What about dual 15" LCDs?

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  1. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Hello, all! Just a quick question about this monitor:


    I found this monitor on sale at PCMall, and it looks good on paper (DVI connection, good contrast & viewing angle). Right now, I have about $750 to spend on a monitor for doing heavy video editing on Final Cut Pro 4. I had been thinking about a 22" CRT, but now I'm wondering if a dual display setup with the Sony monitor above would be better. Here are the Pros & Cons of each, as far as I can tell:

    22" CRT (Mitsubichi Diamond Pro 2070SB):

    Max resolution: 2048 x 1536 @ 85 Hz (recommended 1600x1200)
    More accurate color
    4 Port USB hub
    Weight: 65.7 lbs:eek:
    Takes up a LOT of space
    Not energy efficient/lots of heat output
    VGA connection
    2 gray horizontal lines across the screen (Wires for the aperture grille)
    About $700

    2 15" Sony LCD monitors (SDM-S53/B ):

    Max resolution: 2048 x 768 widescreen (both monitors combined, I think)
    DVI connection for both (adding 1 ADC-to-DVI connector)
    Weight: 10.1 lbs each:D
    Energy efficient/little heat output
    Takes up VERY LITTLE space
    Not as color accurate as a CRT
    Possible dead pixels
    About $700

    So, there you have it. Believe me, if I could afford a 20" Apple Cinema Display, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. But I just can't. I've heard of a lot of people using a dual display setup and loving it, but it usually involves 17" LCDs, not 15" ones. I'm guessing the widescreen nature of the dual display is good for video editing timelines, bins, etc., but maybe one BIG desktop without a split in the middle is better for that.

    I'd really appreciate any feedback on this, as I'll be making this purchase later this week. Thanks!;)
  2. jrv3034 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
  3. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2002
    Columbia, MO
    Why not two of these?

    More bang for the buck.
    Don't ask me how I found those....


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