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    LCD Monitors SPECS

    Hello

    I'm thinking of getting a new 17" or 19" LCD monitor to replace my older CRT monitor.

    I was wondering what specs are important to consider when looking for such monitors.

    Mostly I do office work, programming, a little graphic/web design.

    I'm guessing that top resolution is important and Contrast ratio, viewing angles...

    I just want to get ideas on what to look for in good LCD monitor

    Thanks in advance for any info you can give me
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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    Almost all 17" and 19" LCD monitors have a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. You'd have to go to 20" to get a higher resolution (1600 x 1200). So resolution is not really an issue.
    High contrast ratio and wide viewing angle are good to have.
    You could go to a computer shop that has a large choice to compare various monitors side by side.
    Finally, the video card in your PC is important - the same monitor may give very different results with different video cards.

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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    If you go to tom's hardware guide, they have a lot of very useful reviews of the sort of monitors you are looking for.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/

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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    I haven't seen this mentioned yet so I'll be the one to say it: watch out for dead pixels. Although it's less of a problem than it used to be, dead pixels (those that are in a permanent off or on state) are common and most manufacturers allow a certain number of dead pixels on their displays.

    High contrast ratios are preferable, but don't take too much stock in any numbers provided by the manufacturer: there are no standards to govern such numbers so they cannot provide an accurate comparison, although they are good enough to get you "in the ballpark."

    If you have the opportunity, I strongly recommend looking at one in a store before buying. It's hard to get an accurate comparison of products such as displays without seeing them - I know that had I not gone to the store I would not have ended up with the Viewsonic I currently use. The picture was much brighter and the controls were better to boot.
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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    Like Mark, I had read stuff (some here in The Lounge) about dead pixels, but I too bought a ViewSonic 19" that I've been happy with so far. I bought mine from Buy.com - LCD Monitors because of a "special" they were having at the time. When I received the monitor and installed it, I had no idea how to (technically) check for dead pixels, so all I knew to do was look at the highest resolution I could with a solid color screen and I couldn't see any spots in the screen that seemed to be "dead". I've been using mine for some time now and am still quite satisfied.

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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    Al,
    There is a test program for dead pixels. I used it when I first installed my LCD 19" monitor. It runs through a series of screens to find dead, stuck or other pixel problems. Easy to use and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> ware.

    Get it at:PIXELS
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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    Thanks Bob, good link!

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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    Thanks for the info

    Actually I was thinking in the line of a Viewsonic VX924 LCD. (I have a viewsonic CRT right now and have been pretty happy with it but now it's starting to give problems after a long service time).

    I'll check out the program about dead pixels also.

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    Re: LCD Monitors SPECS

    There are a great number of choices for 17" and 19" LCD monitors but, if you like to work with multiple documents or pages side by side you might want to consider something larger and in the widescreen (16x10) rather than the squarish 4x3 format. I recently (3 months ago) bought the largest screen (a Dell 2405) my video card (nVidia Quadro go 700, 128mb) could handle. All I can say is that it was the best decision for me. Great color, multiple card reader, usb ports, DVI, VGA, S-video, 1920x1200, not 1 bad pixel and a five year warranty ($48 extra). You can buy them at 25% off the list price when they go on sale. Rated best in class by virtually all.

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