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What to look for in a monitor?

Discussion in 'General Software & Hardware Forum:' started by br3n, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Bit lost while looking at monitors at the moment, had eyes for a 22" TFT but other than that im a bit behind - Used to know a bit (6 years ago) but things have changed :)

    What should I be looking for?
  2. charles

    charles Senior Member

  3. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ahhhh no don't get a tn panel tft, they have some of the worst viewing angles and the colour accuracy suffers accordingly.

    If you can spend the money something like the s-pva based 23" samsung f2380 (£230 ish) (100% srgb colour space which is good at this money) or any ips/pva panel (dell 2409 etc) as they are better for colour accuracy (calibrated obviously). You can usually tell a non tn panel by the grey to grey (gtg) time as its never below 8ms
  4. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    my flat mate has the samsung f2380 (as his secondary monitor) and I agree its an awesome screen. The tv version he has isn't quite as good a monitor, but makes for a sweet setup
  5. charles

    charles Senior Member

    lol as I said dunno too much :)
  6. darren

    darren Member

  7. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I picked up a HP 2309m HD 23incher. Very happy with it. £170. nice.
  8. tim

    tim Senior Member

    i got a 19" HP screen. £94. nice.
  9. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I like the your avatar Tim.

    I also use my monitor for the old PS3 60gb.

    Very nice.
  10. berry

    berry Active Member

    I would always look for some kind of image in a monitor, but that's just me.
  11. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Levi - thanks thats the kind info I needed, I saw a few with 2ms and some with 5ms and wasnt entirely sure - £250 is off my budget so might need to look at 20" rather than 22. Im currently on a iiyama vision master 1451, back in the day it was alright but im guessing anythings an improvement at the mo.

    Berry - shhh just because this isn't a thread about pens and paper and there for you have nothing to say doesnt mean you have to jump in with some witty comment to try and prove to the kids "your still hip" when infact we all know, it is you who needs a new hip :p
  12. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    You can get the 23" (16:9) samsung f2380 I linked to for £230 and a few pence at ebuyer (I linked to it) and my job is done, you get good colour range and its a samsung (can't go wrong with them in my view - I'm using 2 of them).
    Don't assume an old monitor is any worse than a new one, most of the improvements have just brought down costs :)
  13. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    well it was a budget monitor at the time, most importantly I want/need something to take up less space as this is a CRT

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