New Monitor for Macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by txhockey9404, May 25, 2009.

  1. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I will be getting a new macbook soon, and I will miss the screen real estate of my 20" iMac. I am looking for a new solution, and I have a few ideas as to what may fit my requirements, but I would like some input from you guys.

    At least 20"
    At least 1650x1050
    Either DVI or VGA (preferably DVI)
    No more than $300
    No larger than 24"
    Dell (I get a large discount)
    Decent Pixel density (not necessarily as good as iMac)
    USB hub
    Good looking
    Webcam/Mic (not necessary, but a nice feature)

    Here are my current findings:
    Ultrasharp 2009W

    Thanks in advance!
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Less than 300 bucks? The 2209WA. That e-IPS panel blows everything else in that price range away.

    EDIT: Well actually, how much of a discount do you get? If you can somehow get half off on the 2408WFP :p, then get that. But if not, I wouldn't recommend any other Dells, since they all use TNs.
  3. txhockey9404 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Thanks for the help. I checked out both models, and even with the discount, the 2408 is a bit out of my price range. I didn't know the 2209WA was an IPS, so I just counted it out due to a comparatively higher price. TN vs IPS isn't a big deal for me, considering the screen I am coming from (1st gen 20" aluminum iMac). The only problems I have with the 2209 is the pixel density and no USB hub, but otherwise, it is definitely in the running.

    I am now up to the 2209WA, S2209W, SX2210, and 2209W
  4. mynameisraj macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2008
    Boulder, Colorado
    Dell has a deal today only for 20" (I think 2009w) at $109 usd
  5. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    The SX2210 looks pretty good, it matches that "Apple" look with the aluminum macbooks very well I think.

    If I may ask, what are you going to use the monitor for? If you are watching plenty of movies, the IPS screen's contrast and black levels are going to be much appreciated. I didn't believe it was a huge difference, but once I got my 2709W, which has a PVA panel (best black levels of all the panels), I was amazed when I started watching movies on it.
  6. txhockey9404 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Usually, I use my computer for internet, iTunes (both songs and videos), a bit of photo viewing/editing in iPhoto, but nothing really intense, iMovie, homework (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), and some DVD ripping, although that will most likely stay with the iMac. This Macbook will be used at school for homework and internet browsing while staying after, and at home as a desktop, essentially replacing the iMac. I don't think I will be watching many movies on this screen, because I have a 720p 23" HDTV that I use for most videos in my room, and a 110" projector in the basement.

    I really like that SX2210 for its features and looks. It's too bad I cant get a mixture of the SX2210 and the S2209W. I really want the looks and USB hub of the SX, but the microphone and camera taken out. For $80, it better be a nice hub, camera, and microphone!;)
  7. JCastro macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I really like the SX2210 too. That thing is sharp...err Dell...:D
    Ok, it looks really nice!
  8. txhockey9404 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Yeah, so far that is the winner. I can get it for about $219, so it is an OK bargain, but considering I also need a keyboard, I am not so sure that I can spend that much. I was hoping to come in under $250 for keyboard and mouse because I also need a case and a new phone. I really like everything about that monitor aside from the price. I am considering the Logitech DiNovo mac edition as well, in case any one has input on that.

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