Goodbye Dell 30″ LCD – You Served Me Well

Last night, my 30″ Dell LCD monitor fell off my desk and onto the floor. While there didn’t seem to be any physical damage, the impact destroyed the screen and it no longer works properly. The dell monitor has served me well for the past year and I’m sure it would have lasted many more years if it were not for the unfortunate accident.

They say every adversity contains the seeds of a greater benefit. However, I’m having a hard time seeing the benefit of breaking a $1,500 monitor. At any rate, I’ll be taking the old Dell to the recycle center, where it will most likely end up serving some family in a third world country. The monitor still displays images but there are lines everywhere and the color is all messed up.

I am now on a search for a new big screen. My choices are another Dell 30″ LCD, the new Apple 27″ LED or a 27″ Apple iMac. What would you go for?

Dropped Dell 30

Dropped Dell 30

162 thoughts on “Goodbye Dell 30″ LCD – You Served Me Well”

  1. Sohail says:

    Thats unfortunate………. go for an iMac

    1. dotCOMreport says:

      Yep. Definitely the iMac.

      1. Hey John,

        I think that the 27 inch iMac will give you the most bang for the buck.

        1. d3so says:

          I agree. I’d go for the iMac as well.

          1. iMac will be a great option but I think John should try something Different.

          2. and what is the reason because of which you are thinking that John will pick different one ?

        2. there is no doubt that mac is mac.

          I am sure mac is also john’s first choice.

    2. Abhik says:

      Yeah!! iMac should be his first choice as the alternative. But, I guess a Dell 30″ LCD would be better.

      1. If you go for hardy than definitely dell is the best option … but otherwise I will trecommend Mac as well.

  2. hahah the new LED ofcourse by Apple!!! Dell sucks man!

    1. miguel says:

      The new Apple and Dell 27″ LED monitors are made by the same manufacturer. The difference is the Apple has a glossy finish, while the Dell is matte.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        I love Dell, you can never knock Dell!

        1. d3so says:

          I don’t like Dell because getting support is frustrating.

          1. You can’t say anything about Dell’s Support because in some areas they are very good and in some very frustrating, In my area they come within 24 hours only.

    2. Abhik says:

      Dell never sucks.. Atleast not in my case.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        Dell is an awesome brand

        1. Rich Dennis says:

          Do you own stock in Dell? I’ve had several Dell’s and they all were a headache.

          1. If you love Dell that’s fine. Just make sure that your love is not blinding you to other possibilities. After all we are just talking about machines here.

          2. If Dell was headache than why do you own several .. one or two was good enough to know about it.

          3. Abhik says:

            Oh really?
            They why you bought several of Dell’s?

            And, is it necessary to own stock to praise a brand?

  3. Luke says:

    I would get the Apple 27″ LED. You don’t need the iMac and it will be a lot nicer than your 30″ LCD.

    1. so every one is recommending mac … Interesting

      1. Abhik says:

        Not everyone..
        I always prefer (and suggest) dell when it comes to computers and accessories.

        1. Dan Lew says:

          I think he wants something different then a mac by the sound of things

          1. John is wanting comments on this and the topic is always good because people love different products.

          2. Abhik says:

            Right, and that’s why we all are commenting!!

          3. So finally Mac is winner and John got iMac.

  4. dg says:

    3 x 27″ powered by a Mac Pro. Why settle for anything less?

    1. interesting another imac recommendation.

      Boy we simply love mac … Isn’t ??

      1. Dan Lew says:

        why so many mac lovers?

        1. Mac is pretty good. I think that lovers is a strong word when talking about technology.

          If John is looking just for as monitor I don’t know why he included iMac in his question.

          But if he’s looking for a combination of a monitor and computer then 27 inch iMac is a top candidate.

        2. Abhik says:

          It’s called Brand Obsession 😉

          1. Yes quite agree with this.

            But if there are so many people is talking about same brand than I am sure you should think about it. Because these people knows what is technology and all.

          2. @ Email

            So you were right and finally John picked the iMac.

  5. Awwww I feel you. That is such a waste. How did it fall on the floor? What are planning to get next?

    1. John Chow says:

      I accidentally knocked it over by leaning on the desk and tilting the glass the monitor was sitting on. It slide off the glass and onto the floor.

      1. Harshad says:

        How many beers did you have?

        1. Things like that can happen even without having a beer.

          1. d3so says:

            I bet he was being sarcastic. I would’ve been so mad at myself if I did such a thing.

