​ which is a cheaper model and while still an IPS panel only supports sRGB space and is not a wide Gamut model like the U, if that's what you want for photo editing.

The Apple display is not a good buy, partly because of the cost and limited connections, partly as its got an older generation panel in it, and partly because rumour is its about to be replaced:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/14/thunderbolt-display-inventory-dwindles-may-hint-at-upcoming-redesign

As the panel is not the same as the current 27" iMac and it has no USB3 connectivity or matching charging socket for the rMBP like you have.

Unless you plan to go with a cheapo Korean one for £200 less it seems one of the best options, its an LG panel internally and LG have their own model with the same panel coming out in a few months, I forget the model number.

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Paul00 Regular Member • Posts: 156
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Oh and to add on the 30" monitor front TFTCentral says the new Dell 3014U is coming to replace the current model pretty soon - see website news for more.

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EricWN Senior Member • Posts: 2,125
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Paul00 wrote:

Oh and to add on the 30" monitor front TFTCentral says the new Dell 3014U is coming to replace the current model pretty soon - see website news for more.

Thanks! Was thinking of the 30" Dell monitors too. Some people in the past sadly stated that the current ones sometimes had issues with humming noise when brightness is switched to a lower setting. I hope this is resolved and that the upcoming one is a great product.

anarti New Member • Posts: 1
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Paul00 wrote:

Have a look at the new Dell 2713H, its just started to appear (£570 in UK) and TFT Central just posted their review:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2713h.htm

This display is not to be confused with the U2713H​M​ which is a cheaper model and while still an IPS panel only supports sRGB space and is not a wide Gamut model like the U, if that's what you want for photo editing.

The Apple display is not a good buy, partly because of the cost and limited connections, partly as its got an older generation panel in it, and partly because rumour is its about to be replaced:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/14/thunderbolt-display-inventory-dwindles-may-hint-at-upcoming-redesign

As the panel is not the same as the current 27" iMac and it has no USB3 connectivity or matching charging socket for the rMBP like you have.

Unless you plan to go with a cheapo Korean one for £200 less it seems one of the best options, its an LG panel internally and LG have their own model with the same panel coming out in a few months, I forget the model number.

When you're considering monitor for photography, why are you looking at Dells at all? Despite being IPS Wide Gamut displays, there are good for corporate etc.

Take a look at Eizo, NEC. I just bought SX2462 for £640 in UK. EIzo monitors have 5 years guarantee and the best photo equipment on the market basically.

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I have bought the Dell 2713H. The anti-glare is OK, if you can find me a way of cleaning it without scratching it. There is no point comparing it to an iMac or Mac monitor screen because they are too limited to reproduce the ARGB colour space- they only do sRGB.

Yes the glossy Mac screens help you imagine everything you do is bright shiny plastic-wrapped new, and old-timers can remember glazed glossy prints, but unfortunately the world doesn't look like that.

The correction of colour is better done on the Dell, and it supports the use of DVI, HDMI and Display Port and Mini Displayport, so everything can tun off it as well as the Mac. You can just plug in yer Blu-ray, your Xbox , yer PS3 and yer HDD HD or SD TV hard drives too and movies are really enjoyable, because the colour correction makes them so!!

The huge bonus with the above is what you can now appreciate if you used an iMac screen before. No reflections, no eyestrain, no artificially enhanced, but really non-existant blacks- created by the gloss screen, but not in your files!!

And the resolution which is like the iMac 27", a world away from HDMI. As all new devices especially movies are going to 4K, this is at least half way there, unlike the HD screens, and you can judge better the colour of your devices, and the detail in photographs. The detail and the colour is like seeing your work for the first time for real. And they are guaranteed for THREE YEARS.

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