20" vs. 24" monitor for MBP

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  1. ANTdod macrumors newbie

    ANTdod

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    I have MBP 15" and I am about to buy an external monitor so I can use it as a primary display with a MBP open on the side as a secondary screen. I am wondering if 24" is not too big for such combination, especially with bigger difference between resolutions that with 20".

    I tried to search for similar topics here but haven't found anything. Sorry if this has already been discussed many times.
     
  2. enkidu macrumors newbie

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    If I were you, I'd go with the 24". I use my 15" MBP at work open along side a 1600x1200 monitor and it works fine despite the height difference, a widescreen 24" would have the same height difference that I have (1200 vs 900). The extra 30% screen area should come in handy also.
     
  3. zgnoud macrumors member

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    to tell ya the truth, at the moment the best value for your buck and sweet spot is 22", with the 24" usually 2x the cost of a 22" monitor. i got my self a hot 22" Samsung SyncMaster and havent looked back since.
     
  4. fireloss macrumors member

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    But the problem with 22" is that they are all TN panels...
     
  5. wishiknew macrumors newbie

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    No,that's not true..
    There is an Eizo 22" with s-pva panel.


    Eizo S2231WH-BK
     
  6. ANTdod thread starter macrumors newbie

    ANTdod

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    But Eizo are very expensive. I didn't want to go with Apple Cinema as they cost too much and the same displays can be found in top end Dell monitors which are still cheaper.

    I have also heard some good review of Samsung Syncmaster screens...

    Fireloss mentioned TN panels... If I want to choose between 24" Dells:
    http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=uk&category_id=6761&cs=ukbsdt1&l=en&s=bsd
    what shall I look at? I have heard that 22" panels are equiped with older technology...

    Thanks for sharing your experience.
     
  7. mikenike192 macrumors regular

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    the thing about 22" and 20" monitors is that a 22" has a resolution of 1650x1050 which is the same resolution as a 20" monitor so the pixels are a little bigger than they would be on a 20" I would personally go with a 24"... i have a 24" iMac and i love all that screen size, its awesome to have firefox running and watching a movie in itunes at the same time by splitting the screen
     
  8. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

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    The Dell 2408 is a PVA panel. The Apple is S-IPS. I have the 2405 (also a PVA) at work and a 23" ACD at home. The ACD is so much better it ain't funny. Colors/textures are much more lifelike.
     
  9. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I have an iMac 24" and will be adding a MacBook Pro 15". Right now I am thinking to go with a 30", but I might get a 24". I intend to sell my iMac and buy a Mac Pro next year so I am debating between using one 30" with it or two 24" units. For how I use my Mac, I think the single 30" is the better choice, but...
     
  10. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely go for 24"...right now I run 15" with a 24 dell and looking to get a 30", so the bigger, the better for sure!:D
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I only buy S-IPS, so I'd recommend the 20-inch (Dell 2007WFP). The 24-inch is a PVA panel 100%. Of course the 30-inch is also a S-IPS, but it's a bit big. The resolution on the 20-inch is adequate for everything. I love it.
     
  12. chadi macrumors member

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    I use a 27" Samsung 275t, it's probably not the best / most accurate for doing colour work but it serves me well in my office.

    I'm using a 17"MBP, the monitor also has dual inputs so I use it with a second computer (yes, I keep a complete separate kb/mouse combo's as I don't like Windows keys on my mac and mac keys on my windows keyboards ;)

    HTH
    Chadi
     
  13. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Choosing a 2007WFP doesn't guarantee an S-IPS panel. They use both PVA and S-IPS so it's a bit of a gamble.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yada Yada Yada. I know....

    I just rather take my chances; I would have returned the monitor and gotten a new one until I got a S-IPS panel; luckily I didn't have to.
     

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