help please (want large monitor for MBP)

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  1. kculloton macrumors member

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    Hey [:.

    I'm looking for an external display for my new MBP, but I am indecisive on what to get. I want to get a 23' cinema HD, but I am kind of reaching for a bigger monitor. I would go with the 30', but that is way out of price range. What would be a good, reliable HDTV within a 400-600 dollar range for my new MBP that would be very nice?

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  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I hear Dell has nice monitors, but I've never actually used one. I would imagine most decent monitors over 23-24" are going to be over $600, though.
     
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    HDTV's have very low resolutions compared to computer monitors so probably aren't suitable. FWIW a widescreen 20" screen is about £200 in the UK, thats probably the sweet spot right now (though a 21" may be sensible too).
     
  4. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    Dells monitors are great for their price and from what I have heard they are much better than Apple's displays. I plan on getting a dell monitor when I have the money to hook up to my MBP because I just don't have enough room to do what I do (I multi-task really fastly!)
     
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Apple's displays are colour certified and are better than Dell's displays, though if you don't need the colour certification (ie you aren't a print pro) then the Dell ones are a better deal, and have more connectors.
     
  6. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

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    Apple and Dell both source the panels from LG so I doubt there will be any huge difference. Some are exactly the same LG IPS panels.
     
  7. vintagetobes macrumors newbie

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    Simply not true i'm afraid. If you read any product tests, Dell come out on top, especially with the 30" model.
     
  8. GopherGuy macrumors newbie

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    Go for it all and take out a loan!!!!! Get the Westinghouse 37"!! It is the best monitor ever! You'll love it Go big or go home!!!:)
     
  9. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    worst advice ever.

    I'd probably recommend the Dell 24" widescreen. You can get it for about $600 shipped, brand new. Great monitor, tons of inputs..
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Don't mix your television with your monitor. You will end up making compromises on both sides and having a TV you hate and a monitor you hate. If costs constrian you, buy a good quality monitor as big as you can and use that as a TV with an external tuning source. Just remember to sit at least 2 to 2.5 X the diagonal of the monitor away from it when using it as a TV.
     
  11. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    I've read a couple of reports that say otherwise.
     
  12. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Right that's why CNet disagree, and they are notoriously anti-Apple.
     
  13. dongmin macrumors 68000

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    Let's be clear: you could get a HDTV with a 30"+ screen for under $600, but the resolution will top out at 720p (1366x768). The next step up is a 1080p but you're not gonna find that resolution in a HDTV for under $1000. Your options then:

    Under $600

    720p HDTV, 1366x768 resolution
    24"-wide LCD monitor, 1920x1200

    Around $1000

    Refurb 1020p HDTV, 1920x1200
    Refurb Dell 30" LCD, 2560x1600

    If you're strict about your budget, the decision is a no-brainer: get a 24" LCD monitor.
     

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