Monitor Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by vtprinz, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I was previously looking at the 20" iMac but now I'm thinking about getting the Dual 1.8 PM. Unfortunately anything near the caliber of the iMacs display will be pretty pricey, and I'll already be spending $2200 on the PM. So with that in mind, does anyone have a recommendation for a monitor in the $200 range? Maybe $300 if really necessary. I'm a serious amateur photographer, so it needs to be decent, but I know it's not going to compare to a Cinema Display or anything like that. Just something sharp, bright, and with as high of a resolution as possible.

    What do you think?

    -Mark
     
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    cluthz

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    Get a CRT. You should get a good 19" crt for about $200-300. I've seen Viewsonics, NECs and Samsungs 19 inchers for about $250.
    Lowend LCD displays are not very good, but you can get good 17" for a little over $300.

    ( The Dell FW2005 20 inch LCD is also a stunning value, but it unfortunately costs about $600, but its better than the iMacs builtin 20".)
     
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    Littleodie914

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    I'd probably aim for a 19" or 21" CRT monitor. They have pretty nice color representation, are usually quite bright, and have high refresh rates these days (though sometimes not at the higher resolutions), so they shouldn't be too bad to look at for a long period of time. The big thing (which it sounds like you're focusing on) is the low price of the CRT's. You could probably find a very nice one for $250 - $300. We got a 17" Magnavox CRT that's very nice and bright, 1280x960, and only $90 at Best Buy. Only increasing 4 inches shouldn't add a lot to the price. Good luck! ;)
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    there have been positive comments about the Dell 2005FPW 20.1" wide screen LCD. It can be had with coupons for about $600.

    I am waiting for mine to come in before Christmas.

    I know it is higher than you were wanting, but the specs are great. For your price range a CRT is the way to go. I have used the Mitsu SB70 on my PB 12", and found it quite nice.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the help guys. I was hoping that someone would know of a cheap but good quality LCD just to save the desk space, but maybe I was asking for too much :eek:

    By the way, Chip NoVaMac, great icon :)
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    Thanks :) What can I say? I like my toys. :)

    You might want to look at Dell. If you do the Dellfish contest from their site (it takes a few tries) you can get 25% off any of the LCD flat panel monitors. They are also offering 12 month interest free financing for 12 months on purchases over $300 I believe.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    where is this dellfish contest? can you post a link to it?
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    Here you go, and good luck:

    http://dell.eprize.net/dell/dellf/

    Keep in mind you may have to play several times (or use other email accounts) to get the right coupon.
     
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    edesignuk

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    Do you know if you can use these coupons at the UK store? :D

    The 2005FP has finally shown up on the UK store, £616 ($1,184!!).
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    Ouch!

    Unfortunately these coupons I found are for the US only.
     
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    edesignuk

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    Oh well, never mind. £616 is still a very good price for a screen of these specs in the UK...very tempted, I'd love dual 20" (20" iMac + 20" Dell) :D
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    Wow, the Apple 20" would be $1910US from the UK store! I can see how the Dell 2005FPW is a great deal even with the UK price.
     

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