Mac Mini Monitor Purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sasmokeout, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. sasmokeout macrumors newbie

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    I have recently decided to purchase a new mac mini and im having trouble deciding on what budget priced monitor to purchase. Im also not really sure what features and specs that i should be looking for, so any information what be greatly appreciated. Oh and my budget is around $150. (i know its not much)
     
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    The only displays you can buy for at or under $150 is a 20". Maybe look on eBay for a used/refurbished Dell display.
     
  3. 007bond macrumors 6502a

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    Whaaaa

    that's completely wrong.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883448&Sku=A179-2240

    a 22" for 150

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4108000&Sku=S197-2018

    a 20" for 120

    the acer looks like a pretty good deal but its not an amazing display like that apple cinema display. it will still get the job done on a mini
     
  4. sasmokeout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That first deal looks really good. I wonder how good of a monitor it would be. I've looked around and it seems that there are PLENTY of monitors for $150 or under, but im not sure which one is best.
     
  5. dbwie macrumors 6502

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    Acer

    I have the Acer AL2216W 22" LCD monitor. Bought it online for $179. Has DVI (with HDCP) and VGA inputs. 1680x1050. Has worked great for me connected to first a powerbook and now a new unibody MacBook.
     
  6. sasmokeout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone have any experience with Dell monitors?
     
  7. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    I picked up my 21" acer from Frys for 139 plus tax. It has been a pretty damn good monitor with the only complaint being it occasionally ommits a high pitched hum. Overall it beats the hell out of my old 15" CRT it replaced
     
  8. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    dell monitors are pretty nice to be honest. buut i'm about to complete my media center in the next 2 months.

    hello 37" LG HDTV!

    look into samsung for monitors. they are absolutely beautiful.. you can't go wrong.
     
  9. sasmokeout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha very nice! I think that Samsung is a little too expensive, but a 20" dell seems to be very reasonable.
     
  10. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    I picked up a Dell UltraSharp™ 2009W 20" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor for $120 Singapore Dollars, so what's that...? US$80.

    Check out their website regularly, periodically they have great deals.:D
     
  11. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

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    5 minutes on newegg.com and I would this stuff...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236057

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001262R

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001313

    I mean theres a lot of good monitors out there around that price range. Dell has some good monitors, as well as samsung, asus, things to look for is resolution and connectivity. 20" is a reasonable size, 1680x1050 is probably the highest res you'll find, DVI input. I like the Asus and the 1st Samsung I posted. But there are others out there. Hope that helps.
     
  12. txnoob macrumors 6502

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  13. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    RE: Dell monitors

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    "Does anyone have any experience with Dell monitors?"

    Dell "Ultrasharp" monitors are a cut above most others, excepting the truly "high-end" models that sell for big bucks.

    Can you possibly swing about $240?

    That will buy you a Dell 2209wa, which is distinguished from almost every other 22" display by the fact that the Dell has an "IPS" panel, rather than the cheap "TN" panels used in all the rest.

    I've been using an Ultrasharp 1905fp for several years, and it's a wonderful display that I can look at for 10+ hours daily and never get eyestrain.

    - John
     
  14. sasmokeout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That samsung from newegg a few posts above seems like an excellent except that its "open box". Fishrrman, i dont think i can quite squeeze out $240. Also can someone please explain the difference between TN and IPS?
     
  15. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure how old this is, but regardless it helps explain the differences.

    http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/lcd-panel-types.php
     
  16. thankins macrumors 6502

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    I am sure this is going to get lost in the massive amounts of post but I recently got a 21.5 Samsung monitor at Sams Club that is amazing. It is priced at 179.99 and the stats on it are great.

    It has the highest resolution I could find for the price. 1980 x 1080 - so it has your HD without losing out on other features
     
  17. sasmokeout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would you happen to know what model it is?
     

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