Dell Ultrasharp monitors. The U2412M or the U2415 have a pretty good value for their prices.
I recently went from a Thunderbolt to a Dell 27" and it's been just as good so far.
+1 for the Dell monitor
This is def a great alternative to the 27" Thunderbolt Display.
Seconding this. I've used a Dell U3011 for the past couple of years, and love it.
Been using the U2412M for 3 months at work. It's a bit small resolution wise (compared to the 27) but it gets the job done and at $200-300, it's a great deal.
+1 for the U2412M, good balance between price and quality. Depending on your working style you may want two of these rather than a 27". I find the extra horizontal space really useful, especially when browser testing + code + AI/PS all visible at once.
Dell U2715h rocks my socks.
cannot recommend this enough http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pixel-Yamakasi-301-2560x1600/dp/8918010656
What constitutes "low budget"?
Dell UltraSharp U2414H - I really love the thin bezel <3
We're rolling these bad boys too at our office. Such a good quality to price deal :)
If you want to find a Thunderbolt Display for cheap, check Craigslist. And keep checking Craigslist. It takes patience. I nabbed a 24" Cinema Display for $300 off some tech enthusiast who was upgrading. It looks identical to the current model, but requires one extra connection.
Dell 28 Ultra HD 4K Monitor - P2815Q is a piece of garbage. It's currently part of my setup and the lag makes it useless.
I use it for Slack and my music player and even they're a pain in the ass to use on it.
Wouldn't really expect anything else from a 30hz monitor.
Yeah they bought it without realising the difference. It's great for consuming media from. But no good for doing any work or anything else on.
Primary or second screen?
what about UltraSharp U2515H ?
Been using iiyama XB2483HSU (Full HD, 16:9, 24") for a good half a year now. Very inexpensive, covers 90%+ RGB and doesn't have black crush. Plus it has that a la HP Z Display leg.
IIYAMA Prolite 27''
Would second all the Dell Ultrasharp recommends. Worked with many companies that have cut corners further with HP, Acer and other brands. They aren't necessarily bad, and you can shave off an extra hundred or more from the price, but they are always a noticeable downgrade from Dell and Apple, especially for design.
Personally, I'd rather have a 24" monitor that's high quality with good viewing angles than a 27" monitor that's poor. In more concrete terms, I'd rather go 24" Ultrasharp than 27" cheapo brand any day.
On a budget I recommend Asus PB287Q
4K: 3840 x 2160 (that's pretty much retina pixel density)
60Hz (this is really important - don't ever buy a 30Hz monitor)
$560 (the price fluctuates on Amazon. I've seen it dip as low as $480 and as high as $700)
To get 60Hz you need to use DisplayPort 1.3. It works great on recent MacBooks.
This is a great thread.
I bought an Asus WQHD LED-lit used from Amazon for $300. Not a single scratch. Works perfectly
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The Dell Ultrasharp serie is a great one. Good quality, perfect pricing. A lot of people around me use them, including myself. I have the 24".