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September 9, 2006 1:18:37 PM

I built my custom build a few months ago , great forum by the way, and have been getting along with my old Relisys 15", Iv decided to get a new display with a budget of:
£300-£400
$560-$746

Games, Dvd + video editing and generally looking for the best within the price range,(and can be handled by my graphics card) yes viewing multiple documents will be handy, as long as wide screen doesnt make my games look weird. after 3 years with this relisys Im finding it hard to imagine what 20" wide will look like

The Dell looks tempting, but the specs arent as good as the Viewsonic, however from reading reviews specs dont always tell the tale of the viewing experience, and Dell has a reputation for great looking display images, although cant find any review where the a Dell 'topped' in this price range

Here is an easy glance comparison of some of the current models available in that price range

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=15032&C...

Interestingly Dell has this item on sale at the moment:

£302.27
$563.88

Dell UltraSharp™ 2007WFP 20.1" Widescreen

20.1" Flat Panel Display / Active Matrix TFT - Desktop
1680 x 1050 Pixels
16ms / 300 cd/m² / 800:1
Dot Pitch : 0.258 mm (Pixel Pitch)
Total ( Free ) / Connector Type : 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video

With Stand: 472.7mm x 177.7mm x 332mm to 513mm
6.5 Kg
100mm VESA® Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
Composite Connectors
Compatibility : PC
Warranty : 3-Year

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September 9, 2006 1:56:37 PM

I am about to buy the LG L204WT.

Screen size 20"
Maximum resolution 1680 x 1050
Brightness 300cd/m2
Contrast ratio 2000:1
Response time 5-millisecond

There at Circuit City for about $330 i think. But they are about to go back on sale for $310. It got some pretty good review so far.

LG L204WT
Hmm the link isnt working for me...so
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/LG-Monitor-L204WT/sem/rp...

edit: oops i didnt notice you werent in the US. :/ 
September 9, 2006 2:57:43 PM

get a 2407fpw. now.
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September 9, 2006 3:53:23 PM

Quote:
I built my custom build a few months ago , great forum by the way, and have been getting along with my old Relisys 15", Iv decided to get a new display with a budget of:
£300-£400
$560-$746

Games, Dvd + video editing and generally looking for the best within the price range,(and can be handled by my graphics card) yes viewing multiple documents will be handy, as long as wide screen doesnt make my games look weird. after 3 years with this relisys Im finding it hard to imagine what 20" wide will look like

The Dell looks tempting, but the specs arent as good as the Viewsonic, however from reading reviews specs dont always tell the tale of the viewing experience, and Dell has a reputation for great looking display images, although cant find any review where the a Dell 'topped' in this price range

Here is an easy glance comparison of some of the current models available in that price range

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=15032&C...

Interestingly Dell has this item on sale at the moment:

£302.27
$563.88

Dell UltraSharp™ 2007WFP 20.1" Widescreen

20.1" Flat Panel Display / Active Matrix TFT - Desktop
1680 x 1050 Pixels
16ms / 300 cd/m² / 800:1
Dot Pitch : 0.258 mm (Pixel Pitch)
Total ( Free ) / Connector Type : 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video

With Stand: 472.7mm x 177.7mm x 332mm to 513mm
6.5 Kg
100mm VESA® Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
Composite Connectors
Compatibility : PC
Warranty : 3-Year


The dell is suppose to have great results from what i heard, but i have this one.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-SyncMaster-Monit...

