Review: CrystalPro Monitor has a hard-to-beat price
Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:27 PM
Does it have a VESA mount in the back?
Or is it through an awkward adapter bracket that slots into the base?
I see it backordered at monoprice and having a 100x100 VESA mount.
Happy to see a favorable review. It is a shame it only has a DVI connector.
We have a couple systems where the monitors' input can be switched so that either system can be single display or dual-display, as needed. It is also handy if you want to share a big screen between a desktop and use it with a notebook, where you just hook it up to the second or third input. Though in this case with the number of pixels it would have to be dual dvi and thunderbolt of course. Likely thunderbolt is too expensive to implement for the market they're aiming for.
This post has been edited by icerabbit: 06 February 2013 - 12:31 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:40 PM
The back of the display has a 100x100 mm VESA mounting pattern, so you can use a mount.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:17 PM
A couple of other cost considerations vs Apple monitors if connecting a MacBook Pro:
$79 Power adapter needed
$69 HD Camera to replace missing iSight Camera
$25 USB hub
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:31 PM
The dual link adapter is due to the fact that it has a slightly different DVI connection than is supported by the cheaper adapters.
Personally, I just bought a 27" LED Cinema (Mac Pro use) and the extra cost did sting a bit, but I'm glad I went with the Apple monitor. 1 cable is much better to deal with, and if there's any problems I can go to the genius bar. I got a refurb for <$800 from a reputable dealer.
However, if I were going to buy two displays, or just needed them for a short time, these would definitely be on my list. (Right now, I'm using 27+30...)
ALSO, there's one other potentially big point that the article does miss about the quality. While the two display panels are the same model from LG, the ones Monoprice uses are not of the same quality standard. They use the "A-" panels which are (among other things) prone to more dead pixels than the "A" panels apple uses. Honestly, for practical, non-critical use it's probably not that big of a deal if you get a good A- panel, but there is a risk involved. In the past monoprice has had pretty decent customer support, but I'm not sure what their quality standards are for these.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:17 PM
Monoprice does have some excellent arms and mounts that will replace those crummy stands for a very reasonable cost. I got two and both handle the 27in screen without any issue.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:14 PM
If it had some other input, I would happily buy it as a 2nd display for my MacBook Air at work and my iMac at home.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:11 AM
Even with the dual link DVI issue, I don't care about any of the other crap they left off - the result is an amazing price! I'm tempted to add two to my existing Dell U2711 for some motion sickness inducing gaming. The problem is I would need $1k in video card upgrades to push a reasonable amount of pixels for these panels.... Ahhh, first world delemmas....
This post has been edited by DocNo: 07 February 2013 - 06:18 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:16 AM
Single link or straight DVI doesn't have the bandwidth to support the native resolution of these panels.
The article did talk about their 5 dead pixel policy being better than most venders 10 dead pixel policy, and they also talked about the ease of getting a replacement for one that had an image problem.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:02 PM
Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:03 PM
Wrong. The Mac Pro ships stock with a ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card which "includes two Mini DisplayPort outputs and a dual-link DVI port." Not sure if this will work with the DVI to MiniDisplayPort adapter that Apple sells, as the Monoprice technician I spoke with was very vague about the compatibility issues. I'm going to pre-order and test will all Mac's in my work environment then post results. Thanks.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:35 PM
Would you mind citing your source? I'd be interesting in learning more. Thanks.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:43 PM