The new Samsung 2343BWX display works great

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  1. k9jri macrumors newbie

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    Samsung's new 2343BWX, 2048 x 1152 display works absolutely perfectly with my 2.4 gHz. MacBook using Apple's Mini DisplayPort adapter and the included DVI cable.

    Very bright, good color and good off axis viewing. I was worried that the 2048 X 1152 would not work when Samsung warned that some video cards would not provide the maximum resolution as dual link DVI might be required.

    This is a brand new monitor and locally (Indianapolis) COSTCO appears the only place that has tem available.

    Mike
     
  2. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    So did you have to use the dual-link adapter, or did the single-link one work fine?

    Also, how much was the monitor? Some sites report that it could be released in other stores for as low as $299.

    Finally, how does the GUI look? Is the text too small? The pixel density is pretty big for a monitor that size.
     
  3. k9jri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The standard $29 Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter is what I have. It worked perfectly.

    The price was $329.99 but if the price drops getting the difference returned will not be an issue with Costco.

    The pixels per inch are actually 4% less than on my 13" MacBook so everything is actually displayed 4% larger on the new screen. When you drag a page from one display to the other the Samsung's image is slightly larger, noticeably clearer, brighter and better color accuracy than the MacBook's internal display.

    All considered I am quite pleased with the display for the price.
     
  4. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    Very cool, thanks for the update. I'll be keeping an eye on this model :).
     
  5. MacMur macrumors regular

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    Just curious, have you used the usb connections on the monitor? I was going to get a LED Cinema Display but maybe this will possibly fill the bill for what I need and cost an arm and a leg less. Any thoughts
     
  6. k9jri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Usb

    The Samsung 2343BWX does not have a built in USB hub. The only connection between the MacBook and the 2343BWX is the Apple MiniDisplayport to DVI adapter and the DVI to DVI cable included with the monitor.
     
  7. chriscamp macrumors newbie

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    I gave up waiting for the LED cinema display (and reconsidered spending $999 Canadian for a monitor) and bought the Samsung 2343 BW and am very happy with it. The tighter pixel density of the 2048x1152 resolution in a 23"display is a perfect compliment to the new MBP - text is not too small yet everything is crisp and clear. Viewing angles and color (after calibration with an eye-one unit) are very good. Brightness is eyeball-melting if turned right up.

    I am not really a gamer but if you like to boot into windows to play a few games this monitor may not be for you - it does not have 1:1 pixel mapping and games do not support the odd resolution so there will always be some stretching of the output. When I tested the monitor at the store the windows systems they had set up could not even identify the resolution (not sure if a driver or what is required - I have not tested it in boot camp).

    For my needs it it working out great - and the $299 cdn price tag (on sale) made it even more attractive. Chris

    Edit - forgot to mention the stand the 2343bw comes with is very basic/horrible - fixes monitor only 4 inches off desk. Not sure if the BWX model fixes this - the international version of the BW model shows it coming with a proper height adjustable stand. I will be hunting for a decent replacement stand or arm...
     
  8. k9jri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mine is the 2343BWX and it has the fixed heigth stand. In may application it is fine but adjustment would be a plus. I would like to be able to spin it vertically as ut look great in portrait mode.

    - Mike
     
  9. chandsa Guest

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    So were you able to take full advantage of the 2048 x 1152 screen resolution? The 13.3" MB has an integrated graphics card, at least mine does and i'm wondering if this limitation in the MB will prevent me from making full use of the 2048 x 1152 resolution. I am unsure if these MB's come with dedicated nVidia graphics cards, though I have seen some for sale on eBay.

    Thank you!
     
  10. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    I just bought a 2343BW and I can use the 2048x1152 with no problems at all, on a 13.3" Macbook.
     
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    Thanks for your response KnightWRX!
     
  12. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    How high does it go? (bottom of screen <--> desk surface)
     
  13. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Mine isn't height adjustable. I'm not home right now, but it's about 3" off the desk. With my Macbook on the mStand, the Macbook's screen is about a half inch lower than the top of the monitor.
     
  14. Benguitar Guest

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    That is great to hear! :)

    I am currently using a "HANNS-G" widescreen display set at 1440 x 900.

    It is working great as well!
     
  15. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately MacBooks with the GMA 950 or GMA X3100 do not support this resolution.
     
  16. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    My GF has a white macbook with a GMA X3100 and can use the monitor at 2048x1152. Where did you get your info ?
     
  17. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, forget I said anything. :eek:

    However according to Apple; "The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 1920x1200". I assumed that anything wider than 1920 pixels would not be supported.

    But if it does work I may buy one myself.
     
  18. south8212 macrumors 6502

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    i just picked up a refurb for 170 for legend micro here is a link if anyone is interested. Looking forward to trying it out!
     
  19. chandsa Guest

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    Their website mentions that this unit has a height adjustable stand while many of the other reviewers have mentioned that the stand is not height adjustable. :confused: Does this unit come in two different models where one has the height adjustable stand and one doesn't? A little confusing here.
     
  20. south8212 macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm I don't know I will have to let you know which stand type I receive when it gets here.
     
  21. south8212 macrumors 6502

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    the stand type i receive does swivel but does not adjust height. However it is a great looking monitor. I was lucky enough to get one with no dead pixels or anything. However, im not sure if I like using an external monitor...i dont like having to resize all my windows when I just use the mbp after using it with the monitor. This one may be going on ebay soon...
     
  22. chandsa Guest

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    Are you putting it on eBay just because of having to re-size the windows? How much are you asking for it :)
     
  23. south8212 macrumors 6502

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    yeah i dont know i think it may be to big for me. Ill sell it for what i got it for 199 shipping included, it guarentees no dead pixels and all.
     
  24. playalistic macrumors regular

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    I have the LED cinema display but I'm interested in seeing one of these in the flesh so to speak. Can someone take a few snaps and post them up here pleeeeez?!
     
  25. JohnnyMac1 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone used this monitor with a mac pro??
    I'm looking for something to get Me by until I see what the new 30" apple looks like.
     

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