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Apple 30" or Dell 30" Display and what video card?

mlah384

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What monitor will be better for Graphic Design and Web Design? The Apple 30" or the Dell 30"? I read the LCD Thread sticky but they were listing the largest web design monitor as the NEC 24", but I want larger than that. I know the NEC 24" is probably the best one when it comes to color, etc, its just smaller than I want.. The NEC 30" seems just as good as the NEC 24" but it costs a few body parts and your 1st born.... I have a Dell 2408WFP 24" now and a Hanns G 28" but the Hanns is not good for design at all.. I want to use a 30" as my main screen and my Dell 2408wfp 24" as my side monitor... Also, i read that the Apple requires dual dvi? Will most of the new cards today run that monitor? Or does it require a special card? I have a 8800GTS now so I probably should upgrade it as well? What graphic card would rock for graphic design but not break the bank (i.e. under $400)?

Thanks
 

jlee

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You will need dual-link DVI for the 30", which I am pretty sure your card has.
 

T2k

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If you're fine with 24" then I suggest you to look at the brand new Dell U2410: according to TFTCentral's review it's just as good as the famous NEC once it's calibrated under Standard or sRGB modes - check its thread.
 

LCD123

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Get a 40" LCD TV and use that as a monitor. Much bigger and cheaper than a 30" and no dual link required either!
 

alyarb

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i think you want the higher resolution of 2560x1600. it's twice the number of pixels (twice the work area) as 1080 television, and a thirty inch screen is definitely large enough when it's right in your face.
 

T2k

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Originally posted by: LCD123
Get a 40" LCD TV and use that as a monitor. Much bigger and cheaper than a 30" and no dual link required either!
Of course not: it's 1920x1080, not 2560 like a 30" would be.
Also a decent 50" will costs you 2x the price of a very good quality 24" LCD but will only get you mediocre colors...


...I wish there were 32" plasmas, though. :D
 

schenley101

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If you really need good color, you need to get a lacie or something like that. i know hp has a really good 24 inch for like $900 but i think you need a displayport.
 

mwmorph

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What's your budget? If you workplace is willing to shell out and it's something you really need, you can't go wrong with the Ezio 30" CG301w or Lacie 730. For personal/hobby use I think either the dell or the Apple will work fine and provide very good color accuracy.

I have heard nice things about both.
Eizo:
Better color uniformity
Better brightness uniformity
has a fan for cooling

Lacie:
Worse color uniformity
sharper text than eizo
no fan so silent

If you can't afford those 2, maybe look at a NEC 3090 spectraview, it's more in line with the Dell 3008 price but offers a bit better color I believe.
 

lopri

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8800 GTS will work fine with the Dell 30". Apple 30" should work with it as well, in theory, but you may want to double check it at Mac Forum.
 

LCD123

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Originally posted by: mlah384
Originally posted by: LCD123
Get a 40" LCD TV and use that as a monitor. Much bigger and cheaper than a 30" and no dual link required either!
ha.. good idea... wonder how TV works with design, color, etc?
That youll have to ask around, but I hear the LED TVs are great with colors. A 32" from Samsung will cost $1250 while a 40" will set ya back $1600, but the best aren't cheap! I wish I had $1600 laying around! I saw them in Best buy and they are great!
 

Modelworks

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Have you worked with 30" monitors ? I have and while it may seem bigger is better that isn't always the case, especially with a desktop monitor. I ended up with two 24" monitors. the 30" was just too big and I couldn't see what I needed to with it being on the desk.
 

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