Its cheaper than the dell after the rebate, and also has a 5ms response time. Max res of 1600x1200, and the pixel rate is amazing. I love mine to death. Either the Dell or the Samsung would suit you fine. Viewsonic's alright, but their 20' has a 15ms response time which is too high for gaming needs. Good Luck. :D 
September 9, 2006 4:26:41 PM

im getting a 2407wfp dell in about 2 weeks. If your graphics card can handle it id say go with the 24" inch.
September 9, 2006 4:30:46 PM

Quote:
I built my custom build a few months ago , great forum by the way, and have been getting along with my old Relisys 15", Iv decided to get a new display with a budget of:
£300-£400
$560-$746

Games, Dvd + video editing and generally looking for the best within the price range,(and can be handled by my graphics card) yes viewing multiple documents will be handy, as long as wide screen doesnt make my games look weird. after 3 years with this relisys Im finding it hard to imagine what 20" wide will look like

The Dell looks tempting, but the specs arent as good as the Viewsonic, however from reading reviews specs dont always tell the tale of the viewing experience, and Dell has a reputation for great looking display images, although cant find any review where the a Dell 'topped' in this price range

Here is an easy glance comparison of some of the current models available in that price range

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=15032&C...

Interestingly Dell has this item on sale at the moment:

£302.27
$563.88

Dell UltraSharp™ 2007WFP 20.1" Widescreen

20.1" Flat Panel Display / Active Matrix TFT - Desktop
1680 x 1050 Pixels
16ms / 300 cd/m² / 800:1
Dot Pitch : 0.258 mm (Pixel Pitch)
Total ( Free ) / Connector Type : 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video

With Stand: 472.7mm x 177.7mm x 332mm to 513mm
6.5 Kg
100mm VESA® Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
Composite Connectors
Compatibility : PC
Warranty : 3-Year



Hi there,

I know this might not be everyones cup of tea, or may not even have heard of the CHIMEI brand. But they are the worlds third largest producer of LCDs. Here is some specification, most impressive is the price at around £220 or $408 for their 22" LCD.

BTW ALL 22"+ DELL LCDs are made by this company from now on

Specification:

Output Interface:

Pixel Pitch: 0.282 mm
Resolution: 1,680*1,050 WSXGA+
Display Color: 16.2 M (6 bits Hi-FRC)
Brightness: 330 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle (Horizontal): 170°
Viewing Angle (Vertical): 160°
Scan Rate (Horizontal): 30 kHz ~ 82 kHz
Scan Rate (Vertical): 56 Hz ~ 76 Hz
Display Area: 474 mm x 296 mm
Response time: 5 ms


Dimensions:
Control Interface:

532 mm (W) x 402 mm (H) x 224 mm (D) None

Input Interface:
Others:

Digital Interface: DVI-D
Analog Interface: D-Sub
Power Source: 100~240VAC, 50/60 Hz
Weight: 4.5 kg﹝Including Stand﹞
Tilt Angle: 0° ~ 20°
Wall Mount: VESA Standard
Power Consumption: 48 W (max)
Power Saving State: 2 W (max)
Function: Kensington (Anti-theft Lock)
Color: Silver-Black

I have one and I have no problems with it. I also have a Bravia Sony, and all the information regarding teh contrast ratio etc seem to not be comparative between different companies, as they use different test environments, and so the data inevitabily will look different.

hope it helps you out.
September 9, 2006 5:07:35 PM

Thanks for the quick feedback

The 24" Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP (UK):
£628.61
$1,172.67

This truly looks like the best monitor available but sadly is way out of my price range
September 9, 2006 5:30:59 PM

I have just purchased Samsung 204B, 20 inch, 1600x1200, 5ms, from Ebuyer for around 303 pounds. I must say I simply love it especially if using it with MagicTune utility. I did quite a alot of digging around and this seemed like the best deal. I suggest you also go to Savastore's website as they seem to have quite a few decent 20inch monitors at decent prices.
September 9, 2006 6:09:07 PM

i have the dell that you are looking at and i use it mostly for gaming and a little surfing the web and it looks great.i play fear, cod2, and hl2 and i can turn the settings up and run at the native resolution (1680x1050 i think) and i see no lag or ghosting or anything else .i also had a 19" samsung and it had a good picture also so i would recommend both brands as good quality products
September 9, 2006 6:43:50 PM

