1 27" Monitor or 2 24" Monitors?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by AwesomeKevin, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. AwesomeKevin macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure which one I should get right now. The 27" monitor is a Dell u2711. It is currently on sale. The 24" is the Dell u2410. Would the 27" be better than having two 24" monitors? I primarily will be using the displays for Photography as well as Video Editing.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    48>27

    /discussion
     
  3. markp99 macrumors member

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    I prefer dual monitors. While one large monitor is nice, I find it much cleaner for me to dedicate tasks to specific monitors. I am sure I'd mange to shuffle everything together on a single monitor.

    In my current config, I know where everything is supposed to be. Unraveling a nest of open windows on a single monitor would be a pain. With 2 monitors, the nests are not as deep ;)

    YMMV
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Working on the assumption that you don't already have a monitor, so we're talking a total of 1 27" vs 2x24", I'd go with two.

    The 27" at Mac resolution can show two 8.5x11 pages nicely, but if you are doing photos, especially in 16:9, or doing video, it's one window at a time. And it's nice to be able to compare edits to the original, even if it's just retouching, and even if the software allows a one-click flash back to the original.

    Rob
     
  5. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    I doubt anyone is very privy to Dell's update plans, but could this be a sign of a pending refresh? I've been looking at getting this monitor or ATD for the last couple weeks, and haven't seen this low from Dell. Seems like a pretty good deal, unless a better monitor is on the way (USB 3.0...).
     
  6. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It's very much a preference thing and depends on which apps you use. My main uses are Xcode and FCP X and I am finding that 2x24" is not working as well for these as a 27" would. Maybe 2x27" will do the trick? ...If I can fit them on my desk.
     
  7. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    I would get the one 27 so you can later add a second 27.
     
  8. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

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    yes join the dual TB display club on MR lol. And soon it will be dual 32 rTB displays.
     
  9. AwesomeKevin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What part of using FCP X on 2x24" monitors did you find less efficient/not working as well?


    I would love to do that but I don't have that much space or that much money to spend.

    I purchased the two 24" monitors as it was on sale today and I felt that made more sense for my usage.
     

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