HDTV/Dell Display help!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bluetorch18, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. bluetorch18 macrumors regular

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    Okay, I was planning on getting a 20" Dell display for Christmas from my siblings that totals to 300 bucks. I am now considering just getting a gift card from them to buy a 26-32" HDTV from Walmart for like 600(300 of that I would be paying for)...I have a few questions...first of all, I would like to get an Xbox 360/PS3 to play in the near future. I have a 26" normal tv that I play Xbox on and stuff right now. Would I be able to play the 360 and PS3 on the Dell Display at HD quality? Also, if I hooked up my MacBook Pro to the TV, would it look very HD, or would it look blocky, clunky, or stretched? I believe the native resolution of the TV would be something like 1366x768, but could I make it bigger after I hook my MBP up to it? A quick response would be great as they were planning on ordering the Dell display tonight...
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  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    You can't expand the resolution the TV has by hooking it up to a MacBook Pro. I'd say your best bet for that kind of money is to get a Dell 2407FPW (24 incher) from the Dell Outlet store (refurbs) - it's $599 there, with free shipping. It has much higher resolution (1920x1200).
     
  3. bluetorch18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone else have an opinion? I'm sort of leaning towards the 24" now because I don't want to regret getting the smaller one somewhere down the line. If I wanted to hook up a Wii/360/PS3 to it, would it be easy and not require an adapter? Also, could I watch TV on it pretty easily and without an expensive adapter? Thanks...
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The TV will have more connectors... so it will be easier to get it talking to the various consoles. But if you want a computer to work on it, make sure you have HDMI and/or VGA.

    As for the monitor, if those consoles connect with component or DVI/HDMI, you're probably fine. If they need HDCP, as far as I know, the Dells don't support that. Of course it'll be best for the computer.
     
  5. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    The 2407FPW does have HDCP, actually, the older 2405 doesn't. The 2407 hs the following inputs: DVI (with HDCP), VGA, Component, S-Video, Composite.
     

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