New monitor, no idea!!!

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  1. rvdbarnes

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    Afternoon :hiya:

    The computer iv setup has been test running on an ancient(10 years+) monitor.
    Time for a new one i thinks, but no idea what to look for and where to start?
     
  2. bjd

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    It depends on budget/preference/size, but the ones below are worth considering:

    A 19" TFT by Viewsonic, 3ms response grey to grey. My daughter uses one it it seems very good - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=279132

    My personal preference is still for CRT and I would recommend either of the following:

    Superb 19" CRT by Iiyama:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=18434

    or the excellent 22" which I use -

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=52602

    There's also a widescreen Dell TFT to consider, or the stunning La Cie 22" CRT
     
  3. Monty Burns

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    Some excellent examples as provided above.

    Ideally, whats your aim? What do you want it to work with? Do you want Widescreen? Is it to be used as a TV as well? Do you need hi-res? Whats your budget?


    Tell us what your going to use it for, games etc and we can guide you in the right direction :)

    Me? I use a projector ... don't have a monitor at all :D
     
  4. rvdbarnes

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    im wanting it for games, flat screen, no tv adaptor though.
     
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    Budget?
     
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    I use a dell 24" LCD (2405FPW) . 12ms response. 1920X1200 max res. DVI-D, VGA, Component (although not very good quality) and a few other conections. But DVi and VGA are the main ones in terms of quality.

    Good for PC gaming and for the Xbox 360 when it comes out (using the VGA cable that MS are going to release)

    Large screen and fairly cheep.

    Although there are better monitors out there.
     
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    AML - Does the DVI on that monitor support HDCP?
     
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    No it doesnt. I dont think ive ever seen a monitor that does. It is DVI-D though and picture quality is good.
     
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    I thought that would be the answer but just thought I'd check anyway! Thx mate! :smashin:
     
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    Eventually they will have to make monitors with HDCP HDMI conections so we can use Blu Ray and HD DVD. but intill these drives become avialable, i dont think we will see anything.
     
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    How are you finding this monitor? i am looking to buy one of these would you recommend it? If you could would you change it for anything else out there? Would you say for the money it's the best you can buy?
     
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    I've had this monitor for the last few months and would not swap it for anything else.
    If AML says there are better monitors out there I would like to know which ones........... yes there may be monitors offering a quicker response etc.... but as an overall package I think its hard to beat.

    The response for this monitor BTW is quoted as 16ms.
     
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    I also love the monitor although i found it had some problems with contrast. I actually set "digital vibrance" to medium on my Nvidia driver.

    When using DVI there arent any settings we can really change so its a bit annoying.

    Also the quality of the analog inputs (except VGA) isnt very good.

    But this is a PC monitor after all, and as long as you use it as such it will work really well. The resolution is amazing and compared to my old 25ms monitor, this is much much better.

    I use it for gaming and it works well. I can now raise the res to 1600X1200 or even 1920X1200 for all my games and they look so much better.

    You do need a good rig to run games at those resolutions though.

    Its cheap and offers good picture quality and really high res.

    There are some LCD monitors that offer better response and bigger sizes but they are too expensive. (im talking 8ms and 45")

    This is pretty good value for money, but im sure in the near future there will be better monitors out. So either wait for a while or invest in this one. You wont be sorry as it will last you a while.
     
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    Not sure how much this monitor can be picked up for on the Pacific rim but over here Dell are still knocking these out at £942 :eek: granted at the minute if you buy one you get 40% knocked off another monitor of the same type.
    So for 2 your talking £1507 ............still £750 each far from what most consider cheap.

    :smashin:
     
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    mr THX they can be had for around £600incl at some online stores.
     
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    Appreciate that Nick but it's always sod's law if I quote an on line stores price someone comes on and says there always out of stock............just thought I'd quote straight from the horses mouth 'so to speak' :D
     
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    i think overclockers do them around £700ish usually....not a bad monitor indeed for a flat panel/occasional TV in a small room

    personally i just use my 86in screen from a 7205 DLP projector now when i use my computer...heh even now ;-)
     
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    the dell is not brilliant for video , black level isn't great and there is significant banding in the blacks. I wouldn't use one for critical image work. My SD panasonic plasma has a much better picture in spite of the lack of resolution.

    One of the first things I did on my dell panel was encode some video to mpeg2 and I spent ages trying to fine tune some artifacts away only to find the encode was fine on other displays.

    I've noticed a lot of LCD buyers in the panel forum making statements that their lcds show up poor quality freeview images when its far more likely the panels themselves are the cause of the artifacts.
     

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