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macwannabe 10-12-2009 11:03 PM

Monitors
 
ok i am looking to get a mac pro possibly this month and i want to get two monitors for it. i am at a cross between dell sp2309 i found them for $229 each and HP w2338h i have found them for $200 i cant decide.. could someone please give me their input. thanx in advance.

pigoo3 10-12-2009 11:12 PM

You're going to get tons of opinions...and thus you may end up being more confused by the end of this thread than you started.;)

In addition to the two choices you mentioned...I have an HP w2408 24" monitor...here's a review:

HP w2408 Review and User Opinions - Hewlett-Packard - Monitors Reviews by Digital Trends 2009 10/12

It has many cool features...I especially like that the monitor has the ability to rotate the screen 90 degrees...for the occasional task where a "Portrait" rather than "Landscape" orientation is needed or handy.

Hope this helps,

- Nick

macwannabe 10-13-2009 08:34 AM

Thanx for the input but that is way out of my price range. I can get 2 of the other hp's for the price of one of the monitors that you mentioned.

pigoo3 10-13-2009 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macwannabe (Post 923811)
Thanx for the input but that is way out of my price range. I can get 2 of the other hp's for the price of one of the monitors that you mentioned.

I got mine as a refurbished model for $200 bucks...and there are LOTS of what are called "debranded" versions that are EXACTLY the same monitor with the "HP" info & labels removed. These are under $200.

Example:

Debranded Refurbished HP w2408h: 24″ LCD Monitor for $199.99 at Buy.com — DisplayBlog

Here's someone who's still selling them...I'm sure there are more:

Refurbished HP W2408 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor

HTH,

- Nick

martyp 10-13-2009 12:43 PM

Michael, I gather your going to be using the Mac Pro for Design/Photography work?

If so, I'd avoid the ones you're looking at along with the w2408h Nick suggests. Those are TN panels and aren't very good for color reproduction - I sampled one at work and it was awful.

You'd be better getting one decent monitor than two poor ones for your work...

Just my 2c tho. :)

pigoo3 10-13-2009 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by martyp (Post 923891)
If so, I'd avoid the ones you're looking at along with the w2408h Nick suggests. Those are TN panels and aren't very good for color reproduction - I sampled one at work and it was awful.

I totally agree with you that TN panel monitors are not the best...but for general computing they are fine. Also...I believe there is a budget limit in this particular case...so a "non-TN panel" monitor will most likely be more expensive.

- Nick

martyp 10-13-2009 01:04 PM

Totally agree about the budget and that the monitors are fine for 'general usage' however, if he is using this for design/photography I'd highly suggest buying a good monitor.

Better spending more once rather than paying twice later IMO... Like I said tho, I'm only guessing he's using it for work - if not any of the three would be fine!

macwannabe 10-13-2009 02:30 PM

yes i will be using it for graphic design and some amateur photography work. but also the w2408h is a TN panel as well.

martyp 10-13-2009 02:34 PM

In that case I'd seriously consider getting a S-IPS/H-IPS panel or go to a store and look at a TN panel for yourself.

pigoo3 10-13-2009 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by martyp (Post 923896)
Totally agree about the budget and that the monitors are fine for 'general usage' however, if he is using this for design/photography I'd highly suggest buying a good monitor.

Better spending more once rather than paying twice later IMO... Like I said tho, I'm only guessing he's using it for work - if not any of the three would be fine!

I certainly agree that getting an accurate monitor is best when doing photography/graphic design work...there just sounded like there was a budget concern.

Maybe screen "real estate" is more important at the moment.

- Nick

macwannabe 10-13-2009 04:53 PM

well i work at best buy atm and i looked at most of the monitors i like the HP ones the images seem more crisp and more true. yes i do have budget concerns and i would like a some screen real estate. if i didnt have a budget i would get the hp dream color monitors they are like 1k+ each and display the most colors of any other monitor 1billion +


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