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Which monitor should I get?(4 posts)

Which monitor should I get?Matno
Aug 23, 2003 5:58 PM
I'm having a hard time finding decent reviews on computer monitors. Any recommendations for a good site like the review section of this site? Any recommendations on particular models? How about specs to look for? (I know about CRT specs, but LCD's are new to me).

I'm really kind of torn between the space saving of the LCD's and the picture quality of the CRT's. I used to have a 19" CRT, which I prefer to keep set at high resolution -higher than 1280x1024 for viewing more text at a time - and I haven't seen any LCD monitors that will do higher resolution than that. (What's up with that? My 5 year old laptop will do 1024x768. Have they really progressed so little since then?) On the other hand, with my CRT monitor, I had about 2 inches of desk space, and I could certainly use more.

My other major criteria is that I watch movies on my computer with the family (because that's the only way we can watch edited DVD's, thanks to a nifty company called ClearPlay). I'm pretty sure that most current LCD's have good enough picture quality for viewing movies, but in my experience, few of them are as bright as a good CRT (brighter = better, for the most part).
re: Which monitor should I get?Live Steam
Aug 24, 2003 5:15 AM
I have an 18" Mitsubishi flat panel that is just great. Model E85LCD. I run it at 1280 x 1024. That gives you a lot of landscape to look at. You can try checking these sites for reviews.

http://www.hothardware.com/
http://www.zdnet.com/
http://www.consumerreview.com/
http://forums.anandtech.com/
http://reviews.cnet.com/
passive v. active matrix ...sacheson
Aug 24, 2003 6:26 AM
Have you researched the active matrix (TFT) monitors? They are supposed to yield the same quality image as a CRT.

We just got some 19" active matrix / TFT monitors at work. The specs were comparable to the existing CRT (ViewSonic flat screen 21", .25 dp) and the image quality is nearly as nice. There's a little decrease in the dark image contrast, but not that bad ... I think we have 32 MB AGP 8x graphics cards. Jumping up to 64MB + would probably help that.
Wow. Haven't seen a passive matrix screen since...Matno
Aug 25, 2003 6:02 PM
about '95. I'm pretty sure they're all TFT's these days. I think I've decided that I'm going to go with a 19" Dell Ultrasharp LCD. (model 1901FP). It's got great contrast, decent specs in all other aspects (at least comparable with most mainstream LCD monitors) and costs under $600. Not quite as cheap as the $150 I was going to spend on a CRT, but oh well...

Now, the only thing I still need to know is whether I need a souped up video card, or if that would just be a waste with an LCD monitor. I would keep my current one (GeForce2 w/64mb DDR) but it's fried and makes lines all over my screen...