Deciding between 23" ACD and 27" Dell

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  1. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    Ok, first of all, here are the two monitors:
    1. 23" Apple Cinema Display
    2. Dell 27" Display


    I'm trying to decide between these two monitors. I'm a sophomore in high school so I'll be going to college pretty soon. So the dell has inputs for game consoles and whatnot. They both have the same resolution (which is kind of crazy considering the acd is 4" smaller and it still manages to pack the same resolution) So, what are you guys personal experiences with either one. I'm going to ask for one of these for my 16th birthday which is coming up so I really need to decide which. Right now I'm leading for the dell because it's bigger mainly.

    thanks for your help!
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    The larger screens like the Dell 27" all use inferior TN panels. The comparable Dell display to the ACD is their 2408 24" widescreen. The 27" is larger but vastly inferior to both.
     
  3. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ok, so I guess it's the 23" ACD
     
  4. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    To a certain extent, I prefer a higher density of pixels, in this case, the ACD. The 27" Dell will have much poorer image quality due to its smaller pixel density and inferior panel. I would recommend the 23" ACD a lot more than the Dell. Larger screen is not always better, 23" is a nice size for 1920x1200 considering everything will look a lot sharper... besides you can show it off to your friends, that's what I do... you can never do that with a Dell (in my opinion).
     
  5. ceres macrumors regular

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    The 2707 is vastly superior to the 23 ACD and also 2407 (hc) -08.
    Of course, it´s not a TN-Film panel but a Samsung S-PVA type panel.
    Best thing is the ultra-even brightness distribution this thing offers with a mere 6.4% deviation between brightest a darkest spot of the screen comfortably beating every LCD I know.
    I own the 2707 and it is leagues better than any 24in monitor Dell has ever put out on the market. The finish and looks of this monitor are superb as is the swivel function.

    Let me quote prad.de

    Before I purchased the machine I thought I might be put off by the "coarser" text. I am not. I enjoy it very much. It´s not coarse at all.
    When you hook up the display to your Mac, all you have to do is activate MAC Mode using the OSD and you will be presented with a perfectly fine preset. Also bear in mind that Dell ships this monitor with three years of pretty much no questions asked warranty.
    What actually might put me off if I was in the market right now might be a successor model including all the bells and whistles that the WFP3008 recently received.
     
  6. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    If you have a hard Time reading text on high res screen then get the dell if not get the Cinema Display.
     
  7. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I think since he is not really doing any color sensitive work and the dell has all the inputs it seems like the way to go. The Apple ones are very nice but they just don't have all the connectors. However if you need to have the Apple design then...
     
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    Personally, I've always been a fan of higher pixel density. I do not like low DPI. Therefore, my vote goes to the ACD 23".
     
  10. dante@sisna.com macrumors 6502a

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    Again, everyone's experience varies in this area -- with the 12 hours of web coding and design I do daily I could never settle for "Coarser" text.
     
  11. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ya, I'm going to check out the ACD at the best buy soon.
     
  12. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ok, so this dell 22" monitor looks really nice, but what do you think that chances are that dell will come out with a 24" version of this anytime soon? I like the size of the 24", and I know they have one just like it, but I don't really like the black color, what do you think?

    BTW: the 24" monitor I was referring to was this one, what do you guys think of it?

    edit: actually I'm starting to like the 24" one
     
  13. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    No, it's not. It's an OK monitor, but it doesn't compare color-quality wise to the 2407/8 and 3007/8. I've spent plenty of time actually working on all three.

    The Dell 2408 is an excellent monitor, and is comparable to the 23" ACD. I prefer the Dells because they have more inputs and are more adjustable. Avoid 22" panels like the plague; for the most part, those are the "just how big and how cheap can we make these?" monitors. They're lower resolution and typically very low-quality panels with horrible color reproduction. The Dell 22" some people (the non-graphics people) have in my office is horrible. The Acer 22" my buddy has isn't any better.

