C2D MacBook Pro w/ Dell Display?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JohnMC, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. JohnMC macrumors 6502

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    Hi Guys and Gals, I was wondering what you would do in this situation. I plan on buying a new C2D MBP 17" as soon as my local Apple Store gets some in. I would like to have an extra screen to go with it and was wondering what you thought about the Dell E207WFP 20" Widescreen Display. It is only $289.00 so I would like some reviews if anyone owns one. My other option is a 20" Apple Cinema Display but that will cost me $649.00 and I heard somewhere that Dell and Apple use the same panels as each other. So if anyone would give me a recomendation on what to do, that would be great. Thanks for your time, JohnMC.
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I don't have that particular model, but we have 3 of the dell monitors in our house (two 2007wfp's and one 2407wfp), and we've had two 1907fp and two 17-inchers, and they've all been great monitors, so I would definitely recommend 'em.

    Just a thought, though, if you're going to be getting an external monitor anyway, why not opt for the 15" model MBP, and put the $300 (or the $700 if you opted for the low end MBP) towards a better, bigger monitor? I mean, your 17" MBP is going to have the same resolution as the 20" widescreen monitors, so wouldn't it be nicer to be able to plug your MBP into a monitor that offers more space?

    Of course the decision is yours, just I would personally rather have a 15" MBP and a big 24" monitor to plug it into for the extra space when I'm at home.
     
  3. Carguy172 macrumors member

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    There excellent displays there bright vibrant and have had no issues with them.
     
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  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    It should be noted that the E207 is a completely different (and better) panel than the normal 2007.
     
  6. JohnMC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand your point of view on the smaller MBP and then a better screen, but I will (at times) be away from home for as long as a week and so a larger screen for Photoshop and FCP Studio work would be a good thing in my opinion.


    Could someone please explain how the E207WFP for $289.00 is a better LCD Display than the 2007WFP for $339.15? It just does not make since did I miss something (VGA not DVI, etc.). Thanks, JohnMC.
     
  7. psychometry macrumors regular

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    Exactly what I have. The Dell display is great. I got it on eBay, new with warranty, for hundreds less than on the Dell website. They just dropped the price there, too, though. It has no dead pixels, a memory card reader, all sorts of video inputs and a decent menu system. Basically I have no complaints.

    Choosing a Dell display over an Apple one is really a no-brainer.
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I have the 2407wfp hooked up to a MB. It's awesome. I got it new from Dell, though, using a coupon. Was only $670 shipped. :eek: :D

    Absolutely no complaints - it's a beautiful monitor.
     
  9. skipsandwichdx macrumors regular

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    The E207WFP's panel is worse than the 2007WFP's (as the price would indicate). The viewing angle is worse. From what I hear, the panel in the E207WFP is a TN panel, the same type found in cheapo LCD monitors.

    Also, when comparing the two panels on Dell's website, there seems to be a disparity on response time. The E207WFP has 5ms (which is most likely grey-to-grey response), but the 2007WFP is listed at 16ms. The 2007WFP, however, does not ghost, which makes the 16ms measurement appear to be a black-to-black test.
     
  10. JohnMC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, thanks for all your replies, I think I'm going to buy a 17" MBP and then after Christmas buy a Dell 24" Widescreen (2407WFP). Thanks again, JohnMC.
     

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