Best extern monitor for MacBook

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

  1. uithuizermeeden macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2009

    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

    May 27, 2008
    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

    Jan 11, 2008
    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.

  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    anyone know why that apple one is so expensive?
  5. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    LED (not LCD) display
    Magsafe connector
    iSight camera and Mic
    USB hub
    Looks good with your gear
  6. uithuizermeeden thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2009
    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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