Best monitor choice

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Luis Ortega, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2007
    Fetcham Surrey UK
    I ordered a Mac Pro and now I need to get a monitor.
    I can't afford an expensive monitor and I was looking at a Samsung 22" Wide SM226CW 2MS TFT and an Iiyama Pro Lite E2201W-B1 TFT - 22" that are about £200-250.
    Both have the same specs in terms of resolution, dot pitch and refresh rate.
    My main use will be for photo editing and video editing.
    Does anyone have any advice on which of these two monitors might be the better buy?
    Also, I notice that all of the 22 inch monitors in that price range have 1680 x 1050 max resolution and that most of the 24 inchers have 1900 x 1200.
    Is 1680 x 1050 a good resolution for a 22 inch monitor or is this too little for photo editing on that size monitor?
    Thanks a lot for any advice.
  2. Joe Bannon macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    I got the 30" ACP tax free for $1600 through a friend a guitar center. Great monitor.
  3. SmokyD macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2007
    bigger is better

    I personally would go for a 24 inch with 1920x1200 resolution. The extra real estate is great for photo editing.

    The Dell 2408WFP monitor was just released yesterday apparently (according to engadget). Not sure when it'll be in the UK but it will probably be between 500-600 quid when it comes.

    Or you can find an old 2407WFP Rev A03 or A04 for cheap somewhere if anyone has old stock. That's a great monitor for the price.

    Don't go for the new Dell E248WFP monitor which is cheaper but's it's only a 6-bit TN panel and while fast it only produces 262144 colours.

    In any case the Dell 24 inch monitor is probably the best deal for the price, but the Gateway and HP 8-bit panels are also good value.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    The higher res 23 or 24" is a much better choice if you can find one you like. 1920 x 1200 makes a big difference.


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