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Apparently working on a large screen can make you quite productive. Given that my primary laptop is a Macbook, somehow I buy into this argument. OK maybe I am looking for an excuse to buy a big-screen monitor, but I don’t know which one. I am […]

Apparently working on a large screen can make you quite productive. Given that my primary laptop is a Macbook, somehow I buy into this argument. OK maybe I am looking for an excuse to buy a big-screen monitor, but I don’t know which one. I am looking for something affordable, great picture quality and supports DVI. Any suggestions?

  1. Affordable? Well, that rules out an Apple Cinema Display. They fetch a premium price these days. You should probably look at Dell.

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  2. Depends on the size you’re looking at, Om!

    You’ll probably want to look at the Dell 2408WFP. It’s not the cheapest at $699, but it has a high color range and tons of input options. NEC’s more recent MultiSync 24-inch displays should also be very accurate and worthwhile, though their model naming schemes aren’t always easy to wrap your head around.

    You might also want to consider Gateway’s FHD2400 screen if you want something cheaper and which also has good scaling for TV or other media sources, since it has a Faroudja processor that you’d normally only see in an HDTV. Lots of input and the option of a decent speaker bar, too.

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  3. Don’t believe Calacanis, Om. I used to use a 24″ Dell with my MacBook Pro, but it made absolutely no difference to my productivity. In fact, I’m faster on a smaller screen, even when designing sites. The constraints keep me focused and less prone to browsing for new widescreen wallpaper (damn you and your wonderful archives, Mandolux). And when it’s time to go, I don’t have to mess with DVIness.

    You can have my 24″ Dell if fancy collecting it from Stratford-Upon-Avon (and promise to link to my personal site in the GigaOm network). But if you have to have a bigger screen, get the 20″ Apple Cinema – but only when Jobs finally sprinkles them with web cams.

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  4. @ John,

    I agree with you. Apple is overpriced even if one of the prettiest on the market.

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  5. @ Neil,

    I think Macbook is a tad small for productivity though great for portability. I like the idea of a 24-inch Dell especially if I can find it at the right price. Apple monitors are way too expensive for not many good reasons. And this coming from a guy who is a mac-bigot.

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  6. Don’t listen to Neil, Om. :) I think you’d be very happy with the Dell recommended above. If you don’t find it helps you can return it, I believe. Looks like a 21-day window: http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/policy/en/policy?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~section=010#total

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  7. Om,

    The new Lenovo L220x is fantastic. I have it connected to a MacPro 2008 tower and I also tested it with my MacBook Air (via mini DVI). Once color calibrated, its a great monitor. Lenovo makes their own panel for this monitor and they market it as the first 22″ flat panel monitor that has 1920 x 1200 resolution. It really rocks (and comes with a 3-year warranty).

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  8. Errata:

    This should read as:

    I also tested it with my MacBook Air (via micro DVI)

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  9. Hey Om,
    Since I’m doing a lot more with my macbook nowadays, I bought a 22″ widescreen Samsnug SyncMaster 2200WM. It’s a beautiful display, gorgeous color and DVI/VGA support.
    I picked it up at Costco for $250. I’d say I’m much more productive when compared to my Macbook 13.3″ screen. The resolution difference is hard to argue against.

    -Jason

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  10. Hi Om, i need a big screen too for my MBPro 15”. Lenovo is veeery nice but a little bit expensive (for me).
    I would like to buy this one: BELINEA o.display 6.1 22″ Wide”.

    Enjoy :)

    PS: I’m in Italy :)

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