Dell 2005FPW or Apple Cinema

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  1. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    I am planning on using Screen Span Doctor to hook my new ibook 12" to either a Dell 20" 2005fpw or Apple Cinema Display 20". Is there any reason to pick one over the other? Thanks
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    Here are some possible reasons...

    Specifications
    Looks
    Brand
    Price
     
  3. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a

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    The ACD has a firewire hub and looks nicer. Those are about the only reasons.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    But the Dell has a far wider range of inputs (DVI/VGA/SVideo...) and can do picture in picture...
     
  5. wPod macrumors 68000

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    I am sorry to say, you do not have any choice, you have to go with the dell. The iBook only has VGA out and the Apple monitor only has DVI-D in. An adapter to go from VGA to DVI-D is a few hundred dollars, so I think youll have to go with the dell. the dell is a very nice monitor though, its what i use with my PB (rev A, its the only 12" PB to NOT have DVI :-/ )
     
  6. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    A few hundred dollars? I'm sorry, but please tell me you are joking.
     
  7. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    Umm....I think you are mistaken. We use them at school all the time. Amazon has one here for $9.99.

    Far from a few hundred dollars!
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    That's a VGA to DVI-I adapter, and it will not work for DVI-D only displays.
     
  9. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    Where does it say that?
     
  10. Bear macrumors G3

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    It says that here. I checked, because I know what it takes to go from VGA to DVI-D, and $10 is nowhere near the right price for what it takes.
     
  11. wrxguy macrumors 6502a

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    first of all there are MANY posts about this but that is ok, I was faced with a similiar decision and i went with the dell...i get more than just one input so i can have my PC and Mac on on monitor so i can with one button switch...they are pretty much the same actual LCD and the Dell is cheaper...the apple LOOKS nicer and is just as nice of a display but it is not, dare i say, worth the money?
     
  12. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I would definitely get my money's worth if I owned one. Actually I plan on getting the 20-inch model when the price comes down. When I spend that much money on a product, I spend it with all this in mind:

    - Looks very nice
    - Designed with fashion in mind
    - Works well
    - Expansion (in this case, the FireWire hub, which is an EXCELLENT extra if you ask me)
    - And did I mention it has to look nice?

    I'll be getting mine when I order my Power Mac G5. The two will look so good together you'd think they are married! :p
     
  13. MacTruck macrumors 65816

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    I got 2 of the 2005fpw and 2 of the 2405fpw and I can tell you they are the BEST monitors available and I paid $400 for the 2005fpw and $750 a piece for the 2405fpw. Big plus... you can hook up a tv or an xbox to it along with your mac. Dell rules.
     
  14. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I think you have to go with Dell. The Apple Displays are too expensive and there is no guarantee for dead pixels.
     
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    Dell has some amazing deals on their LCDs right now. Ordered a 20.1" 2005FPW from them two days ago. Normally $699, got it for $394 including shipping. I'd say go with the Dell. For that price you could get two!
     
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    My 2005FPW just arrived and I got it all setup. This thing is amazing. :D :D :D
     
  17. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking about placing my order for a 2405FPW. :) Put up some pics in the Mac setup thread, bursty.. I wanna see too. :)
     
  18. bursty macrumors 6502a

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    Taking pictures as we speak. :D
     
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    I just saw on dealcatcher.com that they have the 2405FPW on sale for around $800 :eek: Thats a helluva deal, better jump on it quick man. Thats where I got my 2005FPW....$394 shipped. :D
     
  20. tom3097 macrumors newbie

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    Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW 24-inch Wide Aspect Flat Panel LCD Monitor

    Does any one know if this monitor will work with a 12" powerbook because i'm just about to buy a powerbook and was wondering if the display would work.
     
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    The Mobility Radeon 9200 can drive 1920x1200, so I see no reason the newer 9550 can't do the same.
     
  22. tom3097 macrumors newbie

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    I'm assuming that the HP F2404 is the same, correct? and if so which is the better, the HD of the HP seems interesting.
     
  23. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

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    Tom, you might want to read this thread as well if you haven't already.
     

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