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Old 11-24-2008, 10:29 AM
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New monitor

I'm on the market for a new monitor and I'm curious what you all use.

My current monitor is a very large, trinitron 21" that served me superbly for 10 years but is on it's last legs.

What do you use for brand and model?
Any experience with Samsung or Dell monitors?
Would you recommend a 4:3 or 16:9 form factor and why?

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Old 11-24-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: New monitor

Hey Frank,
For many years I was a dual LCD user and certainly enjoyed the benefits of the added desktop space. I later changed to one 24" 16:9 ratio LCD. It took some minor getting used to, but in the end I like it as much as I did the other setup. Most applications actually remember the single 16:9 screen locations better. Other than that, there are not many tangible benefits over two monitors, other than the obvious. Do I wish I had gone larger than 24"?... sometimes yes. I think another two inches of vertical space would be nice. That would require going to about a 30" unit, which could be cost prohibitive. They do make those that turn on their axis, but I'm not sold on that either.

I think you'll get many mixed reviews until you narrow down your price point and type of usage, home vs business. I've heard a lot of negatives about Samsung. In the business world, we used them until we found they simply failed too often. I think you get what you pay for. Dell's are good consumer level LCD's, but certainly don't compare to a higher end LCD for professional use. If it's just for home, then it certainly should be considered and should make the short list of home level LCD's. There are many Dell's to choose from; obviously their Ultrasharp series is better.

Best of luck there, and again I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions from others.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:01 PM
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Re: New monitor

Price point: want to get the best for less than $500
Ability to turn on axis: yes, I would love if I can find a real good one
Usage target: mostly home, not many games, some web development, lots of graphics work.
Regarding the Samsung reliability: I don't have any experience with them but I noticed them to be around $100 less than Dell's compatible monitors.

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For many years I was a dual LCD user and certainly enjoyed the benefits of ...
Best of luck there, and again I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions from others.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:46 PM
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Re: New monitor

my samsung tv needed a $300 board and it was less then 2 years old, and i had one of their dvd burners stop working after12 months of use..maybe they have improved reliability since then but i won't buy anything from them...
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:01 PM
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Re: New monitor

i know lcd's and plasmas are the big thing these days, but i still prefer crt's. NEC is my brand of preference. they've been at this a while now and make a great, long lasting, reliable monitor at decent prices. (i havent had to buy one in years, so cant really recommend a brand right now ).
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