I NEED Monitor ADVICE asap now that the MP-8800s are shipping.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BeyondMountains, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    Okay, even though mine hasn't shipping yet, I'm hoping it will soon.

    So please, help me choose the best 24inch monitor for $800 or less. 900 assuming it was made by God.

    Looking to use it mostly for PS CS3, hd movies, hd gamming (360), hd tv, and a little final cut.. in that order.

    Here is what I'm looking at so far:

    1.) NEC LCD2470WNX


    2.) Dell 2407 wfp (read this has ghosting. anyone confirm?)

    3.) Any recommendations?
  2. Banacek macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    I just bought this Samsung 24". There was a mail-in rebate this weekend for $70 off, so I bought it. One of the best purchases I ever made. I can't believe I waited so long to upgrade.
  3. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008

    thanks for the quick reply. any ghosting with fast action movies or games? also how is the color?
  4. Banacek macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    The color is amazing, I've been checking out various HD pictures to see what it can handle. I can't tell you about games, since all I have is a Macbook and haven't received my Mac Pro yet :)
  5. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    nice. how are the viewing angles?(I'd like to watch movies while laying on my bed.)
  6. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2008
    I just bought a Gateway 24" FHD2400 and really like it. I've watched some DVD's on it and it has great quality. I haven't played any games so can't tell you.
  7. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I purchased the Dell 2407 some time ago. I used it for gaming and didn't notice any ghosting. I like the fact that it has the extra inputs (DVI + VGA + Component Video + S-Video).

    I sold it, however, so I could buy the 27" model which I like even better. It doesn't rotate to portrait mode but it moves up and down on an articulating arm (like the first flat panel iMac). You can drop the screen right down on the desktop.

    As for gaming with the Xbox 360 (at 1080p) or watching HD movies (1080p), the only way to totally eliminate jerking during panning or ghosting would be if you can run the monitor at 120Hz instead of 60Hz. The Mac can only support 60Hz. That's why LCDs by nature are probably not ideal for gaming with the Mac. But it the LCD supports 120Hz, it's possible that the Xbox 360 Elite model knows how to use that setting.
  8. Banacek macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    They are alright, as long as you don't get too extreme. It does have a TN matrix, so viewing angles are not it's strong suit. I bought mine for my desk, so that wasn't really an issue for me.
  9. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008

    Can you run 120Hz in bootcamp?
  10. skyline r34 macrumors 6502

    skyline r34

    Oct 10, 2005
    San Diego
    i'm also in need for a display but waiting for apple to release the new ones before i buy the 30inch but dell has a 24inch non-ultrasharp for $400 with ultrasharp $650
  11. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    I just ordered a 25.2" Samsung that I was going to pair with a Mac Pro (just cancelled the MP order after reading about the major video problems). DVI, D-SUB and HDMI for under $700. 1920x1200 resolution, 5ms response 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4-way adjustable stand – height, swivel, tilt, pivot.

    It's fairly new, so there are no reviews on it anywhere, but my experience with Samsung has been quite pleasant.
  12. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
  13. whistler222 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    i read some bad reviews on the samsung 245BW? but Barneck, u say it's good?
    cool :)

    i hear the 2407 is good from dell.
    but again, just hearsay
  14. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
  15. Mr.PS macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    Go for a 23" ACD, you will not be disappointed!
  16. donharriss macrumors newbie


    Apr 4, 2007
    Southern Oregon
    I like my 245bw - good bang for the buck.
  17. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    im going to carry on using my syncmaster 932mw (a bit rubbish!) untill apple updates the acds, then its 23" all the way for me!:D
  18. Shurran macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Somerset, UK
    I got my Samsung 245B a few days ago and its simply awesome. The price is low for a 24", it does 1080p, and it supports HDCP on its DVI socket so you can plug blu ray players straight in with no worries (I switch it between my comp and my PS3 and it works just fine) - i suspect that Macs will require HDCP compatible monitors to play Blu Ray when it is supported so strongly recommend making sure yours is!

    The only downer is that it doesnt have a 'keep aspect ratio' setting, so it stretches 1080p content to fill the full screen.
  19. Jsingh macrumors member

    May 8, 2007
    Im really happy with my 245BW, picked it up from costco. Definately a steal at $399 for a 24 inch monitor.

    You could use the extra 400 bucks from your budget and spend it on some extra ram ;)
  20. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    I'll suggest the NEC.

    Google samsung panel lottery before buying any Samsung display where colour and quality is important.
  21. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
  22. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    If the LCD display and graphics card support that scan rate, then you can.
  23. LeKiD macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2007
    Barefeats, what are your takes on the best monitors?
  24. SilverL macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    If I were in your shoes, I'd spend an extra 100 or so and get the HP 3065LP.
    One of the best 30 inch displays available on the market today.

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