Which Dell monitor do you use with uMBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Benchmob31, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Benchmob31 macrumors member

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    I want to get a new monitor for my 15" uMBP to attach to. I just wanted advice of people and what they are using.

    I was thinking of a Dell Monitor somewhere around 23" and I want a glossy screen. I was looking to spend ideally $250.

    I do not do any gaming and hardly any graphics. Let me know what model you use and any advice you have. Thanks.
     
  2. dead goon macrumors member

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    Trying not to hijack this thread, but it's not worth creating another.

    I'm also looking for recommendations on an external monitor for video editing/graphic design. 1080p HD, 24inch, 2 - 5ms ideally. Looking to pay $350 USD.

    Dell or any other brand welcome.
     
  3. brendu macrumors 68020

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    I have this one and love it:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+...itor/9047453.p?id=1218012053265&skuId=9047453

    Its 24" 1920x1080 full HD
    has VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs
    Full specs are listed on the provided link.

    I use it for my uMBP sometimes but mainly it is a second display for my 20" Aluminum iMac and it completely blows the iMac monitor away. No comparison. Looks great, easy on the eyes, and it is HUGE. Price is fair for such a good monitor. I bought it at best buy when it was on sale for $220, but you might be able to find better deals on amazon. My only complaint is that it is fixed on the stand, it can pivot but can not be raised or lowered. Not a big deal but would be nice to have height adjustment.
     
  4. pmkoch macrumors regular

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    I just got my Dell SP2309W and I love it. I don't do any hardcore photo editing so a TN panel was fine with me. I really thought the 16:9 ratio would be weird, but it is pretty perfect for what I use it for (website design, documentation, etc.). All in all I really dig the monitor and I got it new for $220 on black friday, so it was kind of win win for me.

    edit: I went with the SP2309W over the S2409W because of the review on cnet.com.
     
  5. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2005FPW. It isn't glossy and is almost 5 years old now, but it's still a good display. I wouldn't mind something larger though.
     
  6. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    If you can live with only a 22", I would recommend the Dell 2009WA. It's an IPS panel and is fairly cheap. I don't do heavy photo/video editing, but it looks great. About the heaviest use I have is gaming, and it works wonderfully for that. Check out some of the threads on it around here. It gets some really good reviews.
     
  7. Benchmob31 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just saw the SP2309W went on sale today on Dells Website from $319 to $209. For that price, it might be in my future.
     
  8. wcbrownhound macrumors newbie

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    Lcd Tv

    :DI just got a 26" Insignia LCD TV; $300.00 at Best Buys. I hook it to my MacBook. It also serves as the TV in the 5er. Looks good to me.:D
     
  9. Benchmob31 thread starter macrumors member

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    I offically bought the Dell Sp2309W. 23" is a great size and the 2048 x 1152 at 60 Hz is awesome. A 2ms response time and 80000:1 contrast ratio and for $209. I think it is alot of monitor for the price.
     
  10. pmkoch macrumors regular

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    I agree. Check out these settings when you get it: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1380322&highlight=sp2309w&page=3 and congratulations!
     
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    Wow, I didn't realize that the SP2309 had a webcam and height adjustment built in. I've been looking for another monitor with height adjustment. I really don't understand why more of them don't have it. I also like that the 2309 has the same warranty as the Ultrasharps: 3 year advanced exchange. At $209, it is quite a deal.
     
  12. freak99 macrumors member

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    Where is this $209 deal?
     
  13. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a dell 24 with an hdmi input. It also has an audio in and audio out.

    Does this mean with hdmi plugged into it can i just plug a stereo cord into the audio out and get sound??
     
  14. Benchmob31 thread starter macrumors member

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    Dell.com. You just need to look at the monitors and it will come up.
     
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  17. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I guess it was a one day only sale. They tend to do that quite a bit. Too bad I didn't have the money to get one yesterday. Ah well, I guess I didn't really need it. I still like my S2209WA.
     
  18. pmkoch macrumors regular

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    That is how I have my Xbox 360 hooked up to my 23" monitor. I have the HDMI cable hooked up and some computer speakers hooked up to the audio out and it works perfect.
     
  19. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    S2209W with my unibody macbook. It is 22 inches widescreen and has a 1920*1080 resolution.
     
  20. chill. macrumors 6502

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    i also have a s2209w, it was $240 and i had a $150 off coupon so got it for $90!

    it lacks height adjustment but overall it is a nice budget monitor
     
  21. Benchmob31 thread starter macrumors member

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    Where did you get a $150 off coupon?
     
  22. chill. macrumors 6502

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    it was coupon dell sent from when my brother bought a dell laptop

    i guess not so great a deal when you factor the laptop cost in :O
     
  23. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

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    I've been contemplating getting this monitor. Now that you've had it for a little while, what do you think of it? Do you have any pictures of the monitor along with your Mac?
     

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