Which Monitor? Samsung Vs. Dell?

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  1. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    I'm doing up my setup sometime in the near future, and this includes getting new dual monitors for my PC, or to use to expand my MBP.

    I'm currently stuck between :
    Samsung SM2343NW 23"
    or
    Dell S2409W Full HD Monitor

    The Dell is £40 more expensive (24" usually seem to be this expensive compared to 23") Does anybody know which one actually has the better display?

    Thanks!
     
  2. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    stay away from dell as much as possible, i am very upset with the performance dell has given me, i have tried 3 different dell monitors and each of them have the same problem's. samsung and lg have been both amazing to me and i highly recommend them...take a look at lg's new led monitor
     
  3. BradenG macrumors regular

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    Mind going into some detail about your problems with the Dell displays?

    edit: ah, I see your thread about it.
     
  4. Hot Snowboarder macrumors 6502

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    Dell u2410. Best monitor I ever bought.

    Flawless backlight, great stand, colour reproduction is outstanding. Really really bright.
     
  5. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    +1 for Dells. Depending on your needs Dell has a great line of ultrasharp monitors that offer a great warranty and accurate color reproductions.
     
  6. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    WHOA that u2410 is awesome looking where do you buy it and how much is it?!
     
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    No kidding. The Dell UltraSharps are excellent. I know the OP is looking for a 24", not a 22", but check out the Buying Guide board for a thread on the Dell 2209WA and you will some great reviews. I have one and I love it. It has a great price for an IPS panel, and a killer warranty. ONE dead/stuck pixel, and they will advance ship you a new monitor.
     
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    I don't know about those particular monitors, but here I've got a beige G3 PowerMac with a Samsung CRT monitor and this old Windows PC with a Dell CRT monitor ... and they are both exactly the same monitor, except for the logo on the front. :rolleyes: Dell simply buys monitors from the main screen companies and re-badges them, so buying the Dell could well mean you're buying the Samsung anyway.
     
  10. creon macrumors 6502

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    Avoid Dell at all costs. Their products fail and when they do you will have to speak to someone who you can't understand and be on hold for an hour.

    Check out the LCD refurb's from the Apple Store.
     
  11. TheBritishBloke thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thought I should've mentioned if you didn't see my Location : I'm from the UK, and the Apple UK Store never has refurb monitors available, I think I've seen them there once.

    I would look into that u2410, but I'm not looking to spend £1000 on two monitors, I could buy a 64-Inch Full HD TV for that. My budget is around £235/Monitor (Roughly $380).

    I've never liked Dell's computers, all of them that I've owned, they were sent back for repairs every other month, so I stay away from them, but I always hear that they make some Kick-Ass monitors.

    22" really is my baseline, like I wouldn't buy the iMac 20" as It's stupidly small for the price, I'd rather pay the extra £250 for 4" more screen.

    Thanks for all the feedback, if anyone knows of the best monitors within my budget, it's greatly appreciated :)

    EDIT : If possible, include displays that can be rotated so they're viewed as portrait, as I may use another one for my iMac when I get it if possible.

    Thanks!
     
  12. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    If 22" is acceptable, you may want to check the 2209WA. Dig up the thread on the Buying board for reviews. I love mine, and I'm not alone in that regard. It's an IPS panel with tilt, height, rotation, and built in USB ports. I'm not sure about UK pricing, but the US price is $289. You can often find discount codes online for them, though. The other day, someone posted some codes that knocked them down to $210 or so.
     
  13. foodle macrumors 6502

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    Good thing you're not over-generalizing :D
     
  14. illibball087 macrumors regular

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    does dell use higher quality control on their ultrasharp line?
     
  15. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    I have two dell monitors and they are fine. now the computers thats another issue.
    I just bought one one of these and it is fine. a little bigger with built in speakers if you need them. it was well rated.
    Hannspree - 25" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor
    Model: HF-257HPB
     
  16. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    As you will see from my signature I agree with you 200%! :D
     
  17. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    In general, yes. You have to be careful, though, since in the past couple of years they have released a couple of Ultrasharp models that use TN panels, and they caught a lot of flack about that. I think they may have gotten the message, though, since models like the 2209WA have IPS panels. In any event, the Ultrasharps do have a good warranty. They will advance ship you a replacement if there is one dead/stuck pixel, and it's good for a least 3 years. You can extend it to 5 years.

    Is yours the current gen Mini? I've been trying to figure out if the previous gen (1.83 C2D with Intel graphics) will power dual monitors.
     
  18. foodle macrumors 6502

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    Only the newest generation Mini will drive dual displays. You can use a USB-DVI box for the older Minis, but that's not optimal ...
     
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    Online store in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia or New Zealand. For $899 AUD.

    Not sure if its made it to other countries yet..
     
  20. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I thought so. You read my mind, though. I was about to ask if anyone had used the USB graphics adapter. I've seen them on OWC, but I wanted to find out before dropping $100 on the thing.
     

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