Monitor Advice - Two 24" LCD (which ones) or a 30"

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  1. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I need to upgrade my display at home, as I currently have a 2208WFP from Dell (awesome monitor). My workload is getting crazy and I need more real estate.

    I have spent the better part of the last few days reading endless reviews online, and I'm leaning towards getting dual 24's from Dell (I think mlakrid and madmatt have those atm). For about the price of a 30, I can get two physical monitors, which is something I would prefer, and technically 48" of space. I know I could do window cascading and arranging in a 30, but not quite sure yet.

    Any thoughts/feedback out there or opinions? I'd be leaning towards the 2408WFP most likely - would prefer dual 30" but don't want to add another video card to boot :D
     
  2. synical33

    synical33 X2 & Lovin' It

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    Dell2407FP! I see these @ work all the time & they dont fail. Plus they are easy on the eyes.
     
  3. Sazar

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    If you need a lot of work space, dual displays will suit you better than a single one tbh.

    You can use ultramon and divvy the screen up as needed, moving important apps and displaying them on both screens.

    30 is better if you need a higher resolution, but not as much desktop-space.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Two monitors will definitely be better than the single 30".
     
  5. X-Istence

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    Yup, two monitors is definitely better than 1 large one.
     
  6. madmatt

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    Two 27" or 30" displays would be best.
     
  7. kcnychief

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    I'm like 99.9% towards two monitors, but the 30 is so sexeh.

    I did look at the 27's, but it's such a significant price difference for three extra inches and the same resolution.

    Not deciding for another week or so, maybe I will go 27's, who knows :D
     
  8. LordOfLA

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    2x Dell 2408 :)
     
  9. Petros

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    Get a 30" and a 20"-22". Second monitors are just for utility anyway.
     
  10. madmatt

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    I disagree. I use my second 24" just as much as my primary.
     
  11. Sazar

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    No way :)

    Without dual-displays at work, I would have half the productivity in all seriousness.
     
  12. omg its nlm

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    At work I have tow and I love it. At home I would just be fine with one..

    I might get the 30?
     
  13. Petros

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    What I meant is that I game and watch movies on one--the big "fun" monitor, thus the second is for utility (productivity, etc).

    I just suggested a cheaper second monitor in case price might come into play.
     
  14. kcnychief

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    Price not really coming into play as the upgrade is a necessity, and I want them to match :smoker:

    I agree though that the second monitor is pretty important and I would prefer them to be the same size.
     
  15. mlakrid

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    What he said, and you are right... dual 24's its STILL the SHIZNIZZLE!!

    OR... wait until the third quarter of this year when the LCD production world wide is "supposedly" supposed to triple over what it has been... of course we have been hearing this for HOW long??

    :laugh:

    Mike A!
     
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  16. Dark Atheist

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    if you pay for the extra 3" you may stop getting those spam emails :p
     
  17. mlakrid

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    SEE... you are just like my wife... she told me to give her a full 8 inches...

    I got mad and told her:

    "for the last time woman, I am not cutting off three inches for you or anyone else"

    :laugh:
     
  18. Dark Atheist

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    she was on about your hair - you hippy :cheeky:
     
  19. kcnychief

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    Um, eww :eek:

    I read a review the other day of a comporable 24", I believe either a Gateway or HP, that actually had 3 dual capable DVI inputs on it as well. Doesn't have the card reader or USB hub, but that's kind of like having a 2-port DVI KVM which would save me some loot.
     
  20. kcnychief

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    Well I decided, I'm going with the 2408WFP. I can't be sure, but I think there are a few things that the 2407 didn't have. Either that, or I'm confused by all the reviews I read!

    The 08 has 3000:1 Contrast, where I think the 07 had 1000:1. The 08 has two DVI Ports (one with HDCP), and I think the 07 only had one. The response time is 6ms and it's just a beauty

    Will be buying them hopefully next week, can't wait :)