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Conversation Between Archer and Twiggy
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  1. Twiggy
    October 7th, 2012 6:30 AM
    Seems like the HD3000 breaks no sweat in handling a 1080p desktop. Then again, anything these days won't.
  2. Archer
    October 7th, 2012 6:13 AM
    In most countries, bad pixels are covered under warranty. But good to hear.
  3. Twiggy
    October 7th, 2012 5:25 AM
    I've just done further testing, and I came up with zero dead or stuck pixels.
  4. Archer
    October 7th, 2012 5:21 AM
    Yep. 1366x768 is horrible. I even prefer 1280x800, because there's extra height and it displays 720p content without scaling (and 2560x1440 works similarly being 4x720p), although there is letterboxing, but that leaves space from controls/menus.

    The Pros have much better screens from a quality perspective - I think it's the anti-glare coating on the Airs that cuts down the saturation. Though I don't understand why the 13" Pros STILL have 1280x800. 1440x900 should be a MINIMUM, although I expect 2560x1600 retina displays on them soon, which are incidentally the same res as the 30" Dells.

    Couldn't say. It's certainly a big component of the power usage, for sure. Most of that is actually the backlight. I never really gave much time to using my mac on an external screen, as mine and my old 22" 1080p monitor don't get along and I have no intention of forking out for a Dual-Link DVI adapter for my current screen.
  5. Twiggy
    October 7th, 2012 5:11 AM
    1920x1080 24bpp is already a significant improvement from 1366x768 18bpp /w visible dither, no?

    I've certainly noticed! Turns out, it isn't my phones are oversaturated - it was the MacBook Air's that's undersaturated! The display's now much closer to what I'm getting on the phones.

    It was painful, but after the second try with it, everything works now, with all gamma blocks looking blended in!

    I've also replaced my printer inks with XL carts :D

    (Hey, if the laptop doesn't have to power its own display, do you think I'll see at least 5 hours accidentally unplugged?)


    Lazy way to see if a panel is TN or IPS: squat. If the screen inverts, it's a TN. (This screen never inverts.)
  6. Archer
    October 7th, 2012 5:01 AM
    Sounds nice. :D I couldn't go back to anything with less that 2560x1440 resolution for a desktop screen, though. And they're still so hard to get.

    Can't help you with calibration, sorry. I've always used the Windows default tool to make it look right for my eyes and left it at that. Either way, an IPS screen will have much richer colours than cheaper TN panels even without calibrating. :cer_nod:

  7. Twiggy
    October 7th, 2012 3:42 AM
    Hooooooooooooooly caaaaaaaaaarp

    I just bought a Philips IPS monitor in-store along with adaptor after I got hooked on what I'm looking at, and at SGD 250 including HDMI cables, DVI cables, VGA cables, and a miniDisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter... (I use my eyes to pick monitors. I don't deal with online reviews. Some things are best seen in person.)

    In fact, I'm using it right now, and my eyes feel much better now, having things to be bigger AND having more screen real estate.


    (Even more el cheapo than your monitor, and comes with three years of warranty.)

    6-point colour calibration, on the other hand... HAEEEEEEEEEELP
  8. Archer
    September 27th, 2012 10:02 PM
    Nice to use and convenient. Plus, there's a certain novelty to having a new gadget to play with. :D

    Definitely. No warranty is a gamble where you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences. That said, if you're going to be buying the adapter online, you'll probably want to order it before getting the monitor so it arrives in time to use.

    Let me know what you end up getting. :D
  9. Twiggy
    September 27th, 2012 2:05 AM
    What's so "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" about the iPad?

    I think I'd probably get a monitor first before planning on an adapter. I wouldn't trust anything without a warranty or something that I can't see in person, though, so I guess shopping time in Singapore.
  10. Archer
    September 21st, 2012 12:17 AM
    That's right. Any of them should work, although I'd grab an adapter (rather than A->B cable), so you're free to use whatever cable you want.

    iPad weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  11. Twiggy
    September 20th, 2012 7:37 AM
    I think I only need a mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt to HDMI cable to use an HDMI monitor.

    Which one out of them?
  12. Archer
    September 20th, 2012 7:20 AM
    Search for Mini Displayport, rather than Thunderbolt for better results.

    Sort of. Macbook is MINI DisplayPort, whereas 99.9% of screens are full-sized DP. You can probably get a mini->full cable (which wouldn't come with the monitor), but they are different physical plugs.

    Night. Need sleepz.
  13. Twiggy
    September 20th, 2012 6:25 AM
    I think I should plan on the monitor first. And check them out in person.


    (They don't sell them on the local Apple Store. Then again, it's Belkin. Probably have to find it elsewhere.)


    Of course, if something already has a DisplayPort port, I only need a cable, right?
  14. Archer
    September 20th, 2012 6:14 AM
    This is on the Australian store: http://store.apple.com/au/product/H3983ZM/B
    A quick google will find tonnes of adaptors.

    Monitors: Dell/Samsung/Acer/Asus are always pretty reliable. More so if you don't get the bottom of the range. IPS panels look MUCH better, if you spend the extra. I use one of these: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-YAMAK...item20c42f2d06 , but they essentially have no warranty. By far the cheapest screens at that resolution, though.

    Dug out my PSP the other day. Hacked it with Custom Firmware. Had nothing to do with it and put it away again. My DS is still an original launch day silver first generation. Going strong. :cer_boogie:
  15. Twiggy
    September 20th, 2012 6:00 AM
    Linky? Also monitor suggestions - one of these things that stay good even after their time. Also, I reenabled mouse acceleration. I've left the mouse pointer speed at the default - middle.

    Also, after messing around with my old DSi, man, the screen was better than the 3DS in every regard but ghosting, colour depth and resolution. That's a screen that I can see from the side and be even brighter than the sun!

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