View Full Version : Advice on monitor purchase

06-13-2007, 09:38 AM
Hello all,

I was wondering whether anyone could give me advice on purchasing a monitor.

I work in a professional pre-press enviornment (broadsheet newspaper) and I'm looking to upgrade our monitors to a widescreen flat lcd panel monitor, at least 19".

The problem is, we got a monitor like this, but found that viewing the newspaper page was sometimes problematic in certain formats. We believe this can be solved by purchasing monitor that can be viewed in portrait mode and widescreen mode.

Could anyone make any recommendations on a monitor that can go to portrait mode and is Mac compatible? We've only found monitors that are PC-compatible only.


06-13-2007, 11:07 AM
Howdy, and welcome to MacGurus.

When you say portrait mode, you mean you want to monitor to rotate, correct? As far as PC only, assuming you are wanting to connect to a modern Mac with DVI video out and running 10.4, any DVI monitor should work fine.

We use Samsung, HP, Acer (and others) at work connected to Macs, no issues. Haven't checked recently, but some previous HP models were a good value, good quality, and rotated too.

With 10.4, you can control the screen rotation with the "Displays" system pref pane, so you should not need any software for a monitor. Here is what I see with a 20" Samsung connnected to a MacBook Pro:

06-13-2007, 11:23 AM
Something like this (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/382087-382087-64283-72270-444767-3296952.html) should do nicely. Click the demo button and you can see that it does indeed rotate. They also have a 24" model for a good price too.

06-13-2007, 02:05 PM
If u need a good TFT/Flat panel you need to go to Eizo, NEC or (if those are to costly) to Samsung. But DO NOT buy one with a TN!

S-IPS, S-PVA panels can not only show more colors, they are more "crisp" (all colors the human eye could see and a real black not a grayish somthing), have a wider angle for viewing and are state of the Art as long you want a normal TFT with backlight.

The newest technology is not longer using a backlight tube, instead they are using leds which results in a complete same lightning from the center to the corners of the screen.

The "normal" (tube lightning) Eizos NECs and Samsungs with S-IPS/S-PVA panels are really good but if you want the top of the line you have to buy one with LED backlight but be prepared they cost $300 to $500 more than the normal backlite ones.

BTW NEC is using Samung panels in their produkts, but, they use their own logic mostly 10 or 12 or 14 bit LUT.

I have a Samsung on my own and I am very happy with it, but the Eizos are a bit better depends on the model but they cost much more than the Samsungs.

I would suggest you an Eizo S2100 or an Samsung 215tw both are 21" wide format, can be rotated 90 and they both have a very good panel.

Both the Samsung and the Eizo have software in the package but, if your Macs are newer (G4, G5 and Intel MacPros) they have the feature of rotating build in, you can take a look at the monitor systemprefs panel first, maybe you have to install the newest ATI or Nvidia drivers. Unc mentioned it above.

Best regards


06-16-2007, 09:21 PM
Forgot to follow up....

What Nic said. Two reasons I didn't mention the high end monitors and their potential importance:

I read (misread) that this was for newspaper, and wasn't thinking critical color matching was key. I don't work in the graphics industry, so not the first thing on my mind.

I am color blind.....so it doesn't matter to me. One of the reasons I don't work in the graphics industry. :rolleyes:

06-22-2007, 11:28 AM
I'm running 10.3.9, and I understand that I will need to run some sort of HP software for the L2045w HP monitor I'm looking at.

Is there any third party mac software out there that will allow me to go into portrait mode?

Upgrading to 10.4 is probably not an option at this point.



06-22-2007, 02:34 PM
Mac's OS X has a lot of monitor drivers built in if you choose to install them. So it might be there. I am not familiar with "portrait mode".

Or software will come with the printer did you check support HP L2045w Flat Panel Monitor (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF06a/20491-156249-156249-156249-163637-12877616.html). Here is a better support / driver page (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Home.jsp?&lang=en&cc=uk&prodTypeId=382087&prodSeriesId=3296952&submit.y=4&submit.x=10&lang=en&cc=uk) if needed.

06-22-2007, 03:16 PM
Macintosh info here. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=HP+Mac+portrait+mode&btnG=Search) Another Google search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=HP+L2045w+Mac+portrait+mode&btnG=Search) for the L2045w. ;)