Help choosing a display.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Elixer, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Elixer macrumors regular

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    This is my first post here but I have been viewing these forums for a while. I am a graphic design student. Right now I'm still working out what mac to purchase. But right now I'm thinking of a black macbook with an external display. Now I know the apple displays are really pricey. I really don't know much about all the different models out there. But if someone had any suggestions it would be appreciated.
     
  2. furious macrumors 65816

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    dell has good prices

    so i guess you are looking for up to 24inch?
     
  3. isgoed macrumors 6502

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    Ah thinking about your reputation.

    Well, Apple only has 3 displays, 20", 23" & 30" so this is very simple. You can't have the 30" on a macbook because it doesn't have dual link DVI. The 20" is too small so you want the 23". Done.

    Of course as furious says you can also go with a cheaper 3rd party product. Personally I couldn't bear looking all day at those 4 letters (D E L L) in front of me, but there are enough mac users who can. At least black goes with your macbook.

    edit: what is your budget. Knowing this makes it much easier to give suggestions.
     
  4. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Just a bit of warning, the new Dell 24'' 2407WFP are only 6-bit, not 8-bit like the older 24'' 2405FWP.
     
  5. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Well, you could just buy some typex and cover it up ;)

    I have the Dell 2405fpw as I got a 50% discount through someone I know, and I can say it is a phenomenal performer.
     
  6. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the input the 24'' 2405FWP looks like a nice option.
     
  7. Zeke macrumors 6502

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    Samsung 244t. One of the best displays on the market right now. Only way to get better color is by going with one of the super pricey 'pro' models Elzo, Lacie, etc...
     
  8. cube macrumors G4

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    That's not what it says here.
     
  9. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, ok. I had outdated information then. (Previously, Dell said on their forums that the 2407WFP was 6-bit, and another site claims that the European Product Manager confirmed this.) Still a bit confused, since there's a ton of information still floating around debating the 6-bit vs. 8-bit. (Just do a google for 2407wfp 6-bit and you'll see what I mean.)

    Does anyone actually own a 2407WFP and can tell? This might make me want to take a look at the 2407 instead of trying to find one of the older 2405s...
     
  10. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I dont really knwo much about displays, i always had problems finding one that i really like. I would really recomend you ask your fellow students.
     
  11. cube macrumors G4

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    I think they are maybe 6+2 with the new advanced dithering that can do 16.7 million colors.
     
  12. MikeNemat macrumors regular

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    "Advanced dithering" is still dithering nonetheless and many people can clearly tell the difference.

    I have an 8-bit panel in my LCD and after seeing numerous 6-bit panels, I believe I made the right choice.
     
  13. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Dell 24" Displays can be found for about $700 bucks (USD). Apple 23" Displays can be found for $849 (USD) Refurbished. Both have the same resolution. Acer has monitors too but I can't vouch for how they preform.
     
  14. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

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    In order to connect the dell 2407fpw I would need to buy the apple mini-dvi to dvi adapter?
     
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  16. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool, thanks. Thats what I was thinking and I just had to make sure.
     

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