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December 11, 2006 8:08:11 AM

Who's the best and i'll try to save money to buy it.
I'm looking for 19" or bigger and money is no object. :evil: 
My current monitor is Viewsonic e653 14" crt monitor. :D 
December 11, 2006 8:53:09 AM

It would be helpful to know what you want out of your monitor. Gaming, want to watch tv on it as well as and a preferable size and if you are going to do be doing any photo editing, or any combination of things. Otherwise there are too many recommendations to make. I can tell you I have really enjoyed samsung and NEC monitors in the past.
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December 11, 2006 9:39:02 AM

Bestbuy has a Westinghouse 20.1" for 229$
December 11, 2006 1:03:05 PM

Money no object? Dell 30" monitor. Done and done.. but then you need a money no object computer to run anything on it...

Otherwise, Samsung 225BW is a damn nice monitor. I use it myself and it's great. Lots of room, decent specs, and a great price.
December 11, 2006 1:34:38 PM

Actually, the HP 30" is superior right now, but when the 3007fpw-hc (Dell's 30" refresh) comes out, it should be a fair game as to which one is better. The 3007fpw-hc is slated to be cheaper, but it's not out yet.
December 11, 2006 2:47:02 PM

HP has had a long history of producing monitors with superior specs that look like crap IMO. I use HP LCDs at work with fine specs, but they just don't look that great to my eye (this is a personal opinion only). The HP 30" is one I haven't seen yet, but I wouldn't trust it myself.

Anyway, you might want to check some of these out:

EIZO CE240W -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... - I haven't used one of these yet, but this looks like a pretty sweet monitor. Of course, $1,599.99 for a 24.1" monitor is a bit steep.

Sony PremierePro SDM-P234/B - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... - I own one of these, and it is great. It's mostly meant for accurate color reproduction (e.g. it uses the same panel as Apple's Cinema Display and a lot of photographers use them), but it actually performs well in gaming. I bought one a while ago, when the price was $1,100, but it has since dropped to $749.99 on Newegg (which is a great deal).

Planar PX2320MW - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... - Planar isn't exactly a well-respected brand in monitors (yet). But, I have heard a lot of good things about this beast, so you might want to check it out.

Here are some NEC monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

The NEC monitors I have seen seem to be pricey for their size, but they look amazing. Some of them use a glass finish, which you may or may not like. I'd recommend checking them out in person if you can. But, from what I've seen NEC monitors are among the top of the heap.

It's a bit tough to find a good LCD based on other reviews because a lot of it is personal preference. Plus, I've found that the manufacturers stated response time really doesn't mean a whole lot (read THG reviews that test response time and you'll find that manufacturers are full of BS). There is no defined standard for measuring response time, so their results tend to vary. For example, I've seen monitors rated at 16ms gray-to-gray outperform monitors with 8ms gray-to-gray.

So, be sure to test the monitors you are thinking about buying if at all possible!
December 13, 2006 6:06:49 PM

I would say go for the view sonic i have the 2025wm (20.1" model) and i love it to pieces.
December 13, 2006 6:16:55 PM

I have (currently, I am planning a monitor upgrade soon) a HP LP2065. Its a 20.1" 4:3 1600x1200 S-IPS panel with an 8ms response time.

I wouldn't go back to a TN+Film or an MVA/PVA panel tbh, colour reproduction is great.
December 13, 2006 6:38:45 PM

just so u know it asus has been making monitors for years lol.
December 13, 2006 6:47:24 PM

im waiting for the 24''s 2 drop in price cause i want the 1920x1200 res :b
December 13, 2006 7:03:17 PM

Get the Samsung 204B. It's a 20.1" LCD with a 1600x1200 res, 5ms response time, and it's god damn near perfect. No dead pixels, bright and crisp picture, high quality, great color accuracy, and everything. It's very highly reviewed on newegg, though I think they're out of stock right now. It's about $350
December 13, 2006 8:12:02 PM

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just so u know it asus has been making monitors for years lol.


