Originally posted by JeffDM
The actual responses might be identical for both, assuming they are both using the same mode. There are articles on some of the more reputable PC sites that explain the spec differences between different displays that use the same panel. Also, for different panels, that a (for example) 10ms rated display might be worse than a 20ms rated display, for reasons such as dithering, color depth, different measuring standards, settling time and so on.
Every PERSON I know who has the Dell (monitor) luvz it, lots and lots. On the other hand, every AUTISTIC person -- whoopsie, I meant to say, ARTISTIC person -- I know who got the monitor (most especially those who snagged it because *I* told them to), want to kill me for daring to suggest it, and have returned it.
The LCD panels on the Apple Cinema and the Dell are identical. There is only one company on planet Earth that makes it (Phillips), and only two companies that buy it as far as I know (Apple and Dell). But... Dell uses a different backlight than Apple does. It won't calibrate correctly using professional color-matching devices, the backlight is TOO BRIGHT, black is never actually "black," there are hundreds of hysterical messages to this effect up on Apple's Discussions section.
Dell is aware of this; the Revisions A's were so bad they suggested "placing a black filter over the monitor, we'll send you one!" The Revision B's were mostly fixed, and the Revision C's are coming.
The current 20" Dells (the only ones I have first-hand knowledge about) WILL NOT correctly colormatch and use icc spaces, when you attempt to calibrate them. "Black" will not match pre-press "black" no matter how many hours you spend trying to get it that way. After trying to accomplish this with a friend of mine who brought 2 of them, due to my (stupid) advice, for 3 days he returned the two he purchased, and got one Apple Cinema and some ugly as fuck -- but apparently PERFECT (well the screen anyway, the case looks like you melted down ugly plastic) -- Eizo, for 5 times as much as the Dell's cost.
The OBVIOUSLY CORRECT SOLUTION: Get a big-ass Cinema Display, and convince someone else to buy it for you. "I NEED IT, for my porn; whoopsie, I meant to say: WORK. Or everything I create for you will be NO GOOD!"
In conclusion, you could always marry a really ugly girl with a great personality.
Besides, they really aren't THAT expensive if you're a student, or scam your local Apple store (I have yet to find one that cares, "Hi, I'm a student! Did you want ID?" "Well ok then, let's just knock $120 off that price for you. I sure don't care"). But mostly this only works with MANAGERS. Being dressed like a fruitloop (I meant to say ARTIST) and being on drugs (or just acting that way) at the time of the purchase, seem to speed this process right along. "Here's your shit, please get the hell out of our store, don't sue us for emotional damages because the color-scheme of the carpeting is not to your liking!"
I've got two. One a company paid for, the second one I purchased, using that exact system up there ^^^ Have fun kids!
On the other hand, if you just want to read email, write crap in Word and surf the net dude! it's not like you're gonna care, most especially if you have no taste and are even contemplating the Dell just because it's a big monitor that gives good value for your money... are you insane?
Also, aluminum glimmers with a pretty spectral luminescence, when exposed to blacklight. You just can't buy that kinda quality assurance from Dell.
Steve Jobs UNDERSTANDS.