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ASK DN: What monitors are you using?

5 years ago from , Web Developer/Designer and Entrepreneur

I currently have an ASUS 24" LED and and old Samsung 19" LCD. I'd like to upgrade and get 2 or 3 really nice monitors. I'm not into gaming. I do web development and design, and the occasional video editing. What are you using? What do you recommend?

46 comments

  • Travis VocinoTravis Vocino, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Can't go wrong with a Thunderbolt Display from Apple, of course. Boring standard answer I know but what more do you need? :)

    15 points
    • Paul DessertPaul Dessert, 5 years ago

      Actually, I'm not an Apple user. Linux and Windows for me. (Sorry, should have mentioned that in the original post.)

      0 points
      • Ragnar VorelRagnar Vorel, 5 years ago

        You can still use Apple Display for Windows/Linux, I suppose?

        0 points
      • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, 5 years ago

        Don't want to be that guy, but It's an Apple screen not a computer, you can use it with any PC.

        But I must admit Apple products do seem to have an air of "only works with mac" about them.

        0 points
        • Dan LDan L, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

          Not when it comes to the Thunderbolt. Tried hooking a Surface Pro 2 up to my Thunderbolt display as miniDisplayPort. No luck whatsoever. The Thunderbolt is incompatible with quite a number of device to which it's easier to just list what devices are compatible:

          List of devices

          0 points
  • Ciriac TrompCiriac Tromp, 5 years ago

    I use a Dell UltraSharp (U2412M) at work. Great colours.

    9 points
    • Andy StapleAndy Staple, 5 years ago

      Same here, I have 3 of the UltraSharp 24" Models and I find their color to be much better than any Apple Screen. Its not as fashionable on the outside but I care more about color than the exterior appearance with the monitors. They're also not nearly as expensive as the Apple displays.

      1 point
    • Adam T.Adam T., 5 years ago

      Perfect size, great colors, and a steal on Amazon. Whole team of 7 using them :)

      0 points
    • Ryan ClarkRyan Clark, 5 years ago

      I've got 2 of the U2412Ms at work and bought another one for home. Besides the colors (which others have mentioned), they're one of the few options out there that have a vertical resolution of 1200 instead of the 1080 that everything seems to be now. It's small, but it makes a difference.

      0 points
  • Andrew ShenAndrew Shen, 5 years ago

    Dell S2740L

    2 points
  • Matthew KosloskiMatthew Kosloski, 5 years ago

    Samsung 23" LED Syncmaster SA350.

    2 points
    • Paul Dessert, 5 years ago

      Looks like that's an older model, but the replacements look pretty nice. Only a few hundred $$ each. Thanks!

      0 points
  • Nikita KorotaevNikita Korotaev, 5 years ago

    I just got LG 34UM95. LG doesn't have a reputation for quality products, but this display is really good! It replaces the need for 2 monitors. And it has a Thunderbolt connection. Recommended.

    2 points
    • Chris NewtonChris Newton, 5 years ago

      May I ask what graphics card and operating system you’re using with your LG?

      I'm running a Windows box with couple of a large Dell Ultrasharps (from the Uxx11 generation) connected by DisplayPort to an AMD workstation card.

      This isn’t a bad set-up when the screens actually work, but for supposedly top-of-the-range professional gear that sells at a price to match, it has a lot of silly reliability problems and frustrating glitches. I’m very open to buying a different brand of monitor and of graphics card next time I upgrade if they’re going to show a good quality picture but also be more reliable, and I’ve heard good things about the 35UM95 but never seen one in person.

      0 points
      • Nikita KorotaevNikita Korotaev, 5 years ago

        I'm running on Macbook Air [mid 2012]. Graphics is integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. It is not a top-notch graphics card, but works well.

        0 points
        • Chris NewtonChris Newton, 5 years ago

          Thanks. It's useful to know you can get satisfactory performance for the monitor even out of hardware at that level.

          0 points
  • Kristian HjelleKristian Hjelle, 5 years ago

    Running 2x 27" Thunderbolt Displays from Apple at the moment. Great for all kinds of visual work.

    2 points
  • Bruce Vang, 5 years ago

    I have the 27" Thunderbolt from Apple and an old 19" monitor to test my colors on the lowest common denominator. You'd be surprised how different shades of gray can be invisible on old monitors.

    2 points
  • Steve BissonnetteSteve Bissonnette, 5 years ago

    Dell U2713HM also. Rock solid on all fronts. Occasionally it goes on sale and can be found for about 600$ new.

    1 point
  • Eric REric R, 5 years ago

    Two of these bad boys: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009H0XQRS/?tag=pcpapi-20

    Dell S2340M IPS - great colors, sharpness, very thin bezel (for multimonitor setups), viewing angles, etc. It is glossy though so if you work in a room with a lot of lighting coming though windows and such you might want to look into a monitor with a matte screen.

