- Jul 25, 2012
- macOS 10.13.1
- Intel i3-6320 3.9 GHz
- ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 750 ZONE Edition 1 GB
- Mobile Phone
Been looking into these 21:9 monitors. Can you give some insight to usage and usability in contrast to other 16:9 or 16:10 monitors you have owned/seen.
These are my first 21:9 monitors and compared to my 30"ACD and 24" ACD quality is comparable. Contrast and color look good and a bit less saturated compared to the Apple's. I also like that the screen is a matte finish instead of glossy. They're the only ones I could get a hold of in my country so haven't had the opportunity to compare.
Are you doing film work? What about layouts in editing programs? Color quality?
I work with mostly still photography and do a bit of video as well. Layout is good but would be better in FCPX if I could use the third display as the viewer and Lightroom only supports 2 monitors as well. Color seems fairly accurate although I haven't calibrated them properly.
The monitors are very wide. Can I ask why you went straight to three of them?
These guys do take up quite a bit of space with almost 90" of screen real estate I had to get a desk to accommodate them. I decided to go with three since I run 2 GTX 770's in the Hackintosh and thought I'd take advantage of the extra display connectors. Besides, it just looks cool and I can have a ton of windows open. The one disadvantage I've learned is that it's tough to go back to 16:9 after spending time with 21:9 monitors. These make 16:9 look like 4:3. Cheers.
I too am running an older iMac in target display mode. I have two keyboards and two mice, kinda pointless because I barely use the iMac. But the monitor is great.My old iMac 27" late 2009 is now my hackintosh monitor, how about that? =)
I could have sold it, but honestly, between getting $800 for it and spending at least $500 on a monitor similar to it, which would have come without speakers, I thought I should keep it, and I'm happy. Not to mention it also serves as a backup computer in case things go wrong with the hackintosh AND is my shared media server.
Cons? Yep, a few:
- No brightness control as I unpaired my apple keyboard to use with the hackintosh. Fixed that by using "shades", a neat free app.
- No volume control when using it as a speaker, also, needed a SSDT to make it work. Also fixed that by enabling SSH with remote authentication and then osascript does the trick to change the volume.
- Every now and then I might have to reboot it because the target display goes crazy
- Personal media server
- Have a single computer to use with GlimmerBlocker for all our iPhones, iPads and other computers. No more adds in the house
- serves as a BT or long downloads computer. Since the iMac is about 99% silent, it is just on 100% of the time
I have a simple set up really, nothing special a 27" Apple Cinema Display.
I use the mini-display port to a Gigabyte 6870 GPU
Audio in and out with iSight camera though the USB and all works great.