External monitor recommendations

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by Lukewarmwinner, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys

    I'm searching for a external monitor for my Macs. It will be used for my older '08 Mac Mini and for my MBA. Keep in mind that I'm on a limited budget.

    I've pretty much narrowed my search down to these two Asus monitors both with IPS

    - 23" http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS239HR/
    - 21.5" http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS229H/

    The difference is about 50$. I'm not sure if I should go with the 23" and pay 50$ more than the 21.5". Is it worth it going with bigger? I don't game, but will be used for writing (a lot) and movies. I could afford paying the 23", but saving them wouldn't be all bad :rolleyes:

    I've heard good things about Asus, and also Dell - but their prices is over my budget.

    Any thought? :)
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I'd go for the smaller one, they're both 1920x1080 resolution, so have the same amount of 'space'
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? Always thought bigger was better, but I see your point. I've always regretted not going for bigger screen when I bought my plasma tv several years ago, and thought the same will happen with monitor :)

    So larger screens when only talking bout 1920x1080 won't be as good as the smalle one?
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Maybe think of it like this,
    have you seen the screen on the an old iPhone 3G or 3GS vs a 4 or 4S? Or retina MBP vs regular MBP? Each has the same size screen but obviously the 'retina' ones are much sharper

    Best option probably have a look in a local store if you can see what you think in person.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah of course. Unfortunately I can't see them in real, but just thinking 21.5 being too small..
    Haven't had a monitor for a while though. Last one was a ACD 20" :)
     
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    You might want to check out gdgt.com
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've just searched and searched for a while without going anywhere, so just nailed it down to the Dell. Considered Asus but read that they wobbles a lot, which I really can't stand (no pun intended). Also Dell got glossy versus Asus matte.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    I was aware that not everyone cared much about glossy vs. matte, and that vendors often use glossy because it tends to make a better initial impression. But before this post, I don't think I'd ever seen a post in which someone who was comparing things described glossy as a reason to pick one display over another.

    Which is amusing, because I was browsing the forums in case of any rumors of a thunderbolt display which isn't glossy, because I really like the feature set, but can't stand gloss...
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What can I say? I like glossy :)
     

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