    1 point
  • Daan RosbergenDaan Rosbergen, 5 years ago

    I use two X-star dp2710 led monitors, they got a pretty decent panel and are relatively low priced. You could also look for a Shimian 27 inch monitor. They got the same panels as the Apple Cinema display.

    1 point
  • Chase ThompsonChase Thompson, 5 years ago

    At work I'm running a 27" iMac with an Asus mx279H 27" additional monitor.

    The Asus looks cool, but it's only 1920x1080 which is not great for a 27" monitor.

    1 point
  • Joe FritzJoe Fritz, 5 years ago

    Didn't do a ton of research, just kind of picked one out at Micro Center, and it turned out to be really nice.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176195

    HP 2711x, 27"

    The only down side I'd say is the glossy screen, but it's super sharp and vibrant. I kind of love it.

    1 point
  • Sebastian SellingSebastian Selling, 5 years ago

    Two Dell U2412M. Other than the colors, which is vital for me, they spare your eyes something wonderful. IPS monitors in general are a lot easier to look at all day.

    Considering to upgrade one of them to the 4K version, but not sure if it's worth it. I have mine setup on a dual monitor stand and the original stands are gone :/ maybe a stand-alone monitor-stand can be bought.

    1 point
  • Vinay ChilukuriVinay Chilukuri, 5 years ago

    AOC 23" i2369vm and Dell S2340L. Color reproduction is superb on both of these.

    1 point
    • Paul Dessert, 5 years ago

      Funny, A friend told me to stay away from AOC's because the color was horrible ;) Glad to hear you like it. I'll take another look at them.

      0 points
  • Bent StamnesBent Stamnes, 5 years ago

    I'm using a Samsung 2560x1440 with the Dual-DVI-connector to my Macbook Pro. When it works, it works really nice, but once in a while, when I connect it, the screen is 50% the right image mixed with 50% digital noise and I have to reconnect the Mini-Displayport adapter. Pretty annoying. But nice monitor.

    1 point
  • Stuart McMorrisStuart McMorris, 5 years ago

    DELL U2713HM Display at work and have a 27" iMac at home. Can't really notice huge amounts of difference between them.

    1 point
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, 5 years ago

    Asus PB278Q - 27"

    1 point
    • Guillaume BroderGuillaume Broder, 5 years ago

      Same here, pretty cool display for the price.

      1 point
    • Mike KrukMike Kruk, 5 years ago

      Yep, same. Loving this monitor. I use the DisplayPort connection to get audio/video from one cable, to keep my setup tidy. The speakers that come with it are pretty awful, but what do you expect from speakers inside a monitor?

      2 points
      • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, 5 years ago

        Yeah I have Audioengine d1 & A2 setup for audio. Monitor purely for display purposes!

        Had a TB display but lack of HDMI in was killing me.

        1 point
  • Dmytro PosnyyDmytro Posnyy, 5 years ago

    HP ZR2740W and Dell U2312HM.

    1 point
  • Francesco BonomiFrancesco Bonomi, 5 years ago

    Heard great things about Dell U2412M and planning to get it, but never tried it.

    1 point
  • Ben GillenwaterBen Gillenwater, 5 years ago

    The Wirecutter has some nice monitor reviews. They chose the Dell U2713HM, and from my experience their reviews are very thorough and trustworthy.

    http://thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/computer-accessories/#monitors

    1 point
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, 5 years ago

    I have a Dell Ultrasharp U2412M. Great value for money.

    0 points
  • Nikolay FigurinNikolay Figurin, 5 years ago

    I'm using a TN panel in my laptop. The screen is MUCH better than most dedicated displays I've seen, and TN has a pretty decent gammut and all, but that's not the point-

    A designer buddy that 99% of the people in this thread would probably know (or 100% of whom have used their UIs) designs on a laptop screen. He said something along the lines of "if it looks good on here, it'll look good anywhere". That kind of thing- most designers think it's necessary to have the best display they can- but your end clients probably don't.

    0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 5 years ago

    Yamakasi. 2560x1600 30" IPS for $400. Nothing else compares on value. Screen quality rivals UltraSharp and Cinema. Seriously. Cheap looking stand tho.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/8918010656

    0 points
  • Paul Dessert, 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the recommendations!

    0 points
  • Artiom DashinskyArtiom Dashinsky, 5 years ago

    Dell 2209W.

    0 points
  • Wade Garrett, 5 years ago

    Yamakasi DS270

    One of those cheap 2560x1440 korean monitors, and I love this thing.

    0 points
  • Ibrahim NergizIbrahim Nergiz, 5 years ago

    Samsung PX2370

    0 points