Computer Monitors, - Up to IMac Quality?

  thegreypanther 11:22 31 Jan 2009

I have just had an Apple IMac computer demonstrated to me. I was absolutely blown by the sheer quality of the images on the monitor, - and mightily impressed by the build of the IMac itself.
However, although switching to use an IMac would be difficult, as I use a lot of MS-based software, I would love to know whether there are PC monitors of the same quality as the IMac's.
I have been told that IMac monitor specifications are not the same as PC monitor specifications. Is this so?
Does anybody know of PC monitors equivalent in quality to an IMac's?

  canarieslover 11:39 31 Jan 2009

As far as I am aware they have the same native resolutions per size of monitor as normal PC monitors. Are you sure that you weren't just 'blown away' by the particular images? Try one of these if you get the chance.
click here

  thegreypanther 11:54 31 Jan 2009

Thanks, canarieslover. No, one of the things that really impressed me about the IMac screen was the high viewing angle. Even if standing above the screen or to the side, the picture still had a very high quality.
Unfortunately, PC Advisor's review of the Ilyama PROLITE E2407HDS is less than complimentary as regards the viewing angle, - saying "the high viewing angles claimed by Ilyama are laughable and the display deteriorates significantly if you're not sitting in front of it".

  bremner 12:15 31 Jan 2009

Switching to the Mac would not be difficult.

You can install Windows as a second bootable partition through Bootcamp or install Parallels or VM Fusion and run it as a Virtual Machine directly from OS X (the Mac O/S).

  Kemistri 16:03 31 Jan 2009

If you want genuinely excellent quality for critical use, you won't find it in a £150 monitor. The best budget monitors are quite acceptable for most uses, but they have to be made to a price.

If you ever frequent forums that discuss graphics production, photography, and the like, you will often see this topic come up. You haven't mentioned whether your usage coincides with the usual reasons for buying better monitors, but I assume that this is the case. If it's not, you could spend around £200 or less for a reasonably decent screen and probably live perfectly happily with it.

There some medium to high end (roughly £350 to £800) specialist models from Dell, NEC, Ilyama and of course Eizo that are worthy of consideration. I use Eizos for my work, but certain models from the other three brands are equally highly praised.

  Kemistri 16:08 31 Jan 2009

BTW: if you want a Mac screen, they are about £600 or a bit less and will work with Windows desktops.

  thegreypanther 16:30 31 Jan 2009

Thanks Kemistri.
I can't really justify big bucks, as I'm merely an enthusiast who likes taking photos and looking at same. You can see some of my efforts at click here, which includes links to other sites which show my photos.
It was after spending an hour or so with my son, looking at these photos and his photos on his IMac that I realised quite what an incredible difference a monitor can make. I thought that my current monitor, - an Acer AL1916W, was pretty good. But now, not good enough!
So I'll check out some of the names you have listed.

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