I bought MacDocs over 2 years ago and love it. Color is very good. Only thing I don't like are the controls. They are not switches, but the 'touch type' and don't always want to respond. I some times have to unplug it to turn it off. The only user adjustment is brightness (same type of control + and -) and it will change on it own sometimes, which can make calibration tricky.
2.66 x 4 Intel Mac Pro, 4G RAM, 160G System 500G Scratch, Media, 320G Photo Capture, 320G Video Capture. 733 Quicksilver 1G Ram 120G system 60G backup 160G and 200G capture.
i ended up pulling the trigger on it, so i should be receiving it this week. I kinda cringe at the thought of owning something made by dell, but the price was just too good to turn down, plus there's a pretty good return policy if i'm not happy.
it was on for a one day sale (during the dell days of deals) for $899. Had to take a chance on it.
I was very much considering the NEC 26" you had (my friend has the same model and very much likes it), but i've fallen in love with the real estate on 30" monitors and couldn't resist at that price. Hopefully the colours are acceptable. I googled a bunch of reviews and the majority were very positive.
i received it today but had to wait to set up everything. Finished up a while ago.
So....i like it! ...... but....
there are a few issues. First off on the highest brightness settings the monitor makes an audible buzz. Not a huge issue since i never use my displays near maximum brightness, but i think it does speak to Dell's build quality. However i read about this in a previous review so i think this is a problem across their whole line and not to my specific unit.
the usb hub doesn't play nice with my mac. If the monitor is on and i try to sleep my mac pro, it instantly wakes up my machine. The solution is to put the mac to sleep and IMMEDIATELY touch the Dell's power button. Not crazy about this, but again i read about it in a review so I'm not surprised.
Colour out of the box is alright, but not as good as my older apple cinema display. The contrast is too great, and the colours are a bit too saturated. Unfortunately there are no other controls on the display besides brightness so i can't adjust those 2 settings. Also, i noticed that the natural gamma on the display is different than my old apple. I'm not sure if i should leave the display at it's PC gamma, or use the colorsync profile to switch it to the standard mac gamma. Any opinions on this?
I'm going to a apple seminar on colour management for lcd displays on friday. They're going to be demoing a few calibration tools. I was thinking of picking up a Spyder2 or spyder3 to help me out setting up a decent calibrated set up for a while. I'd like to hear other peoples opinions on what they use.