Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW with Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ejewels52, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. ejewels52 macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2006
    I have the opportunity to buy this monitor for cheap. I am a creative professional, and I do a lot of graphic design work. I don't want to spend 1g on the apple display (that i want sooo bad) but i want the 1900 x 1200 how is this dell monitor instead? good, accurate color? anyone use this with a Mac Pro and 7300 GT? How does it compare technically to the ACD 23"?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    If there is a deal tell us about it and yes I think the monitor does work with the macpro
  3. ejewels52 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Well, it seems as though the Dell is still okay if calibrated...? I use a Sony at work and I have had no trouble. I can get a dell 24" for half the price of a new ACD....what would u do? ;)
  4. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    I would buy the ACD.

    I got a 2407WFP and it was a piece. Looked horrible no matter how much I calibrated. And it still had the gradient banding issue.

    I do think most people are fine with the 2405 though. However as a creative professional you would be doing yourself a service by getting the ACD.
  5. swingline macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    there are many reviews out about inaccurate color and contrast issues with the dell. if you're going to do a lot of graphics work like me... go with the samsung 244t. i have it hooked up right now with my mac pro and xbox360. it's great with both :)
  6. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    It's a no brainer. I just picked up a Dell 2407fpw for $599 and its phenominal. Thats the price from Dell with 25% off found on ebay. I have the 2405fpw and its just as nice as the 2407. Go for it.

    People that talk smack about the Dell monitors either don't have one, got a bad one (which happens with all companies) or just are so freakin Apple fanboys they can't recommend anything else. I personally think the dells are way better than the apple cinema for under 30" because of the extra ports and the color is great. Don't listen to people saying it sucks. Dell has a standard 3yr warranty and an optional 5yr warranty for $50. Apple can't touch that.
  7. mjgunn macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
    I'm running a 2405 on my mac pro right now, and while, yes, it did take me a little while to get a good calibration, it now looks fantastic. I can't say how it would be for a professional editing, but to my amateur eyes, it looks good
  8. moogs macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I've got a dell 2405 hooked up to my pc right now. I just ordered my Mac Pro like 10 minutes ago so I'll be using the 24" with it. I highly recommend the 2405. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's not a 30" :D
  9. keaj macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    I think the monitor is decent for regular users (we have a few in our office). but for a graphic designer, I would not recommend it. The colors are pretty inaccurate, and viewing it off of 1 or 2 degrees and it can look pretty bad.

    For a regular internet surfer, i think its great. But if your job is similair to myn (software development, graphic design and web development), where having inaccurate colors might cost you your job, its worth the extra money for the ACD.
  10. Videographer macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I've got the 2405 with my 7300 Mac Pro. It's been a very good monitor so far. The only problem is that I've had some problems calibrating it even with the Syder 2 colorimeter. It seems like it always comes back too dark and slightly greenish. :confused: At least that's how it seems. Anyone who knows the Spyder 2 could maybe lend me a hand? I’ve been aiming for 1.8 Gamma w/ 6500K white point.

    As a video professional I love having the screen real estate. It makes so much sense for every program I use. I was able to calibrate it successfully w/ my Powerbook, but for some reason the MP is giving me trouble (w/ the Spyder). I was thinking about getting another one (24” or 20”), but with this late color trouble, I’m not so sure. I’m considering getting a good old CRT for the color-critical work and video preview. There’s just something nice about how video looks on a CRT – more lively & real.

    But for everything else, the Dell is a beauty. I love those connections! :D

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