Just so you know, asus doesn't usually get good reviews and they don't make their own panels. That's one reason that I prefer Samsung to most other makers.

to the OP:

if money is no issue then get a 50" LCD HDTV and hang it on the wall of your office/computer room. If money is an issue I suggest the 225BW.
December 13, 2006 9:18:07 PM

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looking for 19" or bigger and money is no object. :evil: 


Here's my thoughts and experiences for you:

I currently have a Dell 2405FPW 24" - it's great, some say the replacement Dell 2407WFP isn't as good, others say it's great.

Dell's 30" has a lower pixel pitch than the 24" - I haven't seen it in action, but I'd think that'd make things (writing) a little small for me at native resolution - though you can always increase text size and it doesn't matter for games - I really wish they'd make a 32" LCD to keep the same pixel pitch and make the extra pixels more "worth it".

HOWEVER

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money is no object. :evil: 


Then I'd go for (and I'm currently contemplating):

LG M5500C 55"/140cm LCD - 500cd/sq m, 550:1 contrast (that's a worry), 12ms g2g response, 176 deg viewing angle, 1920x1080 progressive from HDCP-compliant DVI-I and 2 RGB inputs too! 1080i only from component input.



Froogle search for LG M5500C within USA
Where I'd get my LG M5500C in Australia - I mean my gawrd it's only AU$6k, whereas the other dozen shops selling it in Australia are asking for $14k-$16k!!

It does weigh up to 73kg though. And LG's dead pixel policy allows for up to 7 dead pixels. And I haven't seen it in action myself to check how good it is. And it doesn't have portrait mode! :p  or USB ports or a built-in card reader or coffee maker! Also there's no actual HDMI ports, so you have to use the HDCP capable DVI-I port with a DVI-to-HDMI adapter if you need HDMI input ... and you still have to route audio in separately through AV, but seriously, you'd have standalone surround speakers anyway, wouldn't you? But it does leave us with ony one (1) HDMI input, so if you have more than one source, then it's a major inconvenience.... but why would you? When we can do everything with our PC ... at least once we get HDCP licenced Vista and GPU ...
December 14, 2006 4:06:13 PM

Hmm, money not an issue?

I went to an exhibition today, and they were promoting this new 62" 5ms LCD MONITOR/HDTV ... this thing costs a lot, I couldn't careless to even look at the price tag, I definitely can't afford it ... buy that, and hang it over your room, plug it into your GFX card ...
December 14, 2006 4:10:20 PM

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im waiting for the 24''s 2 drop in price cause i want the 1920x1200 res :b


I got that in a widescreen CRT :D 

I hate lcd monitors
December 14, 2006 4:33:51 PM

19" Viewsonic 2ms monitor on Newegg for $270. I own it. It owns me. I love it lol. Once rated as the best gaming LCD and I'd have to agree.
December 14, 2006 4:51:05 PM

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im waiting for the 24''s 2 drop in price cause i want the 1920x1200 res :b


I got that in a widescreen CRT :D 

I hate lcd monitorsWhat widescreen CRT do you have that has a 1920 x 1200 resolution? What's the refresh rate at that res?
December 14, 2006 5:04:10 PM

Yeah, BenQ is making some pretty sweet monitors these days from what I've read.
December 14, 2006 6:20:12 PM

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im waiting for the 24''s 2 drop in price cause i want the 1920x1200 res :b


I got that in a widescreen CRT :D 

I hate lcd monitorsWhat widescreen CRT do you have that has a 1920 x 1200 resolution? What's the refresh rate at that res?

The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
December 14, 2006 7:22:22 PM

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Get the Samsung 204B. It's a 20.1" LCD with a 1600x1200 res, 5ms response time, and it's god damn near perfect. No dead pixels, bright and crisp picture, high quality, great color accuracy, and everything. It's very highly reviewed on newegg, though I think they're out of stock right now. It's about $350
Dell has the Samsung 204B in stock right now for $370. How does the 204B stack up against the Dell 2007FP?
December 14, 2006 7:25:30 PM

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...The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
Thanks for the link - that looks awesome. Too bad it's discontinued and that it hasn't come down in price as much as most other CRTs. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
December 14, 2006 8:04:40 PM

Quote:
...The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
Thanks for the link - that looks awesome. Too bad it's discontinued and that it hasn't come down in price as much as most other CRTs. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
Yeah, that thing looks like a beast. A bit pricy though. :?
December 14, 2006 9:29:33 PM

If money is no objects, than I highly recommend the " Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP LCD " it's one huge awsome LCD monitor. One might get freak out, because this thing is huge. Gaming on Battlefield 2142 and LOMAC has never look this good with everything max out. Otherwise, a ViewSonic 20" FPW or a Dell 20 " WFP will do just fine.

