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#1 luciusad2004

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:39 PM

Hello. Ive never really purchased an LCD screen (or any monitor for that matter, ive probably had my CRT since the 90's when i was just a kid) Anyway; i was wondering what makes a good montior (particularly a decent lcd). Once i get a job and have my computer built i want to start saving up for a new monitor.

Ill probably be looking in the 200 - 250 range. It depends on how much im makeing and how long i want to save. If i can get a decent monitor for cheaper or even a little more i will.

What i want to know is. What should i look for in a good general purpose montior? Most of the time i just browse the web, but i do like to fire up some video games quite often, even though i wouldn't consider my self a "hardcore" gamer. Are there any guide lines i want to follow? Anything in particular i should look for?

Thank you, as always, for you help.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 03:26 PM

There's lot's of guides for this around the web - but the most telling thing is to actually view them yourself.

Take a trip down to the local computer superstore and look at what they've got. Generally they're all showing the same picture - so you can compare them fairly easily. Pick the one that looks best to you - then research it on the web to ensure that that brand doesn't have any known problems.
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 05:14 PM

I echo what usasma said, there are many guides around the web, but the best thing to do is actually see LCD's. There were two things I considered when I bought my LCD a few months ago. Contrast ratio of at least 700:1 and a LCD of at least 8ms response time or less. However, the best thing to do is see them operating and judge for yourself.

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 09:03 PM

All right, thanks guys. Ill have to look around and see if i can find a local place to check out some moniters. I might be getting a job at the local fedex terminal (interview tomorrow) so hopefully ill be able to do this sooner than i expected.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 02:42 AM

A warning: They lie. Just because they claim 5 ms response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio doesn't mean they actually have it. Reading a few reviews is a good idea, and getting over to the store and having a look.

Good brands are Viewsonic (the best), Sony, Acer, Samsung, Dell, Nec.
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 07:40 AM

Oh, BTW, position yourself as if the monitor was on your desktop and ignore all the other displays around you.

17" is a good size for occasional computer work (that's what my wife's office uses), but for prolonged work, go with at least a 19". Above 19" the price differential gets pretty big! I'm looking at 22 to 27 inch monitors right now (I've got vision problems) and although they're coming down in price they're still way too expensive!
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 06:56 PM

Thank you usasma and Mr Alpha, ill keep that in mind when looking.

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