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17" TFT for Office Advice

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Mark Ward, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. Mark Ward

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    I'm looking for some new TFT's for my office wit the following requirements.

    I'm going to be looking at these a lot of the day so a good clear display is essential.

    Would also like them to be quite stylish, not those awful beige things you see cheap in PC World.

    17" Screen

    DVI & VGA Input

    Integrated Speakers - I'm fed up with speakers on my desk so want a neater solution. They don't have to be super quality, but sufficient to listen to the odd bit of radio/music while I work.

    Price is also quite important, looking to spend as little as I can to get what I want rather than buying the cheapest TFT I can find.

    Anyone got any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Mark.

    PS. Even though they're for work the ability to display DVDs etc. reasonably nicely wouldn't upset me too much either ;)
     
  2. Brogan

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    Dilshad is selling some nice DELL TFT's in the Powerbuys forum here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=145632

    I have one of the 20" and it is a superb monitor.
    They don't come with speakers but at the price he's selling them at, you'd be daft to ignore them.
     
  3. Mark Ward

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    Thanks for the Link Brogan, I really would like those internal speakers though.

    I would however compromise on the DVI input, none of my current PCs at work have DVI, I was just thinking forward.

    I found the AOC LM-720A's for £216.69 which have all I want apart from DVI and have the additional benefit of a 3 Year on-site swapout warrantee.

    Anyone got any suggestions before I commit myself?

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
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    If it was me, I'd compromise on the speakers rather than DVI.
    This is the first monitor I've had with DVI and the PQ is excellent.
    I wouldn't go back to VGA now.

    You can always try and get hold of a separate 'soundbar' for the DELL monitor.
    It just clips to the bottom of the screen.
    Not sure how much they are or how easy they are to get though.
     
  5. Mark Ward

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    That's interesting...OK, I won't settle for no DVI, still going to hunt for a Multi-Media monitor option though.

    Don't fancy this as they would also need power (another wire) and wouldn't be as cheap as buying a monitor with integrated speakers.

    Not those Dells for me, thanks anyway.

    Mark.
     
  6. Mark Ward

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    OK..Still hunting for for my office monitors

    Check List
    Attractive
    Black or Black/Silver
    17" TFT
    DVI input
    Built in speakers (No chance of extra speakers on our desks)
    Decent contrast ratio
    Good response time.
    Decent Warrantee wouldn't be bad either ;)

    There has to be one out there....Anyone?

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
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    This one nearly meets your requirements but doesn't have DVI. Has some good comments from users too. I wonder if there will be a version with DVI coming out soon ?
    Benq TFT
     
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    If you look at the other screens in the Benq range on Ebuyer there are some with DVI. I'm not sure how well rated these Benq screens are though, so it may be worth looking for some reviews.
     
  9. Mark Ward

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    Thanks John, will have a look at the whole range to see if I can spot an appropriate model. I've found many other makes/models that also don't have DVI but everythine else I need.

    Mark.
     
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    I too have looked for a similar spec but without the speakers.

    I'm tempted by the LG 1710B. I've had it on personal recommendation.
     
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    Can certainly recommend the LG 1710B, excellent monitor and the ability to connect two pc's (one vga, one dvi) and switch between the two is a godsend for me :)

    No inbuilt speakers, but you could buy a set of usb powered speakers and run them from the usb ports on the monitor.

    Johnnypanic
     
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    We already have a couple of LG L1710B's and they are fabulous, but for these desks it's very important to have minimal clutter, built in speakers are very appealing and I have no need for more than 1 PC per Monitor, though I suspect this arrangement would be the case with any DVI monitor, there will surely also be a VGA port?

    It does seem strange that it's so hard to find any, there is a near top-of-the-range LG that has evereything but it's too expensive for buying multiple units and and also quite ugly.

    Mark.
     
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    Sony X73........has everything you want I think...
     
  14. Mark Ward

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    They do indeed Graham. However I just found an amazing deal on pricerunner.co.uk 19" AOC LM-919 TFT which also have everything for only £254.95+ VAT . I wasn't going to go that big but hey, 19" for less money.. couldn't resist.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    That price isn't a great deal different to what we get the 19" Sony X93 for but hey its a free world the last time I looked :)
     
  16. Mark Ward

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    You can get X93's for a bit over £255? If I could I would have. Cheapest I found having a quick search was £390.70+VAT, that's £135.75 more each. WHere can the Sonys be bought so cheap? I'm guessing your buying more than just a few units?

    Very happy with my choice as a friend (Hi John;)) has these and recommended them and then I find them cheaper on pricerunner.

    Mark.
     
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    £283 + VAT, we only bought 3 at first, but 20 more followed..... I have my moments :D
     
  18. Mark Ward

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    OK, I agree.. you are indeed ver clever...so share..... WHERE????;)

    Mark.
     
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    I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.....
    Seriously though, our distributor wouldn't like hundreds of AVforums chaps ringing him up demanding trade less 30% deals. So all I'd say is work your contacts and find out who has large stocks of stuff just as a manufacturer changes a model number. Frankly chasing the very newest models these days isn't worth the premium when existing product is this good. Pioneer 504 plasmas is another one worth looking into :smashin: Hundreds and hundreds was wiped of the cost of these a few months ago purely on the back of a new model being announced, 2 months later and a load of average press the dealers are inundated with calls for the old model (guess what happens to the price!). All I do is point my senior buyer in the right direction and see what happens, after all it is my job to make sure value for money is delivered.
     

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