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#1 mute20

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:33 PM

q3 of this year I probably will buy a new monitor. I was just wondering how does the price of monitors scale. I am looking to get atleast a 20"+ sized monitor so what should I be expecting pay.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:41 PM

A lot depends on what kind of quality monitor you want. Most of your 20 inch monitors start at about $100 give or take, and have mid to low resolutions. I have a 20 inch hanns-G that I got on sale for $99 with a max resolution of 1600 x 900, you rarely see them above 1650 x 1080. Now, with the 22 inch they normally range between 120 on up and can support the full HD (1920 x 1080) my 22 inch viewsonic cost me $250 new. So the question is, what do you want out of a monitor, are you using it for HD video? gaming? or just another screen?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:47 PM

Patriot beat me to it so I am changing this.

Remember that you always get what you pay for!
Caveat emptor (buyer beware)

My personal preference is the Sony Monitors.
They aren't cheap but they have the best picture and last forever.

Years ago I bought a 19" CRT Sony.
Gorgeous picture. It lasted 12 years + before it bit the dust.

It wasn't cheap but I got a lot of service out of it with a quality picture.

Mine now has been working for over 5 years and as as pretty as the day I bought it.

Whats the budget?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 11:51 PM

About a 100 give or take. Gonna be doing gaming mostly.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 01:47 AM

I personally buy Samsung monitor and my current 6 years old 17inch LCD Samsung monitor is still working today. For $100 i could not find any monitor that is over 20inch.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 09:06 AM

I notice you dont mention where you are located.
Depending on the area, you may have better options.

Microcenter has awesome prices, compusa does ok as well. Each has
its own good/bad points.

My current favorite monitor is a samsung LED LCD screen. They can be had in the 20-22" rang for
around 100-169. It varies by location.
things to look out for
contrast ratio HIGHER IS BETTER
in lcd panels, that makes the biggest difference of anything.
My 46" has a contrast of 5,000,000-1
cheap ones go as low as 100,000-1

refresh rate should be at least 120mhz(means you COULD do 3d gaming)
as in life your mileage may vary
keep an eye out on the deal a day sites like woot, sometimes they have amazing deals
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 02:35 PM

Contrast ratios are largely meaningless thanks to how manufacturers test it. If you can afford it, go for LED monitors, they are better than standard CCFL's thanks to how dark they can get. Generally, if you are gaming on a PC, do not get a television for a monitor unless you are using it in a home theater. TV's often make poor monitors.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:37 PM

Get a monitor that has a fast response rate like the one with 2ms. Most monitors now days has 5ms.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 09:11 PM

22" Widescreen Acer monitor $109 can't hardly go wrong or beat the price here is the link. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=176587&sku=A179-2152&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2003-_-CatId_21_A179-2152

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:10 PM

The contrast ratio is really low for that Acer monitor.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:15 PM

its not that bad. DJB is right, its hard to tell the difference in contrast ration. You might, keyword might notice if you have one monitor with a 1000:1 ratio right next to a monitor that has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, when side by site, but not a huge one. and 50,000:1 is more then enough. for gaming, the two cons to that monitor is the 60 hz refresh rate-which isnt a huge deal its what I use-and the 5 ms response time. I think, Id rather get a monitor with a 2ms response time personally, but overall that acer does look like a good deal.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:19 PM

For 2ms monitor, you usually pay at a higher price but i would prefer it for a gaming monitor over a 5ms monitor.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 05:12 AM

No noticeable difference between a 2ms and 5ms, got both.

As far as contrast ratios, anything over 1000-1 on a TN panel is just marketing (Dynamic Contrast Ratio). Most monitors have Dynamic Contrast Ratio off by default as it gets annoying when the backlight constantly changes brightness. LED backlight monitors seem to handle it better, but it is still annoying.

I remember going from a 19" Sony CRT to a 22" Viewsonic LED, and my heart sank. Blacks were no longer black.

A monitor is something you have to live with constantly, and a garbage monitor will drive you crazy. Currently have an Asus VE248H, and no complaints (dirt cheap at the Egg now). Heck of a lot cheaper than what I paid for it last year.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:55 AM

thats the thing with ONLINE shopping, you cant see it
is why I wanted to know where the OP was located. I can go to a
COMPUSA and walk around an touch and look at the monitors, but, depending on
where the OP is located, may change the where to go look part.
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:49 AM

Asus makes some nice monitors but my preference is always Samsung.

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