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Replace monitor help

  1. Dec 5, 2007 #1

    pit

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    I need to replace my monitor. I'll choose a lcd but I don't understand all the features. Which one is most important ? how to choose it?
     
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  3. Dec 5, 2007 #2

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    Ideally you want a CRT but if you must be pagan and wish to purchase an LCD, then you need to look for contrast ratio, size, resolution, response time, etc.

    It depends specifically on what you want. What would you use the monitor for?
     
  4. Dec 5, 2007 #3

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    Why would you want a CRT over an LCD? I would personally prefer the LCD.

    Here is a site with some general comparisons...

    http://www.touchscreens.com/intro-displaytech.html
     
  5. Dec 5, 2007 #4

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    CRTs are still superior by far over LCD screens, in terms of more or less everything but size, power usage, and the slight advantages digital transmission gives. Even your link acknowledges it. In short, CRTs are great if you want something that functions to the best extent and don't mind aesthetics & efficiency.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2007 #5

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    Smaller size, less power, digital transmission, aesthetics...I would prefer these any day over not having them!

    All of those things, to me at least, make the LCD superior.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2007 #6

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    I prefer brightness, resolution, contrast ratio, response time (especially), refresh rates, and so on. The better the image, the more I want it, and I couldn't care less as to anything else. I prefer something purely functional, i.e. do one thing and do it well.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2007 #7
    I would have to say that contrast ratio and response time are the two most important when it comes to the quality of the images displayed. With computer gaming, it's all about response time. How quickly one pixel can shift from one color to the next. Have a response time that is too high and you'll begin to notice ghosting if you 'look around' fast enough. I moved up from a 17" CRT to a 22" widescreen LCD. Since i'm a gamer, the difference in response time is noticable, but tolerable. I only really notice it when i'm looking for it anyway. The majority of mid-sized LCDs are 5ms which is good. My ASUS MW221U is proclaimed as being able to synthesize a 2ms response time with it's Splendid technology, but to me it still feels like regular of 5ms... which actually isn't too shabby for a 22" widescreen display anyway.

    I think that the overall size of the monitor that your looking for would pretty much dictate the recommended resolution as most LCDs look best at their native resolutions... it seems to keep the overall size of the display lettering at a good ratio with the overall monitor size its self.

    Since I don't have a lot of space or depth for a huge 22" or 24" CRT monitor, LCDs have become the best compromise for me. Even though i'm personally biased towards LCDs, I have to agree with dst on at least one part... you can-not beat the image quality. Hands down. LCD technology has a long way to go to even begin to compare.

    But, that's just my 2cents.
     
  9. Dec 8, 2007 #8

    pit

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    Movies and internet. Only for these two things.
     
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