          2. Me 2 lol, but its insured right?

          3. John Chow says:

            It’s insured against thief, not something stupid like accidentally knocking it off an table. 🙁

          4. Hey I don’t know that LCDs can also be insured, can any one tell me how to get that ?

          5. Abhik says:

            Well, almost all electronics equipment can be insured..
            Like John said, it can be insured only for theft.

          6. May be there is also such kind of option available …

            Just consult your insurance agent.

          7. Harshad says:

            Sarcastic? Me? I was just trying to be funny… lol

        2. Mathew Day says:

          With John’s money it wouldn’t be to bad, but for a small timer like myself, it would really suck and I would have to down a few beers. 🙂

  6. Jason says:

    Here is a monitor that has a little bit more resolution than the Apple display and you would be able to stay with the 30in. size that you have grown accustomed to:

    The price is a bit more but you get what you pay for! The reviews look really good.

    1. John Chow says:

      That is an amazing looking display with some great specs. I would want to see it live before spending that much on a monitor however.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        But it’s LCD not LED, you need LED!

        1. d3so says:

          Why is LED better than LCD?

          1. Abhik says:

            Ah!! May be it’s the latest technology?

          2. John Chow says:

            LED displays are brighter and light up almost instantly. And yes, they are the latest technology. All displays will eventually be LED. Then OLED after that.

          3. Abhik says:

            Right.. and some mobile phone manufacturers are already offering AMOLED displays..

          4. What is the different in power consumption ?

          5. LED is a type of LCD. It vastly improves blacks, colors, and contrast for LCD. But it still suffers from motion blur problems. So you need one that is 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. The combination of LED and the refresh rate will cost you a LOT.

  7. Dan Lew says:

    I have a 26 inch Benq monitor but will be soon getting another one and will sit the 2 on my Ergotron Dual Arm – N

    1. John Chow says:

      I want a 2560 resolution. I think the Benq 26″ is a 1920.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        Oh yeah….

        John there is no rush, take your time in finding the right one, It took me a whole day at Pantip in Thailand there is one big shopping center 6 floors everything computers and IT.

        1. I agree to Dan Lew, You should think and then take a final decision.

          1. Why you need so high resolution ??

  8. Carl says:

    It will be good for some family in a third world country…. like your China, where you belong, freak.

    Dont act like you are suddenly from a rich country.

    1. John Chow says:

      But I am from a rich country. I’ve been from a rich country for over three decades now. And you’re not doing a good job keeping up with the world order. China a third world country? LOL The second biggest economy in the world and the biggest holder of US debt is a 3rd world country? Good one!

      1. d3so says:

        People nowadays aren’t up to date with current events.

      2. PL says:

        You the man john! what a dick, he even had the balls to throw in freak at the end… wtf?

    2. Harshad says:

      ROFL ..CHina 3rd world country? Dude go get your facts right.

    3. PPC Ian says:

      It’s comments like this that make me sick. Carl, you need to look yourself in the mirror and check your attitude and values.

      1. He’s just hateful, jealous and bitter. John made it and he likely can’t do anything constructive. I wonder why he’d bother to attack John instead of learning from him.

    4. Abhik says:

      huh? dude, where are you from?

    5. Rich Dennis says:

      Sorry Carl… China owns the US. Why so mean? Don’t be jealous of John because he makes money online and you’re attitude sucks!

    6. Fernando says:

      Dude, I’m Asian and I feel offended on how ignorant you are man.

      1. I think china is a great country and you should not say anything like this.

        1. Every country is great … they have their own culture and own value.

  9. Marting says:

    Since you have the cash – I’d get a 27″ iMac. For $700 more than the screen alone you get a really great computer. You can still use the iMac as a screen when needed.

    1. John Chow says:

      True but if I get an iMac, I would get a maxed out one, which will cost way more than an extra $700. 🙂

      1. Just a few hundred more John. It would be well worth it.

        1. d3so says:

          Worth it if he’s going to use it.

          1. This is a good idea ..

          2. So Vance … finally John go with you.

    1. I think you don’t know that John is seeking for a LED

      1. And finally John is having iMac.

  10. Bobby says:

    Go for the iMac. I had to make the same decision last year and got a basic model. Love it. Fast, beautiful and reliable. What else could you ask for?

    1. Yes but John have some specific requirements about size and resolution.

      John finally picked IMac.

  11. Shane says:

    Why not grab two or three Dell U2711s?

    1. John Chow says:

      The main reason is because the monitor was connected to my Macbook Pro, which can only drive a single external monitor. I can get something like the Matrox Twin Head to drive 2 to 3 monitors but they’ll be limited to 1920 max resolution. The 27″ and 30″ displays runs at 2560.

