need a monitor similar to the macbook pro's w/i $150 price range

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  1. muffinman macrumors 6502

    muffinman

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    i have a fall 08 macbook pro (glossy screen) and i love the high resolution (1440x900) and the brightness. are there any external monitors within the 150 dollar range that have a similar display?

    that is, are there any monitors that will display in the same sharpness, size and whatnot as the macbook pro display? my roommate has a 24' external display and things look a lot less sharp and a bit bigger. i'd like to avoid this as much as possible--i edit a lot of film/photos but am on a low budget.

    if possible, a glossy display would be nice.

    thank you!
     
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Dell Home offers the Dell S2209W 21.5" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. N764H, for $139. The S2209W features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 5ms response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, and DVI-D (with HDCP) and VGA inputs. Deal ends December 15

    or

    Buy.com offers the Viewsonic 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. VA2323wm, for $169.99. This $40 mail-in rebate (redeemed as a Visa prepaid card) chops it to $129.99. With free shipping, that's a very low price for a 23" 1080p LCD monitor. Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m² brightness, built-in speakers, and DVI-D and VGA inputs. Rebate ends December 20.

    Probably about as close as you are gonna get

    Dont be obsessed with resolution numbers.
     
  3. Corso99 macrumors newbie

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  4. muffinman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    will looking from viewing glossy to matte (which both of those are matte screens) cause eye strain?

    i was looking at that actually. are the screens comparable? (b/w macbook pro glossy and the hp)
     
  5. milton.sheaf macrumors regular

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    There is far more to an LCD display than just the resolution and pixel size (dot pitch).

    You will not find a nice S-IPS/H-IPS display with LED backlight for $150. Those will run you $400+ at least.

    Only crappy cheap TN panels with fluorescent backlight can be had for $150. I would never waste my money on a TN panel.

    http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/lcd-panel-types.php
     
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    If you glance at m sig you will see we run dual screens on all our iMacs and they all go from gloss to matte.

    Never notice it.

    Looking at my 24" glossy iMac with matte 20" Dell next to it right now.
     
  7. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Are you sure your friend is running his display at the correct resolution?

    Honestly most monitors out there in that price range are similar. But if you want a sharp display that's glossy take a look at the HP monitors.

    Amazon has the 2009m 20" Monitor for $143 right now
     

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