Help choosing a display.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Elixer, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Elixer macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    This is my first post here but I have been viewing these forums for a while. I am a graphic design student. Right now I'm still working out what mac to purchase. But right now I'm thinking of a black macbook with an external display. Now I know the apple displays are really pricey. I really don't know much about all the different models out there. But if someone had any suggestions it would be appreciated.
  2. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
    dell has good prices

    so i guess you are looking for up to 24inch?
  3. isgoed macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2003
    Ah thinking about your reputation.

    Well, Apple only has 3 displays, 20", 23" & 30" so this is very simple. You can't have the 30" on a macbook because it doesn't have dual link DVI. The 20" is too small so you want the 23". Done.

    Of course as furious says you can also go with a cheaper 3rd party product. Personally I couldn't bear looking all day at those 4 letters (D E L L) in front of me, but there are enough mac users who can. At least black goes with your macbook.

    edit: what is your budget. Knowing this makes it much easier to give suggestions.
  4. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    Just a bit of warning, the new Dell 24'' 2407WFP are only 6-bit, not 8-bit like the older 24'' 2405FWP.
  5. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    Well, you could just buy some typex and cover it up ;)

    I have the Dell 2405fpw as I got a 50% discount through someone I know, and I can say it is a phenomenal performer.
  6. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    Thanks for the input the 24'' 2405FWP looks like a nice option.
  7. Zeke macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    Greenville, SC
    Samsung 244t. One of the best displays on the market right now. Only way to get better color is by going with one of the super pricey 'pro' models Elzo, Lacie, etc...
  8. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    That's not what it says here.
  9. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    Oh, ok. I had outdated information then. (Previously, Dell said on their forums that the 2407WFP was 6-bit, and another site claims that the European Product Manager confirmed this.) Still a bit confused, since there's a ton of information still floating around debating the 6-bit vs. 8-bit. (Just do a google for 2407wfp 6-bit and you'll see what I mean.)

    Does anyone actually own a 2407WFP and can tell? This might make me want to take a look at the 2407 instead of trying to find one of the older 2405s...
  10. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I dont really knwo much about displays, i always had problems finding one that i really like. I would really recomend you ask your fellow students.
  11. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    I think they are maybe 6+2 with the new advanced dithering that can do 16.7 million colors.
  12. MikeNemat macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2006
    "Advanced dithering" is still dithering nonetheless and many people can clearly tell the difference.

    I have an 8-bit panel in my LCD and after seeing numerous 6-bit panels, I believe I made the right choice.
  13. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Dell 24" Displays can be found for about $700 bucks (USD). Apple 23" Displays can be found for $849 (USD) Refurbished. Both have the same resolution. Acer has monitors too but I can't vouch for how they preform.
  14. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    In order to connect the dell 2407fpw I would need to buy the apple mini-dvi to dvi adapter?
  15. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX
  16. Elixer thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    Cool, thanks. Thats what I was thinking and I just had to make sure.

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