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breathemetal
01-08-08, 01:04 PM
What are the important specs to look for when buying a monitor?
Im thinking of getting a 24'' and i need to know what to look for.

I know there is brightness, but whats a good number?
And contrast ratio?
Display colors?
Brands?

amk21
01-08-08, 01:52 PM
response time is always important, you should try to keep it under 8ms. Samsung has always been good to me, they have a standard 2ms response time and like a 2000:1 contrast ratio on all their high end monitors...

this nec has gotten some good reviews
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824002334
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ned_multisync_lcd2470wnx

It's awefully expensive though, I'm still with my 19", don't want to upgrade until the prices come down a little bit

*edit* there is a non wide screen version of that monitor that costs $150 less, I assumed that you would want a wide screen...

Q
01-08-08, 02:00 PM
Panel type if you care anything about viewing angle and color reproduction.

IPS derivatives are the best, followed by P/MVA, and the worst are TN. You have to really dig for info about panel types, however.

mythy
01-08-08, 02:04 PM
response times are bull**** half of the time. They can measure it using different methods so you really have to pay attention. Contrast should be 1000:1 or better. For brightness I'd say 400cd/m2 and up. If you want the best bang for buck then try this

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&sku=320-5647


Other wise BenQ has some decent ones along with nec and view sonic

breathemetal
01-08-08, 02:28 PM
i was thinking about this Westinghouse:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824255001

Display Colors 16.7 Million
Brightness 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Response Time 8ms
Display Type WUXGA

mythy
01-08-08, 02:34 PM
Well its cheap :p


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001234

breathemetal
01-08-08, 02:34 PM
Thats why i like it, haha. But, does it look like a good deal?

amk21
01-08-08, 02:40 PM
I think I'm going to upgrade to a 24 inch in about 18 months, raight before I start my freshmen year at college... Hopefully there will be beter/cheaper products on the market, maybe a 26" will be in the "picture", pun intended. Wow that was a bad pun.