DELL W2600 26" TV

yoak

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I´ve been browsing around, looking for a monitor to go with my ibook when I saw this TV that can double as a monitor.
Any reason this will be a bad idea?
 

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Only bad thing i can see is that the higest resolution youd have to use would be 1280 x 768 (WXGA), which wont really give you much desktop space to play with.
 
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mad jew

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It's got a 1280 x 768 resolution which may be a bit blotchy for computer usage, but otherwise it'd probably be a cool buy. Having said that, the iBook's GPU will thank you for not hooking it up with some pixel-ridden monster.

Oh, by the way, you know the iBook doesn't natively support screen spanning (without a hack) so you'll only be mirroring at native iBook resolution (1024 x 768). This also could look a little funny since it's not the Dell's native resolution. Get the hack so you can display a higher resolution. :)
 
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Mord

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i'd just get a regular lcd which is cheaper and higher resolution and just get a digital box with svideo output.
 
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yoak

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Thank´s guys.
Yes I´m aware of the mirroring issue, and would get the hack if i bought a screen.

Thing is I do need a new TV more than I need a monitor, and I first thought of getting a monitor and then hook it up with EyeTV to my ibook, what is the better solution you think?
 
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mad jew

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If you get a good monitor (one with more pixels per square inch at least), using the EyeTV route may not be beneficial since the Mac will have a lot of its resources being used up to play relatively small images. I'd try to check out a real Dell TV just to see what it's like and whether you could use something so big as a second monitor before deciding.
 
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yoak

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Thanks again, but where would I find a Dell TV to play with?
(Not expecting you to help me with this one ;) )
 
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you are better off buying separate monitors and computers. i have a samsung 23" LCD HDTV, and even with a hack it's not suited for computing. i don't think the Dell would be any different.
 
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javiercr

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yoak said:
Thank´s guys.
Yes I´m aware of the mirroring issue, and would get the hack if i bought a screen.

Thing is I do need a new TV more than I need a monitor, and I first thought of getting a monitor and then hook it up with EyeTV to my ibook, what is the better solution you think?
That's just going to be a pain, messy, cables, have to boot the iBook everytime you want to watch TV, plug it to the eTV, the monitor etc

Unfortunalty there isn't anything that is a good TV and a good monitor at the same time.
 
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SLCentral

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javiercr said:
That's just going to be a pain, messy, cables, have to boot the iBook everytime you want to watch TV, plug it to the eTV, the monitor etc

Unfortunalty there isn't anything that is a good TV and a good monitor at the same time.
How about the Dell 2001FPW/2001FP/2405FPW? They have component/composite/S-Video inputs so you can plug in a cable box. Works great as a TV.
 
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Dell TVs suck as TVs...I can't imagine they'd be any good as monitors. Don't let Dell's great LCD monitor line fool you into thinking the TVs are anything but crap.
 
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Mord

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yoak said:
Thank´s guys.
Yes I´m aware of the mirroring issue, and would get the hack if i bought a screen.

Thing is I do need a new TV more than I need a monitor, and I first thought of getting a monitor and then hook it up with EyeTV to my ibook, what is the better solution you think?

useing an eye tv is a pain in the ass, you want a dedicated tv tuner so say if someone comes over you dont have to have your ibook out of action if they want to watch tv.
 
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lopresmb

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what is the price forr the 26" TV? I wonder if you could get the 24" LCD monitor for much more, which (although I don't have one) seems to be a pretty good one.
 
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yoak

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The 2405 is about $100 more than the TV here in Norway, it´s a 30% discount at the TV at the moment
 
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DeSnousa

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yoak said:
The 2405 is about $100 more than the TV here in Norway, it´s a 30% discount at the TV at the moment
The choice is up to you. If you what it more as a tv go ahead. If not consider just a monitor. Tough choices i know, but when you finally bring something home you will be happy. Just make sure you try before buying it, because you seem not to have an idea on the quality of the image.
 
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Mord

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yoak said:
The 2405 is about $100 more than the TV here in Norway, it´s a 30% discount at the TV at the moment
the 2405 is also 1920x1200 and the tv tuner thats in the tv will be defunct in a few years time, but you can input HD tv into the DVI port.
 
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DeSnousa

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the 2405 is also 1920x1200 and the tv tuner thats in the tv will be defunct in a few years time, but you can input HD tv into the DVI port.
How good is the quality of the screen for tv? Just curious as if it could replace a tv.
 
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the 2405 is also 1920x1200 and the tv tuner thats in the tv will be defunct in a few years time, but you can input HD tv into the DVI port.
The Dell DVI ports don't support HDMI, so if that's the standard you're using to input HDTV, you're out of luck. The 2405 has component inputs, though, and that interface can produce some really impressive images.

There's a totally new interface standard in the works to replace and unify all the connectors we currently use. Think of it as a next-generation DVI that will work with TVs, computers, and other "information appliances." Of course, nothing will be shipping with that connector for a long time, but it's something to look forward to.
 
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