why? so he can struggle with the controls for the next 2-3 months and learn to use Apple’s GUI and structure instead of working on his themes :S
Win7 >> Mac “any OS version”
I’ve just went through this and I can only confirm But it’s not that bad as it sounds though, still love the switch, no matter what. I also have that Apple Cinema 27" and it’s great, no complains for webdesign, coding etc. But I wouldn’t buy it if I was into print/photography, that’s for sure.
Writing this from an iMac 27", don’t get it for web design
Bigger is not better, if you’re specifically mostly designing for the web, since it’s too big and you either tend to do things too small when you work or make it big and see a poster size on a laptop when youre done with it
Best suggestion I’d make is get a good macbook pro and connect it to a 24" led cinema display. Trust me, it’s bliss
Denoizzed, can you list all hobby/work(getting paid for)/connectivity (like ps3 via HDMI) activities you are going to do on your monitor? Because if it’s only for webdesign and reading text online, you don’t have to spend that much money ($1500) for it.
One more thing, I’ve switched from 2x22" to 1x27" and my neck no longer hurts It’s up to you, but for me it’s better to have one, but as big as possible monitor. So you would be looking into any entry level 30" monitor imho - size matters, especially for coders and designers.
btw: this one is sweet (and 33% above your budget), but suitable only if you work with print/photos and plan to calibrate it etc. :
Whatever you get, I recommend getting 2 monitors as it will speed up your workflow. I have two 22" Dell monitors, and it’s great. The main one is oriented landscape, and the other is portrait. The Portrait one is excellent for coding since you have lots of height.
I’ll use it mainly for webdesign / sites browsing - 95% percent of time I think.
The reason why I was looking for 24" NEC model because it doesn’t has this ‘wide gamut’ thing which I really don’t need because I work with photos only in sRBG mode. The bigger models had this ‘wide gamut’ feature though.
Also it was said it has good factory calibration - I don’t know how to calibrate monitors and I don’t think I want to learn - I’m too lazy for that
He should not really buy a Mac, we could argue all day about why he should/shouldn’t but in the end PC will win because there are more programs available for PC, PC has everything better then a Mac. The only thing a Mac has that is better then a PC is the design. (Scroll bars ect.) But if you don’t really care about the fancy looks then PC is the way to go. It will not disappoint you.