View Full Version : Picking a good monitor

John West
09-02-2006, 12:29 AM
How does one pick a good monitor for viewing pix on the net.

I have two monitors, both LCD, one an 15 inch Mac screen, and the other a 15 inch screen on my Toshiba Tecra (PC) laptop. Both seem pretty good, but I have very little to compare them to. From this limited sample of two, I would say that the Mac screen is much preferable, being much brighter and having more contrast. The images on the Mac really jump out and grab you. The Toshiba PC screen seems good, but definitely second choice to the Mac.

But I'm something of a computer dinosaur, so I'm curious if anybody out there who knows more about this sort of thing can provide any advice should I talk myself into getting a newer, bigger screen to play with.

John West

Switched out
09-02-2006, 01:24 PM
A friend of mine has one of these Del 24" widescreen LCD (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-4335) monitors, all I'm going to say is I want one!

If you are going to have a look at one of these make sure your system can dish out the required resolution 1920x1200.

There are three major things to look for when shopping for LCD monitors.

Contrast ratio - more is better.
Brightness not a major thing to worry about these days but something to keep in mind.
Response time (How fast a pixle goes from black to white) 16ms, 12ms are fairly common, I would not buy anything slower then 16ms.
DVI connector, not required but recommended - your video card must have one as well, this does away with the analog video cable and replaces it with the digital version, the resolt is a sharper and clearer picture in most cases.
A place to look for reviews is Toms Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/)

09-12-2006, 05:20 AM
I would say 8ms should be the rule now days, a high quality 19" LCD with an 8ms responce time will only set you back $200-$300. If you want to poke around I reccomend Newegg (http://www.newegg.com), I buy all of my computer equipment from them (which has totaled several thousand for both personal and business). I have a Rosewill R912E which works great for gaming/watching TV/photo editing. I have had good luck with Rosewill/Viewsonic/LG.

Switched out
09-13-2006, 10:37 AM
You have to be careful with the response time specs as some companies are using grey to grey response times which are quicker rather then the white to black response times.

The Dell monitor I linked to above has a grey to grey time of 6ms and a black to white time of 16ms. Just something to be careful with.