Apple Displays - one 30" vs two 20"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by splicednuggets, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. splicednuggets macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    I'm looking at purchasing new monitor(s) in the very near future for my G5. Money is not really and issue and I'm looking at either buying a 30" Apple display or two 20" Apples. Either way I'll upgrade my video card upon purchase of the monitor. I'm wondering which is a better buy for my needs. I mainly edit using Final Cut Pro, with hundreds and hundreds of short film clips to deal with at a time in any given project. I use a handful of other applications- but not usually more than a few non-screen occupying apps at a time. I don't usually switch between applications and I'm not editing any HD video. I leaning towards the 30" right now and don't really care if Apple updates their screens, the current ones are fine in my opinion.. what are your thoughts?
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I would say to go for the 30". I have seen two 20"s set up, and I think I would get a little bit annoyed at the setup after some time. The 30" is beautiful, and very spacious, more so (in my opinion) than two 20"s.
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I agree...get the single 30" display. More pixels, and a single screen space that provides you with the most flexibility for arranging your windows.
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Plus no ache in the neck from going side to side with 2*20" screens...
  5. Jebaloo macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2006
    I agree with the 30". I was drooling (literally) over one in-store the other day.
  6. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Get the 30". Not only its more convinient than working with 2 (much) smaller displays, but its also higher quality, better for color-precision work and has better viewing angles.
  7. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    true, i didn't even think about the viewing angle. makes sense to me. any other pluses for the 30"?
  8. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
  9. Jebaloo macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2006
    It's beautiful. I was in the same budget area as you, but could only afford one screen. I've gone for a 23" and when I have more money and the new screens come out, I'll add a 30".
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    One 30 inch or two 20 inch?

    I think I would go with 3 x 20 inch.

    - One directly ahead of you (main monitor)
    - One for Winders (left side).
    - One for other stuff (right side).

  11. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    Obvious, but true.

    What about a video card for my dual 1.8GHz G5/3GB RAM... I was thinking about going with this one. Any reasons why I shouldn't pick this up for a 30" ? How smoothly will things run on this with that much screen real estate? It appears to be my only option other than get a new setup, which I would rather not do considering this thing is fast enough for me. Thanks. Technologies/100435065/
  12. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    ive used 3 screen setup and it gets annying quick, sure its fun at first but now i only get q big screen :)

    9600PRO is fairly old but will do the job for 30inch

    althernarively you could get 2.4ghz imac? would be much faster :) with 24inch screen with 1900x1200 :)
  13. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    Yeah I could see myself getting annoyed by it quickly. I can't go for the iMac cause I have two 750GB drives in my G5 that are too precious to me along with 3GB of RAM. It still flys. I don't need a faster computer for awhile. If the 9600 card works fine with the 30" then I think I'll for it. Anyone had issues with this card and the 30" together?
  14. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'd get 2 24" LG L246WP

    really really well reviewed monitors for about $600 each..honestly better than a 20" ACD for the same price! lol.

    read these reviews for instance -
    (the LG L245WP and LG L246WP are the same monitor. the 45 version they made for internet retailers and the 46 is for b/m stores. the actual monitor is the same)
  15. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    I don't know. I'm a design person, the only display that is pleasing to my eye are the Apple and LaCie ones. But the LaCie monitors come with a massive price tag.

    I've been looking for reviews about the 9600 with the 30" but haven't found any. Help? Thanks.
  16. itou macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    30". many people don't realize how difficult it is to produce this screen. 2 x 20 looks forced. looks like an after-thought. if you can, go 30.
  17. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    thanks man. wat about the 9600 video card for my dual 1.8.. will this run the 30" well? it's a heck of a lot of screen real estate for a card to handle.. but my 23"/15" screen setup right now is running off a 64mb i guess four times the amount of vram should do something? i hope. 30" it is. thanks everyone who contributed.
  18. errol macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    I've seen some people have one 30" and next to it they take a 20" and rotate it in portrait mode. They both are then the same height and the portrait one is great for email screens, itunes window, long word docs, etc.
  19. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
    I know this is probably beyond what you are looking for. But if money's not a concern, have you ever looked at 2 x 30"? Extended mode with 2 wide screen and extreme high resolution, this seems like a great solution for myself. Perhaps it will suit you too.
  20. Carl Spackler macrumors 6502

    Carl Spackler

    Apr 12, 2005
    Outer Space
    The 20" displays are too small for your needs. It's not what you asked, but I would go for 2 x 23" ACDs or the 30" now and possibly at 23" at a later date. Undoubtedly, you'll move into HD before too long and the 20" does not do 1920 x 1080. A 23" ACD has enough room for all of your FCP windows. I'd suggest you use a second display for a full resoution display monitor, essentially using the second display at your Canvas Window. Having the second display for a full resolution preview is a wonderful thing.
  21. onerousone macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    I went from two 18 inch monitors to a 23 inch Apple display...hesitated for the longest time because I loved my 2-monitor setup but am so glad I made the larger monitor ROCKS! I would go for the 30 inch.
  22. gothamm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    Why apple display?

    they are overpriced, outdated, don't support hdcp. i know the displays look great and you want to keep that "apple" image. But you should highly reconsider.
  23. ErikAndre macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    Man... i have a nice Samsung 22" monitor that can't rotate and I want to buy a 30". :(

    I guess I probably should sell the 22", get the 30" (gulp) and then go for a monitor that can rotate... i'm really liking that idea.

    Or perhaps I should keep the 22" for a right winger and get another 22 that can rotate for the left winger and get a big 30" in the center. Then i'd have three mismatching displays, but one nice setup.

    Hmmm.. :rolleyes:
  24. ouphe macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't know if it will work in your setup or not, but I had a Radeon x800xt in my Dualie 2.0 G5 and that thing flew no matter what I threw at it. I had 3.5 GB of RAM in it, and adding that card made as much difference or more as adding those extra 3 GB of RAM did (and I used it with a 30" screen at the time...worked perfectly).

    But then, I've also enjoyed working on dual 20" Dell Ultrasharps in the past, as well. Worth thinking's easy to setup a workflow, especially in Final Cut, with two monitors (all toolbars on one side, workspace in the other).

    Whatever you end up getting, enjoy =P
  25. splicednuggets thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    well, to answer a few questions...

    i'm not going to be using HD for the foreseeable future.... it's all 16mm/8mm/vx1000 cam footage. i don't need an hdcp?? i don't even know what that means really. i don't have endless money, so two 30" would be out of the question, not to mention a little bit of overkill. but thanks for the input, i'm pretty sure i'm going for the 30" with the 9600 256mb card, seems like the most logical decision for my needs.

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