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As much a monitor as a TV (17 ins question)

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by MrMorgasaurus, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. MrMorgasaurus

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    So I'm looking for a 17-20" tele/monitor.

    It needs to be good at both. Its likely to get a lot of use as a PC monitor as well as for gaming use (XBox, PS2 etc. - via RGB scart) Watching a TV signal is likely to be its least used function.

    I'm looking at spending up to 400 on one.

    This Kiss Model caught my eye:

    http://www.kiss-technology.com/?p=coolview3&v=company

    as its only £270 inc. vat. It looks like its got a nice res and all the things I need.

    Thing is I am a little concerned over its refresh rate. I have yet to see an LCD be used for gaming purposes and I'm more than a little wary of any screen blur.

    If anyone has any opinions or reccomendations I'd be most interested to hear them. Budget is approx 250-400. Aspect ratio not really an issue. Component in/prog scan would be nice.

    Thanks in advance,

    MrMorgasaurus
     
  2. McGraw

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    Screen blur is a funny thing really. I'll give you my findings.

    I have an unbranded (Mitac after much investigation) 17" Monitor which is about 2 years old and was bought as a present. It's native resolution is 1280x1024 which is perfect for me.

    From what I can remember, it's response time is 50ms which by all accounts is awful for gaming.

    Now in it's native resolution I notice no screen blur at all and the quality is fantastic. I used to run a CRT monitor so can compare directly. When you downscale though, it's a different kettle of fish. If you try and play games in 800x600 for example the blur is horrific. I am fortunate in that my lowly 1.4Ghz Athlon and 64mb Geforce 3 just about run the latest games acceptably at it's native resolution.

    So as long as you play in native resolution, it should be fine.
     
  3. MrMorgasaurus

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    Hmmm.... thanks for your impressions McGraw.

    From wht I have read below 20ms is recommended for gaming, and I see the newer dedicated TFTs are around 16ms these days, but response times for Monitor/TV's appear to be around the 20-25 mark.

    Whats worse is I cannot find info on the response time for the kiss I mentioned in my original post anywhere.

    :(
     
  4. EpsomJames

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    Response rate is critical if used for gaming. I have a DELL 2001FP (16ms) which is absolutely superb for gaming, if you can stretch your budget a bit. It's not so good as a TV with greyish blacks, but my experience with LCD TVs is limited so I don't know how it compares.

    It has DVI, VGA, S-Video and composite connections and a native 1600x1200 which means it would make a 4:3 TV. It also does PIP so you can watch TV in a corner while using the computer.
     
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    Cheers Epsom. Thats pretty close to fulfilling my requirements right there. In fact if it had an RGB SCART input we'd be pretty much done and dusted. Alas I don't want to have to buy new cables for all my consoles and getting hold of composite outputs for Uk region consoles could be tricky....
     

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