Xmas comes early – my new 24″ Dell.

johnWeeGo.jpgSanta’s sled in the form of a courier driver dropped off my xmas present early on Friday.

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The Dell 24″ is the pick of the developers monitors at the moment. A screen resolution of 1920×1200 is perfect for visual studio. My Dell 9300 laptop has the same resolution but its colours and brightness do not compare. You can pick them up for around $1100. The original release had some issues but this is the v3 model with those problems solved.

I recommend the speaker, it is silver, attaches to the bottom very neatly and means if you ever use it as a tv you get sound.

An interesting issue for people that use a desktop replacement style laptop is how to setup a 2nd monitor. I have been using the monitor above the laptop style configuration for a few years now and find it works quite well.

The monitor also has every video connector you can think of so the idea is it can make a perfect 1080p TV for the bedroom if i ever part with it!

They say the three things a good programmer should get themselves are:

  • Really good monitor (eyes)
  • Really good chair (back)
  • Really good keyboard/mouse (wrists)