Best Deal on a 20-24" Flat Panel?

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  1. bep207 macrumors 6502

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    im looking for the best deal on a 20-24" widescreen flat panel monitor.
    one that accepts both DVI and VGA would be great. since i plan on using it with both a MacBook Pro and an iMac G5.

    I love how the Apple displays look, but they dont accept VGA and they have a pretty high price for the shiny case.

    is dell the best way to go? or some other brand that may be cheaper?

    thanks for your advice
     
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    I have the 24 inch Dell and love it (except fot the logo on the front;) ) Highly reommend it, as it has both VGA and DVI inputs, composite, and you can always find a deal on them.
     
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  6. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i think this adapter will only work from DVI TO VGA, not vise versa
    i would love to be wrong though
     
  7. cube macrumors G4

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    It should be OK to pass the analog signal to a DVI-I or DVI-A input.
    If the input is only DVI-D, you're out of luck.
     
  8. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    does anyone know what the apple cinema displays are?
     
  9. macaddicted macrumors regular

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    I was curious too. I looked it up on the Apple Store site and found this on the refurb 20" page:

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/6424003/wo/y04Itnt1jWp22pQEohD2tCAWpD2/17.0.0.19.1.0.8.7.3.5.1.1.11.1.5.1.0.5.0

    I am assuming that this is DVI-D. Am I correct? If it is then Cube is correct, you are out of luck as converting from analog to digital makes for an expensive converter.
     
  10. jiggie2g macrumors 6502

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    The Viewsonic VX2025WM , best panel on the market for the money. Specs are better then Apple's newly revised Cinema Display and equal Dell's at a lower price. My uncle has one of these displays and they look beautiful. $309.99 shipped. I plan on buying 2 of them very soon.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824116381
     
  11. cube macrumors G4

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    They say it allows digital, not only digital. It could be DVI-I
     
  12. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    me i got a delll 2000FPW for $411 can't beat it via coupons
     
  13. godbout macrumors regular

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    I just got one of these viewsonics the other day and it is a nice little monitor. Basic inputs (VGA &DVI) but great specs for the price, it looks really nice and has a good quality feel to it. Also it has a nice silver beveled edge that goes nicely with Apple Pro Products... Anyways, it is worth a look...
     
  14. Mad Dog Ediie macrumors newbie

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    Displays

    I have a Dell 2005 (20.5") attached to a MacBook Pro. Pro Tools lives on the MBP, FCP and AfterEffects/PhotoShop on the Dell. Works for me. Some guys on Ken Stones site told me about the Dell, lower price for the the same LCD panel and better connectivity. Haven't seen the new Apples yet.
    :)
     
  15. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    If you don't care that an external LCD monitor will match your computer, or carry the Apple brand buy the Dell. 700 bucks for a 24incher seems like an awesome deal.
     
  16. fblack macrumors 6502a

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    depends on use

    depends what you are going to use it for. Gaming? Photoshop or just general purpose email and web surf? If just general purpose the dells are a pretty good deal you get good size 20-24 inch DVI and vga inputs some come w/s video usb ports and the 24inch I think has a card reader. There has been some criticism of the 24 as far as color correction and backlight leakage, still not bad all around. You can also get it refurbished and knock maybe another $100 off it.

    However, if you game especially FPS the Dells have a pretty slow response time. I have a 17inch on my dell that's really bad and the rest are not rated well for gamers. I mainly use my mac for photoshop and some gaming. My old sony CRT died on my mac and I just replaced it with a 20inch with a samsung 204B. I wanted to move up to flat, save weight and watts, good response time and not hard on the wallet. I'm really happy with it and samsungs got a $60 rebate going on I ended up picking it up for about $287 after rebate comes in both black and silver (for some reason silver is more expensive). Halo runs smooth as butter on it. Take a look here for it:

    http://www.pcconnection.com/ProductDetail?Sku=6319661

    and here is a review:

    http://20-1-lcd-flat-panel-game-monitor-review.toptenreviews.com/samsung-204b-review.html

    good luck.

    :)
     
  17. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Now that apple has dropped it's prices, the 23" Apple display is the best deal i'd say. It's marginally more expensive than the Dell 24".However, I have the Dell 2405 24" and can't say it is a great monitor. It is too bright, even at low settings, and generally does not give good color reproduction. The apple displays are much more accurate. I'd love to sell this p.o.c. and purchase the apple display in its place, but alas that is not to be... oh, movies don't look too bad on the dell, but you aren't buying it to replace your tv, are you?
     
  18. elsiedee macrumors newbie

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    The current Apple cinema displays have DVI-D connectors. Since the display requires a digital input, a simple adapter will not work. You'd need an expensive analog-digital converter.
     
  19. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Cant beat this deal AS of YET
    SAMSUNG 20" widescreen for $349 but WITH REBATES = $270
    :eek: :eek:

    Compusa.com SAMSUNG MONITOR

    Check DEALMAC.com For good deals like this:

    roomate got one for his 17" Powerbook, has a a DVI connector that works find with any Mac desktop or Laptop.
     
  20. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    That Samsung 205BW you linked is a TN panel. If you're a gamer, it doesn't really matter, but for people with more demanding tastes, you may not want a 6-bit LCD panel...
     
  21. elsiedee macrumors newbie

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    According to a review on Trusted Computing's web site, the Samsung 205BW is an 8-bit panel.

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=3244

    The reviewer says, "Thankfully the lower response time doesn’t come at the expense of colour depth, since the 205BW still uses an 8-bit panel rather than a 6-bit model. This means that the 205BW has the full complement of 16.7 million colours at its disposal."

    The specifications for the 205BW on Samsung's web site also confirm that it supports 16.7 million colors.

    http://www.samsung.com/ca/products/monitor/lcd_digital/ls20hawcbqxaa.asp?page=Specifications
     
  22. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    The dead-give away of a TN panel is the 160/160 viewing angles. If it was PVA/MVA, it would be 178/178.

    The two sites I usually check with to determine the panel in a specific LCD:
    http://www.flatpanels.dk/panels.php
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/

    Both sites indicate it's a TN panel.

    Anyway, I'd be careful.
     
  23. ebuc macrumors regular

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    It looks like they're $328.99 now.

    Also, be warned bulk buyers, there is a limit of 99 per person :) .
     
  24. elsiedee macrumors newbie

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    Well, so much for "trusted" reviews :)

    And thanks for the warning. I'm not really interested in this monitor though. I only posted because I had just read that review and remembered the author pointing out that it used an 8-bit panel and not a 6-bit panel. Think I'll e-mail him and refer him to those two sites. Maybe he'll update his review.
     
  25. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    for good deals on monitors (and pretty much anything else Mac related) keep a check at www.dealmac.com. They do a great job at researching websites that offer deals, as well as verifying that a deal is accurate (of course the sites sometimes change without notice).

    The Dell 2407WFP (24" widescreen) has been dropping to just over $700 recently, which is a really nice deal for it. I use one myself as a secondary display on my 15" MacBook Pro and it's amazing.
     

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