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Old 09-27-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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The wonderful world of monitors

So, I still have a well loved but ancient CRT monitor, all huge, bulky, and wonderful. Really, as sarcastic as that sounds, it has treated me well. In any case, while there is no immediate need, I have been shopping around and looking to get something shiny and new.

I'm on the computer a lot (as are we all, eh? heh) so I don't want to go cheap, but I'd also rather not bust my budget. I am also not a fan of monitors with a glossy finish, as with the window behind me, the glare will be atrocious.
Finally, my parents also use the computer, and don't have the best eyes anymore, so squinting at teeny tiny text isn't desirable - altho I think that can be adjusted?
Oh, and I get headaches from some LED monitors I've been on, I hear higher contrast helps with that? On this monitor, when I'm using Word and such, I usually set the contrast and brightness down quite a bit.

Anyways, I'm just looking for people's thoughts, opinions, reviews, angry rants, etc.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:32 PM   #2
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I'm on computers all day for work and then in the evening for more work, I've got bad eyes and frequent headaches. Honestly my favorite "monitor" is actually my iMac. But that probably doesn't help you one bit....
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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I have this monitor and I really like it

Amazon.com: Samsung Touch Of Color T260 25.5-inch LCD Monitor: Computer & Accessories

I only have a laptop, so I connect it to the monitor when I'm retouching. I also have my PS3 hooked up directly to it as it has HDMI ports. Not too expensive either
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I have this monitor and I really like it

Amazon.com: Samsung Touch Of Color T260 25.5-inch LCD Monitor: Computer & Accessories

I only have a laptop, so I connect it to the monitor when I'm retouching. I also have my PS3 hooked up directly to it as it has HDMI ports. Not too expensive either
i love my samsung monitor. i have it hooked up with my imac and it's really nice.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:09 AM   #5
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I can recommend LG or Samsung flatscreens.

Don't buy anything until you go to the store and look at the model you're interested in. See how you can adjust it, what the contrast is like, the viewable angles, etc.

With prices as low as they are now, you can get a 20" widescreen for cheap and this should be the minimum you consider.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:05 AM   #6
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Heh, samsung is clearly the front lover of blue crack love.

I've heard flat screens have shorter lifespans, is this myth or truth?
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^Relatively, they might have a shorter lifespan. But it's still about 50,000 hours. Don't know about CRTs, but if you consider just how much 50,000 hours is, you really can neglect that factor. I've also read that a TFT keeps its quality longer. Only thing you may have with a flatscreen is hotpixels, i.e. single pixels that have died and thus are always red, grey or whatever colour they had last.

My brother also favours Samsung screens. Apparently, it's pretty popular to get with Samsung these days.

For the energy-conscious consumers: A TFT only consumes about one tenth of energy a CRT of similar size does. And it radiates less than a CRT. So it may be healthier to sit in front of a flat screen.
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I do love me some Samsung flat screen. But I am an even bigger fan of ViewSonic. I have had CRT's and flat screens and never have had a problem with either. This is the one I have right now.

ViewSonic VX2235wm 22" Monitor LCD Monitor reviews - CNET Reviews
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And it radiates less than a CRT. So it may be healthier to sit in front of a flat screen.

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Also, thanks for all the facts people, I do appreciate. It's making my window shopping far more productive and informed. yay!
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Heh, samsung is clearly the front lover of blue crack love.

I've heard flat screens have shorter lifespans, is this myth or truth?
I've had this flat screen going on six years now, still going strong, so...
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Another happy Samsung user here.


Sometimes cheap is a winner though, and many others recommend this. I talked my friend into buying one and he's been quite happy ever since.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009145
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I got a steal on an LG Flatron last Xmas. I know that Samsungs are better, but this was impossible to turn down. I like it.

I will say that anything larger than 21/22", depending on how big your workspace area, will likely cause significant eye strain on your parents. I'd stick with something around those sizes.
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Another happy Samsung user here.


Sometimes cheap is a winner though, and many others recommend this. I talked my friend into buying one and he's been quite happy ever since.

Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors
whoa... a simple post and so many responses and links. My apologies for not doing the search first, that was stupid of me. Thanks for all the pointers, though!
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whoa... a simple post and so many responses and links. My apologies for not doing the search first, that was stupid of me. Thanks for all the pointers, though!
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