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Old 06-17-2016, 10:03 PM
 
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Update....


So, after a lot of thinking (and comparing/reading) I bought the Dell Ultrasharp U2412M. A couple review articles recommended it for those in my price range, although it was a little pricier than I had hoped to go.

24"
1920 x 1200

Nice adjustable stand
1x DVI-D port, 1x display port, 1x VGA port, 1x USB 2.0 upstream port, 4x USB downstream ports

So I quickly set it up with the included VGA cable to my (old) Dell Inspiron laptop and. It works. But the picture really is not great. No manual comes with it, but part of me is concerned that maybe my laptop doesn't support this level of resolution, or maybe I have a lot of adjusting to do.

It certainly is decadent to having a monitor though, particularly this large.

I haven't had a desktop computer... or separate monitor for my laptop ... ever. And I've had computers for 30 years!
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:18 AM
 
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So, I really screwed up. My computer's resolution is only 1366 x 768. I got way too much monitor for my computer. Perhaps it will work better with my future computer....

Will I be sorry I don't have an HDMI input in this monitor once I get another laptop in a year or two?
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You will not be sorry.
You really can't tell the difference between VGA and HDMI.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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At your current resolution, you wouldn't notice a different between different display cable types.
Once you need to go 1920x1200 or more so, higher, then you would need a better signal.
Prefer and use DisplayPort over HDMI because it is superior.

That said, the upcoming USB-C will probably change everything.

Any half-way decent laptop built in the last couple of years would be able to provide you the resolution this monitor deserves and when you get a machine that can deliver 1920x1200 as its default output, you will have a grin on you face.

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Old 06-20-2016, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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So, I really screwed up. My computer's resolution is only 1366 x 768. I got way too much monitor for my computer. Perhaps it will work better with my future computer....

Will I be sorry I don't have an HDMI input in this monitor once I get another laptop in a year or two?
If your settings are set to "Mirror" your laptop display with the external monitor, it will have the same resolution. If you change it to external monitor only or extended desktop, you should have more resolution options.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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Good catch Lopez!
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:18 PM
 
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Yeah, good catch Lopez!

It didn't even occur to me since I typically keep the laptop cover closed when using it on a docking station or with an external monitor.

Hopefully that was the case!
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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You will not be sorry.
You really can't tell the difference between VGA and HDMI.
At work right now, I have a pair of 24" EliteDisplays running 1920x1600.

One is using VGA (through a KVM switch!) and one is using DisplayPort.

I can't tell the difference. Without looking at the connectors.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:24 PM
 
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At work right now, I have a pair of 24" EliteDisplays running 1920x1600.

One is using VGA (through a KVM switch!) and one is using DisplayPort.

I can't tell the difference. Without looking at the connectors.
Well, you are wearing glasses after all!



Don't shoot, I was only kidding!

On a serious note, I am sure you know there are different grades of VGA and DVI cables.
A dual-link DVI cable will support higher and more resolutions than single-link DVI. I don't believe VGA has official classifications like that but there are at least two different grades where the better quality one supports much higher resolution than normal VGA cables. They have a thicker cable.

Up to 24" LCD, I think a standard VGA would work fine but DVI quality might be iffy if the user is using single-link DVI cable instead of a dual-link one:


On larger monitors (26" & up), I have connected DVI, VGA and DisplayPort cables back to back on the same 28" hi-res monitor and you could tell the difference but more importantly, when using VGA and DVI cables, the display properties showed a lot less available resolutions and also lacked the top 2-3 highest resolutions that DisplayPort connection offered.

On a side note, I have encountered -seemingly- bad monitors where the screen would look all faded, lines, are chopped/scrambled making you think 90% monitor was gone, 10% something wrong with the video card, etc. but I replaced the VGA cable and viola!
The old cable didn't look bad or old either!

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Old 06-22-2016, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I meant 1920x1200, not 1920x1600. And yeah, with glasses.
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