System:
* Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (No OC)
* Zalman CNPS 7000B-Cu LED Cooler
* ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB DDR3
* ASUS P5B-VM with FragBox II MicroATX case
* 2x1GB (PC2-4300, CL=3-3-3-8, Geil Ultra Low Latency)
* Ultra 550W ATX (Ultra X2 550-Watt with UV & SLI ready
* Lite-On 16x DVD/CD Writer with LightScribe
* TrackIR 4 Pro
* Cougar HOTAS
* Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP LCD
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"One Can Never Have Enough"

Cheers! 8)
December 14, 2006 10:01:40 PM

just so u know it allmost none company's make there own panels lol.
December 14, 2006 10:05:53 PM

24'' or the res ? :$ cuz a 24'' CRT is one big monster :(  LOL .. there r gonna come new monitors in 2007 like OLED and others :b.. im just tired of that freaking input lag and ms :\
December 14, 2006 10:58:59 PM

Wow Money is no object? Wish my wife would give me a big enough allowance to do that.

If you don't want to save up money for very long I think the two below look good.

I have been looking into these two monitors for office/gaming. Maybe not the best monitors in terms of panels but for the price they look mighty tempting. Should do games, office use, and surfing well.


The Sceptre was my choice, because they sell it at Costco, but now I'm leaning towards the more expensive Asus.

SCEPTRE x22wg-Gamer Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD ~$375
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


Asus mw221u 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD ~$400
http://www.iyiz.com/computing/asus-mw221u-lcd-monitor/
http://www.thenerds.net/index.php?page=productpage&affi...
December 14, 2006 11:02:58 PM

Have we confused you enough?

I would have to say, everything here would be better than what you have. Just get one that looks good to you and you think is a good performer. You're not taking it to any competitions, so just get one that is pleasing to your eye and fits your standards. All the response time junk out there about LCD's is pretty much useless. Just get something thats rated within 4-8 ms, or even a good 16 would do, and you won't even see the difference. I suggest buying from a place you can actually go and look and feel and get an idea of what it looks like before you buy, or at least doing that before you buy online :) .

If money was no object for me, I'd go with a 20.1 inch (for the higher res) or above widescreen that felt good to me. But thats just me. I'm sure preferences abound and differing opinions are everywhere, as demonstrated by the rest of this thread.
December 14, 2006 11:47:50 PM

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just so u know it allmost none company's make there own panels lol.


I know, but then that's why I listed samsung who does make their own panels....
December 15, 2006 11:29:32 AM

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...The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
Thanks for the link - that looks awesome. Too bad it's discontinued and that it hasn't come down in price as much as most other CRTs. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I spent under $300 for mine from a local seller via ebay, and did a local pickup :D 
December 15, 2006 12:05:53 PM

so because they make there own panels and they cost 30% more they r better? think twice mister.
December 16, 2006 12:21:03 AM

Quote:
...The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
Thanks for the link - that looks awesome. Too bad it's discontinued and that it hasn't come down in price as much as most other CRTs. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I spent under $300 for mine from a local seller via ebay, and did a local pickup :D 


How does the video quality come across since it is just VGA. I am considering buying one off ebay but I want to know if the lack of DVI inputs in any kind of hindrance.
December 18, 2006 11:21:33 AM

Quote:
...The monitor is the Sony GDM-FW900 Flat Widescreen 24" FD Trinitron CRT Monitor

It will do up to 2304 x 1440 @80hz :D 

Here is a link: Sony GDM-FW900
Thanks for the link - that looks awesome. Too bad it's discontinued and that it hasn't come down in price as much as most other CRTs. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I spent under $300 for mine from a local seller via ebay, and did a local pickup :D 


How does the video quality come across since it is just VGA. I am considering buying one off ebay but I want to know if the lack of DVI inputs in any kind of hindrance.

I wouldn't trade it for anything out there!

Games look mint @1900x1200 :D 
DVD's look sweet, photoshop work is awesome on it

...and there is no "native resolution" like LCD
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