Second screen for iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chilipie, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. chilipie macrumors 6502a

    chilipie

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    I'm going to be doing some video work over the summer on my iMac (17", 1.83 GHz CD, 1.5GB RAM and 128MB ATI Radeon X1600), and am thinking about getting a second screen.

    I've already splashed out on an external HD (a 500 gig WesternDigital MyBook Pro), and so my budget isn't huge (which means no ACD :( ), but I'd still like to get something with a decent build quality.

    My main questions are 1) What resolution will it support? I don't to sacrifice speed for more pixels; and 2) What are the best value monitors for the kind of thing I'm doing (mostly film editing in FC and web development stuff)?

    Thanks for your time :)
     
  2. Mundy macrumors regular

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    Your 17" iMac with drive an external display up to 1920x1200, which for a computer monitor means a 23" or 24" display.

    If an ACD is out, then I would highly recommend a Dell monitor. I use 24" Dell 2407 monitors on my Mac Pro, and they're fantastic. (Plus I can plug an Xbox 360 into the monitor's VGA port while using the DVI port of my Mac.) If you can't afford the ~$650 for a Dell 2407, you might want to look into their 20" 1680x1050 displays. But the nice thing about a 1920x1200 monitor is that it will let you see and edit full HD (which is 1920x1080).
     

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