Available Soon 27" Monoprice Monitors (under $400 - same panel as the 27" Cinema LED) - their 30" is available now

Posted by MitchSink 

I'm planning to get a 27" model. Same panel as the 27" Apple Cinema LED.

macworld 27" Cinema LED review (excerpts below):

If you’re a fan of the 27-inch iMac, but don’t want to give up the portability of your MacBook Pro or expandability of your Mac Pro, Apple thinks you’ll love its new 27-inch LED Cinema Display. The display is basically a 27-inch iMac without the computer, matching closely that popular iMac’s display in both specifications and design.

macworld Monoprice 27" IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor review (excerpts below):

Monoprice 27" IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor WQHD
Review: CrystalPro Monitor has a hard-to-beat price

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display (4.0-mouse rating) is very nice. It has a beautiful 27-inch IPS screen, a stylish aluminum case, and handy connectors that replace ports missing from Apple’s laptops. But at $1000, the Apple display is too expensive for many consumers, especially if those extra ports aren’t necessary.

Less expensive displays are available, but 27-inch displays with high quality IPS panels and LED backlights still cost a pretty penny—HP’s ZR2740w is over $700 and Dell’s U2711 has a list price of $999 (available for $800). Monoprice, a company known for its affordable computer cables and adapters, hopes to shake up the display market by offering its 27” IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor WQHD for much less—under $400—than these more expensive monitors...

The CrystalPro offers only a DVI connection. DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB are not included. If your Mac has Mini DisplayPort, you need a dual-link Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter, which you can find from Apple ($99) or Monoprice ($69). The monitor does have speakers but they sound tinny, especially when compared to the Apple Thunderbolt Display’s speakers.

What the CrystalPro does have in common with the Apple displays is a 2560-by-1440 LED backlit, 27-inch IPS LCD panel from LG. With the CrystalPro sitting next to the Apple Thunderbolt Display, the Apple display’s color temperature was considerably cooler than the CrystalPro. When the two displays were calibrated to 6500K and 120 nits of brightness with a Datacolor Spyder 4, the CrystalPro was much closer to that 6500K target at its default settings.

Bottom line
The 27” IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor WQHD cuts some corners to get its price down to less than half of other 24-inch IPS displays. But if you can do without USB, Thunderbolt, ethernet, and varied connection options, and can ignore the generic styling, the lack of onscreen menus, and the sub-par speakers, the CrystalPro’s basic on-screen performance matches that of more expensive displays.

petapixel Monoprice 27" IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor review (excerpts below):

Monoprice Selling Apple-Quality 27-Inch Monitors for Less Than Half the Price

If you’ve been wishing you could splurge on a 27-inch Apple monitor but just can’t see yourself spending that kind of money, Monoprice has a cheaper solution for you. The company’s 27-inch offering uses the same LG IPS LED panel as Apple’s, but a Monoprice monitor will only run you $391 as opposed to the $1,000 you’ll spend at Apple.

The monitor delivers 2560×1440 resolution through (only) Dual Link Digital DVI-D inputs, and boasts the same IPS technology found in many higher-end screens....

As you can see, the Monoprice monitors won’t compete with Apple on the design end (and you won’t get the thunderbolt technology either) but for only $391, the trade-offs seem to be well-worth the savings.

The monitors are currently on back order, but if you’re interested, you can find out more and/or order your own from the Monoprice store here:

27" IPS LED CrystalPro Monitor WQHD 2560x1440 (Limit 1 per Customer) $390.60
Availability : Back Order
Estimated Time Arrival: 4/15/2013

I don't know anything about it but their 30" model is available now:

30" IPS CrystalPro Monitor WQHD 2560x1600 Display Port|HDMI|DVI|Component w/Adjustable stand (Limit 2 per Customer)
Our Price $797.50
Availability : In Stock
This item will ship today (3/29/2013)

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