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 Post subject: Advice on 2 Extra Monitors
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Scott,

I'm looking for 2 extra monitors to use with my laptop at work. A colleague of mine picked up 2 of these 23" Dell Monitors.

Basically you could just look at the link and tell me if you recommend this monitor at this price. For more info/thoughts, read below.

Pros: Size (for native resolution), VESA mountable, and adjustable stand (height, tilt, and especially swivel)

Cons: No HDMI (my machine has a VGA and HDMI port, I know I get a dock or adapters but I want to keep it all Digital if possible), Thick Bessel

Other: USB port (somewhat convenient but not needed), Price (I've looked around at other 23" and the price is decent), 5ms response time (does that really matter unless I'm using it for games?).

I want to know if you'd rececommend this monitor if I am planning on mounting them in some fashion to my desk or if there's a better choice for the price and size? I definitely want at least 1 monitor I can turn to portrait mode for reading PDFs and I realize some mounts can do this.

Let me know if you need any additional details. Wrote this up in a hurry.

Evan


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on 2 Extra Monitors
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:20 pm 
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That Dell monitor seems fine, but expensive. You can get 24" LED backlit monitors for as little as $130 these days. But if that pivoting feature is desirable to you, then that narrows down the selection considerably. DVI is backwards compatible with HDMI, so all you'll need is a simple adapter or HDMI to DVI cable to connect a DVI display to a system with only an HDMI output. Analog VGA is completely unacceptable at full HD resolution. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on 2 Extra Monitors
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:43 pm 
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Definitely going to pick up some of those cables.

Do you have any thoughts on multi-monitor stands or single/multiple monitor mounting arms?

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So far I've just used monitors on their own stands, so I don't have any recommendations to offer regarding independent stands or brackets. If you try any, I'd be interested to hear what you think about them. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on 2 Extra Monitors
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:10 am 
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I'll follow up when I get something. I'm looking to be able to easily transition from a sitting position to standing. I'd rather work standing but my desk isn't that height, so I'm trying to figure something out.

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:30 pm 
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...HDMI to DVI cable to connect a DVI display to a system with only an HDMI output.
Why are the ferrite core cables cheaper?

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:01 pm 
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Probably because they use thinner guage wire, and thus are cheaper to make. Scott.


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