Is there a display to match the iMac from a non-Apple manufacturer?

After abandoning Apple's products in favour of Windows 7 and Linux Mint I haven't managed to find a really good display to match the visual quality of the iMac 24"/27" screens.

I have a Dell Studio XPS 17" notebook with the stunning RGB LED screen. It's a bit of a letdown when I plug it into my Samsung 23" 1920 x 1080 display.

If I have to I'll go for the Dell U2410 24" W or the U2711 27" W UltraSharp Monitor but if I could find something as good or close to it but less expensive it would be a plus. I'm retired and need to watch my pennies.

Any suggestions?
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAsked:
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Michael-BestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The U2711 has an extremely high resolution 2560x1440 panel - similar to the panel that's used in the Apple 27" iMac. Notice that we highlighted the word similar? That's because the two panels aren't identical; the glass might be the same, but there are definitely differences.

For one, Apple uses LED backlighting whereas the U2711 sticks with CCFL technology. But isn't CCFL worse? That depends on what you're after; the iMac 27 offers a 72% color gamut while the U2711 has a 102% color gamut (based on the CIE 1931 standard).

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Matt DaviesCommented:
I can't really think of any monitor that costs less than the equivalent IMAC The two dell monitors mentioned are nowhere near MAC quality with regard to blacks or colour presentation.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Sure about that?

Since writing the question I've found, according to one source, that the Dell 2711U uses the same LCD as the iMac 27".
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
That review sums up pretty well everything I've seeen on the Dell 2711U. I'll bite the financial bullet and buy it if there's nothing else but i'd prefer 24" and a little easier on the pocket.

Anyone know of a 24" monitor with a 1920 x 1200 display which is of similar picture quality?

I spoke to Dell this morning about the 2410U but apparently it's been discontinued, at least in my part of the world.
Alan HendersonConnect With a Mentor Retired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
HP's LP2475W may be what I'm looking for.

Anyone have any experience with it?
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Tena koe Michael.

I'd already checked PriceMe. I've settled on the Hewlett Packard LP2475W. Looks pretty good from the reviews. The 27" Dell would be nice but it's too big. I'd need a new desk as well.

If the HP's no good I'll send it back, mortgage the house and buy the Dell.

Arigato gozaimashita.


Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
I decided to do the sensible thing and bought an iMac 27" and a Macbook Air.
The budget is shot.
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