My 17" standard monitor has just died and I am thinking of replacing it with a 15" flat screen one. Can anyone recommend a good, reliable model? I have read that Sharps are very good. A local supplier recommends AOC. I'd be grateful for any comments, tips etc.
It does depend on how much you wish to spend. However, a new review of TFT monitors in, (I hesitate to mention a competitor magazine), Computer Buyer chose this as best buy:
Philips 150S3F 15"
"The bezel is impressively thin, enhancing the picture. Image quality was good thanks to a bright image, though colours could have been a touch more vivid. The OSD was straightforward to use, providing direct access to brightness, though not to contrast. However, contrast was good, and we could clearly distinguish the different levels of black in our photograph test and there was no problem with fast motion.
What really impressed us was the clean and rock-solid picture that lacked the interference afflicting the lesser panels. At the price, the Philips has a great picture. If you can live without a DVI connection, buy it".
I have used a 15" LCD for about a year a Eizo L365. Eizo LCD's are not easily found and tend to be a wee bit more expensive than average but in this case "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" For best performance you need DVI input (which cheaper panels don't have) a lot of recent graphics card GeForce3 & 4 plus better ATI cards have DVI output. Advantage? digital out from graphics - digital in to LCD, no digital-analogue/analogue - digital conversion. As tenor says for gaming try to get a screen refresh rate around 25ms (lower is better) to avoid 'ghosting. Aagin cheaper panel usually means higher refresh rate.
If you mean TFT, no comment, but if a 17" true flatscreen CRT is of interest, I've just bought a stunning one from Dabs for an amazing £89 including VAT. It's under the Dabsvalue name but is in fact a Chinese sourced model from their largest manufacturer of these.
I have it alongside a £230 CTX PR705 flatscreen and the pictures are almost indistinguishable, clearly a best buy.
Careful on site though. They also have a very average curved screen alternative at £84 and it's easy to order that by mistake.