Yep. 1366x768 is horrible. I even prefer 1280x800, because there's extra height and it displays 720p content without scaling (and 2560x1440 works similarly being 4x720p), although there is letterboxing, but that leaves space from controls/menus.
The Pros have much better screens from a quality perspective - I think it's the anti-glare coating on the Airs that cuts down the saturation. Though I don't understand why the 13" Pros STILL have 1280x800. 1440x900 should be a MINIMUM, although I expect 2560x1600 retina displays on them soon, which are incidentally the same res as the 30" Dells.
Couldn't say. It's certainly a big component of the power usage, for sure. Most of that is actually the backlight. I never really gave much time to using my mac on an external screen, as mine and my old 22" 1080p monitor don't get along and I have no intention of forking out for a Dual-Link DVI adapter for my current screen.
Sounds nice. :D I couldn't go back to anything with less that 2560x1440 resolution for a desktop screen, though. And they're still so hard to get.
Can't help you with calibration, sorry. I've always used the Windows default tool to make it look right for my eyes and left it at that. Either way, an IPS screen will have much richer colours than cheaper TN panels even without calibrating. :cer_nod:
I just bought a Philips IPS monitor in-store along with adaptor after I got hooked on what I'm looking at, and at SGD 250 including HDMI cables, DVI cables, VGA cables, and a miniDisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter... (I use my eyes to pick monitors. I don't deal with online reviews. Some things are best seen in person.)
In fact, I'm using it right now, and my eyes feel much better now, having things to be bigger AND having more screen real estate.
(Even more el cheapo than your monitor, and comes with three years of warranty.)
6-point colour calibration, on the other hand... HAEEEEEEEEEELP
Nice to use and convenient. Plus, there's a certain novelty to having a new gadget to play with. :D
Definitely. No warranty is a gamble where you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences. That said, if you're going to be buying the adapter online, you'll probably want to order it before getting the monitor so it arrives in time to use.
I think I'd probably get a monitor first before planning on an adapter. I wouldn't trust anything without a warranty or something that I can't see in person, though, so I guess shopping time in Singapore.