New monitor-need help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thebrain74, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    I am sorry to bug you all with what I know is a very common question. But I have been reading both professional and consumer reviews and often they are so contradictory that I don't know what to believe. I am going to use this monitor for pretty much the full range of uses: a screen for an xbox 360/PS3, a extended monitor for my MBP for essays, graphics, etc., and as a TV.
    I am also very interested in a monitor that doesn't have a static stand (i.e. swivel, tilt, raise/lower, and portrait mode if possible)
    I am looking at something between 22-24 (if anyone has advice on this too, I'll take it) Right now I am leaning towards these three 24'' monitors.

    HP w2408/2408h (the h just means it has an HDMI instead of a DVI AFAIK)

    Dell Ultrasharp


    I like the design of the HP the most and the Dell the least. AFAIK all of them support portrait, and the HP and the Gateway are glossy. I kinda think the dell looks like ass, but maybe thats just me being anti-dell.

    Of course I have considered (well, still kinda am) the Apple Cinema Display for its design, ease of use (no calibration), and higher quality panel. I don't know how well it is suited for gaming due to its response rates and the limited base (no height adjust and no portrait and input options is kind of a downer. That and they are due for a refresh (although I can wait until september to buy technically) Oh and its really expensive. I would only be able to get the 20'' refurb.

    Thanks for all of the help
  2. stiles macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008
    I'm in the same situation here, but I'm looking for a 20". Everyone has a different opinion, i wish i could just see the damn things myself.
  3. thebrain74 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    yah that 20'' refurb apple is kinda tempting to me too, even though when I saw my friend's it looked kinda small
  4. thebrain74 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    also I have heard some panels have different attributes.

    I think I have heard that the cheaper TN panels can be worse for color better better for response times.

    Is the 16m/s response time of the IPS panel in the Apple Cinema good enough for games.

    Also I have heard many arguments the certain dell displays use the exact same panels as the apple's, if so which models are these, or is it a crapshoot?

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