1080P 21.5" Monitor for white MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MacAloud, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. MacAloud macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2008
    I've just bought my first Mac and require help choosing a monitor,

    I like the height (and cost) of the 19" widescreen displays and want 1920x1080 so have decided to go with 21.5" 1920x1080 resolution screens.

    I'll use the MacBook as my main computer doing video editing, watching movies and HDTV and occasional low graphics gaming.

    So far my choices are:

    Viewsonic VX2260WM - HDMI, DVI, VGA, audio input & output, 1.5w speakers, 1000 contrast, 20,000 dynamic contrast

    Viewsonic VX2233 WM - DVI, VGA, audio input (& output?), 2w speakers, 1000 contrast, 18,000 dynamic contrast

    BenQ E2200HD - HDMI, DVI, VGA, audio input & output, 1w speakers, 1000 contrast, 10,000 dynamic contrast

    Has anyone tried these monitors with a MacBook? Which one would you go with? :)
  2. arthursiew macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    If you are planning to watch some TV on it, these will not work. These are basically monitors, but you can connect other electronics such as a PS3 or 360. If you want to watch TV on it, I would recommend a Samsung 20" or 22". Both 20" and 22" are 1080p.


    This is a monitor and a TV, as it has a TV tuner. If you are planning to just get a monitor... then I think any of them will be okay.

    I can also give you some more options if you wish...

    This is an Acer one. It's set a fairly cheap price of $199. 1080p.

    Asus. Pretty low price of $209. 1080p.
  3. MacAloud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2008
    Many thanks for your info Arthursiew

    My current finance limits me to the non-TV tuner monitors and unfortunately those two monitors you recommended are not available in the country where I live (different time zone).
    Later when my pockets are full again I'll get a Elgato EYETV 250 and be able to watch TV on the MacBook, albeit 1080i not 1080p.

    I'm wanting a smaller screen, not 24" as I'm used to office work - looking at the computer for at least 8 hours a day and my eyes still get sore (yes I need to take more breaks) and I want 1080p. So, either I zoom/increase font size of text or change resolution on a 21.5" 1080p or get tired real quick on a 24". Looking at shop displays of 22" monitors my eyes get tired real quick especially samsung (and glossy) models because of their greater contrast ratio - even if I turn down the contrast and brightness, my eyes do better with the smaller (especially display height) basic (less contrast) matt 19" viewsonic or acer screens (sounds daft but true for me).

    As long as the text and images are sharp without coloured shadowing on a smaller matt screen - that's my main requirement - and I really appreciate sharp clear detail when watching movies, TV or playing games.

    Has anyone tried out 1440x900 or 1680x1200 on my original choices via a MacBook or other similar graphics enabled Mac?
  4. stackpointer macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2008
    Have a look to Dell S2309W, I bought it last week and I'm quite happy so far. I do realize it is bigger than what you are looking for but maybe it will trap your attention :)
  5. MacAloud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2008
    Thanks Stackpointer

    Wow the Dell S2209W has caught my attention - I think I might just have to decide between HDMI + speaker and not - cheers :)

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