Which Computer Monitor?

  PC_HelpMe 20:53 19 Nov 2011
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Hello folks, I really hope you can help me with your (as ever) good advice.

I have a budget of £150 to buy a new computer monitor, but have no idea where to start or what is even a good make (the monitor I have which is on its way out is a Samtron? and came with my Time Computer so you know how old it is).

I don't play games on it and the only thing I really use it for (other than surfing the internet) is editing photos.

What should I be looking for?

Should I go for a specific make?

Should it be a CRT or LCD or TFT?

Thank you in advance for your help.

  rdave13 21:21 19 Nov 2011

As your PC is a tad on the old side then you need to check if, whichever monitor you choose, that it has a VGA port.

CRT I wouldn't choose. I've always used AOC monitors.

  PC_HelpMe 23:01 19 Nov 2011

Oops, sorry I wasn't too clear in my post - our actual pc is only a few years old - but our monitor is from the very first pc we had. Our tower unit does have the VGA port that you mention.

  rdave13 23:16 19 Nov 2011

Select a monitor that is compatible with your PC's output or if you have a GPU card then the card's output.

Have a look here , possibly you will have a HDMI or most probably a DVI-D port.

Find one compatible with the ports and most importantly, compatible with your pocket? Buy from some reputable retailers so if you do get a problem you can return and get a replacement. Worth the extra pennies.

  rdave13 23:21 19 Nov 2011

Should have added that as well as a VGA port your card should have a DVI-D port. Note that if you buy a monitor using the DVI-D port (better quality) check if it comes with a DVI-D cable. That can come as extra expense.

  PC_HelpMe 13:23 20 Nov 2011

Thanks for your advice folks :)

  PC_HelpMe 19:08 20 Nov 2011

Thanks [email protected] - some more advice given :)

  PC_HelpMe 21:01 20 Nov 2011

Hi everyone - had a look at the monitors you've kindly provided me links to - wondering if you know of any that are 19" as just measured the corner I have and can't get more than a 20" one :)

  PC_HelpMe 09:19 22 Nov 2011

Ok so we found this one as it has a higher resolution than most of the others and mentions editing photos - is it going to be ok?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/aoc-2036sa-20-widescreen-lcd-monitor-04050682-pdt.html

  ordep 19:18 22 Nov 2011
  ordep 19:18 22 Nov 2011

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