Apple Cinema 27 or 2x24 for Coding?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by SidBala, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. SidBala macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    I am thinking of getting a new monitor for my home work machine. The machine will be used mostly for developing code and other engineering work stuff. I will definitely need something around 3 - 4 MP of screen estate.

    Now I heard some of you use the ACD 27 inchers. Compared to a say a dual 24 inch FullHD setup, are the ACD 27s any better for coding?

    I have heard mixed opinions on this matter from different people (some of whom are not developers). Some say that the dual 24 is cheaper and has more screen estate(which it does). Others argue that the lack of a bezel in the center leads to a much more productive environment.

    What do you guys think? ACD 27 or 2x24 inchers?
  2. jiminaus macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2010
    I have dual-screen set up (24" + 27"). I would advocate two 24" screen instead of a single 27" screen.

    My usual setup is to have XCode on one screen. On the other screen I have API docs, projects docs, and the running application. For me the bevel in the middle is not a problem because I never try to stretch a single window across both screens.

    (BTW Both my 24" and 27" are more than FullHD. My 24" is 1920x1200 and my 27" is 2560x1440. FullHD is only 1920x1080.)
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Or go dual 27 inches :) Its an awesome setup. Its what I have.

    As the above poster mentioned, one monitor is for XCode, the other for documentation.

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