What monitor would YOU choose?

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  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Hello Macrumorsers! Today, I come to you asking which monitor YOU would choose.

    24 inch
    1,000:1 contrast ratio
    5ms (response time)
    1920x1080 res
    no mic/webcam
    no USB ports

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...4471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-2026489-#reviews

    23 inch
    80,000:1 contrast ratio
    2ms (response time)
    2048 x 1152 res
    webcam, mic
    touch buttons
    4 usb ports

    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/pro...tdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&cs=cadhs1&sku=320-7641

    I know a 1 inch difference is superficial, but it's killing me. The 23 inch is obviously better, right? (And just a tad bit more expensive.) I might as well go an inch smaller and get the higher res and everything else, no?
     
  2. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    get the second one for SURE! The contrast ratio is 80 times better! Also, everything in general is better!
     
  3. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    The second one for sure. It's a much better monitor.

    Don
     
  4. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Dynamic Contrast = ******** Contrast

    For all the other things it does look better.
     
  5. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Could you explain? :confused:
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I would feel like I was cheating on my Mac if I hooked up a Dell display. Go Apple Cinema Display!
     
  7. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    - Wikipedia

    Think of it being similar to turning your display completely off then turning it on and maximizing the white and claiming that it has OMGWTFAWESOEM contrast ratio, whereas in a realistic situation it can't display contrast differences that high.
     
  8. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Dynamic contrast ratio is used to make displays look better to consumers. The Static contrast ratio of that display is much less then 80,000:1. When dynamic contrast is measured, the display under-powers the backlight, thus making the contrast ratio higher, but this can cause some brigther components to be over exposed in an image. You won't need to worry about it unless, you make a living off of graphics design/photography.

    EDIT: Aea beat me to it.

    Don
     
  9. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cheers.

    So, perhaps a stupid question, but which would be better? 1000:1 static, or 80,000:1 dynamic?

    Oh, and it's cheaper too. Recommended? Come to think of it, the inch smaller wouldn't matter because the res is larger. :p
     
  10. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I would still go with the second.

    Don
     
  11. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay, but just to ease my spirits, which of the contrast ratios is better?
     
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    It probably has the same regular contrast ratio, there should be a way to turn it off like there is on TVs.

    You always want to turn off dynamic contrast, it makes everything look horrible.

    I would say neither are very good monitors because they use TN. Get a refurbished or old gen 24" Ultrasharp from the dell outlet section.
     
  17. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    But for the average home user, a TN panel is fine. I personally regret getting a 20" iMac, because of the TN panel. Most people don't even notice the difference though.

    Don
     

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