      1. Harshad says:

        John, how much memory does your macbook pro have? I am planning for a setup just like yours so that I can multi task on different browsers…just bit worried if that will be too heavy on memory for my macbook pro… I have 2GB RAM on this one.

        1. John Chow says:

          My Pro has 4GB. If you want to power a 30″ display, you’ll for sure what to upgrade from 2GB, especially if you plan on running multiple windows.

          1. Harshad says:

            That’s what I thought. Thanx man.

          2. Abhik says:

            I guess you also need to upgrade Graphics Memory.

          3. Harshad says:

            Is it? I am not sure if I can get a 30 inch monitor here in India. I did some research and it seems 24 is the max size available out here.

          4. I do not think so … just go for a big distributor … place your order and they will arrange for you.

            If you want to add two monitors than you should add nvidia or other graphic cards.

  12. Joe says:

    John, go for something big time, like a 30 inch Eizo. Hospitals and pro graphic designers use them because the image quality is so excellent.

  13. Abhik says:

    Go for another Dell 30″ LCD

    1. Dan Lew says:

      It is not always good luck to buy the same thing if an accident has happened. It’s almost like a sign to try something different.

      1. Plus Joh has already indicated, I think, that he wants LED.

        1. You just revealed his secret desire … lolzzz

          1. Fernando says:

            LED is the way to go! 🙂

          2. So finally John got what he wanted to …

  14. PPC Ian says:

    That’s too bad! I think I would be quite upset if something like that happened to me. Best of luck finding your replacement monitor. I have personally found having two monitors helps productivity quite a bit. How about 2 30 inch Dell monitors? All the best,

    1. John Chow says:

      The Macbook Pro can’t drive two 30″ monitors. There’s only one dual link DVI out and add ons like the Matrox twinhead can’t drive a monitor with greater than 1920 resolution.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Ah, makes sense! 🙂 2 30-inch monitors would take up a ton of desk space anyways…

        1. But boy would love to see that set up.

          Amazing and huge space. Every window will get one place on the screen. lollzzz

        2. Fernando says:

          Omg, dual 30 inch, that would be like a dream! I used to have a double 22 inch setup. I was so happy back then, imagine with 2 30 inches.

          1. Instead of 2 x 30 go for 3 x 22.

            Your work will be more organised believe me.

  15. wasim ismail says:

    I would prefer to go for the apple over Dell, especially if your looking for a better graphic presentation, and overall it does look more nicer.
    Got nothing against Dell, they are also good, but have not had a good experience with their after sales support.
    Hope this helps.

    1. Yes look wise Mac got extra points.

      I generally note down what I want whenever in anything when I am going to purchase any gadgets or anything.

      This certainly helps … buy that gadgets or monitor which satisfy your all noted requirements.

  16. Ivan says:

    You dont need a monitor.

    Buy a huge TV and plug your harddrive into it instead.

    Then you can split the tv/monitor screen so you can watch Rikki Lake and read Mashable at the sametime 🙂

    1. Now that’s a great advice … just buy 50 inches LED and enjoy both.

      Though do not have an idea about the resolution and all of LED TV

      1. Fernando says:

        None of them go over 1080, I think.

        1. Fernando says:

          I mean 1920×1080 against the 2560×1600 that he’s looking forward to buy.

          1. You also have valid point … But if that TV satisfy your requirements … than go for it.

  17. I`m on my 2nd Dell PC so I would go with the Dell if it was a good one.

    1. If you are on 2nd Dell than I am sure how Dell is … so why are you asking “if it was a good one ?”

  18. Dan Lew says:

    The thing I found with buying monitors or computers is you need to look, touch and feel them, I suggest you go into a computer store and wee what you like?
    Although not all computer stores have all stock, is there any IT shopping mall where you are?

    1. d3so says:

      I agree. You have to inspect the physical product itself rather than relying solely on specs. It’ll also help to read a few customer reviews.

      1. But how can we inspect the physical product if we are purchasing online ?

        1. Fernando says:

          You can’t. You have to trust reviews.

          1. I prefer to read reviews on internet … make my list and check physically and than purchase.

            Though there are many products which sale only on goodwill.

    2. Abhik says:

      That will be the way to go.
      I always go to IT malls and Shows to check what’s latest.

      1. With physical products it’s essencial to see and touch them first before making a decision which one to buy.

        1. First of all note down your all requirements on paper.

          Mentioned this to the salesman and ask for his choice …

          But before buying you should and you must know what do you want.

