20" or 23" Display?

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  1. jhujhiti macrumors newbie

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    I've decided to purchase an Apple display - but I can't decide if it's worth the extra money for the 23" model. I get $100 off of both models through educational discounts, and I spend most of my time writing code.

    Worth it?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Worth it!

    If you've got the dough... but you're making me jealous. :(
     
  3. jhujhiti thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'd be waiting about a month or so if I decided to get the 23", but I could go grab the 20" right now if I wanted =P

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    Unless I sold my 2x400MHz Sun Ultra2 =(
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    What's only 4 weeks?

    Just think of all that extra desktop, window & palette space.

    More importantly, think of how your friends will go 'ooo'...
     
  5. emw macrumors G4

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    I agree - if you can afford it, then spend the extra cash on the 23". You won't regret having the extra real-estate, that's for sure. It's a nice display.
     
  6. jhujhiti thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "Afford" is relative. I'm off to college in the fall, and I'd really like to have a PowerBook (with at least gigabit ethernet) and a PowerMac (with SCSI disks), both of which are going to cost me. At about $120 of spending money per week, I'm not going to make it =\

    I'd be using this monitor on a PeeCee Linux box, and Windows occasionally. I use Windows for games, and if I get the 23" model, I'm worried my wimpy nVidia FX 5700 won't be able to drive World of Warcraft at that resolution and 4xFSAA (It has a hard enough time with 1024x768 right now!)
     
  7. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Powerbook with gigabit ethernet: only in the larger models
    G5 with SCSI: issues involving cards & G5's sleeping. Urge you to look further into this before going that route...

    You may need a bump in your graphics card if you want to game with it... Cinema displays only have DVI inputs as well.
     
  8. jhujhiti thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, I won't be putting the G5 to sleep =P

    I figured that I'd need a much more powerful card. Since that's the case, I'm looking at another $600 hit there (yes, I'm crazy). I'll probably get one whichever monitor I decide to buy, but I just don't know if the extra space is worth the money... *mulls*
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    Definitely worth it. I went from a 20" LCD to a 23" LCD last fall, and I *love* it. The extra real estate makes working with multiple windows and applications much easier.
     
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  11. jhujhiti thread starter macrumors newbie

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    23":
    1920x1200 pixels = 2,304,000 total pixels
    $1599 with RIT discount
    $0.000694 per pixel

    20":
    1680x1050 pixels = 1,764,000 pixels * 2 monitors = 3,528,000 total pixels
    $899 with RIT discount * 2 monitors = $1798
    $0.000510 per pixel (total)

    23" to dual 20" comparison:
    - 34.69% more total pixel area in dual configuration
    - more cost effective per pixel in dual configuration
    - only $199 more for dual configuration
     
  12. KershMan macrumors 6502

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    Now, that would be smoking! I just picked up my first 20" and may have to take up this idea with next year's tax refund.
     
  13. jhujhiti thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can also buy the dual configuration in parts, which means I get that nice instant gratification feeling I get from impluse purchases like these.
     
  14. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey see your from CT, ledyard, just down the road from my home town(exit 100 off 395) when im not in school (Miami) you can see from my sig what i got. I love the 20" but would have went with the 23. Now tho I think ill just get another 20" when i get the money. Then by a 15" PB when it goes G5.
     
  15. devman macrumors 65816

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    Unless you have a need for 1080 HD, then go for dual 20s.
     
  16. wPod macrumors 68000

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    what about the HD factor of the 23"? isn't the 23" HD and the 20" not?
     
  17. cmvsm macrumors 6502a

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    Although I love the thought of two 20" Cinemas gracing my desk, the 23" just makes ya wanna cry. I thought my 20" was big when I got it...now I see the 23" in the Apple store and salivate...next will be the 30"....then a 60" big screen...then a stadium monitor...where does the lust end?? :eek:
     

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