One 30" or two 24"s?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mott's, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Mott's macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    Pretty self explanatory. Uses: video and photo editing (among other average uses).
  2. wryta macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    No contest

    Two screens gives you all of your toolbars/menus on one screen, your pics/timeline/full screen playback on the other.

    2x24 gives you about 520 of real estate.
    1x30 gives you about 425 of real estate.

    When you're working, your pics will just be a window within the screen - the less clutter, the more picture, so the 24 combo wins.The only advantage to the 30 is on fullscreen/playback. But if you want bigger, just sit closer.

    Or buy two 30s.
  3. turugara macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2009
    Two 24"s, Vertical Orientation
    One 30", Horizontal Orientation

    You'll have the 30 as the primary monitor while the toolbars and previews are on the sides. Most efficient IMO. You won't need to crank your head around as much as two 30"s.

    Granted... what I just said above is my dream setup. I currently use two 24"s.
  4. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    I went from a 21" 1600x1200 and 22" 1920x1200 display to a single 30" 2560x1600 screen. Much prefer having just a single monitor. While two smaller ones give more desktop real estate, I felt having to switch between the two etc was a bit of a pain (such as cramming Photoshop controls on different screens) compared to having everything on one screen.
  5. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I have two 23's and like the configuration. Let's me space things out and snce each are on telescoping arms, I can place them how I want.
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    30" = 2560x1600 = 4 096 000 pixels
    Dual 24" = 2x1920x1200 = 4 608 000 pixels = 12.5% more pixels

    Dual 24"s are also cheaper so unless the vertical orientation annoys you, get them
  7. innominato5090 macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
    two 24" gives you a 32:10 aspect ratio, that isn't very useful especially when editing photos that usually have 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio. If I were you, I'll definitely buy one 30".
  8. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    More video or more photo editing?
    For video 2 will be more comfortable, for photo single 30" will do better. At least IMHO.
  9. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    It's really up to you.

    Some people prefer dual screens (of any size), others prefer larger single screen setups. I personally have a lot of trouble utilizing dual screens.
  10. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    Dell U2410 are on sale this week - $499 instead of $699 (that's CDN so probably lower for USD).
  11. wryta macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    Strange setups

    Vertical orientation? 32:10 ratio? Difficulty handling two screens?

    I have to admit - reading some of these comments, I feel like I've tumbled down some kind of Alice in Mac-land hole. I'm a newbie here, and I can't even get my sodding printer to work properly, but I do have some cred in this area (30 years of writing/directing and sitting in edit suites).

    I suggest you surf the net for some top post-prod companies advertising their services, and you'll see dozens of whizz-bang edit suites that you can use as a guideline. IMO a lot of current users have come into the game via Macbooks and iMacs, so probably see "one screen" as the default.

    It's pretty hard to get something that will work perfectly for both video and stills, but there are still two common factors that influence professional suite setups... getting the menus and toolbars out of the way of your picture, and (for video) having as WIDE a screen area as possible for your timeline. Vertical orientation is counter productive. One picture spread over two screens is silly talk.

    Turugara's three screen dream set-up is great (hey - more screens is always better!). So here's a thought - apart from aesthetic considerations, your screens don't have to match!

    Since you're bound to have a screen or two lying around anyway, why not invest in a gorgeous 30 for photos/playback, then flank it with two also-rans for your text and palettes? After all, how beautiful does a menu need to look?

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