          1. Fernando says:

            Or you can just take a look on the internet. Everything is online right now 🙂

          2. I always prefer physical look before buying any product.

  19. Why don’t you give a try to Sony Internet HDTV price is only $1000 for 40″.

    Otherwise I will also recommend you to go with 27 inch iMac.

    1. Dan Lew says:

      This is not a bad idea John, I sometimes plug my comp into my 42 inch TV, as long as it has usb port you are good to go!

      1. John Chow says:

        The resolution on a TV, no matter how big, is limited to 1920. I want higher than that. My Dell has a resolution of 2560×1600.

        1. 40″ Sony Internet TV also has Resolution 1920 x 1080 which is good according to its price.

          1. Fernando says:

            Omg, imagine 1920×1080 in a 40 inch TV, you will have icons the size of you head. 🙂

          2. Valid point … but will give less stress on your eyes … 😀

  20. Mathew Day says:

    Bummer John, sorry to hear. I think you should change it up from what you had and get one of the Apple’s.

  21. Dell 30″ LCD for sure. I love it! 🙂

  22. Dave says:

    John, You may want to get a SquareTrade extended warranty with your next purchase. It includes accidental breakage!

    Personally, I have used Dell monitors in the past but my latest monitor is a Samsung LED monitor and I am super impressed with it and it wasn’t too expensive either.

    1. John Chow says:

      I have never found extended warranty on tech products to be worth it. The items depreciate so fast that by the time you use it (if you use it), the replacement cost of the item is less than the cost of the warranty!

      1. Exoclyps says:

        I actually never thought of it that way. A very good point.

        1. I do not think that you will have to pay that much for the warranty …

          You should consult your insurance agent, may be he/she can guide you perfectly.

  23. Ryan says:

    I too am using a Samsung and love the quality of their LED monitors. But since that wasn’t an option, go for the Dell 30″ LCD. Very good quality images.

    1. John why you are not going for two monitors.


      This will make your task more easy and more fast.

  24. fas says:

    JOhn get an Imac or an Apple Cinema display, I would get an imac..

  25. Definitely liking the clarity and great color from the LED screens out there. Saw one on display and I don’t think you can beat it. I’d stick with the Apple’s

    1. Wait for few months and you will be able to see new technology with new name.

      Just stick to the basic and pick your product accordingly.

  26. marita says:

    I have the iMac and the glare on it is a killer! I have the brightness all the way turned down and use it in movie setting (the darkest) in order to work with it. It looks great, but is way to bright to work on it for longer amounts of time. I’d definitely buy something that has a matte screen, especially a large screen like you’re looking for.

  27. Harshad says:

    Have you looked at BenQ? I was looking for some monitors for me and I see BenQ has some good ones.

    1. Fernando says:

      Does BenQ has any monitor 2560?

      1. Harshad says:

        Not sure but looks wise I have seen some nice ones.

        1. Fernando says:

          Oh, because if you read higher, I’m pretty sure he said he was looking for a 2560 resolution 🙂

  28. Joe says:

    I think a nice 15 inch monitor would be swell.

  29. Boy that sucks losing a $1,500 monitor, I don’t care how much money you make.

    1. Fernando says:

      It does, but hey! bad things happen to anyone

  30. Yes, go for the 27″ iMac. I’m on one right now and I adore it. I haven’t had an issue with glare as some have.

    1. Fernando says:

      iMac’s are good, but i rather stick with a 30 inch dell.
      Dell’s just too good in my opinion.

      1. Fernando says:

        Another thing to consider when buying monitors is the panel, TFT panels have the widest angle view. But for example most of the monitors have TN panels, you can realized this when you look at your monitor from a side and not front straight to it, it will look darker and if you keep going to the sides, colors will invert at some point.

  31. PPC Ian says:

    Wow, based on number of comments here it’s clear JC fans love online marketing and electronics!

    1. Fernando says:

      You are right, Sir.
      Hey, John, have you decide yet?

      1. Yes he decided and he bought iMac.

  32. That is too bad.

    I will go for a lead anytime.

  33. Saying see off to your lovely gadgets will make some sense of relationship like your friends, partners, guides, and all that you can say because they are the one gives as much time you want with them.

  34. Nice to see that you got iMac and now I am sure that place is looking more attractive.

  35. Phil Dawson says:

    Always sad when a monitor reaches its last elgs

  36. ikki says:

    sorry, bad luck for your LCD

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