Style On A Budget


Standard Member

I am after a monitor for my recently purchased HP desktop (I am making do on a Proview 14" TFT at the moment which won't display red) and since payday is approaching I need to get choosing. The front of my Desktop is a lovely gloss black finish. I am looking for something stylish and decent around the £130 mark to be used in my bedroom for normal tasks such as web browsing, MSN, a couple of movies here and there etc. This is my favourite at the moment: at £117.49 delivered:

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  • Screen size: 19"
  • Brightness: 300cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 700:1 (DC 2000:1)
  • Resolution: 1280x1024
  • Response Time: 2(GTG)
  • Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical): 160/160
  • Color Supported: 16.2 Mil.
Signal Input
  • Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI
  • Sync. Signal: Separate H/V, Composite, SOG
  • Connector: 15pin D-sub, DVI-D
  • Power consumption: 38 Watts (Max.)
  • Stand by Power (DPMS): <1 Watt
  • Type: Built-in
  • Plug & Play: DDC 2B
  • TCO: TCO 99
  • Cabinet Color: High Glossy Black
Special Features
  • MagicColor
  • MagicBright3
  • MagicTune with Asset Management
  • Safe Mode (Down Scaling in UXGA)
  • Product Dimension (With Stand, WxHxD): 418x418x199
  • Product Dimension (Without Stand, WxHxD): 418x371x65
  • Shipment Dimension (WxHxD): 488x438x130
  • Product Weight: 4Kg
  • Shipment Weight: 5.3Kg
  • Type: Simple

Any thoughts?

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Active Member
Is it a 4.3 ratio you are looking for? They are a little thin on the ground these days. You said you watch movies, depending on the aspect ratio would wide screen 16.9 not be a better choice?? Samsung make some nice gloss black models in 16.9

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Good luck.
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Distinguished Member
There aren't many 16:9 screens about, most computer widescreens are 16:10. Technically 1280x1024 is 5:4 instead of 4:3 (although all other normal aspect resolutions are 4:3).

Movies do often work better on widescreens but web pages work better on 4:3 (or 5:4) screens at low-medium resolutions.

It doesn't look like there's any adjustment on the stand you selected and it's fairly high off the desk to start with. You can get screens with height and tilt adjustment which may be worth looking for if that bothers you.

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