Arnoz, on 10 January 2013 - 09:08, said:
Do you have another recommendation?
I registered on this forum just to let you guys in on a little secret.
Everybody and their grandmother knows that the best displays in town have always been from Apple, which is why they are the design standard in the professional world. But everybody and their grandmother knows they are bloody expensive at $1k a pop.
Which is why it was amazing that when I was researching the Apple Cinema Display, which comprises of the highest standard LG 2560x1440 IPS display, is the same display used in Korean off-brand monitors. Making them a complete analogue to Apple's and Dell's overpriced 27" beautiful behemoths.
Whether you chose the Yamakasi Catleap or the Achieva Shimian or any of a number or manufacturers, they are all, for the most part, the exact same, except for the bezel or the design. (Plus some models come with speakers and more display inputs such as HDMI, though I've read its best to stay with just the basic models, no bells whistles)
So to recap a little, there are Korean monitors that are the same as $1000 Apple Cinema Displays and yet they cost 1/3 the price... Oh and did I
mention they fly in from Korea in literally 3 days!!!
The following is a link to an eBay auction with the lowest current price plus he says you can make him an offer for an additional $10-20 off (thats not including the $6 ebay bucks either!)
The only disadvantage is warranty, but you could tack one on at point of purchase from 3rd part warranty provider Square-Trade.
So the other option is to go with Micro Center (http://is.gd/Pk0b69
) if you have one near by or everyones favorite on-line source for cheap cables and computer junk Monoprice, which announced their re-branded monitor at CES this year
Why buy from Monoprice instead of importing from Korea? It's all about the warranty. Monoprice offers a five dead pixel return policy, which isn't bad, and the monitor comes with a general three year warranty. If one of the Korean monitors breaks down, you're basically out of luck. Monoprice is a bit easier to reach.
The $390 monitor is back-ordered at Monoprice but should ship on March 2nd.
Both Micro Center and Monoprice carry theirs for ~$400, but come with 3 year warranties and dead-pixel guarantees to boot!
Good luck and have fun!
P.S. While your at it saving 1/3 of the Apple Price Bump, why not just get yourself 3 and really immerse yourself in the game!!!
P.S.S. You might need some cables http://is.gd/W89y5P