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    Monitor recommendation

    I want to buy a new monitor for home use (the old one is getting fuzz-screen). I don't need anything fancy, just functional. I guess 17 inches. What would be a good one to get for not a lot of money? I was looking on line and they seem a lot more expensive than I thought they'd be. Can I get a good one for less than $150?

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Gabi

    Are you looking for bulky heavy annoying CRT monitors or super whizzo light sleek LCD monitors? (No bias, you see!)

    I don't know how relative prices compare in the US, but I suspect you won't get a 17" LCD for $150...

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Yours eyes will thank you, if you were to go the "super whizzo light sleek LCD monitors" route <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    You're not going to get a good 17" LCD for $150 so, unless you are willing to budget more, don't even bother looking. You should be able to find a decent CRT (TV tube type) however. Note that many people still prefer the display qualities of the CRT, especially with text, so don't feel bad about that - and if you are doing serious 3D, fast animation gaming, LCDs don't yet compete anyway! (wait a year).

    So, without pushing you into something else, and to answer your question, there are many to choose from - but in reality, there are only a few CRT makers - but they OEM out to many monitor makers. And CRTs have been around for over a 100 years, so they have the technology figured out - Shop around and use your own eyes, pocket book, and warranty data to make your decision. Smaller dot pitch is normally better. The flatter screens are favored and reduce glare.

    Note there are significant advantages of the LCD monitor, that may offset the additional costs - over time. LCD monitors consume much less power. Besides the obvious there, that lower power requirement means you can likely plug your LCD into your UPS (and I sure hope everyone uses an UPS - no excuse these days), along with the computer and SOHO network gear. CRTs draw too much for all but big (say 1100VA) UPS systems. Also, CRTs generate a lot of heat - and can increase demand on air conditioning - and room comfort levels. Then of course, they are big and heavy, the flat ones are very heavy as there is a lot of tension in there forcing the need for thick glass. Finally, CRTs are more dangerous - they can implode, and there is high voltage (18,000+ VAC) on the anodes.


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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Well, let's hope there's no imploding. I don't think my home use will cause such a catastrophe! A CRT will suit my purposes quite nicely. Thanks much for the advice.

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Imploding means what it says - it explodes, but inwards!

    a) when was the last time this ever happened in someone's home?
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] was anyone injured (suspect the answer is No!)?

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    PS LCD monitors don't 'plode at all!!
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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    I'm a big fan of Viewsonic. I have the A90f+ (19") at both work and home. I paid about $225 for the one at home. You may want to look into its 17" counterpart: A70f+. It should be around your price range.

    The screen is perfectly flat, quite sharp, and very bright.

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    I have purposely smashed a hammer through the tube of an old monitor before now (for a magazine article - long story) and survived to tell the tale. I had also heard about imploding CRTs so I kitted myself out with safety goggles, stout gloves and placed the monitor in a large cardboard box first.

    Imagine my disappointment when the hammer went through the glass with no more than a hollow 'phut'.

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Fish

    I shall be steering well clear of you!!

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Granted, CRTs don't implode by themselves, but if impacted by Fish carrying hammers, they can. I know of a well placed mop handle by a new cleaning crew that did the trick once. No one was hurt that time. Then there was the time someone (not me!) forgot about that very sturdy cable connecting the PC to the monitor - and he moved the PC a bit too far. The monitor landed face down on the bench foot, imploded, and shot a 2 inch piece of thick glass in the cealing. That was spooky. We used to have to pop the end off CRTs, to let the vacuum out - not really a proper term, since you can't really let "nothing" out - but that's what we called it.

    But it does bring to mind a safety tip - always carry CRTs (Monitors and TVs) with the screen against your chest.
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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Bill

    > We used to have to pop the end off CRTs, to let the vacuum out - not really a proper term, since you can't really let "nothing" out - but that's what we called it.

    Couldn't you just have said, "let the air in"? Shorter, too!

    That's the first time I've heard of a piece of glass from an imploding CRT going anywhere much, certainly not into a ceiling! Makes your advice to "carry CRTs with the screen against your chest" ever-so-slightly disconcerting, no?!

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    We use ViewSonic's at work when a monitor does not come bundled with a PC (of course, for a few dollars more). I have had a few NEC monitors for my home computers and have no problems with them. IMHO a 17" monitor is on the small size. I use a 19" at work and my gaming machine at home has a 21" CRT.

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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    <hr>Couldn't you just have said, "let the air in"? Shorter, too!<hr>

    Geez John, don't you know anything? If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS!

    Yeah, it was something, a brand new 15" Trinitron flat screen too - back when they first came out and was THE monitor to have. Expensive and heavy, but gorgeous. But the flat screen was (and still is) harder to achieve than the curved screens - there are tremendous tensions internally.
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    Re: Monitor recommendation

    Mark, I wanted to say a word of thanks for your recommendation on ViewSonic. After some poking about I went out and got myself a nice, shiny A90f+ for myself because I've been spoiled by the 19" display at the office. I am exceptionally pleased with my new toy. Very sharp, bright and detailed...absolutely no guilt about the purchase! The difference in sharpness between this and my previous display is nothing short of amazing.
    -Mark

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