Apple 20" or Dell 2005FPW?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by beez7777, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. beez7777 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    so i've pretty much decided that i'm getting a new iBook for college this year. orginally, i was going to buy a 20" apple display to use in my dorm room, but there's been a lot of talk here about the dell 2005fpw. it's about half the price of the apple display, but i don't know if i can bring myself to hook an iBook up to a dell display. is it a better display, or just cheaper? any opinions on which i should get would be great.
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    The Dell display is great for the price, apparently it uses the same screen as the Apple 20" ACD so you are just loosing out on the design, i'd say for the money you save its definatly worth getting the Dell over the Apple..

    ShadOW ;)
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Try a search-- this topic has been brutally beaten into a bloody pulp.

    This is probably one of the most comprehensive threads about the Dell vs. ACD.
  4. Shasta macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2005
    Upstate/Central NY
    Well, that and you can't hook a DVI monitor (aka Apple) up to an iBook (only has VGA)

    but look at that other thread too

  5. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005

    Its the same exact screen, BUT the Dell offers more features...

    The Apple ACD only offers DVI hook up with 2 port USB and 2 port hub.

    The Dell monitor offers a DVI hook up, VGA hook ups, Composite hook up, S-Video hook up, 4 port USB hub, picture and picture, picture in picture, a MUCH better stand, it can be adjusted to go up, down, tilt up and down, side to side, and even rotate. Also offers so that you can switch between inputs. So you can actually hook up 2 computers, one on DVI and another on VGA (for mac users you would need a VGA -> DVI adaptor) and you can switch screens. Its REALLY nice.

    I definately recommend getting the Dell over the Apple ACD. The Apple ACD is WAY over priced and has much LESS features.

    Oh and just an FYI, the monitor is going for $360 USD RIGHT NOW! Its definately a bargin! Lowest its ever been! I just ordered a second one yesterday :cool:
  6. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    i dont feel like making another 2005fpw thread, but has anyone been able to use the usb hub without having your mac auto-reboot?
    i've tried a few sequences, but no avail.
  7. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I could not resist the design of ACD. I ended up getting a 20" and 23" ACD for my PBs. The aluminum chassis is very nice when you feel it with your hands.
  8. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    Yeah, it's very nice and it matches with Apple's Powerbooks and Power Mac computers. But you can get the Dell 2005FP for ~$400 now.

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