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Old 10-25-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
Graham G
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Am toying with idea of replacing my 17'' monitor with a 19'' flat panel one.
Any recommendations/advice would be welcome. Am a complete novice so what
should I be looking for? It would seem that the quality is dictated by
cd/m2, contrast ratio, response time and resolution. Don't really know what
thats all about if I'm honest. I'm obviously after the clearest picture and
most usable screen, whatever that might be. Generally I don't do any gaming,
but I do watch the odd dvd etc. what do I need?

One I was interested in was the following

http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5B932B0C

Have used Dell a lot before so am confident of the quality, but is it any
good, or is there better deals to be had??

Graham


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Old 10-25-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
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"Graham G" wrote ...
> Am toying with idea of replacing my 17'' monitor with a 19'' flat panel
> one. Any recommendations/advice would be welcome. Am a complete novice so
> what should I be looking for? It would seem that the quality is dictated
> by cd/m2, contrast ratio, response time and resolution. Don't really know
> what thats all about if I'm honest. I'm obviously after the clearest
> picture and most usable screen, whatever that might be. Generally I don't
> do any gaming, but I do watch the odd dvd etc. what do I need?
>
> One I was interested in was the following
>
> http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5B932B0C
>
> Have used Dell a lot before so am confident of the quality, but is it any
> good, or is there better deals to be had??
>

I use a 19 inch Dell and it's excellent.

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:01   #3 (permalink)
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I bought a 32" HDTV for the bedroom which also doubles as a monitor. You can
get motion sickness if you sit too close ;-)

Prices are coming down...and a dual purpose one is very cool. I can use the
PC and watch TV in the corner .... *or* .... watch TV and use the PC in the
corner.....

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:01   #4 (permalink)
Graham G
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>I bought a 32" HDTV for the bedroom which also doubles as a monitor. You
>can
> get motion sickness if you sit too close ;-)
>
> Prices are coming down...and a dual purpose one is very cool. I can use
> the
> PC and watch TV in the corner .... *or* .... watch TV and use the PC in
> the
> corner.....


I think Emma would kill me if I got another 32'' tv! Would love to (had
thought about it) but cannot really justify the extra cost atm.

Cheers
Graham


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Old 10-25-2005, 10:01   #5 (permalink)
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"Bob Hobden" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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>
> "Graham G" wrote ...
>> Am toying with idea of replacing my 17'' monitor with a 19'' flat panel
>> one. Any recommendations/advice would be welcome. Am a complete novice so
>> what should I be looking for? It would seem that the quality is dictated
>> by cd/m2, contrast ratio, response time and resolution. Don't really know
>> what thats all about if I'm honest. I'm obviously after the clearest
>> picture and most usable screen, whatever that might be. Generally I don't
>> do any gaming, but I do watch the odd dvd etc. what do I need?
>>
>> One I was interested in was the following
>>
>> http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5B932B0C
>>
>> Have used Dell a lot before so am confident of the quality, but is it any
>> good, or is there better deals to be had??
>>

> I use a 19 inch Dell and it's excellent.


Cool, thanks.

Graham


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Old 10-25-2005, 10:01   #6 (permalink)
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> Try www.dabs.co.uk


Thanks, any thioughts on this one:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?L2BB11B0C


> I've had an Iiyama ProLite E481S for a year or so and cannot fault it.



Looks good, at the top of my budget thought thats the only thing.

Graham


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Old 10-25-2005, 12:01   #7 (permalink)
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On or around Tue, 25 Oct 2005 16:40:08 +0100, "Graham G" <NOSPAM@here.com>
enlightened us thusly:

>Am toying with idea of replacing my 17'' monitor with a 19'' flat panel one.
>Any recommendations/advice would be welcome. Am a complete novice so what
>should I be looking for? It would seem that the quality is dictated by
>cd/m2, contrast ratio, response time and resolution. Don't really know what
>thats all about if I'm honest. I'm obviously after the clearest picture and
>most usable screen, whatever that might be. Generally I don't do any gaming,
>but I do watch the odd dvd etc. what do I need?
>
>One I was interested in was the following
>
>http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5B932B0C
>
>Have used Dell a lot before so am confident of the quality, but is it any
>good, or is there better deals to be had??


they work best at the "native" resolution.

17" flat displays are more viewable space than a 17" monitor, so depending
on what resolution you want, a 17" is maybe big enough - it'll look bigger
than a 17" monitor.

response time (faster) contrast range (bigger) and brightness are all things
to look for, AFAIK.
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"Quos deus vult perdere, prius dementat" Euripedes, quoted in
Boswell's "Johnson".
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Old 10-25-2005, 13:01   #8 (permalink)
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>
>>Thanks, any thioughts on this one:
>>
>>http://makeashorterlink.com/?L2BB11B0C

>
> These are excellent monitors for the price - crikey, actually the
> price has come down somewhat - may treat Matt to one for his Birthday!


Is there any decernable difference between 16.2 million colours and
16.7million?

Have gone through every one of these screens and keep ending up at the same
two. that is the only real difference, that and the price, the 16.7 is
nearly 100 more


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Old 10-25-2005, 13:01   #9 (permalink)
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Graham G wrote:
>>>Thanks, any thioughts on this one:
>>>
>>>http://makeashorterlink.com/?L2BB11B0C

>>
>>These are excellent monitors for the price - crikey, actually the
>>price has come down somewhat - may treat Matt to one for his Birthday!

>
>
> Is there any decernable difference between 16.2 million colours and
> 16.7million?
>
> Have gone through every one of these screens and keep ending up at the same
> two. that is the only real difference, that and the price, the 16.7 is
> nearly 100 more
>
>

Huge difference - 16.7M colours is 8 bit colour, 16.2M is 6 bit colour
with some fancy dithering.

http://compreviews.about.com/od/mult...a/LCDColor.htm

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Old 10-25-2005, 14:01   #10 (permalink)
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Graham G wrote:

> Am toying with idea of replacing my 17'' monitor with a 19'' flat panel one.
> Any recommendations/advice would be welcome. Am a complete novice so what
> should I be looking for? It would seem that the quality is dictated by
> cd/m2, contrast ratio, response time and resolution. Don't really know what
> thats all about if I'm honest. I'm obviously after the clearest picture and
> most usable screen, whatever that might be. Generally I don't do any gaming,
> but I do watch the odd dvd etc. what do I need?
>
> One I was interested in was the following
>
> http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5B932B0C
>
> Have used Dell a lot before so am confident of the quality, but is it any
> good, or is there better deals to be had??
>
> Graham
>
>

Well if you are doing anything that requires movement on screen that is
not the one you want 20ms refresh is slow and will give motion blur on
games and movies (assuming thats your lobster) you need 16ms or better
to have a chance . Best advise and this is fun too is take a trip down
PC world on saturday and ask some 'spotty' with a badge for a demo I'll
put a link at the end of tech info so you have the right questions to
ask to wind him up.Other thing to watch is the screen resolution TFTs
and LCDs need to run at their native resolution otherwise you can get
ill defined images which makes text difficult to read and enemies
difficult to snipe If you are running programs with a fixed screen size
this may be a problem.Its useful also if your video card has a digital
output and the screen digital input as you lose some image quality if
the images go through an analogue stage not all 'digital' monitors have
the correct inputs really defeats the object of the exercise. see Tom
review at
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/dis...720/index.html
and for more price comparison Micro Direct
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/product...px?GroupID=420
Derek


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