I am looking to upgrade from my 17" crt monitor to a 17" or 19" LCD monitor, but which one???
My usage is web surfing, office applications, and photography/photo manipulation with photoshop 7. I use 1024 x 768 as my default resolution at present.
I dont do gaming, and dont need built in speakers, but would like the best quality screen/picture for my budget, which is up to about £220
So 17" or 19"?
I fancy a 19" as I like the idea of a big screen, but reading the other threads it appears they are grainier unless used at a higher resolution, which means smaller text, buttons etc, which I think I may not be able to cope with without eyestrain.
So which is best for me? I fancy the IIlyama Prolite E431S and also the LG Flatron L1720B, Both are 17" (19" recommendations please??) but are there better ones out there?
My graphics card is an NVIDIA RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro, which I do not plan on replacing. The function of picture in picture (for watching tv while using computer) might be a useful feature for the future, but not essential.
I have read that the 'hard' screens are better as they allow for easy cleaning as well.
I agree with GANDALF, I have just received a Viewsonic 19" VX924 today. Setup was just "plug it in", "turn it on", load the software, register and off you go. The picture quality and colour is excelent. Recommend it.
"I fancy a 19" as I like the idea of a big screen, but reading the other threads it appears they are grainier unless used at a higher resolution, which means smaller text, buttons etc, which I think I may not be able to cope with without eyestrain."
Both 17" and 19" monitors have native resolutions of 1280 x 1024 therefore a 19" will give the same screen space as a 17" but everything will be larger therefore I recommend you go for that size.
I bought the Viewsonic VP930 19" TFT 2 weeks back, and though it is an expensive monitor, its absolutely superb. Stunning, vibrant colours. Viewing angles are almost as good as a CRT and it has a response time of 8ms.
If your doing photo editing, then look for an 8 bit panel rather than 6 bit, former only does 16.2 million colours and the latter does 16.7 million colours, important when working with high quality images..
Viewsonic are one of the few suppliers that will exchange for 1 dead pixel, most others range from 5 to 7 before they will change.