Multi-purpose monitor for gaming, HDTV, Xbox etc?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shortyjj, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. shortyjj macrumors regular

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    I guess it will need a ton of inputs, so the 23" Apple display is out (as it has neither HDMI nor component)

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yeah the Dell 24" will give you component, composite, S-Video, DVI, and VGA inputs, plus it has PiP and PbP, which is nice.
     
  4. shortyjj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just wait for slickdeals or xpbargains to provide a coupon... 2405's have been had for as low as $725ish in the past. When the 2407's come out (I don't think they're out yet?), you could probably land a 2405 for $650 or so.

    EDIT: And by "gaming" do you mean gaming on a PC or Mac? if so, the 24" dell has a much higher resolution.
     
  6. shortyjj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wanted it for:

    a) eventual Mac gaming (when Apple decides to put a video card in the Mini)
    b) Xbox 360 / Revolution
    c) HD television monitor
     
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    One of the main differences between the 2405 and the 2407 is the 2407 will support HDCP (the 2405, HDMI).

    I could be wrong, but I think the 2407 is to release sometime in May... not sure about that though. Basically, it seems to come down to whether you're going to need/want HDCP support. If no, then I would just recommend that you wait until May-ish... once the 2407's release, you should be able to get a 2405 for a good price.

    If you're willing to take a chance on a Dell refurb, I think I saw some 2405's on there for $668 or so.
     
  9. shortyjj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Still a little confused, since I saw something in another post about concerns over the "native" resolution. Will the Dell have any problem with a 1080i signal?

    Amazingly, my 3-year-old 55" Mitsu HDTV is already obsolete because it has no digital inputs at all, and probably will not even be able to do HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, nor can it be used as a monitor.
     
  10. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Try the links in this post. Specifically the second link... you might find your answer there.
     
  11. PwrDnon macrumors newbie

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    :)
    Maybe you should consider getting video switcher or converter offered by Gefen. :)
    www.gefen.com
     
  12. shortyjj thread starter macrumors regular

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    TY so much, looks like it would work for any application I can think up.
     
  13. cwright macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for the Dell 24"

    Mine works great for a Mac display, HDTV, and XBOX 360 Monitor. Also... I think someone mentioned that the 2405FPW has HDMI inputs. Just to clarify, it does NOT. It uses a Component input for HD signals instead. However thats what the XBOX 360 uses anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
     
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    dell

    normally i wouldnt say this.....but dell. just because of the variety of inputs you would get with it.
     

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