cheaper alternative to apple 23 widescreen display?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bcpursel, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. bcpursel macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    just curious if anyone has some good advice on a nice widescreen LCD display for under $500?

    i don't think i like some of the new glossy displays i've seen around due to glare. would rather stay matte like my current viewsonic vx900 or the apple widescreen displays.

    i'd like to upgrade to a 23 inch or slightly higher. would love to hear what other mac users have to recommend. probably need DVI connection.

  2. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    23''+ for under $500? You're limiting yourself to some pretty crappy LCDs my friend (like a KDS for $400). I guess this Samsung is a pretty decent 24'' monitor for $400+shipping after rebate. If you went any lower than 23'', I'd get the 22'' Samsung which is a killer monitor and a can be had for like $280 every now and then with rebates on sites like Newegg and Tigerdirect.

    Otherwise pony up for the Samsung 244T, BenQ FP241W, or even 2407WFP Dell (decent), which are all good 24'' monitors for the price.
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    I have a gateway 22 inch, you can get them for about $350. Perhaps not big enough for you. Lots of inputs though, like component.
  4. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    I recently bought a Samsung Syncmaster 20" which cost me £170 (340$ or something?) but the 22" is about £210/220 (420$?)

    It's a beautiful design, and looks great after calibration.
  5. Drile macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Watch to see when the Dell Ultrasharps go on sale.
  6. mcmacmcmac macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    I just bought the 22" Samsung 226BW widescreen. Was on sale for $300.

    It's fantastic! I might get another..
  7. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    BAH. I wish I could have gotten a sweet deal like that on a 22". Got my 20 now though, so I'll be getting another one of those for the sake of symmetry.
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    Or buy the 2407wfp used - fortunately for second-hand buyers they don't hold their value too well, and you can find 'em for about $450 around forums.
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    It will be almost impossible to get a comparable monitor to the 23" ACD for under $500. You can get a Dell Ultrasharp which a lot of people choose as a less expensive alternative. From what I understand at least some of them use the same LCD as a ACD. these will be a cheaper, but not $500.
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    This Westinghouse is really cheap, has lots of connectors, VESA mountable and has excellent customer reviews. You will need one of these cables for DVI connection though.
  11. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    Samsung Syncmaster 245BW = 24" of visual goodness.

    Hey there.

    I *just* bought the 245BW this week, and it's incredible. Under $500 from Amazon, and works with my Mac, my PC and my notebook as well as my IOGear DVI KVM switch.

    It's so bright it's scary.

    I have nothing negative whatsoever to say about it.
  12. kmarketing macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2004

    I don't know if this is a consideration, but if you're looking for something similar to the 23" cinema display, a 22in probably won't come close even though there is only a 1in difference. The resolution on the 23" will be a ton better, as most of the 22in displays have the same resolution as a 20" display, so images won't be as crisp.

    A 24" may be more comparable for you.

    Good Luck!
  13. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    look for a good deal on a dell 2405fpw at just under 500. this is one of the best big lcd's out there, as can be seen on review sites across the web. i got the updated version (which is basically the same, just with a cooler looking base), the 2407wfp and I love it. snagged that for 535. the huge external display will add so much to your experience, it is incredible.
  14. bcpursel thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    from what i've read, the 2407 does not work with any nVidia GeForce video cards...the G5 models i am considering purchasing use that video card. (nVidia GeForce 6600)
  15. lag1090 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    There's no reason why a monitor wouldn't support a certain video card, given that they both use the same interface (DVI or VGA).

    I personally purchased a Gateway FPD2485W and am very happy with it. Otherwise, I'd shoot for a deal on the Dell 2407. Both are excellent monitors.
  16. Mundy macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    I really like my Dell 2407. It is plugged into my MacBook most of the time. The performance of this monitor is quite excellent.
  17. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    They won't hold their value well unless they are an A04 release, which is the latest unless I am much mistaken. The others had problems - banding being a particular one. The older 2405s could be prone to a bit of humming, but were otherwise mint.
  18. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I had an A03 before and it didn't have any problems that I could tell. The A01 and A02 were def not revisions you'd want to buy unless you trust the seller, but not ALL of 'em had problems that everyone would pick up on.
  19. macinthebox-nan macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2007
    Get a used display

    you could go with a secondhand display. Check too for refurbs.

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