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#1 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:41 AM

Hi guys,

 

I'm moving from a 27" iMac over to a Mac Pro 5,1 and need a GUI monitor to replace what the iMac's screen did for me. The screen on the iMac has been an absolute delight to work with, so I'd like to find a replacement that matches up to the experience if possible.

 

I'm looking for something between 27-34", and preferably not a 4k screen as I'd rather the processing power of the computer goes into processing, rather than running a higher-res screen.

 

I'm open to different options (super-wide screens, or curved screens if they're worthwhile having). But the thing I'm most concerned about is having a really nice GUI screen for Resolve (and to a lesser extent FCPX and Premiere).

 

Any suggestions, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark


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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:17 AM

I had a BenQ PV3200PT on review a while ago, it was great. 32" is still a little small to use a native desktop resolution of 4K (though it won't make any significant difference to performance to run a 4K desktop).

 

If that's a bit big, there's the SW2700PT, which is a bit more manageable from a dots-per-inch perspective. I'm staring at one as I type.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:57 AM

For me, I have a high quality display for grading with resolve. It's connected to the deck link card and doesn't show GUI .

Fir GUI I have 2 cheap 24in isp panel displays. The HP one cost about $120 last year and is quite ok for this task. I split the GUI over the two cheap displays for resolve. Save your money for the best hero display you can afford
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#4 Peter Welander

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 05:27 PM

I went through a similar experience as Mark. I had been running FCP7 on a 27" iMac and things worked pretty well. The iMac died (video card burned out...got too hot due to clogging of the internal air passages over the years) and I ended up replacing it with a slightly newer MacPro, the last version in the big silver case. It came with a 20" Apple cinema display, so I bought a Dell 27 to go with it.

 

FCP7 looks terrible on both monitors. Footage that looked very nice on the iMac looks dark and very contrasty. Other things look fine. I have tried all the color settings and find SMPTE RP 431-2-2007 DCI (P3) is the least terrible but still not nearly as good as the iMac. Am I missing some sort of color adjustment setting in FCP? (I reinstalled it from a Time Machine restoration when the other one died. The hard drive was also damaged.) If there is, I can't find it.

 

Is there a monitor that is not terribly expensive that does a nice job? I see Phil's recommendation, are there others?


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#5 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 09:59 AM

Thanks guys, I read your review on the PV3200PT Phil, and it's defintely high up on my list. 

 

I've been told the Dell Ultrasharp 27" is very nice, and that's about half the price of the more expensive ones I'm looking at (so certainly holds some appeal there!).

Has anyone encountered any of these newer Quantum Dot monitors yet? They sound like the closest thing you can get to OLED levels of quality and contrast, with wider gamuts than you can get with regular IPS panels.

 

Don't know if it's a too-good-to-be-true scenario though, this one does sound very nice though: http://www.samsung.c...lc34f791wqnxza/


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#6 Peter Welander

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:26 PM

Following Phil's recommendation, I just installed the BenQ SW2700PT. It's not rubbish, in fact it's quite stunning. I've spent 'way too much time with crummy monitors.


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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:32 PM

Now I feel all responsible!


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#8 Peter Welander

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:37 PM

"Responsibility? Don't talk to me about responsibility."

 

Paraphrasing Marvin.


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#9 Mark Dunn

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:43 PM

Oi!

That's Phil's line.


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#10 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:12 PM

Thanks guys, the BenQ's aren't available here in Australia yet, so I've plonked down for the 32" Asus ProArt PA329Q instead. Pricey bastard, but it seems to tick all the boxes.


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