Wednesday, March 17


Pixy, You're Getting A Dell?

But it's shiny!

But it's a Dell!

But the only other option is to buy a 27" iMac and a compatible DisplayPort video card, and the only compatible DisplayPort video cards are the Radeon 4890, which has pretty much been discontinued, and the 5970, which costs as much as this monitor by itself, so the total cost comes out to three times as much.

But...  Three times?  Okay, Dell it is.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 05:24 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 The Imac does cost three times as much. But it does have a computer built into it. I just happen to have one sitting across from me and can testify that it is a great screen.

Not to mention computer. And its not mine.

I got the U2410 before Christmas for an ungodly cheap price. IPS screens are terrific. Especially when they are matt.

(Sorry Imac. I still like you).

Posted by: Andrew at Thursday, March 18 2010 12:20 AM (cB03i)

2 I'm quite fond of Dell monitors, though I don't have one myself.  I've never seen/used a bad one, even when they sold CRTs.

Except for the one that caused my eyes to bleed.  Literally.  That one wasn't so good.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Thursday, March 18 2010 08:56 AM (mfPs/)

3 I have two 21" IPS (actually S-PVA, but essentially the same thing) Samsung monitors now, but the new 27" models would give me the same pixel count in a single display.

I was considering splashing out on the 27" iMac, then I learned that the DisplayPort input was basically incompatible with everything else in the world.  Don't know whose fault that is, but it makes it kind of impractical.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, March 18 2010 10:10 AM (PiXy!)

4 There are DisplayPort adapters available for VGA, DVI and HDMI. I picked up an DisplayPort - HDMI adapter last weekend from Amazon for about US$12, and was able to hook my MacBook Pro up to my Samsung LCD TV via HDMI without more than a minute or so's worth of fiddling. Link to Amazon search for "DisplayPort"

Posted by: Rich at Friday, March 19 2010 04:05 AM (2ldMO)

5 Yep.  But what I'd need is a dual-link DVI to DisplayPort adaptor.  They do exist, but the only one I've seen cost $200, and I don't know if it would work for this.

Easier to just buy the Dell monitor which has 2 x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA.  (And component and composite too.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, March 19 2010 10:06 AM (PiXy!)

6 How much does delivery to Australia cost? (Presumably by air; surface would take weeks.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, March 20 2010 10:41 AM (+rSRq)

7 It generally ranges between exorbitant and absurd.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, March 20 2010 03:19 PM (PiXy!)

8 Too bad they can't deliver hardware through the internet.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, March 20 2010 05:45 PM (+rSRq)

9 Fortunately in this case, the monitor is actually cheaper (given the exchange rate and sales tax) from Dell Australia than from Dell USA.

Dell's international pricing - I've mentioned this before - is weird.  Some specific server components cost twice as much in Australia as the US - and for others, it's the other way 'round.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 21 2010 12:06 AM (PiXy!)

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