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molocono

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Hi! I'm looking to buy a flatscreen monitor for my computer. Something between 20'' - 24''. Could anyone recommend something? I do a lot of video editing and graphics work. I'd rather not buy the Apple displays, as I find them to pricey. Thanks!
 

Danksi

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molocono said:
Hi! I'm looking to buy a flatscreen monitor for my computer. Something between 20'' - 24''. Could anyone recommend something? I do a lot of video editing and graphics work. I'd rather not buy the Apple displays, as I find them to pricey. Thanks!

There's the Dell range, but I'm considering a Viewsonic. They seem to have a good reputation. No additional wizzy bits (USB ports/Pic-In-Pic etc), but a good price.

Viewsonic VX2025WM
20IN LCD Monitor
BLACK/SILVER
Widescreen 1680X1050
8MS 800:1
VGA & DVI Inputs
 

molocono

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What do you think about the Apple displays? Are they worth the price? I have one at work and I love it. Can I get that quality from another monitor?
 

grapes911

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molocono said:
What do you think about the Apple displays? Are they worth the price? I have one at work and I love it. Can I get that quality from another monitor?
I do not believe Apple monitors are worth the price even though they are good monitors. Take away the casing, I cannot tell the difference between my Apple at work and my Dell at home. Get a Dell. You won't be disappointed with a Viewsonic either though. Either way, unless you are concerned with an Apple look, stay away from the Apples.
 

dex22

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You can pick up the Dell 2005FPW for under $400 if you shop around. It's a 20" widescreen unit. They do a 24" version that's a fair bit more expensive.

I use mine for video editing. The contrast, brightness and clarity are superb. It's also a pleasantly crisp display that doesn't crush some blacks the way a few cheaper units tend to do. (The Viewsonic also scores well here)

That said, it's not great for watching DVDs, as I sometimes do. The backlight is so bright, the corners/edges of the display are lit through enough to appear gray if watched in an unlit room.

At the end of the day, it's the same panel as the 20" cinema display; the case isn't intrusive to the eye, it can handle multiple inputs (great for reviewing video before importing it) and you can find it under $400 because it's being replaced by the functionally identical 2007FPW.
 

molocono

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I'm gonna go for the Dell 24". Is there a Viewsonic similar to this?
 

mmcxiiad

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i read a review (from anandtech i think) where they basically said that the dell and apple displays are 80% identical. personally i have 2 dell 2005fpw. I would NEVER get a non-widescreen monitor - but that is me.
 

rickvanr

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molocono said:
What do you think about the Apple displays? Are they worth the price? I have one at work and I love it. Can I get that quality from another monitor?
I have the 23, it's worth every penny.
 

Macnoviz

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How are the previous generation Cinema Displays? With the two clear broad foots on the front, ADC and the G4 look (colours and clear plastic)

I am thinking of getting the 23 inch second hand, is the quality much worse than your average Dell screen? Are there any negative points about this?
 

PaulinMaryland

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Dell 2407fpw less than $550 shipped

molocono said:
I'm gonna go for the Dell 24". Is there a Viewsonic similar to this?
Dell LCDs are priced insanely low for their quality. If you hurry, there's currently an eBay seller who has one new for $524.07 shipped, but he doesn't accept Paypal:

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&catref=C6&frpp=50&maxrecordsreturned=300&from=R10&satitle=dell+2407fpw&sacat=-1&catref=C6&bs=Search&floc=1&sargn=-1&saslc=3&sascs=2&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=3&fsoo=1

This seller regularly has this model or the older 2405fpw at great prices--not this low, but lower than anyone else's. eBay is a great source for Dell 24s.
 

nutmac

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Apple Cinema Display might get updated (with iSight perhaps?) and/or cost reduced at WWDC in August.