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stevecullum
05-22-2006, 10:34 AM
I'm looking to by a new monitor or two and was wondering if anyone has any suggested purchases?

Budget is 6 - 700, so I've seen I can get a 24" Dell for around that or maybe two 19" ers. But if I went for two 17", I get the same number of pixels, but quite a bit cheaper than the 19's.

Is there an advantage/disadvantage to working with 24" vs 2x 19's vs 2x 17's?

Thanks in advance for any advice - I don't want to waste my hard earned cash!

iconoclasty
05-23-2006, 10:00 AM
Big disadvantage to the 19s in my mind. The 19s have a lower resolution and (I believe) a much slower refresh rate than the 20s or 24s. The 17s don't have the best refresh rate and they're kinda small but aren't too bad for the money. I run dual Dell 20"s and love them. The 24"s are equally as nice in performance but it's a lot more money for 320 extra pixels of width.

stevecullum
05-23-2006, 10:23 AM
I've been looking at a pair of 20" widescreens, which are almost the same price as 19's but you do get and extra 320 pixels or so. mmm tough choice...

It would nice to go for a couple of 24's, but budget can't quite stretch to that!

iconoclasty
05-23-2006, 02:17 PM
Yeah I'd definitely go for the 20 wides over the 19s. But I would personally get the 4x3 20s over the wide aspect 20s. The wider aspect didn't help me any and I'd rather have more pixels to work with.
If you wait for a deal you can get the standard aspect 20s for under $400 apiece. I don't know what that is in Euros.

stevecullum
05-23-2006, 02:43 PM
Yeah, I can wait a while, see what comes up. But I live in pricey Britain where a decent 20" 4:3 is still the equivalent of $700 when its on offer!

If anyone can point me to a source thats in the UK for $400 (220) then I'll be more than happy!

At the moment 20" WS is looking like the best bang per buck, with loosing 120 pixels over a standard ratio 20" screen for a saving of $180.

Benq FP202W is looking like a good option as its got built in DVI/VGA switching, which means I can hook the two up to my DVI's on my main Workstation and the other station to the VGA port :hey:

Pavlov
05-23-2006, 02:50 PM
maybe it's lower than your target, but i got a Samsung 204b today, 20" and 1600x1200, excellent luminosity and definition, € 440.00

stevecullum
05-23-2006, 03:04 PM
Ohhh nice screen. Its retailing here for 392 inc vat, so that makes it a little more than my original budget for two. Its pretty rude that we have to pay so much more!

Oh well, if I hold fire maybe someone will have a deal in a few weeks or so..

mbloor
05-23-2006, 04:15 PM
You might like to try Aria and Microdirect in the UK, both have regular specials on LCD screens, some 1600x1080 eg Belinea are around 280 inc VAT.
I have used both these suppliers in the past without issue.
Mark

stevecullum
05-23-2006, 05:34 PM
ahh..cheers I'll take a lookie!

Digital Hermit
05-23-2006, 07:56 PM
Steve... this suggestion may not fit the bill, but have you checked the pawnshops... I found a 21" CRT Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 91TXM monitor for $29.00 (15.00)...and yes, it works!

The store owner was biased in thinking that it was out of date and too heavy compaired to the newer flat screens. In some respects he was correct... but the visual real estate I gain for a (15.00) GUI interface or modeler screen, etc... does me just fine, thank you. :)

So, I am thinking there might be that same opportunity "across the pond."

Good hunting!

Digital Hermit