Best 20+ inch LCD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by obelix, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. obelix macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    Just out shopping to replace my 19" CRT and I'm looking for some advice in purchasing a 20" - 24" LCD. I've taken a look at the cinema displays and they seem pricey, and they don't seem to be able to adjust their height but they are so sexy. Are there any other manufacturers I should look at? Anyone with good experiences in non-apple products?
  2. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    The 20 inch ACD and 20 inch Dell are both brilliant (as are the larger 23 ACD and 24 Dell)

    Dell beats it on most things but not on looks. Both brilliant monitors
  3. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    While the Apple looks nicer, the Dell is cheaper and has more input options.

    I own 2 of the older (pre-Alum) 20" Apple Cinema Displays. They costed around $1200 each in 2003. Still love them, but if I was buying now I would get the Dell 20" (it hurts saying that.)

    The Dell 20" is currently on sale for $411.75 with free shipping.

    That's barely more than 1/2 the price of the Apple.
  4. T-Stex macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2006
    I'd definitely go with the Dell 2005FPW. Actually, I did go with that monitor. I ordered one earlier this week, and it should be arriving today. The specifications between the Dell and Apple are extremely similar, if not in favor of Dell. I'd say the only thing that's reallly in Apple's favor is the case design. With the sale that Dell's having now, they're probably the best deal on an LCD that you'll find. Plus, they come with at least a 3 year warranty, compared to Apple's 1 year warranty.

    Basically... order the Dell.
  5. mkaake macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2003
    hmmm... if I had the money to buy a 20 inch monitor, I'd prolly get an apple one. with an iMac attached to the back of it.

  6. Atlasland macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2005
    London, UK
  7. Quark macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2002
    Best, unmatched and great price

    I have the Formac 2010. I have had it for a couple of years and I have never seen anything come even remotely close to the quality, brightness and color accuracy of it... anywhere.

    I also have 3 Samsung 204t monitors, which has similar specs on paper, but it has serious shadowing, dead pixels and the response time is terrible compared to the Formac 2010.

    The downside is that I want to buy another, but they seemed to have changed their website and I am no longer certain how to go about purchasing another.

    Good luck!!

    Take care,
  8. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    I've got a matched pair of the Dell 2005fpw's that I've had nearly a year or so now. To say I've been impressed by them is an understatement. The price of the displays vs. the quality of the output is unmatched.

    Take a look at for a coupon you can use at if you end up getting one/two of them... you can sometimes save a decent amount more than what the current price is if you use some of their online coupon codes. Each of my screens were ~$350, which is rather unbelievable, even to me.

    Good luck...
  9. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I have a Cinema Display, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    I'm sure the Dell works nicely, but I love having a beautiful Apple display to connect my Powerbook and iMac to. I'll probably upgrade to a bigger one sometime.
  10. djkny macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2003
    I wouldn't dump $700 on an Apple Cinema Display until they get updated in Q2 of this year -- perhaps, with built-in iSight, or at the very least, a $100-$150 cut in prices.

    Just not worth the price at the moment.
  11. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    HP Make a 23" LCD (L2335) which is regarded as better than the Dell 2405FPW but is a lot more expensive..

    The dell 20" is gorgeous. I have one and love it, but it might be worth looking at those HP monitors. No one ever talks about them but they are good.
  12. T-Stex macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2006
    I just got my Dell 2005FPW yesterday, and couldn't be happier. It looks amazing, has no dead pixels or flaws of any kind, and works great with an Xbox 360/DVD player hooked up to it. I'd definitely recommend this over nearly any other monitor, especially if price is even remotely an issue. I got mine for about $450 shipped, and friends of mine have told me if you call Dell directly and either ask for a discount, or tell them about a recent sale you've missed, they'll drop the price a little bit lower. As far as comparing this to the 20" Apple Cinema Display, as I've heard elsewhere, and believe myself, if the Apple's price weren't so high, it might be a tough decision.

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