View Full Version : What are the important specs to look for?

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?

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

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...

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.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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.