HP 27er 27-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor (T3M88AA#ABA)

HP 27er 27-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor (T3M88AA#ABA)

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Bezel-less display: With no bezel encircling the display, an ultra-wide viewing experience provides for seamless multi-monitor set-ups

I use a MacBook Pro for digital editing, but I've always resisted buying an Apple external monitor because, well, they're ridiculously expensive and I'm pathologically cheap! This new HP monitor is a brilliant compromise: while it doesn't have the stunning image quality of an Apple screen, it's very good and perfectly usable, and it's a thousand dollars less (Apple has recently stopped making their monitor.) I was able to hook it up instantly with my MBP - no drivers or software required... not that HP has provided any Mac software for it, all of the utilities for the monitor are Windows based. I was able to calibrate the 23er via the onboard control buttons just fine, no software necessary. The 1920x1080 image is very nice and fairly crisp. The colors and contrast are a little faded compared to the more robust MBP screen, but not enough for it to be a complaint for me. However, if you are a graphic designer it might lack the color accuracy and contrast that you require. Reading on it is absolutely no problem - most fonts are well rendered and none are at all pixellated. It does get a little wispy with black-on-white thin fonts like those in the Apple window menu bar, but not illegible, just a little thin. I've included some photos that hopefully show the slight difference between the details on my MBP screen and this monitor. Also, in the color "Neutral" setting it skews a little warm. You can bring up the blue by changing the setting from Neutral to Cool, but I'm finding I prefer the warmer setting - it seems a little easier on my eyes. In terms of it's footprint and form factor, it's every bit as slim and low profile as the Apple monitor. The only thing that's missing is the trademark Apple sleekness and designer-influence style - not worth an extra grand in my opinion. For the money this is the perfect monitor for general purpose work. PS - Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours. Read more


Price: $194.90

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