I need buying advice on displays...

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  1. SuperChuck macrumors 6502

    SuperChuck

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    I am about to purchase a new Powerbook that will primarily be used for web design. Since the majority of my web traffic will likely be using CRT displays, it makes sense that I should have a second display that is a CRT. Here are my questions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

    1. As an Apple-Freak, I am strongly considering purchasing a used Apple CRT display on eBay. Are there any models I should look for? Any that I should avoid? Is there a compelling reason to get a new display rather than a used Apple CRT?

    2. I have assumed that the display on my Powerbook will closely approximate the look of a standard LCD display. I have noticed that colors and other aspects of my sites appear differently on Powerbooks, but I am wondering if these differences are roughly the same as those experienced on standard LCDs. Will the Powerbook display give me a good enough idea of the results I will get on LCDs, or should I save up for an LCD display, as well?

    Thanks!
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Um...

    Dude, Apple laptops have LCD displays. The flat screens REQUIRE them to be (right now, anyway, until plasma is affordable). Look it up.
    CRTs are fairly cheap now, you can get a pretty decent new one for 200-300 bones.
     
  3. SuperChuck thread starter macrumors 6502

    SuperChuck

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    Well, yeah, but...

    I know that my Powerbook display will be an LCD (I didn't think I was getting a 40 pound behemoth), but I also know that the LCD technology in a laptop is different from that in a standard LCD. My question is whether the two are vastly different, or roughly the same.
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    SORRY

    I stand corrected. I should have said it is close enough where you won't notice the difference. Sorry about that. It would be a waste to buy both an external lcd and crt. My apologies.
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    My understanding is that the 17 inch iMac and the 17 inch powerbook have the identical display--BUT the iMac has a much more powerful backlight, for a much brighter display.

    OTOH, more and more home users now use laptops as their primary machines (like me), so seeing how your site looks on a laptop isn't a bad idea.

    Make sure you test your sites on windows machines as well.... VPC will do in a pinch, but a dedicated machine is better.
     

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