help me choose a monitor please

  dirt 00:09 22 Sep 2006

hi there

i'm not desperate to buy a new monitor but have seen this one at pc world, curry's and dixons all for the same price in a sale:
click here
i currently have a 19" crt monitor with a res of up to 1600 x 1200, 80htz refresh rate.
i heard it's quite good but is this new monitor worth the money and will the gaming experience look as good on this tft?
any advice would help
a quick response would be nice as i am eager to buy tomorrow if your advice is positive.



  Diodorus Siculus 01:09 22 Sep 2006

I wouldn't rush out and buy it - there are better for the price around and if you don't need it urgently, hold off as prices continue to come down (or at least as retailers continue to get more for their money).

  Giggle n' Bits 01:45 22 Sep 2006

look at ViewSonic, Philips Briliance or Acer range and try for DVI not VGA. Viewsonic make them with DVI and a very low response time but at a price and Viewsonic includes the cables.

For good prices look at click here

Or click here

Orclick here

Ebuyer also.

  dirt 07:20 22 Sep 2006

ok i get your point i'll wait.
i'll have a look at your links when i finish work.
thankyou both for your replies.
until i return feel free to give me any pointers about which monitor to choose.
i have a small understanding of tft etc.
response time has to be 4ms these days.
and.......oh i can't remember......have to go to work
posts back later.

cheers and thanks again for the speedy reply.


  dirt 07:50 22 Sep 2006

ok so i'll do it like this:
£149 hewlett packard w19" widescreen f/panel mon
Features for this HEWLETT PACKARD W19
- 8m/sec Response Rate
- 300cd/m2 Brightness
- 500:1 Contrast Ratio
- 1440 x 900 Max Resolution
- Plug & Play
- 16.2M Colours
Monitor Tube Size 19 inches
Dot Pitch 0.285 mm
Height 356 mm
Width 440 mm
Depth 215 mm
Weight 4.2 kg
Colour Silver
DVI, VGA (HD-15)

  dirt 07:55 22 Sep 2006

what are the most important things to look at with tft when applied to gaming?

i'll put other options here bearing in mind that this monitor is £149 and i have a budget of £0



  dirt 08:03 22 Sep 2006

Acer 19" AL1916as TFT LCD
19" TFT (376.3X301 mm)
Res 1280 x 1024
TN + film
Brightness 300 cd/m2
Colour 16.2M (6-bit data)
Pixel Pitch 0.098 x 0.294 mm
Pixel Clock 54 MHz
Contrast Ratio 700:1
Response Time 8ms
Horizontal Frequency 31 - 81 KHz
Vertical Frequency 56 - 75Hz
Horizontal Viewing Angle 140 degrees
Vertical Viewing Angle 124 degrees
Backlight 4 Lamps
Video Signal Analog (D-sub)
Video support mode VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, NEC, Apple and VESA
Plug and Play DDC1 & DDC2B
Weight 5.6kgs
Dimensions (WxHxD) 422.2 X 433 X 175.8 mm

  dirt 08:07 22 Sep 2006

ok now i've started looking at all these i am getting more and more confused with there sales tech blarble.....
the one's i am looking at seem to be similar to the pc world monitor in terms of spec and price.
lower res and same response time........



ok now i really have to go to work

post back later

help!! please!!!

  siouxah1 09:01 22 Sep 2006

click here

Have one arriving today. A friend has one and is very pleased with it. Deals with games well.

See the Samsung site reference their stance on dead pixels. Good standard compared to others.


  dirt 18:36 22 Sep 2006

ok back from work now. at £189 it seems good.
the pc world monitor was
£149 so i have to have this figure as my budget.
all the monitors i've looked at are either more expensive or simply have similar features.
would i be right in saying that the most important features are:
price,viewable screen size,resolution,response rate,pixel pitch and contrast ratio and connection type(dvi opposed to vga).
are there any other features that should be considered as a higher priority?
all help is welcome. by the time i've figured this out the prices will have come down anyway!!

cheers all


  dirt 19:02 22 Sep 2006

i've just read up about grey to grey time being more important than response time.
the article also said that most of the time this info isn't stated by the manufacturer or retail seller.
any comments on this would be great and on my previous post.


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