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Looking To Purchase A Good 19" Lcd Monitor


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:55 PM

Its time to ditch my CRT and get an LCD. Looking at a 19" LCD, possibly wide screen, and lets assume cost is not a major issue. This will be a gaming monitor so low response time is a requirement to get rid of the ghosting that I have read about. At the same time it should also show photographs etc really nicely.

My video card is a 7800 GS. AGP card but it had terrific reviews. In the future I plan on upgrading the entire computer, but want to purchase the monitor before I do that. My confusion lies in that I heard for the best looking graphics you want to make sure your monitor does not have a native resolution higher than what your video card can handle. I plan on using a DVI cable to connect the monitor to the card, and the card supposedly is dual-dvi, with resolutions up to 2560x1600 over DVI.

So give me some recommendations and let me know if you actually own the monitor. I like first hand impressions :thumbsup:

I have heard good things about viewsonic, sceptre, dells, and samsungs.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:54 AM

For Christmas, I bought myself a Acer AL1916W 19" widescreen LCD. I got it for a nice bargain at Compusa for about $119.00. It does real well in displaying photographs and movies, games like Quake III and Unreal Tournament are really nice and the Native resolution is 1440x900. According to Acer's website, the 1916W has both analogue and DVI interfaces, but mine only has an analogue interface (which is good because I don't have a DVI card)

My only complaint is with text. the characters 1 and l (that is the number one and a lower case L) appear with a slight green tint to them against a bright background (like Bleepingcomputer.com) the issue isn't pronounced, but it does kinda bother me a little.

All in all, it was worth the price I paid (which was a substancial discount). But if you're looking for high-end quality, and have the moolah to get it, I'd recommend going for higher-end stuff. But, as a value screen (which Froogle lists at $199 to $235) it's quite adequate.

I'd say that I'm satisfied with my purchase, but I can't give it a rave review except to say that it beats the heck out of my old 19" CRT!

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:38 AM

I've got a 19" Microtek and my wife has a 19" Mag and we love them both - but we're not real big gamers.

Generally it's best to look at the monitors side-by-side once you've narrowed it down a bit. Try a trip to one of the larger retailers who have a bunch of monitors on display - and then spend a bit of time comparing them. First, look at them all from a distance (to compare) - then look at them close up so you can get the feel of it.

Monitors are sorta like keyboards - it's individual preferences that count.
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:42 AM

If I would have the "moolah "I would go for a Viewsonic.
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:57 AM

At 19" you are going to be limited in the resolution department. Seeing as 20"-22" monitor have been coming down in price, looking at one of those would be a option.

I'll second fozzie here: If you got the "moolah", get a Viewsonic. Their VX series has been marketed toward gamers and usually come with <6ms response time.
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:33 AM

About 6 months ago I bought a Westinghouse 19" widescreen and I love it. It has 8ms and 500:1 contrast. (Whatever that means). But I play games, not the newest but some like Titan Quest and it has a great picture. Things are stretched just a tiny bit, but after a few minutes you don't notice it.
USAMA is right, look at what you can find at Best Buy and Compusa, places like that. Then when you find what you want you can probably get it cheaper at Newegg or somewhere else online. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:37 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16824254005

Wonderful monitor, for a very nice price. 700:1 contrast, 5ms response, widescreen 19", all for less than 200 bucks!

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 01:01 PM

Grinler, I went to Best Buy and looked over a whole series of monitors on display.
Then picked out the one I liked the view of best. I don't game, but I viewed
monitors that were all set running the same game program.

My elder eyes liked one better than others.

I bought a Samsung SyncMaster 940BW on sale at $159 USD (With rebate)
SMRP was $240.
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Posted 04 February 2007 - 09:48 PM

Thanks all..will take a look at the all of these.

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 10:33 PM

I have a Samsung "syncmaster 931BW". It's a 19 inch widescreen and I got it in early December from Best Buy for my B-day....love it. I do a lot of gaming with it. It's got a 2ms response time (I think that's if you have software installed....8ms without if I'm correct). 19" widescreen...2000:1 contrast with different settings for web, gaming, etc. etc. I liked this monitor so much that we bought one for my son...he loves it to.

I have a viewsonic at work, and TBH, I like this Samsung better....seems to have better contrast and color. :huh:

EDIT: I just checked my email and newegg.com is having a sale on their LCD's :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 11:50 PM

ASUS also has their gaming monitor...but from reviews I have seen, the ViewSonic VX is top notch - 2ms is pretty darn good...
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:43 PM

Dont buy Acer :thumbsup:
65-75 min hold on tech support, e-mail support responce time 10 days....
Stay away from that.
Wide is OK if you can get the 20/22" wide screen, I bought a 19" Wide, the width is OK, but the vertical view was 9 1/2", so you will get tired of scrolling.
In my opinion, Viewsonic is the best, I bought an Acre, returned it the next day, text was fuzzy and the resolution it wanted was not possible even with a ATI 9800 Pro Vid Card.
Got a Samsung 19" Wide, and was scrolling out the wasuuu....
Finally got the Viewsonic VX922, it is a 19" Normal monitor, but the refresh rate is 4ms. Awsome monitor.
Word of advise, checking the monitors in the store look for the native resolutions... check first what your Vid Card can support.

Another thing, my VS VX922 is not playing NFSU for some odd reason, when I try to play, it reboots the PC, I am trying to find out why.....


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