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Advice on new monitor ?

Hi I currently use an IMac which has served me well. But I feel a new system is needed. I was considering getting a separates system. The new iMac pro will be out about Xmas and rumours are that it will be circa £5000 which is way to expensive for me. But I will still stay with the Mac system. I have tried the local stores (N/Hampshire) ie curryís PC World etc but to actually see and touch a decent monitor is nigh on impossible, I am looking in the £500-£1000 mark. But have had no luck and being a bit old fashioned do not want to order blindly on line, what are you all using? Apple have stopped doing there own monitor.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

Apple are selling the LG 5k monitor to match the iMac. I believe they have them in their stores if you want to see them, but buy elsewhere Apple are unsurprisingly the most expensive place to buy them!

The LG 4k is equally as impressive.

A couple of contractors were using them a while ago I was impressed by how good they are
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

Thanks Walti, i have seen the 5k but not the 4k. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be any stores with a decent selection to see them physically as to speak.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

Get a reference monitor, eg BenQ or Eizo, calibrate and use in a dimly lit room. The budget is on target.

Edit: For 'hands on / eyes on', you're lucky Digital Splash is on this weekend. Worth a train ride.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

I recently sold my 3.5 year old iMac and updated to the new 27" iMac 5K with fastest core i7 cpu. It works a treat with Lightroom and Photoshop and the display simply blows away the earlier iMacs.

Unless you are doing heavy video editing, 3D animation or serious scientific stuff the iMac Pro doesn't give you anything extra. Only certain software can take advantage of 8 , 12 or 18 core processors.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

Thanks for you replies, the top at the moment iMac is circa £3000 whether that will continue after the introduction of the new iMac pro i am not sure, I was looking to view a monitor, Liverpool is a bit of a stretch from Hampshire, but thanks for the heads up, i was considering the Mac mini top uprated model. Which combined would come in at a combined price £1800 -£2500. Does anyone know of an outlet down south where You can view monitors?
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

How much memory are you putting in your iMac ?

The configuration. I have is

4.2GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
16GB 2400MHz DDR4
2TB Fusion Drive
Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB video memory
Magic Mouse 2
Magic Keyboard - British

and it comes in @ £2609 from the Apple store.

The top Mac mini is way less powerful, uses slower RAM and a slower CPU and slower lower res graphics

Mac mini

3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz)
16GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
2TB Fusion Drive
Intel Iris Graphics
Magic Keyboard - British English
User's Guide (English)
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Accessory Kit

comes in at £1577. before getting a monitor.

So even if you could get a monitor for £1000 there is not much in it and you end up with a much less powerful Mac.
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.... Does anyone know of an outlet down south where You can view monitors?e
You could try Novatech (Portsmouth). They used to have 8 or 10 showrooms around the country and I used the one in Reading. They closed all their showrooms other than the flagship one at the Portsmouth HQ but never having been to that one I don't know how many monitors they will have out on display - you could always give them a ring, I have always found their customer sevice very good. At Reading the monitors were all plugged in to working computers so it was easy to assess them.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

Hi wornish, I have 16gb as well, mine is a 2011 model i3 only, I canít knock it itís been very reliable. As for todayís iMac I was giving it all the extras for Circa £3000. I appreciate what people are saying and do to a certain degree, agree Apple is overpriced, but having been bitten and lost a lot of time and money on my previous Sony I am reluctant to go back to windows machines. I thought that if I separate the monitor and desktop this time I can upgrade as when I want with either part. So monitor first and around new year see whatís occurring with the computer side and Apple.
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Hello OM thatís a good bit of information I will get in touch with them. They may still have an outlet.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

If you go onto their website you can see a picture of the Portsmouth showroom (follow the link at the bottom of the home page) and scroll the bottom picture through different shots.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

I agree with Steve (Ricoh) - get an Eizo. Excellent kit (though pretty hefty).

It often puzzles me that folk are happy to spend ££££s on cameras and lenses but seem unwilling to use a decent quality monitor and color calibrator.
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Re: Advice on new monitor ?

I bought my current Mac from Create.Pro, they refurb the classic silver box Mac Pro and bring it up to a good standard, typically less than £2k, you select the amount of memory, the number and type of drives (or not) and video cards. I got a 3 year warranty as well.

The only issue is whether the video cards that are available can drive a really hi-res monitor.

The word on the street is that Ilyama made the screens for Apple and that was a way of getting a good screen at a lower price.

Re Create.Pro several of my Mac friends have bought from them. They also have an e-Bay presence with older Mac Pros using a different trade name and a lesser warranty.
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I agree with Steve (Ricoh) - get an Eizo. Excellent kit (though pretty hefty).

It often puzzles me that folk are happy to spend ££££s on cameras and lenses but seem unwilling to use a decent quality monitor and color calibrator.
Precisely, and to make matters worse they select in-camera post processing, storing JPEGs only.

It's probably more important to spend money on a monitor than it is to get a top of the range F1 standard PC or laptop. By the way, which model of Eizo did you go for?
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Precisely, and to make matters worse they select in-camera post processing, storing JPEGs only.

It's probably more important to spend money on a monitor than it is to get a top of the range F1 standard PC or laptop. By the way, which model of Eizo did you go for?
Steve,
I've owned a CX271 for just over a year. It is a 27" monitor with 2560x1440 resolution. This is the mid-range model, which supports 10bit colour & includes auto-correction for brightness but without the built-in spectrometer for auto-calibration (I didn't need this because I already had a ColorMunki).

I think Eizo have subsequently updated their ranges and no longer provide CX models. The choice is now the so-called "pro-sumer" CS2730 or the CG277 with more bells & whistles.
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