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Poll Results: Single high res, or lower res, surround

 
  • 51% (30)
    Single 2560x1440/1600 Monitor
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    Three U2410's in surround 5760x1200
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    lawl noob
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Dell U2711 and don't look back. Going 30 inch is not worth the extra $300.
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Having a single 2560x1600 monitor is pretty incredible. Though I'm sure 3 monitor Surround would be pretty sweet as well. Obviously it's a decision you alone will have to make. Me not having tried a three monitor setup I unfortunately can't give a completely objective opinion there. I can give some insight though in the single big monitor arena, as I recently made a purchase there with the Dell U3011 30". The image quality of the Dell is absolutely breathtaking, the colors are so vibrant. The large resolution also makes multi-tasking an absolute pleasure. I actually considered buying the Apple 27" Cinema Display but a couple drawbacks stopped me. I posted them in a previous thread so here they are:
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post
I agree the Apple 27" Cinema Display does look pretty awesome. I contemplated getting one but there are a couple reasons that stopped me. Here are all the reasons why I wouldn't get it:

  • Limited Input Options: Since it is tailored more for newer Apple Computers and MacBooks it only has a Mini-Displayport input, just one. Common, it's a $1000 monitor and Apple only gives you one display format option. No less than the very uncommon Mini-Displayport, generally speaking. They could have at least given a DVI option. The Dell U2711 has five different input options (DVI, VGA, Displayport, HDMI, and Component).
  • Limited Adjustability: The monitor can tilt and that's it. No height, pivot, or even turning to the right or left (besides actually moving the base).
  • No OSD: Believe it or not this monitor has no on screen display menu. Everything is done in software. If you want to control the monitor at all under Windows 7 you'll have to install Boot Camp. I've read a lot of great things about Dell's OSD on the U2711.
  • Glossy Display: Since the display is very glossy it can have a big problem with reflections and glare. The U2711 on the other hand uses a nice matte display that is much less prone to this.
  • High Price: While if you are looking at this monitor to begin with this might be less of an issue, it still has to be mentioned that this is a very expensive monitor. While the Dell is pretty comparable in price and isn't really any better in this regard, Dell does offer coupons from time to time that can bring the U2711 down to $824: link.

I got lot of this information from a AnandTech review: link. Also while I'm not their biggest fan I'm no Apple hater, I actually own a 11.6" MacBook Air that I love. This is just my take on their 27" Cinema Display and I wanted to provide you with some constructive input to make an informed decision. I actually just bought a Refurb Dell U3011 30" for $899 at the Dell Outlet Store today. My recommendation would be to wait for the Dell U2711 to go on sale or watch for a refurb U2711 or U3011 at the Dell Outlet Store. I wish you the best on your decision and hope I helped you some.

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Originally Posted by BKsMassive View Post
Don't both buying the apple monitor. you can get two Dell U3011 for the same price.
This is incorrect, though I'm guessing you probably might meant U2410 and instead of U3011. The Apple 27" Cinema Display costs $999 new and $849 refurb. The Dell U3011 costs $1349 new, $1124 on sale, and $899 refurb.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 4/21/11 at 6:42pm
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Lawl NEWB! How about 3 120 HZ monitors. The difference is amazing! I cannot and will not go back to any 60hz display! When are the 2560x1600 120hz displays coming out lol.
    
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Lawl NEWB! How about 3 120 HZ monitors. The difference is amazing! I cannot and will not go back to any 60hz display! When are the 2560x1600 120hz displays coming out lol.
Ehh

You obviously don't know about monitors that much.



Let me put it this way: 120hz monitors look like absolute trash compared to high end displays, but high end displays are 60hz, which seems laggy compared to 120hz. The only way to get both is to go high end CRT.
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Ehh

You obviously don't know about monitors that much.



Let me put it this way: 120hz monitors look like absolute trash compared to high end displays, but high end displays are 60hz, which seems laggy compared to 120hz. The only way to get both is to go high end CRT.
This man.
Dear god i didn't realise OCN was so misinformed, De-Zant seems to be the only one to get it right.

Really depends on what you want. Don't bother with 120hz LCD, if you want more more HZ go buy a CRT.

Silly qustion OP as well lol. IF you want more desktop space, get triple monitor. if you want large monitor with high res, then buy a 2560x1440/1600

It's up too you.
post #17 of 21
And to further help you decide, here's how multiple monitors vs one large work in desktop enviroments.

Basically, large monitors will help your productivity in single applications, where the window is maximized on the whole screen and you need all the space you can get. (Like 3d modeling, video editing, photoshopping, etc)

Multiple monitors will help your productivity in multiple applications, such as keeping a browser on the other screen while doing something else on the other screen.


That is basically how it is for working on the desktop.
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And to further help you decide, here's how multiple monitors vs one large work in desktop enviroments.

Basically, large monitors will help your productivity in single applications, where the window is maximized on the whole screen and you need all the space you can get. (Like 3d modeling, video editing, photoshopping, etc)

Multiple monitors will help your productivity in multiple applications, such as keeping a browser on the other screen while doing something else on the other screen.


That is basically how it is for working on the desktop.
I've been saying the same thing for years (I first used multiple monitors in 2001-ish), but you know something? I think that 2560x1600 monitors are an exception. The resolution is so large that even if you split up the monitor into 4 windows, each application gets a resolution of 1280x800 to work with. Split it into only two, and it's 1280x1600. That's a higher resolution than most people's entire LCD (maybe not here, but in general). You can easily have Word and Firefox open side by side for example.

I imagine that the same holds true for 2560x1440 split into two, but not into four.
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Well I won't be using them/it for work, I'm using it/them for gaming.
    
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Well I won't be using them/it for work, I'm using it/them for gaming.
I don't use my PC for ANY kind of work either, but it's still nice to have the desktop space when browsing OCN and a million other sites at the same time.

Yeah, definitely in your case go U3011 or ZR30W
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