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    TFT monitors

    What are the important features to look for when buying a TFT monitor.

    What are the advantages of analogue/digital inputs?

    I will be using the monitor for office work - very seldom will games be played.

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Hi Simon,
    To some extent it depends what your work involves but generally speaking I would look at:
    1. Native resolution - if you have a 15" TFT with a native res. above about 1024 * 768 you may find that a bit small for some work but you'll lose definition if you set it to certain lower resolutions.
    2. Viewable angle - if you're always sat right in front and never demonstrating stuff to others, this may not be a big issue.
    3. Brightness.
    4. Image quality - is it important to you that whites are truly white and blacks truly black? If so, you'll probably have to pay more!
    5. What if any additional features do you want - speakers, screen rotation etc.
    Digital connectors will give you better image quality but again, it's a question of price generally (and your video card will need to have a DVI output) - I use analogue at home and at work and the quality is perfectly OK for spreadsheets, databases and dev work.
    Hope that helps.
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    Re: TFT monitors

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    Make sure you view <font color=red>in working order the exact screen you are buying</font color=red>. Manufacturers accept a certain number of 'dead' pixels which you may not like. Just make sure the one you're getting has them all working. Once you've got one you like, watch them pack it for you and walk out of the shop with it under your arm if need be.

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Truly?!?! Where can I find out more info about this? I'm pricing up a small network system with a mail-order supplier and I'm providing an option for TFT screens, but I could do without a "dead pixel allowance", only noticeable when proudly unveiling the new hardware to the customer.

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Hi
    Computer press, including magazines like Computer Shopper. I'm sorry to say that it seems everbody has to accept this - I believe a surprising number can be dead, as long as they are not at or near centre screen. Buyers have this problem : all pixels may be lit when you bought the product, but when some die you cannot have it replaced under guarantee if the number is within the declared limit.
    I am not sure if this applies to all countries. Do a Google search (you have the search bar incorporated in to your browser, yes?). This is verbatim part of a review of the Samsung 181T:
    <font color=yellow>Samsung guarantee TFTs to be 99.999% free from defects. This sounds like a small percentage of defective pixels but when the calculations are made, they actually guarantee all but 40 of the pixels to be faulty." </font color=yellow>
    I don't think he meant to say that .....the final 'faulty' should be 'fault free'.

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    Re: TFT monitors

    I guess that means that mail ordering is a bad idea? The only issue is that most mail-order prices (typically from stores in California) are between $100 and $300 cheaper than buying locally. Any further advice??

    I'm in the market for a 19" LCD. I'm leaning toward the Viewsonic vg191, but I've not totally decided yet.

    Does anyone have any advice on monitors in this class?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Although the least known and least reputable stores are the cheapest, they tend to have hefty restocking fees, should you return something. In this case, you might split the difference and go with a vendor that has a more modest fee, or none at all.

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Hi Jefferson,

    Thanks for the great advice! I researched a little and found a local store that carries the Viewsonic vg191 that I'm thinking about. It's about $100 more than the internet store ($150 more with sales tax...), but I think it will be well spent to have the local advantage.

    Any thoughts on other LCD monitors in the class (Sony, Samsung, NEC, KDS, etc..)?

    After comparing the stats I believe the Viewsonic has a higher contrast ratio (600:1) than the rest, plus it includes the portrait feature - not necessary, but cute!

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    Re: TFT monitors

    Hi
    For an extra $100 you can take it back and have it seen to (exchanged) with less hassle, but if pixels go dead they cannot be repaired. Although you cannot really notice a couple of unlit ones near the edges (you'd be hard put to to find them in normal use) you take the risk that with a particular screen once some have gone, others may follow (The Lemon Effect). What you don't want is groups of dead ones.
    Personally, I'd certainly use the shop (take the MO price list and show it to the Manager - you never know <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, be prepared to accept tiny faults and don't expect to get a replacement unless the acceptable limit has been exceeded - so find out exactly what it is. (e.g. 10 pixels not within 100 pixel-widths of each other).
    Ensure that the actual screen you're going to by has been up and running for a day or so before you accept delivery - a sort-of burning-in process. Provided the shop know you this shouldn't be a problem.
    Fish was in a rather different position - he was preparing systems for a third party - and we all know what custards can be like.
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    Re: TFT monitors

    Personally, I think in the long run I will get more out of paying the local taxes than paying FedEx. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> As for the brands, no, I have not shopped. I just flip open the laptop and use that.

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