    I'd say the Dell 2408wfp is probably the best buy if you want a high quality image. You get the added bonus of all those extra inputs too.
     
  14. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Which is actually total bollocks.

    Viewing angle is comparable in regular use, connectivity is superior, looks are actually pretty nice. Cable management slot means you can also have it as neato as an ACD. Also if you can see the back of your monitor and like many ACD users if that sort of thing matters to you, I think that while it's busier than the ACD it looks pretty cool.

    The only thing that bugs me is the dot pitch. I personally prefer the dot pitch of the 23" ACD / 2407/8WFP - but as a working, up-fairly-close monitor. The 2707WFP doesn't have inferior image quality via DVI due to the dot pitch, but it is different. The simplest difference is the obvious one: at comparable, fairly in your face distances you have to make more of an effort to shift your view around the screen than the 24xx / 23ACD. It is better than the 2407/8 if you plan to use the other inputs, as more of a multimedia centre for your desk. If you have a deep desk and/or if you do plan to have stuff like XBoxes plugged in, etc I think it's a better monitor than the 24xx / ACD.

    For that close-range viewing reason I relegated the 2707's to Bloomberg duty on the wall, but now I've got wall-mounted plasmas hooked up to Bloomberg I've re-jigged the monitors I use and started re-using a couple of them for the gaming machines instead of the 30"s (since I usually game at 1920 x 1200), sitting back a bit more - and it is starting to make more sense.
     
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    Dell 27" form my AUS $0.02 worth

    sure the ACD has a higher pixel density and it is and genuine Apple product,
    and if that's what tickles your fancy, than just go and buy that, and save yourself the confusion and restless nights!

    But... it doesn't have the same flexibility of adjustment (with out using a VESA mounting system), which in my opinion is important if you consider ergonomic principles (tsk tsk Steve), nor does it contain the same real-estate that the Dell has (that larger screen size in some ways encourages/forces you sit further back from the screen, which is kind of like Dell's subtle way of looking after its customers eyesight....bahahahahahaha!

    I would declare that 27" is now standard screen size, and that anything smaller is just feeble. As for 30" displays, unless you sit 2m back, you are going to end up with a great indoor tan from you LCD.

    (which could be a cool substitute if you don't like going to the beach)
     
  17. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    Well I had the 20" version of the one you're looking [24" Ultra]. It had 1680x1050, and it sucked. Granted it was on Vista, but the quality wasn't all that good, nor was the color [even after calibration].
     
  18. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    FWIW, I've been very happy with my LG 246W 24" display.
     
  19. macgruder macrumors 6502

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    How so? It's just got bigger dots than the 23" ACD not more pixels. Hence it's coarser as people have pointed out. (unlike 30" which have more pixels).

    Just do research on the differences between the
    S-IPS (ACD)
    S-PVA (Dell)
    and then decide.

    But for me with the courser text of the Dell (27" seems like a bad idea without the extra pixels), and the known benefits of S-IPS (depending on your needs), I'd go for the ACD especially if you are doing color work.
     
  20. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    It really depends on how you use it. I suspect, part by the wildly inaccurate content in this thread, that most of you putting your preferences out there don't have / haven't seen a 2707. As such the posts are much like comparing a car by reading up it's spec sheet - pretty useless, especially when y'all are so definitive about it.

    As a general entertainment / work / etc monitor, it's hugely superior to the 23ACD although some may prefer the size of the 2408WFP. For colour work, it's certainly usable when compared alongside the ACD - the superiority of which is much exaggerated on this forum (like anything else Apple, but of course that's to be expected).
     
  21. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    That's a HUGE NO NO, S-IPS(ACD) >> S-PVA (2407/2408)... please do your research.
     
  22. ceres macrumors regular

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    WOW, you are a genius. S-IPS > S-PVA
    This board is absolutely ridiculous.
     
  23. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    It is. Especially when both parties are equally wrong / one-sided. And that is mighty ridiculous.
     

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