30" Display

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kikobarbada, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. kikobarbada macrumors regular

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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.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    There aren't really options when you're looking at 30" displays. It's Dell or Apple basically. Guess which is cheaper?
     
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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

    Certainly worth considering.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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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.
     
  5. smurfy macrumors member

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    The Dell doesn't have a Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 Hub though, right?
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 601

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    True, it has no Firewire… but it does have 4 X USB 2.0 ports and a 9-in-2 Media Card Reader…
     
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  8. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  9. vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    I didn't know it had 4... obviously 2 on the side as most of the Dell displays have next to the card reader.
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    and 2 below the display. :eek:
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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.
     
  10. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  11. rest44 macrumors member

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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.
     
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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.
     
  14. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple 30" display actually has 700:1 Contrast Ratio

    http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html
     
  15. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    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:
     
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  17. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Sorry .. you are correct. The data I have here is for the pre modified (2006 ?) 30" Monitor which had a contrast ratio of 400:1 .... :eek::eek:
     
  18. kwood macrumors 6502a

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  20. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    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?
     
  21. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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

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

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