Looking to buy external display for MBP (Samsung 2032NW) ?!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by truz, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. truz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2006
    I'm working full time from my macbook pro (15.4") and I'm looking to have a higher resolution and a larger screen (something about like I had with my 20" intel imac) I have been looking at the Samsung 2032NW, (looking for a screen 20-22" and under $300/shipped) Is this display recommended or would you recommend something else?

    edit* for the 22" models I was looking at the Samsung 2253BW and ViewSonic VX2240W

    20" model Samsung 2032NW and ViewSonic VA2026W

    anything else recommended for todays market?
  2. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    If I am not mistaken, 20" and 22" monitors come in 1680x1050 correct?
    If so, that about the size of your iMac 20" but if you had a 24" iMac then you would need a 24" 1920x1200 resolution monitor. You should be able to find a 24" for $300 around the internet unless your those types that doubles check what kind of LCD monitor it is, TFT, PVA, etc.

    This is out of your budget but if you plan to hook up lots of things to your monitor, Gateway FHD2400, $500 shipped.
  3. jason999 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Samsung has the new 2493HM which is full hd 1920x1080p but at $800 AU.
    US price maybe $500 ??

    There are cheaper ones but not at such a high resolution.

    Do not like viewsonic. Had a mate with one of these and had a few dead pixels which didn't fall into the return policy for dead pixels. He's left which dead pixels which glow out. Samsung has zero tolerance for dead pixels, get one dead pixel and they will replace it with a new screen.

    Be aware that some screens require them to be calibrated for the Macs.
    A calibrator costs $60.

    My samsung 2243bw worked fine on xp pro but on the Mac a yellow tinge was visable off centre. Took it into samsung with my mac and they set it up for me.

    I'm looking at getting the 2253bw as a second screen for my windows pc which has a 2243bw. These both have resolution of 1680 x 1050 which looks great on my windows computer and mac.
  4. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    A Samsung over a Viewsonic will be best bet, but as jason999 said it will need calibrating on a Mac, don't install the supplied software, leave at factory settings and run a good calibration kit, I used a Spyder when i had a Samsung Monitor ;)
  5. truz thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2006
    I think I'm going to go with the Samsung 2253BW, I'm more interested in 20-22 inch over 24" The screen size is fine for me. I have a 20" imac intel back in florida and the size is perfect! I may buy a 24" imac once they release a quad core, but for now a 22" lcd under $300 shipped is fine over a $500 24" shipped for 2 more inches!

    Another reason I'm going for the 22" samsung is the 2ms over 5ms on 24" as I do play first person shooters from time to time. HL2/CS:S

    What software do you recommend for the monitor?
  6. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Normally I would be all for a Samsung display, but I was one of the one's caught up in that SyncMaster 226BW A & S Panel bait and switch. My 226BW is all right after some calibration, but I was thoroughly disappointed to learn that Samsung had sent all their "S" panels to be reviewed, only to ship the inferior A and C panels in their stead. Hope they've ceased this shady practice, and best of luck with your monitor purchase.

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