Macbook w/ 20" Cinema or 20" Dell

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  1. samm

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    Does anyone use a Macbook with the 20" Cinema display? I am considering purchasing a Macbook this August before I graduate to get in on the free iPod deal.

    black Macbook $1416 + tax
    2x 1GB RAM $160
    30GB iPod video $269
    20" Cinema $699
    - $179 iPod rebate
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    $2365 total

    not bad, just have to get wife approval now...
     
  2. Tvan

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    Get the Dell 2007FPW instead of the Apple Cinema. It is essentially the same panel for much less $. I am running one off of my Powerbook G4 right now and couldn't be happier with it. :)
     
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    for 200$ i got a mbp
     
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    hmm, based on style, apple.
     
  5. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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  6. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    Right. If you want to save some bucks and get equal quality, and more features go with teh Dell. I got two 2007wfp's side by side, and they are great monitors.
     
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    I wouldn't say equal quality. They use good panels (benq) but overal quality on the dells is mediocre. They are infamous for backlight bleed, for example. Dell is also the only major company I can think of that still wastes time with analog displays, and consequently rips of many of their customers without their knowledge.
     
  8. Tvan

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    The monitor in question has DVI-D, so how is this relevant? :ugh2:
     
  9. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    Backlight leackage has been fixed looong time ago. However, I must agree to a certain extent. Earlier models 2007wfp models had horrible banding issues, but now are fixed. Also, the 2407's are having some real issues as well.

    I went with Dell and got two 2007wfp's for the price of one 20" Cinema Display.

    As far as "ripping off users," If you're dumb enough then you deserve it. That's what it basically boils down to. Also, not everyone has DVI outs on their video cards, so I would hardly call them a rip-off.
     
  10. samm

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    Pics of said setup? A friend of mine runs a 2005fpw off his 12" powerbook. I am leaning towards the 20" Cinema myself, haven't really considered the Dell much.
     
  11. Tvan

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    Pics when I get home from work. :hsr:

    They use Samsung panels...

    Edit: I have a Mushkin 700 watt psu and a Lian-Li case that just got delivered today, I shall be building the computer that will run the 2007FPW full-time tonight.
     
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  12. Tvan

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    Bump for pic.

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    Time to dust off the desk... I guess that I spend too much time looking at the LCD real estate.
     
  13. xenon supra

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    i have a 15" macbook pro and a 20" widescreen dell. the dell is a really nice picture, definitely glad i got it instead of the apple monitor. I only payed 390 for the dell it was on sale.
     
  14. tenplanescrashing

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    either choice will work great. I just like the way acd's look...dells look cheap and plasticy.

    and the only true difference besides the looks is that the dells have 4 usb ports whereas the acd's have 2 usbs and 2 firewire ports.
     
  15. jackjohnson

    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    if I had the cash to spare it would be a acd, if I wanted bang for the buck it would be a 2007wfp, right now they are 365 on dells site. can't beat that
     
  16. clog

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    do the ACD's have composite and s-vid inputs? what about PIP?
     
  17. Tvan

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    The new 07's look a lot better than the previous gen of Dells, I use a 19" at work and go home to the 20.1" and don't mind it at all.

    The Dell has two USB ports, but also VGA, S-Vid, and Composite video inputs. It also supports HDCP over DVI, so when HD-DVD and Blu-Ray catch on, you won't have to worry about having to view those movies in a degraded resolution.

    With the ACD, I'm pretty sure that non-HDCP would limit it to 720p when displaying high def content.
     
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    :mb: Prime example of giving advice without any personal experience. Gotta love OT.
     
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    I have a 20" ACD. I have had it for over year and a half now. I love it. However, I also had the 20" Dell at my last job for the last 6 months I was there and I can tell you that you get way more for your money. I never once had an issue with either system. Both screens displayed identical. The Apple of course looks cleaner, but the minimalistic look also came with minimalistic usage. The Dell can tilt, raise, turn and flip 90 degrees, not to mention the extras it comes with all for almost half the price. I bought my ACD because at that point, Dell was not manufacturing a competitor.

    If I were to do it all over again and if I had the cash to burn, I would get two Dells instead of on ACD. I love my ACD, but I'm not stupid.
     
  20. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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  21. Tvan

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    :bowdown:

    Thank you for an honest response from someone who has used both products, exactly what this thread needed.
     
  22. tenplanescrashing

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    I didn't know they updated them. when our school's business building opened, all workstations were brand new with brand new monitors and this is what I was basing my decision on.
     
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    Wait... you can drive a 20" LCD off a MBP, and still use the main screen? You can use both screens with one mouse? What about a 24"? 30"?
     
  24. Tvan

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    Yea the MBP has DVI-D. (that's dual link)
     
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    yup.
     

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