At $900 (£899) we all know that the Apple Thunderbolt display is a big purchase. Considering this, I have thought up some worthy alternatives at different price ranges. This list contains good monitors at all prices, so find one that suits your needs.
$100 – $250 -
While you may think that you get what you pay for, i do agree with you in most circumstances however i am willing to make the exception for Iiyama’s E2473HDS. This is the monitor i currently own and i have no complaints what so ever! The colours are vibrant, the blacks are black and the whites are white! At full HD 1080p this monitor works great with any of the MacBook laptop range, however under testing i have found that it doesn’t work great with the hi-resoloution MacBook Pro 15″ as the pixel ratio is much more dense on the laptop and is a huge difference to the 1920-1080 on the monitor. This monitor is also available in 22 and 27 inches.
Being at a similar price to the Iiyama the PA238Q from ASUS is at a similar quality. The adjustable stand and the ability to rotate the monitor allows for a brilliant customisable viewing angle that will suit everyone. If your planning to use this monitor with a notebook computer you will have the luxury of 4 extra USB ports, meaning that you dont have to go out and buy a $20 USB hub. The contrast is good and the brightness is at a good quality at 250 cd/m, this is found not too bright that it distorts and not too dark that it gives false colours. In contrast to this the colour reproduction on this monitor is slightly too over powering due to the “Colour Accuracy’ colour calibration technology.
Overall this monitor is at a very high standard for a budget 1080P monitor, it is a good buy and very useful if you are looking to have 3 or more of them on one computer.
Although being the same size as the Apple Thunderbolt Display this monitor still only has a 1080P HD resolution, this will appear a lot less than the 2560-1440 on the Apple display. Despite this the Acer S273HL has brilliant colour reproduction. Also, this monitor has a 12,000,00:1 contrast ratio which beats all of the other monitors on this review. The ports on this monitor include 2x HDMI and 1x VGA, i would of liked a DVI too but never the less we do have digital. Like all monitors these days this one has IPS technology, which allows up to 178 degree viewing angle, this is good for getting a crowd around your screen, but not so good if you doing something private!
If your a professional graphic designer or a photographer, this monitor may not be for you, however if your just looking for a good quality 27″ monitor, look no further than the Acer S273HL.
I came across this monitor while browsing for mine on the BestBuy website and i thought that it might just give a bit of contrast to this series of reviews. As you can see from the picture of this product, it may be something that you have never come across before, I have defiantly never come across anything like this before, in all my 5 years of the tech world. It is basically 2 19″ monitors on 1 stand. The specifications of the DoubleSight are not of the best; 1000:1 contrast ratio and 1440-900 maximum resolution is very basic considering it has a price tag of $480, however there is a good amount of brightness at 300 cd/m.
If you want my overview of this monitor I would say that it is pretty poor and pointless, i cant see a gap in the market for it as it is cheaper to buy 2 24″ monitors that have a higher spec. Also i think that having 2 monitors on one stand is ugly and in practical.
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