New monitor-need help

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

  1. thebrain74 macrumors regular

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    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)
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/displays/review/2008/01/24/HP-w2408h-Vivid-Color-24in-Monitor/p1

    Dell Ultrasharp
    http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/dell-ultrasharp-2407wfp-hc/4505-3174_7-32514853.html

    Gateway
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2213483,00.asp

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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