Best extern monitor for MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by uithuizermeeden, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. uithuizermeeden macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I have a question I am planning on buying a MacBook (2,4 ghz, 4GB). My biggest doubt about it, is the screen. I read a lot about the poor quality. But I want a portable laptop, cause I travel a lot with it. But when I'm at home, i want a screen with better graphics (as good as possible). So I'm looking for the best external screen. Size: 24-26". But I'm a student and do not have that much cash, so I'm searching for a screen costing $400 or cheaper. What do you guys recommend?
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    whatever you choose, if not apple's cinema display, you'll have to get an adapter.
    check out Monoprice they have them for $15 instead of the $30 that apple wants. plus they also have a HDMI version that apple doesn't
     
  3. ecoons macrumors member

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    same situation

    I am in sorta the same boat, but I have the X3100 Macbook.

    Here's some 24" I have been looking at, so if anyone as any experience or input on these, that would be great!

    Apple 23" Cinema Display - 1900x1200 - Price Unknown
    Pros: known reliability, good color
    Cons: Expensive, may be older tech

    Apple 24" LED Display - 1900x1200 - $799 (student)
    Pros: bright, less power
    Cons: expensive

    Dell 24" UltraSharp 2408WFP - 1900x1200 - $499
    Pros: Accurate colors
    Cons: Input lag, more expensive

    Dell 24" Widescreen 2409W - 1900x1080 - $299
    Pros: Cheap
    Cons: lower resolutions

    Dell 24" SP2309W - 2048x1152 - $379
    Pros: includes webcam (may or may not work)
    Cons: may not be able to run at that odd resolutions size

    Samsung 24" 2433BW - 1900x1200 - $299
    Pros: cheap, samsung makes good tvs...:S
    Cons: unknown reliability and mediocre reviews

    Samsung 24" T240HD - 1900x1200 - $299
    Pros: Above average reviews
    Cons: "low brightness"

    Anyhow, that's all I have looked at so far! I am leaning towards the Dell UltraSharp, but it is a little pricy and if there isn't much of an advantage between it and the $300 models, then it doesn't make sense.

    Evan
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    anyone know why that apple one is so expensive?
     
  5. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    LED (not LCD) display
    Magsafe connector
    iSight camera and Mic
    USB hub
    Looks good with your gear
     
  6. uithuizermeeden thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah. The apple LED-one is my favorite too. But since I do not have the money, I'm looking for one with nice, bright colors. In a Saturn-store I saw a Samsung-screen that looked quite nice. I think it was the smaller brother of the 2693HM. It had some kind of red-glowing rim on the bottom. That one had pretty bright colors...
     

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