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    Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

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    Hey all, I need some help making this decision. I had a Westinghouse 22" LCD flat panel monitor that died on my last week. I want to buy another one the same size and have come up with these two simply because they are at the local Sam's Club. Of these two which one would you buy and why?

    22" ViewSonic VA2226W LCD monitor - here

    22" ViewSonic VX2255WMB LCD monitor - here

    Here's the link to the Sam's Club LCD monitors - here

    The two above are the ones I've chosen to consider, in part because they're ViewSonic monitors.

    Let me know your thoughts.

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    Re: Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

    Several Samsung monitors get good writeups in the UK...

    Or treat yourself to a 24" Dell?
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    Re: Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

    If you are comparing the visual performance characteristics of the displays there is little choice here as the two units are essentially identical and those specs are quite good. The VX unit has a pixel pitch about 2% bigger, but otherwise the specs suggests the displays are the same. The monitors, however, are quite a bit different with the monitor being the entire package, one element of which is the display sub assembly. The VA monitor is Viewsonic's value offering having fewer bells & whistles. The VX model adds some style & function (speakers, camera, microphone, DVI cable,....) and some cost.

    If audio and video (A/V) are important to you then I would recommend, surprisingly perhaps, to get the VA unit and add higher quality A/V separately. If A/V are not that important (but interesting) to you and you can spare the $ and not spare the desk space, then go for the VX monitor.

    If you do not already know, Viewsonic does not manufacture any displays. They outsource the major components and engineer the monitor design & features and apparently do a decent job of it. People like LG and Samsung and Sony, for example, manufacture their displays and the monitors. So Viewsonic is similar to Dell in this regard in that they only specify and market monitors.

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    Re: Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

    We used to procure ViewSonic LCD's for our employees but after having issues with several displays and very poor service getting the displays repaired/replaced while under warranty we switched to Dell. You can get a 22" widescreen for between $290 and $340.

    We have lots of the Dells on our desktops and they perform very well. No issues (knock on wood) with any of them.

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    Re: Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

    You raise a good point . As LC monitors are becoming commodity items one ideally wants to look at more than initial specs when making a purchase. Reliability and service, in particular, should be factored into a purchase decision and that is not easy. It usually means getting a lot of input and weighting the quality of the data. A frequent problem is insuring that an apples-to-apples comparison is being made. Comparing consumer grade ViewSonic display reliability, for example, to Sony industrial grade display reliability is going to give you the wrong impression about ViewSonic displays in general. Telecomguy9 inquired specifically about ViewSonic consumer grade displays though ViewSonic also makes professional grade monitors, the VP series. The best information is first-hand information about multiple displays so I would classify your data as high quality as long as the Dell and ViewSonics were both the same grade. Even if the grades were different your information might be valuable. The interesting case might be if Dell consumer grade monitors were that much better than the ViewSonic professional grade. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Which LCD 22' monitor to buy...

    We just had 2 Viewsonic monitors go and we sent them in and we had them back and working in less than 10 days.
    WE are quit satisfied with their repair service and ALL was <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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