Unibody to Dell 2408wfp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kuNi, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. kuNi macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I have the 17'' unibody macbook pro. Right now, I'm thinking about purchasing an external monitor for it (dell 2408wfp). Before I purchase the monitor though, I would like to hear some of your experiences/problems with this particular type of combination (either through mini dp - vga, mini dp - dvi, etc.) if you own one. Please don't suggest me to get the new ACD as its price tag is a little out of my reach :p Thanks!
  2. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    I don't have the 2408, but I have the 2007wfp. I connect to my MBP through minidp-dvi. Mines's been perfect I really like the rotate feature, as I have mine connected as and extended desktop in portrait orientation... I like this set-up a lot.

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  3. James Cole macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    I tried it for some time worked very well for me...
  4. brent0saurus macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2006
    that... is.... AWESOME!!!!!!
  5. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Not trying to turn this into a "post your setup" thread, but I have two E2007WFPs on my desk. The left screen is connected to my PC and also MacBook Pro via the Mini Displayport to DVI adapter. It works great. Don't get the ACD, as it really isn't worth the money for what you get. Dell makes stellar screens anyway.

    Excuse the shoddy iPhone pic and Peeps on the desk.

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  6. budfoot macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2008
    Boston, MA

    Hey, it's easter, we'll let it slide ;-)
  7. TheSVD macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    The Jolly Ol' Midlands, England
    you got one of those USB to DVI thingies then?
  8. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Whats your computer sitting on? Is it actually on the two hard drives?
  9. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    not entirely my idea... I use to work in photoshop a lot, so I'd keep pallettes in the portrait screen and the image etc on the main/laptop screen. Even in Logic, I put my mixer on the portrait screen. I can work so much faster on two screens than one it's rediculous.
  10. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    Yeah, I just set to MBP there for the pic... I normally keep my rolex box on top of my hdd's
  11. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    your 2007's look different than mine... mine has an all silver/grey stand. I bought mine in the UK tho, so maybe that's why?
  12. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Nono. I should have explained, both of those screens are connected to my PC, just the left is connect to my Mac. I alternate when I use the screen for which computer, depending on what I'm doing. The Dells work great, I've had them for close to two years now with ZERO problems.

    I believe you might have the Ultrasharp model then because those have the silver base. ;)
  13. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    you may be right.. I do have the ultrasharp... do your screens have rca video input, and s-video?
  14. Sybersport macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2005
    Dude - I love Peeps. My girlfriend actually calls me "Deeps" (my name is Darren :))

    I had 20 in one sitting a few days ago.
  15. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    ive got a 2.0ghz macbook unibody coupled to a dell 2408wfp.

    the setup works perfectly, i use a dvi connection. usb hub is a v. good addition to the macbook.

    there is an app called display rotation menu which puts an icon in your menu bar to allow for easy rotation of the screen settings if you think you will rotate the screen often.

    i have noticed that the fans run at about 2000rpm rather than the usual 1200 rpm when connected to the screen but i presume that is due to the graphics card running a 1920x1200 display as well as the internal 1280x800 monitor.

    I highly recommend this monitor, dell have an excellent bright pixel warrenty (if under 3 years old then they will replace the monitor) and in general the monitor is well made, though lacks the attention to detail that an apple monitor would have.
  16. kuNi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2009
    thanks for all the replies. people in this forum are really helpful.
  17. appleguy12 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    yup i'm using the dell 2408wfp monitor with my 2.53ghz unibody macbook pro too. But be prepared to fiddle around with the monitor settings because the default settings is absolutely horrible. I agree with a previous poster about the integrated usb hub; I now have 5 usb ports to use instead of only 2...awesomeness.
  18. Jottle macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2003
    Question. your macbook has a 9400 graphics card right? I'm glad to see it runs that resolution
  19. Jottle macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2003
    Any chance you could post up your calibration setting? I have a 2408 on the way to connect to my mbp unibody as well.
  20. DooDaaDame macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2009
    On The Road-RV'er

    I must have it. I simply must have it. I didn't think I needed it, but now, I must have it. That is just way too cool.;)
  21. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007


    * 8.64 Gbit/s forward link channel supports high resolution monitors up to 2560×1600 with single cable.
    * 8B/10B data transmission (up to 2.7 GHz symbol rate, up to 4 lanes, 8B/10B modulation)
    * Open and extensible standard to help with broad adoption.
    * Supports color depth of 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 bits per component.
    * Full bandwidth transmission (2560×1600p60) for 3 meter cable.
    * DisplayPort connector assists in blind connection.
    * 128-bit AES DisplayPort Content Protection (DPCP) support, and support for 40-bit High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) from version 1.1 onwards.
    * Supports internal and external connections so that one standard can be used by computer makers reducing costs.

    According to this site, there's a DisplayPort to miniDisplayPort cable in development, expected in June. It'll be perfect for those of you with displays that have the more common and standard sized DisplayPort.
  22. mbpnewbie macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    I love it..
  23. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    i have that option but have never used it (apart from seeing how it worked) but i can see how good it would be to view a full page document or something like that.
  24. johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
    I have a pair of Dell 2408 monitors and I rotate the second one to portrait when I'm doing photo work in Lightroom.

    I keep it set to a Standard Loupe view, which is useful for the selection phase and REALLY useful for doing edits to portrait oriented photos. My reaction the first time I did it was.... ummm.. exuberant.

    The trick is to calibrate them both individually.

    Oh... of course I only use this with my PC. I got one of those EVGA USB-DVI boxes so I could use the MBP with dual monitors, but it's not really the same because it doesn't support the full monitor native res.

    Another quite luxurious application is running Flight Simulator X under XP with the main window view spread across 2 monitors (3840x1200) plus the MBP running a synched instance of FSX just displaying the instrument panel.

    Quite luxurious, indeed.



  25. TakeManhattan macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    Be prepared for Dell Hell

    I bought a 2408wfp for my Mac Pro. I'm not happy with it, but I'm stuck with it.

    Out of the box, it looked like my sister's many years old Dell 15" monitor, which I don't think Dell even sells anymore.

    My 2408wfp has an inch-wide band of dark area down the right edge of the screen - backlight uniformity problem.

    The left 3rd of the screen shows a light pink cast.

    Both of these problems were mentioned as minor issues in TFT Central's review, but mine has real bad cases of these problems.

    Dell was good enough to send me replacements twice - both refurbished units. But the first replacement had worse symptoms of the same problems. The second had several stuck pixels. After I rejected both, they promised that someone from "escalated support" would call me. That's when I learned of the pharases "Dell Hell" and "I see Dell People". No one called me, and my repeated calls always got the answering system. Dell's final solution was to suggest that I try to get a refund. Right... That's another department, probably in India.

    Don't let the 3 year warranty be a factor in your purchasing decision. It is worthless, in my opinion.

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