I need a monitor for my 13" MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by edwardlanti, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. edwardlanti macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2005
    new york city
    Hey I am looking for a monitor to use it with my macbook. The problem is that I dont know where to start. I haven't bought a Monitor like for 6 or 7 years now :). I am looking for a 22" or 24". I like the apple display but they are too pricey for me. I am in the budget for something in between $200 to $300. What do you guys recommend? Thanks in advance for the help
  2. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I would definitely start with a Dell. Great price for pretty good monitors.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Agreed. Dell or hp have good monitors for the price and there's usually a coupon code or hot sale on.
  4. Grimbo macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Birmingham, UK
  5. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    I'd buy a cheap, quality TN panel and wait for the 24" IPS monitors to drop in price in a few years.

    Try the Samsung T240
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Your budget might make it difficult, but in general you cannot go wrong with Dell or HP.
  7. edwardlanti thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2005
    new york city
    Well this looks very nice and it compliments the macbook very good :). Any feedback on this monitor?
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    HP 2009M, newest model.
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Dell or HP or Sony

    Dell or HP are good for their price. Or you can get an old Sony flatscreen. I used to have one with m old ibook G3, it was cool (and cheap)!:D
  10. dubcat macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    I'm going to get a Dell u2410. Its a new IPS panel they launched.
  11. pfealey macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Weston-super-Mare, UK
    I have the Dell 2209wa. It's a fantastic monitor for the price, and I think it fits into your price-range. (I'm in sterling, so not sure of the conversion off the top of my head - I paid £215 for mine from eBuyer.com)

    It has a 22" Screen, and more importantly, an 'IPS' panel, which gives better colour reproduction and IMHO a sharper, clearer image in general. Also rotates to portrait mode if required and as well as tilting in all directions, you can raise or lower the height of the screen to suit your eyeline.

    Comes with DVI & VGA Inputs, and the MiniDP to DVI adaptor can be had for < $15 on ebay, and some other US only site whose name escapes me.

    Usefully, for your MacBook which has only 2 USB ports, it has a powered 4 Port USB hub built in for your peripheral devices - however if you put the monitor into standby, it will power down the USB devices too. My External HD found this out the hard way..!
  12. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    so i just picked up the dell S2409W at BB for $229 which seems like a good deal since its 24" and the screen is absolutely beautiful.. Realllly happy with this purchase..
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...I've been very happy with the HP w2408h I purchased new off the clearance rack at the base PX = it was miss marked at $249 so I scooped it up (I wouldn't have gotten it if it had been marked for the $349 that all the others were that it was sitting next to)...

    Yes, I know there were less expensive monitors out there (at that time) but with the extra shipping cost via USPS to a military base addy, this was the best option and even though its a TN panel, it looks and sounds good.

    I also like the adjustable stand as many of the newer monitors don't go up/down, they just seem to tilt...
  14. karatekidk macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I'd say get a Dell 2209WA and look no further. I am sure many people agree that's the best bang for the buck. I use it with my mbp 13" and am thoroughly satisfied. Sure, it would be nice to have a good 24" monitor, but with that price ($285, I believe, though I bought it for somewhere around $225 with a coupon...) there is absolutely no complaints. Just make sure you get a mini-display port to DVI adapter, not VGA.

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