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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it arrived nice and early this morning. After signing for it, I went back to bed! Twisted Evil

Now it's set up, and the poor old G4 is not liking the pixel count! I tired running the iTunes visualizer full screen, and it's like watching a high speed slide presentation! Laughing Oh well, I haven't run the visualizer in forevers, so it's no big deal.

There might be a deal breaker about this display and it might go back, but I'll have to study the HTML( Rolling Eyes ) user guide, to see if this might be a problem of just a minor setback.

After work tonight I'll try and get one of those nice apps for testing for dead/stuck pixels, and also set the config stuff to like the Mac better.

SC

ps - I can barely see the Dell logo in the front, but I'll still need to get some electrical tape! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear that it made it sooner than the original Dell delivery date. What's the dealbreaker?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Supposedly it doesn't support two computers, but we'll see.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this monitor, it sits nicely next to my 2010 Mac Mini as its got the silver base, silver screen surround and it is well built. Has VGA and DVI connectors and the screen isn't too glossy like some of Apple's own.

Having looked at others, I couldn't find any that sit alongside the mac mini, keyboard and mouse that compliment each other so well. If it wasn't for the HP logo you would swear it was a supplied Apple matching monitor. Smile

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=4085047&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice looking display.

The Dell does support all of the inputs, although not all at once of course. Wink So this is good.

I'm gonna have to see how to set up the two quick preference settings, so I can have one set up for the mini, and one for the peecee. As it is the back lights are cranked up pretty high, so contrast kind of suffers.

Finally figured out how to get the height adjust to work since the piss poor documentation doesn't show you how to release the tension for the height or the pivot.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, here is my short term review -

It's a nice display, with some nice features.

It has really made using the mini and the peecee much easier. I used to have to let one computer sleep it's display, switch the USB, then click the mouse/key to wake the other computer display and have it auto-detect and switch. Now I just press a button, and select an input, and I'm good to go. This makes working on the peecee easier, 'cuz my mini is playing my music and now it's easier to switch over and skip a crappy/undesired track and switch back!

However, there are a few drawbacks.

The first is the documentation. For what is a $300 display, there really should be a printed manual. It should be more complete than the really bad html based manual from the install disc. How much should a manual for a display have? A simple plug and play display could get away with pamphlet, but a display with custom settings, and multiple this and that really should have something that explains it. Even a PDF would have been better since I could print it out for reference.

The second is the overall brightness. I can't calibrate via ColorSync advanced settings since I can't get past the brightness/contrast setting. It's always to bright for my eyes(in the ColorSync brightness setting section), even with the brightness cranked way to far down to be useable for anything else.

I still haven't rotated it, as I lowered it down on it's stand, as I have it sitting on two "risers." So I haven't been able to compare it's portrait performance versus it's landscape performance.

I still love me the glossy displays, and this one is a matte display, so it's gonna take a bit of getting used to...

That's about all I can think of for now. If you have any questions, let me know!

SC

ps - still haven't covered the logo. Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:24 am    Post subject: Shades Reply with quote

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The overall brightness. I can't calibrate via ColorSync advanced settings since I can't get past the brightness/contrast setting. It's always to bright for my eyes(in the ColorSync brightness setting section), even with the brightness cranked way to far down to be useable for anything else.
I've been using Shades with Leopard and SL. Give it a try. I've tried going directly to the Shades
site but the page never loads. Can't help you with Windows.

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ps - still haven't covered the logo. Mad
A wad of gum, maybe. I wonder if someone makes silver colored gum.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to try booting into 10.5 and give Shades a try.

I have something to cover the logo with, I just haven't taped it up. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I lowered it down on it's stand, as I have it sitting on two "risers." So I haven't been able to compare it's portrait performance versus it's landscape performance.


Why have you done this? Are you worried about it being top heavy when extended on it's pedestal?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because I love my ATR8000, and my Panamax Max5000! Wink

Plus I'm tall so most desks are too low for me to use effectively. Even with my current modular desk, and having the desk surface 34" up, the display would still be too low for me, even with it at it's max height on the stand. As is, it's only about an inch below it's max extension.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I'll have to try booting into 10.5 and give Shades a try.SC
I'm using Shades with Leopard on my iMac PPC and
was using it with my Leopard Intel mini but
now using it with the Snow Leopard-Intel-mini.
So, Shades is PPC/Intel compatible.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Plus I'm tall so most desks are too low for me to use effectively. Even with my current modular desk, and having the desk surface 34" up, the display would still be too low for me, even with it at it's max height on the stand. As is, it's only about an inch below it's max extension. SC
How about a shorter chair? You could hacksaw some height from the chair legs. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Smithcraft wrote:
Plus I'm tall so most desks are too low for me to use effectively. Even with my current modular desk, and having the desk surface 34" up, the display would still be too low for me, even with it at it's max height on the stand. As is, it's only about an inch below it's max extension. SC
How about a shorter chair? You could hacksaw some height from the chair legs. Laughing

Then my knees would be in my face! Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your old lady might think thats a good thing.
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