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Slashdot hosts a great discussion concerning the Dell 30" LCD vs. Apple's 30" Cinema Display that was released on January 5th. Since the 24 inch models were basically the same technology, many readers dismiss the idea of getting a 30" monitor - something that I definitely wanted, but maybe convinced otherwise now.
For instance, a few key points are brought up in the discussion that seem hard to dispute. First, to actually run this monitor, you need a video card that does dual-link DVI connections - which also currently costs about $1500 US. Second, it seems Dell has a habit of overstating its monitor's specs. One reader, using a calibrator, shows that Apple's more modest numbers are accurate while Dell's numbers seem to be obtainable but only for seconds at a time and at a rate of possibly damaging the monitor. Lastly, many readers being up the cost effectiveness by going with a multi-monitor setup and also the benefits in usability. Personally, I have used a 3 monitor setup at work which is highly more efficient than using a single monitor setup which I have at home so I would have to agree with most of the Slashdot posters.
As posted by Engadget, Dell will be producing a 30 inch monitor to compete with Apple's 30" offering that you may have seen at your local Apple store or CompUSA. From the Engadget article:
The 3007WFP is said to have a a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (that’s WQXGA, baby!), a 14ms response time, 400cd/m2 brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio, support for HDCP, and a built-in 4-port USB hub and 9-in-1 multimedia card reader. No price, but it should hit North America on December 21st, which means you’ll have to choose between buying Christmas presents for your loved ones or buying yourself one sweet LCD panel.
NewEgg is offering an exchange program that allows anyone to get a free estimate on their used computer equipment, print out a pre-paid shipping sticker and get cash for their old equipment. Very cool program. To me, think of it as a 100% certain Ebay buyer for all your junk you are trying to get rid of.