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Monitor recommendations wanted

#1 Postby Gaer Boy » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:12 am

I intend to upgrade my monitor as the first stage of a new build for M11. I will be using one of the Asus M4A785 series motherboards, which have Radeon HD2400 graphics. My graphic needs are basic - I don't play any motion games or view any serious film/video. I just need a crisp static display on text, line graphics and photo.

I'm looking at a 22/23 inch widescreen - my desk space is restricted, so anything larger is out. For the last 15 years, I've used CTX monitors, but they do nothing suitable. I'd welcome suggestions for make and resolution particularly. Problem-free on Mepis 11/HD2400 would be ideal.

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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#2 Postby Eadwine Rose » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:13 am

Mine (see siggie) or any other Samsung really. Very nice, crisp, and easy to configure and use.
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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#3 Postby chrispop99 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:56 am

Whilst I'm hesitant to recommend a particular make and model, I would suggest going to somewhere that has lots of monitors on display, choosing one, then asking if they will test the actual one you are going to buy. That way, you can check for dead pixels. Alternatively, see if they will do a deal on the display model.

I managed to do this in the local branch of a well-known chain, but I know of other folk whose request has been refused. Got to be worth a try however.

I find even one dead pixel really irritating!

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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#4 Postby pcallahan80 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:30 am

Gaer Boy,

You absolutely cannot go wrong with Samsung.

I'd go to Newegg and read the reviews to pick the best model...then find that model in a shop and see it in the flesh.

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#5 Postby Jerry3904 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:15 am

chrispop99 wrote:Whilst I'm hesitant to recommend a particular make and model, I would suggest going to somewhere that has lots of monitors on display, choosing one, then asking if they will test the actual one you are going to buy. That way, you can check for dead pixels. Alternatively, see if they will do a deal on the display model.

I managed to do this in the local branch of a well-known chain, but I know of other folk whose request has been refused. Got to be worth a try however.

I find even one dead pixel really irritating!

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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#6 Postby richb » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:41 am

I can recommend Samsung. I have had one for 5 years without any issues, and it has an excellent display.
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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#7 Postby Adrian » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:51 am

Dell has decent monitors, we have hundreds around at my work place and I don't remember any one of them to have failed.

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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#8 Postby JimC » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:13 pm

Gaer Boy wrote:I just need a crisp static display on text, line graphics and photo.


How important is the "photo" part?

The vast majority of LCD monitors use TN type panels, which are not very good for image processing type work. For critical photo work, if budget permits, you'll want to go with something other a TN panel type.

For example, go with a display using an IPS panel instead. Better panel types won't have as much in way of viewing angle issues causing color shifts like you'd have with a TN type display either; and you'll usually find that they support a wider color gamut.

In terms of suitability for image editing, these panel types are usually best to worst (and you'll find newer variations with all of them).

IPS
PVA
MVA
TN

Here's an article discussing panel types:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles...chnologies.htm

You'll also find a search feature that you can look up the panel type a given display model uses:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/panelsearch.htm

It's not exactly a "top of the line" display (as the price would indicate), and it's not really a "wide gamut" model. But, on a tight budget for a 22" to 23" display, I'd look at the Dell U2311H for image editing purposes. It covers 100% of the sRGB color space (much better than you'll get with a typical TN panel). It's still lacking on covering a larger color space if you're working in Adobe RGB. But, it's much better than most monitors in it's price range. Dell Home has it at $279 right this minute:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=320-9270

It looks like Dell Outlet is out of the refurbished U2311H displays right this minute. But, Dell Outlet had them for $199 last week. So, if you check this list periodically, they're bound to show up again (the available inventory changes on a frequent basis):

http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSale ... =ALL&s=dfh

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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#9 Postby arjaybe » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:44 pm

+1 for Samsung. I have a 24" SyncMaster that I'm very happy with.
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Re: Monitor recommendations wanted

#10 Postby Rott3nHippi3 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:48 pm

My wife has a 23" Samsung widescreen and I have a 22" Westinghouse widescreen. The color vibrance when compared side by side isn't even close... the Samsung wins hands down. But at the end of the day (and $120 cheaper), we both get our work done just the same!! I think NEC and ViewSonic make some incredibly sharp LCDs; If you got the money, you might want to explore those brands as well. Otherwise, a widescreen ACER, ASUS, VIZIO, or LG will get your Facebooking done just the same!!! :)

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