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joelb51
Sep 21, 2005, 08:16 PM
Hi there, IM getting a PowerMAc in the near future and want more than your average screen space. At first i thought a 30inch display would be the way to go - but for the same price i could get extended desktop w/ 2x 23inch. 2x 23inch would be more o/all screen space and i wouldnt have to pay $1000AU for the rgaphics card. anyway, just seeing what everyone else thinks...

TheMonarch
Sep 21, 2005, 08:19 PM
The only ACD that isn't a ripoff is the 30" because its basically with highest resolution display available to consumers. The 23" are a ripoff because you can get 4 24" dell screens for the same price (when the dells go for dirt cheap I mean)...


My 2 cents




BTW, its been discussed before, a quick search would help you.

joelb51
Sep 21, 2005, 08:30 PM
The only ACD that isn't a ripoff is the 30" because its basically with highest resolution display available to consumers. The 23" are a ripoff because you can get 4 24" dell screens for the same price (when the dells go for dirt cheap I mean)...


My 2 cents




BTW, its been discussed before, a quick search would help you.

yeh, cheers for the advice! didnt realize the dells were so cheap. I realized i prob. should have posted in another forum. My bad! bit new to this forum *****. Peace

Bear
Sep 21, 2005, 08:39 PM
The question is, what are you doing with the system?

Some applictaions work alright with extended edesktops and some are a pain to use.

Also, in terms of pixels:
The 2x23" has 4.4 megapixels and the 30" is 4 megapixels. so there isn't that much differencee in screen real estate, just how it's laid out.

The other difference is 2x23" takes up almost double the desk space. And require more head movement.

Just things to think about.

MrSugar
Sep 21, 2005, 08:44 PM
Hi, I run two 23" ACDs and I definitely wish I had gone with the 30".

You can view my full explanation from another similar thread topic, here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=1630600#post1630600

joelb51
Sep 21, 2005, 08:44 PM
The question is, what are you doing with the system?


Yeh probs using graphics prorgams mostly Photoshop, Illustrator ect.... wouldnt mind having the second screen for Itunes, MSN, widgets and palettes ect. and have one main screen.

Mac_Freak
Sep 21, 2005, 09:03 PM
Hi, I run two 23" ACDs and I definitely wish I had gone with the 30".

You can view my full explanation from another similar thread topic, here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=1630600#post1630600

Sorry to read about your problem. I would love to get one of those 23" ACDs, but I might hold off until major revision or new panel supplier.

wPod
Sep 21, 2005, 10:04 PM
heh, man, i wish i had your problems. here i am with a single 20" dell monitor (cause its cheaper) thinking im in hog heaven! but i always think how nice/cool a 23" would be b/c it is HD. but anyway. . .i would consider the size of 2 monitors, and turning your head all of the time. its one thing to run dual 17" monitors when you just need to run a lot of things at once and want to have quick access to each of them. but with a single 30" monitor you can do A LOT (thats just a guess, ive never used one outside of the apple store) but b/w gobs of screen real estate and expose i think a 30incher would be better because everything would be in front of you, instead of infront and to the side. but in the end i think its personal preferance . . . how much experience do you have using 2 monitors vs one? i used to run my 12" pb next to my 19" CRT (before the 20" dell) and i got tired of that, especially once expose came about.

. . . now, if apple would only support mulitple desktops (like a linux system with 4 desktops. . . you either know what im talking about or you dont) THAT would be cool, and i would totally go for JUST the 30"!!!!

iGary
Sep 21, 2005, 10:11 PM
Get the thirty.

I bought two twenties and find myself only using it for extra windows.

The thirty is nice, especially if you need to edit images or video at large resolutions.

I plan on selling one of my twenties, and buying the 30, and having the twenty as the Mail, Safari and tool pallette window.

You can't display an image at near-full resolution on two twenties or two twenty-three's.

MovieCutter
Sep 21, 2005, 10:12 PM
I use 2x23". It's far better for space management than a single 30". I can use the other screen as an HD monitor for my FCP work, or as a window for my browser to look at the plethora of media I deal with. OR you can use it to keep a second program open. I often use one screen for Motion and another for FCP.

Bear
Sep 22, 2005, 06:57 AM
. . . now, if apple would only support mulitple desktops (like a linux system with 4 desktops. . . you either know what im talking about or you dont) THAT would be cool, and i would totally go for JUST the 30"!!!!There is always CodeTek VirtualDesktop™ Pro (http://www.codetek.com/ctvd/) for multiple desktop support. There are a couple of other software packages that also handle multiple desktops on a single screen.

wPod
Sep 29, 2005, 03:45 PM
There is always CodeTek VirtualDesktop™ Pro (http://www.codetek.com/ctvd/) for multiple desktop support. There are a couple of other software packages that also handle multiple desktops on a single screen.


cool, but it should be included in OS X . . . maybe just as some random hidden option for power users. i just dont really want to fork out $40 bucks to get it! (im a poor college student!)

Scottyk9
Sep 29, 2005, 04:32 PM
There is always CodeTek VirtualDesktop™ Pro (http://www.codetek.com/ctvd/) for multiple desktop support. There are a couple of other software packages that also handle multiple desktops on a single screen.

Desktop manager (free): http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21594

Great program, but NOT the same as expanding increasing your screen space with a larger or additional monitor.

I think all these responses give you the answer, which is... it depends. It depends on what you are planning to do with them.

Bear
Sep 29, 2005, 05:23 PM
Actually a good solution might be to go with the 30" now and add a smaller secondary screen when your funds recover a bit.

MrSugar
Sep 29, 2005, 05:56 PM
Hell, get a 30" now, and get a 2nd thirty when your funds recover!

Dual 30" would make you a god among men.

barneygumble
Sep 29, 2005, 07:13 PM
Hell, get a 30" now, and get a 2nd thirty when your funds recover!

Dual 30" would make you a god among men.

I am still waiting for this to happen on these boards, my money is on igary at the moment :p