Dell Ultrasharp 2009W: Yay or Nay?

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  1. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking about getting a new monitor and was originally thinking of getting an Acer, only because I have had a few friends say they are good for the price but I saw the 2009w and was swayed a bit. I know they use TN panels now instead of the S-IPS they used to but really, its just for text, games and the web so I don't forsee it as a problem.

    The reviews on Dell are 3.9/5 with the majority of people complaining about viewing angles, which can;t be much worse than the monitor I am using now!

    I have a bit hesitant to buy from Dell as if it sucks, i will have to pay 10% (15%?) restock PLUS return shipping. But I have liked the Dell's I have seen previously and the adjustable stand rocks!

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    If it's just for text and basic computer viewing i say go for it. Especially since you know that the TN panel will have the poorest viewing angle out of any LCD.

    Most people grab these monitors as long as color accuracy and consistency is not important. Since it's not, it's a safe buy.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'd say Nay...

    Also if we're going to vote like this, can we pretend we're the Senate and vote for people who aren't here? :p
     
  4. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I use Dell 20" LCDs at work; both Ultrasharp 2008 and the non-Ultrasharp model. For all around computer use, they are fine. And last I checked, much cheaper than the Apple LCDs.

    If this is for normal "office" use, at work on your desk at home, gaming, etc., the Dell LCDs have long been a good purchase.
     
  5. K.F. macrumors newbie

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    I´m also looking at a 2009 Ultrasharp for my MP, but the one I´m looking at (the 27") has a "VA" panel, not "TN". Could someone enlighten me on the difference?

    :confused:
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    "VA" is sort of between TN and IPS. S-PVA is Samsung's version and the type Dell use. You get decent colour accuracy (no dithering like TN) with good blacks, faster response times than IPS displays and wider viewing angles than TN panels.
     
  7. K.F. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the explanation!

    :)

    I´m guessing that it will do fine for my use, which is probably 90% Logic/10% internet.
     
  8. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

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    Get a 2005FPW ... I'm still using one. It's awesome!
     
  9. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    Is the 2007FP better than the 2009? I want a monitor for graphic work.
    I use the 1708FP at work.
     
  10. tompon1923 macrumors 6502

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    the 2007fp is better because it has a S-IPS panel, the 2009 had TN I believe.
    I own a 1908wfp, I like it, and since I only sit in front of it, I don't have any trouble from pour viewing angles. I would say Yay and calibrate it, it make a huge difference.
     
  11. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The 2007FP and 2007WFP can be found with both S-IPS and S-PVA panels. You can confirm which is which by serial numbers, those ending in L have S-IPS panels (from LG Philips) and those ending in S have S-PVA. The 2001FP and 2005WFP only had S-IPS panels.
     
  12. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    S-IPS is better? Or defendant on your needs?
     
  13. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Dependant on the needs.
     
  14. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    get an apple cinema display. once you get one, you'll never go back. trust me. the quality far surpasses "competition". they are well worth the money especially if you're using the monitor for production or design.
     
  15. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    I thought they used the same panels are the dells?
     
  16. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The 20" ACD uses the same panel (though maybe a newer revision) that the older Dell's did, but it's not soley about the panel. Apple has in the past been shown to have better colour accuracy than some other displays using the same panel. From what I remember the differences were minor though.
     
  17. redmeister macrumors 6502

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    yea dell is usually best "bang for the buck" in terms of monitors imo
     
  18. sarah3585 macrumors regular

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    2007wfp it is then! :)
     

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