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

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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. Here are a few more angles:

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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 2560×1440 [Monoprice via Reddit]


 
  • drkhrse

    If you’re using a more recent MacBook Pro you definitely also want to add in the cost of the Mini Displayport to Dual Link DVI adapter. Monoprice is also supposedly updating the monitor sometime this year with a model with more input options.

  • PaulJay

    I only buy monitors with 3 to 5 years warranty. Like EIZO.

  • apollo

    Hideous looking stand and also, S-Video?! Seriously?!

  • wwwwww

    who cares?

  • PaulJay

    I do, because most monitors die in 2 years. And you will care too when your monitor dies after 2 years.
    And you care about my comment because you take the time and effort to reply.

  • http://twitter.com/robinmalik Robin

    cool story bro. thanks for the info.

  • brandon

    I’ve never had a monitor problem, and my brother, sister, parents, in-laws haven’t either. we must be a lucky bunch, maybe we should play powerball.

  • Bob

    I’ve had mine for 6 years & use it 8 hours per day 5 days a week & it’s still perfect. No it’s not an EIZIO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bartek.nowakowski Bartek Nowakowski

    You have had terrible luck.

  • KeeFyBeeFy

    I don’t know what you do with your monitors but i’ve been through probably LCD 12 monitors (let’s not go CRT shall we?), each time in a 2~3 monitor setup. Never had one fail on me. I setup my friend’s quad monitors and they’ve been going strong for the past 5 years now.

    BTW: Dell offers 3 years on their monitors if i’m not wrong.

    Maybe if you stop jizzing on your monitors they’ll last longer.

  • sayithere

    monoprice?? weird brand..

  • zfrost

    They are known for their cables and networking hardware. This must be a.new venture for them. Monoprice is a great company with quality products with very low pricing.

  • Guest

    Are you sure it’s the SAME panel as Apple ?
    On monoprice news item of a Macworld review (http://www.monoprice.com/home/news_detail.asp?news_id=252) it just says that it’s the same size, IPS and also from LG – it may not be the exact same panel.
    They also mention how it differs from Apple’s before and after calibration – so it’s not a like for like

  • Tom V.

    no indentical montior ever calibrates the same either, even if they have the same panel. put 2 acd’s or 2 of any other same model monitor next to each other and the calibrations won’t be 100% exact. sometimes can take a few tries to make them match depending on the ambient light and that specific panel.

  • DafOwen

    Ah – on Monoprice item page it does say it’s the same panel.

  • niXerKG

    I am almost positive these are just rebranded Catleaps which is fine with me since Catleaps are basically knock-off LG/Samsung panels.

  • C.K. Lee

    2 years seems like a pretty short lifespan. I give them away when I upgrade to a larger size every 4 or 5 years, not throw them away, and they’re still in pretty good shape.

  • MattB

    That’s the power adapter. Has a power brick to get the AC/DC conversion out of the display and to save on heat output.