30" Display

kikobarbada

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What are options for cheap and good 30" displays and what sites sell 'em? The cheapest one I have encountered was the 30" Dell for 1500. Is that good enough? Cheap?

Thanks, Kiko.
 

Father Jack

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The Dell (3007 WFP) spec is higher than the 30" ACD and about £200 cheaper as well ... :)

Certainly worth considering.
 

GoCubsGo

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The Dell (3007 WFP) spec is higher than the 30" ACD and about £200 cheaper as well ... :)

Certainly worth considering.
The 30" Dell's specs being higher is a bit of an exaggeration don't you think? I mean, there are a few differences, but not many.
But the 30" dell is a great display and if you don't want to spend the extra few hundred on an Apple display then go Dell.
 

Father Jack

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The 30" Dell's specs being higher is a bit of an exaggeration don't you think? I mean, there are a few differences, but not many.
But the 30" dell is a great display and if you don't want to spend the extra few hundred on an Apple display then go Dell.
The response time of the Dell is slightly quicker (no great deal) but the contrast ratio is nearly twice as high !!!! The 30" ACD is 400:1 and I'm afraid the Dell is 700:1 ........ :cool:

I have a 23" ACD connected to my Mac pro at the minute, but I'm buying the Dell 30"

I love Apple gear, but the difference in spec and price is just too much to ignore.
 

Veritas&Equitas

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Go with the Dell. Like Father Jack said, the advantage of the extreme price difference, along with the vastly superior technical specifications make the Dell the one of choice.

If you want one that perhaps "matches" better with your Mac, get the ACD. You will, however, be spending a heck of lot more for an inferior product. Like I usually say, Apple should be shot for not releasing ACD updates in the past 78 years, or at least should TRY to make their prices competitive.
 

vohdoun

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Far away from Earth.
but it does have 4 X USB 2.0 ports
I didn't know it had 4... obviously 2 on the side as most of the Dell displays have next to the card reader.


and 2 below the display. :eek:



Ok, thats just bloody scary. All this time I've had a 2405 and didn't know there was another 2 below, same as the second pic above.
 

Mac In School

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Ok, thats just bloody scary. All this time I've had a 2405 and didn't know there was another 2 below, same as the second pic above.
Don't feel too bad about it. I've had the same monitor for 8 months, and just noticed the USB ports and the card reader about a month ago.
 

rest44

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Contrast ratio you see in specs means nothing.

You see samsung tvs with specs saying contrast ratio 3000:1, and then you compare them to lg tvs with contrast ratio of 700:1 and the lg has a better contrast on screen.

Contrast ratio specs means nothing, it´s just marketing BS. Seeing is beliving, don´t judge monitor by specs.
 

Veritas&Equitas

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IMO contrast ratios are important ... :cool:
Totally agree. Whoever said contrast ratios don't matter (cough*rest44*cough) hasn't seen two LCD's next to each other with vastly different contrast ratios. Period.

Stick a Sammy LCD with 3000:1 next to an LG or Westy with 1000:1 and you'll see what I'm talking about.
 

Father Jack

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Totally agree. Whoever said contrast ratios don't matter (cough*rest44*cough) hasn't seen two LCD's next to each other with vastly different contrast ratios. Period.

Stick a Sammy LCD with 3000:1 next to an LG or Westy with 1000:1 and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Thanks for your support .. :)

I know contrast ratios are a bit of a gray area and there seems to be a few different systems used for measuring, BUT From I know (not too much !!) and what I have read it doesn't mater which system is used, HIGHER is definitely best ..... :cool:
 

kwood

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In the Great White North.
The real question is how big is the difference between 400:1 and 700:1 contrast ratio. I remember going from 350:1 on an old 17" LCD to a 1700:1 LCD and the difference was huge. But is the extra 300:1 contrast ratio enough to justify spending the extra money for a new ACD?
 

Father Jack

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The real question is how big is the difference between 400:1 and 700:1 contrast ratio.?

But is the extra 300:1 contrast ratio enough to justify spending the extra money for a new ACD?
The answer to the first part is (hopefully) YES .. :)

The answer to the second part is (hopefully) YES .. :)