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25th Nov 14 at 17:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I've been given a budget of 2k for a new computer setup and need a bit of help choosing a pair of monitors as I'm not really sure what's good at the moment. I think the monitor budget will be about 500 after getting the laptop, peripherals and software I need; I think somewhere in the region of 22" would do. I just do programming and command line but still need something with decent colour and resolution

I've always though Dell made good displays in the past - anyone had any recent experience their stuff?

(The computer's going to be a MacBook Pro, not that it should make too of a much difference).

[Edited on 25-11-2014 by ed]
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Get a decent 22" Dell monitor for about 130 quid these days, will get an amazing monitor for 500.
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Don't have to spend the whole budget BTW! Looking to get a pair so about 150-200 per display would probably work out nicely and leave a bit of money for a laptop bag or something.
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Dell Ultrasharp or Professional (Ultra's tend to have thinner bezels; Pro's tend to have DVI instead of HDMI) would be my choice and i'd be looking at either the 24" U2414H or P2414H.
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25th Nov 14 at 22:23   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The Dell stuff is a bit funny, some are excellent, some are really soft and shit.
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quote:
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Dell Ultrasharp or Professional (Ultra's tend to have thinner bezels; Pro's tend to have DVI instead of HDMI) would be my choice and i'd be looking at either the 24" U2414H or P2414H.

I just got a pair of U2414H's recently - they're fucking brilliant.

Got 'em on the cheap from an Amazon wonky seller:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H3JIGHA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1EMP67XY9B256&coliid=I2XETFL3L5N2LH
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Was just looking at what seems like the replacement for that display:

http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&sku=906524

Looks pretty good, might see if I can sort a pair of those
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If I had deeper pockets, I'd have done the same.

While I'm sure the latest model has all the bells and whistles and will suck you off or whatever, I figured 2 x old model was better than 1 x new model for the 400-odd quid I had to play with.

Not jealous.
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Think I might need to go for the older model display as I'm about 100 over First world problems.
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Rob will the older model do daisychain DisplayPort?
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Fuck it I should just read
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At work I have a 24" Eizo and just use my laptop as a secondary monitor.
It's on some Griffin laptop stand, that raises it to the same height as the monitor.

Given the choice, I'd much rather upgrade the 24" to something larger, than the laptop.

Going to agree with all the Dell comments. I've mostly owned Dell monitors in the past and they've all been spot on.
Some of their better monitors come with calibration certificate and have the best out-of-the-box colour reproduction I've ever seen.


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quote:
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Rob will the older model do daisychain DisplayPort?

Is this a thing? Would be useful to only have to plug in one cable
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This makes me happy (providing it works over HDMI too)

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Can't chain HDMI the same way as DisplayPort.

If the monitors allowed chaining HDMI you'd end up with the same image on both of them.


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Ah yes - there's a hard resolution limit on HDMI which is fairly low.

Seems like you can do it on the newer Macs over Thunderbolt as the display evilrob recommended and the one I found have mini DisplayPorts on them which can be connected with or without an adapter (depending on whom you ask).
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Has to be displayport - I quite fancy it for my surface pro, 2 of those Dell screens!

[Edited on 26-11-2014 by pow]
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that would be a pretty epic way to use a Surface!
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Just put my request in for this lot:

* 13" MacBook Pro Retina (256GB version)
* Acme 13" Skinny Sleeve
* Apple Wireless Keyboard
* Apple Magic Mouse
* 2x Dell UltraSharp U2414H Monitors
* PHP Storm 8 License

Going to be a good start to the new year when I get it all
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Only 256GB?

Slightly off topic, what's PHP Storm like for dev'ing? Does it have built-in support for git/svn?
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My work laptop is only 256 GB as well. Store everything on the server anyway, so it's more than enough space.


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quote:
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* Apple Wireless Keyboard
* Apple Magic Mouse

You know there are better wireless keyboards and mice available, right?

The Apple ones are alright (I have both, and a Magic Trackpad) - I use the keyboard and trackpad in a HengeDocks Clique enclosure for casual input requirements:
http://hengedocks.com/products/clique-magic-trackpad-and-wireless-keyboard-dock

However, I prefer to use a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic set when sat at a desk (proper numeric keypad for starters):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Ergonomic-Keyboard-Standard-Packaging/dp/B00EO4NN5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417004799&sr=8-1&keywords=microsoft+ergonomic

[Edited on 26-11-2014 by evilrob]
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Has to be displayport - I quite fancy it for my surface pro, 2 of those Dell screens!

Not sure what generation Surface Pro you have, but the first gen does not support DisplayPort 1.2 specification so you can't daisy chain monitors to it. If you've got a Surface Pro 2 or 3, you're OK.

[Edited on 26-11-2014 by evilrob]
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Only 256GB?

Slightly off topic, what's PHP Storm like for dev'ing? Does it have built-in support for git/svn?

My personal MacBook is 256GB and I've never gone past 50-60% capacity - I wont be dealing with huge files so should be fine. All the other people in the team seem to be using the 256GB version too so hopefully It'll be ok (can always upgrade the SSD if needs be ).

PHP Storm is great, it's particularly useful for OOP and version 8 brings in loads of extra stuff for Laravel which is particularly convenient because it's the framework I'm going to be using. It's got Git support built in and does a nice job of it, but I tend to just use the command line stuff for that. One nice feature is that Grunt gets it's own tab and GUI

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quote:
Originally posted by ed
* Apple Wireless Keyboard
* Apple Magic Mouse

You know there are better wireless keyboards and mice available, right?

The Apple ones are alright (I have both, and a Magic Trackpad) - I use the keyboard and trackpad in a HengeDocks Clique enclosure for casual input requirements:
http://hengedocks.com/products/clique-magic-trackpad-and-wireless-keyboard-dock

However, I prefer to use a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic set when sat at a desk (proper numeric keypad for starters):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Ergonomic-Keyboard-Standard-Packaging/dp/B00EO4NN5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417004799&sr=8-1&keywords=microsoft+ergonomic

[Edited on 26-11-2014 by evilrob]


I've seen mixed reviews about the mouse, though a friend of mine has one and recommended it to me. The main reason I wanted it is because you can perform swipe gestures - that's one of the biggest reasons that I love OSX! If it's no good then I can always get something different.

The keyboard is probably a bit style over substance, but I rarely use the numeric keypad and I prefer Apple's bastardisation of a UK keyboard now I'm used to it. Plus, I can't stand those ergonomic things!

[Edited on 26-11-2014 by ed]
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quote:
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I've seen mixed reviews about the mouse, though a friend of mine has one and recommended it to me. The main reason I wanted it is because you can perform swipe gestures - that's one of the biggest reasons that I love OSX! If it's no good then I can always get something different.

The keyboard is probably a bit style over substance, but I rarely use the numeric keypad and I prefer Apple's bastardisation of a UK keyboard now I'm used to it. Plus, I can't stand those ergonomic things!

Fair enough

Although if it's gestures you want - the Magic Trackpad is the tits for that.

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