Dell 27 inch monitor Macbook Compatible?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mashinhead, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    So in my quest to find a decently price albeit used 23 ACD, i found myself getting desperate. Ebay has a scarce selection as does Macrumors, Craigslist, and Amazon in the used dept. So i just went on to Dell, just to see what they have. I actually bought a 24 incher and was disatissfied so i returned it, which is why i'm looking at for an ACD. but I just noticed that they offer a 27 inch model that is new. I was wondering if that was macbook compatible and if anyone knows about it?
  2. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Yes they are you just need to buy the adapter at the Apple Store. Its around 15-20 dollars if i remember right. Maybe 30 at the MOST.
  3. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003

    but you're sure that a regular macbook will power a 27" monitor?
  4. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    just noticed how poor the res on it is. It's the same as the apple 23.
  5. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
  6. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    It is listed and sold as a monitor. But in reality it pretty much is a tv. Sux if the res was decent i would have actually bought it. Wonder when apple is going to update their line.
  7. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Dell seems to have done this with a couple of their monitors recently. They offer a 22" with the same res. as their 20", a 27" with the res of the 24", etc. I think it's an attempt to dupe people into thinking they're getting more monitor for their money.
  8. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    It's not a real 27" monitor, as has already been established.

    It would be nice if Apple/Dell released a true 27" monitor. There is a big gap between 23/24" and 30" :(

    A 27" iMac....*drools*
  9. davebarnes macrumors member


    May 2, 2005
    Denver, CO USA
    I am ready with my credit card.

    8 GB RAM
    1TB disk
    kick-ass graphics card
  10. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    Well, it'll need a kick-ass GPU, as otherwise it won't even be able to decently drive the 27" display. I haven't done any tests, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 9400M in my new MacBook outperforms the 2600XT in my 24" iMac. Sure, the 2600XT is faster, but it needs to drive a huge 24" screen, whereas the 9400M only needs to drive one that's just 13,3".
  11. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    It will work fine. I used my late 2006 MacBook together with my 30 inches Dell display many times. No problems.
  12. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    What exactly is a real 27" monitor seeing as there is only one 27" panel and only two displays that use it?
  13. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    People, this thread is almost two years old. MacBooks and third party displays have changed since the OP first posted.
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    EVERYONE does this.

    1440x900 is used from 17" to 19"
    1680x1050 is used from 20" to 23"
    1920x1200 is used from 24" to 29"
    2560x1600 is used for 30" displays.

    This is what everyone does. HDTV manufacturers use 1920x1200 from 32" to 65" and people don't complain. Of course it's a "more for your money" thing; they just make the pixels larger. It's always better to purchase on the lowest end of the resolution scale.

    So get a 17", 20", 24", or 30" and none of the intermediate sizes.


    Nice going, davebarnes, for reviving a two-year-old thread. Nice going, Skil, for not catching that...:p

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