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Anonymous
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a b Ô Samsung
January 2, 2002 1:13:58 AM

I have been researching different resources for a flat panel monitor. I have narrowed down my search to 2 different monitors - a digital or a analog. In general it seems like a digital monitor is the best choice but based on the specs. I don't know what to choose. Here are the diffent specs.:

Analog - Samsung 171b:
Pixel: 0.264mm
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Viewing Angle: 170/170
Max resolution: 1280x1024

Digital - Samsung 170T:
Pixel: 0.281mm
Brightness: 220 cd?m2
Contrast Ratio: 350:1
Viewing Angle: 160/160.
Max resolution: 1280x1024

Any suggestions/comments ?

Thanks,



<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by congo74 on 01/01/02 10:39 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 2, 2002 1:17:59 AM

I would go digital man...BTW, what are these two LCD's you are looking at. Both seem to have nice specs...

Jack Burton is a great man...
January 2, 2002 1:34:20 AM

Except the digital's gonna have a higher response time- teh contrast tells it all (there are certain correlations I have found). What r the two LCD's, cause maybe we can offer better in your price range.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
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January 2, 2002 5:48:44 AM

he already pointed them out ....!!
Samsung 171b or the 170T

definetely go for digital...also the 150T/170T models from samsung have dual inputs...both analog and digital...they have excellent reviews on CNET and AMAZON....
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 2, 2002 1:35:26 PM

You say "go digital" but why when the analog model has the best specs. ?
January 2, 2002 3:08:39 PM

you went a little wrong on the 171B specs:
Viewing angle is 160\160
Brightness is 240 cd/m

and if you do have DVI output on your LCD...my guess is ..definetely go for the digital interface...if not ...get a dual input...
but getting an analog gets u stuck with it..with no upgrade possibility...
just like a S423..or a S478...in th P4s...
also ..Digital has superior image quality...
January 2, 2002 3:12:24 PM

well...maybe the 171B's specs are a little higher to compensate for the analog interface...but DONT take my word for this...i'm just guessing..
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 2, 2002 7:21:58 PM

The specs. are right. Check them out yourself at www.samsungusa.com.

Type a-si TFT/PVA
Size 17"
Pixel Pitch 0.264mm
Brightness 250cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 400:1
Response Time (ms) 25
Interface Analog
Vieweing Angle 170º/170º
January 2, 2002 8:42:35 PM

Hmm, the Samsung 171b is $800, so at that price you can get urself a Compaq TFT7020. It's got 400:1 contrast, 25ms response time, digital and analog plugs. Also, a few people have one (mine is being shipped as we speak...err type:) ), so you have proof it's a great monitor.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 2, 2002 9:21:06 PM

Where did you get yours from? (the Compaq) and where can I find some specs. on it. It is not listed on Compaq's US site.
Thanks,
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 3, 2002 3:38:26 AM

COOL! How did you go about ordering it in terms of getting the Student Rebate ? And what about video card - What do you recommend?

Thanks,
January 3, 2002 8:20:43 PM

Well, on Compaq's website, go to stores, and then the K-12 or higher education (whichveer one u are), select your state, then select the correct plan, and order. For vid cards, I reccomend GF3- the Gainward one has VIVO and DVI!

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
a b Ô Samsung
January 5, 2002 1:05:31 AM

What is the return policy with Compaq? Just asking because if there were to be dead pixels, what do they say if you want to return the LCD (and don't say there won't be any cause there is always the chance)?

Jack Burton is a great man...
January 5, 2002 1:25:32 AM

Well, call em up, cause I promised not to write teh #. I can always bs though. Also, their LCD's will have very few dead pixels- if any cause it seems the new technology all the companies are using makes dead pixels a thing of the past.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
January 6, 2002 5:25:57 PM

Flame

You are so wrong about the dead pixel issue. No manufacture not even Compaq will guarantee a defect free panel.

Jim Witkowski
Chief Hardware Engineer
Cornerstone / Monitorsdirect.com


Jim at http://www.monitorsdirect.com
January 6, 2002 6:07:07 PM

True, dead-pixel free screens are not guaranteed.

However, I recently inspected a bunch of LG and Samsung 15"/17" TFT's. Not a single dead pixel among the lot. Flame may be hoping a bit when he says they are a thing of the past, but the situation is improving.
Anonymous
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a b Ô Samsung
January 6, 2002 7:12:45 PM

Yeah, when I reviewed the LCD's I looked at in stores, I didn't see any dead pixels either. I have been lucky with dead pixels though, as when I bought my Inspiron 7000 from Dell back in 98, I didn't have one dead pixel and still don't. Compared to my I7K screen though, the new LCD's rock.

Jack Burton is a great man...
January 6, 2002 10:32:09 PM

I am perfectly aware of that, just that with improved technology, dead pixels are getting less and less.

My rice car will leave your R8500 in the dust!
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