Quote:
I built my custom build a few months ago , great forum by the way, and have been getting along with my old Relisys 15", Iv decided to get a new display with a budget of:
£300-£400
$560-$746

Games, Dvd + video editing and generally looking for the best within the price range,(and can be handled by my graphics card) yes viewing multiple documents will be handy, as long as wide screen doesnt make my games look weird. after 3 years with this relisys Im finding it hard to imagine what 20" wide will look like

The Dell looks tempting, but the specs arent as good as the Viewsonic, however from reading reviews specs dont always tell the tale of the viewing experience, and Dell has a reputation for great looking display images, although cant find any review where the a Dell 'topped' in this price range

Here is an easy glance comparison of some of the current models available in that price range

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=15032&C...

Interestingly Dell has this item on sale at the moment:

£302.27
$563.88

Dell UltraSharp™ 2007WFP 20.1" Widescreen

20.1" Flat Panel Display / Active Matrix TFT - Desktop
1680 x 1050 Pixels
16ms / 300 cd/m² / 800:1
Dot Pitch : 0.258 mm (Pixel Pitch)
Total ( Free ) / Connector Type : 15-pin D-Sub / DVI-D / S-Video

With Stand: 472.7mm x 177.7mm x 332mm to 513mm
6.5 Kg
100mm VESA® Mounting, Antiglare with Hard-coating 3H, Includes Height Adjustable Stand
Composite Connectors
Compatibility : PC
Warranty : 3-Year


I have a brand new Dell FP2405 for sale.. $550 US (OBO) and it's all yours :) 
September 9, 2006 7:27:29 PM

Ok, After reading your comments and more research, Iv been corrupted, the new budget is around:

£700.00
$1,305.85

Shortlist so far:

24" Dell 2405FPW
£669.74
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID...

24" Dell 2407WFP
£628.61(Microdirect)

24" Samsung SM244T
£710.51
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Compare.asp?CPID=16961&C...

From what I could find out there is only a cosmetic difference between the Dells, and some say the 2405 has better picture quality,
The 2405 has 50 more units of brightness but higher response time from what I can see(check the links).
Hard to choose between them

CustomPC really like the Samsung, and seem to to cite the Dell 2405 as a slightly lesser alternative

PCpro preferred the Dell 2405 over the Samsung and quite strongly almost wrote off the Samsung as a serious technical contender

All in all quite confusing, post your thoughts

ps where are you based Vorlon?
September 9, 2006 7:44:19 PM

EnforceX pointed the best choice there is. 5ms 178/178 1600x1200 and so on. It's the best.
September 9, 2006 7:59:17 PM

samsung 204b FTW. Just got it and its great for games ... ok for text.
September 9, 2006 9:19:56 PM

I duno where your getting your prices from but 20 inch widescreens can be had for around $300 easily over ebay..
September 9, 2006 9:34:57 PM

I had the same problem but I increased DPI and used 'truetype tuning', way better now. Maybe you should try the same, if you have no already.
September 9, 2006 10:03:36 PM

Quote:
I duno where your getting your prices from but 20 inch widescreens can be had for around $300 easily over ebay..


If your talking to me, follow the links I posted
September 9, 2006 10:17:21 PM

Um i followed your links...im just curious as to why you havent searched ebay?
September 10, 2006 10:07:42 AM

I'v never bought anything off Ebay, so im a little paranoid, specially considering the amount of money involved.

Ebay returned no matches for the Samsung SM244T

AS for the Dell:
http://search.ebay.co.uk/search/search.dll?from=R40&sat...

I could get one for around £580ish as supposed to buying one new for £640, a saving of £60 or so..
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/productlister.aspx?GroupID...

Are these monitor new, and if so, how can they sell them at this price, Also as I understand it, warranty is only valid for the original purchaser, meaning if anything should ever go wrong!...coupled with pitfalls of buying anything on Ebay...When it comes to this kind of money £60 for 'piece of mind' seems reasonable
!