2 x 20" or 1 x 23" cinema display

frem001

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 8, 2004
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Ahhhh I know this question has been asked in other forms (23" or 30"), but i just ordered a PM 2.7 ghz with ultra graphics card and a 23" display there is still time for me to change it. I'm studying architecture, so i use cad (vectorworks), photoshop and video editing occasionally. I'm interested in doing photo collage on photoshop for giving my cad work more depth. I thought I should just take the plunge since my system will still do what i need it to even with intel macs in the future. should i stick to my 23" dislplay or go with a dual 20" setup aaaaaaaaaaah this is driving me insane.

On one hand i can seperate my opened images and my current workspace, on the other hand 23" is HD and saves desk space and I got app which supports one screen

Has anyone had any problems with the 23" or 20" display over time? :confused: :eek:
 

cwerdna

macrumors 6502
Jan 19, 2005
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SF Bay Area, California
how about neither?

Another possibility for you is getting dual Dell 2005FPW displays.

See http://www.techbargains.com/cheaplcdmonitor.cfm

They're routinely $450 each after coupons, but sometimes they're $399 after coupons. Check www.techbargains.com on a regular basis, and I'm sure within a month or two you'll see it at $399 again. I'm not sure if they have limits about whether you can use a coupon more than once within a period. If so, you might have to wait a bit before getting the second one.

There's been a ton of discussion in http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=126665 before, but basically they use the same panel [but different backlight] and have the same resolution but the Dell has WAY more features and controls, although its styling is clearly inferior and doesn't match w/a Mac. If that latter doesn't matter to you, it's a steal.

Oh crap, I didn't realize you lived in the UK until after I posted. You might not be able to pick up the for as cheap then... :(
 

quidire

macrumors 6502
frem001 said:
Ahhhh I know this question has been asked in other forms (23" or 30"), but i just ordered a PM 2.7 ghz with ultra graphics card and a 23" display there is still time for me to change it. I'm studying architecture, so i use cad (vectorworks), photoshop and video editing occasionally. I'm interested in doing photo collage on photoshop for giving my cad work more depth. I thought I should just take the plunge since my system will still do what i need it to even with intel macs in the future. should i stick to my 23" dislplay or go with a dual 20" setup aaaaaaaaaaah this is driving me insane.

On one hand i can seperate my opened images and my current workspace, on the other hand 23" is HD and saves desk space and I got app which supports one screen

Has anyone had any problems with the 23" or 20" display over time? :confused: :eek:
Do you need more vertical or horizontal space? What about desk space?

I'm facing the same decision, and I'm leaning 23" (not to mention, you can always add another 23" later ;) )

As for Dell... bah. You look at the monitor most. Aesthetics matter there more than any other component of your system.

(and while this is statistically irrelevant, everyone I know who has owned a dell product has regretted it. I switched from an Inspiron 8100 to a PB12 this past October. Towards the end, my Dell laptop needed a 1hr stint in my freezer before it would turn on. I hate that company so-o-o much.)
 

Mr. Anderson

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Nov 1, 2001
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VA
Do like I did and get the Dell 24" LCD and put Desktop Manager on it so you can have up to 8 virtual screens. Its so much better and a lot cheaper :D

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briangig

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May 16, 2005
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i'd go the dual displays...its so nice to just be able to glance over and see everything you need...no need to push keys or anything.
 

Will_reed

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May 27, 2005
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get the 23 inch the 20 inch doesnt have enough vertical resolution to be worth the purchase I think.
 

anubis

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Feb 7, 2003
937
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I'd be all over the Dell 2405fp. It's $1079 from dell business.

  • 24-inch widescreen
  • DVI, S video, component, composit, VGA inputs
  • 9ish-in-1 media card reader
  • 4 port USB hub