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What Happened to Tom's Excellent Monitor Reviews?

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February 19, 2007 1:35:44 PM

It seems that Tom's has been neglecting this product category (in favor, perhaps, of needless site redesigns - sorry) lately. The irony is, the Tom's reviews were always the best - they would always verify the manufacturers' claims of response time, inform us of the use of overdrive technology, inform us of what panels were used (the 6 bit vs 8 bit - I don't recall the nomenclature anymore; the latter has much better color reproduction).

It seems with the latest Vista-related craze to adapt HDMI interfaces at least an update is in order. Or the trend towards wide format displays which seems to be here to stay as practically everyone is transitioning towards 16:9 aspect. Heck, the best all around reference panel at Tom's, Viewsonic VP922 is no longer made in that flavor!

By the way, does anyone know of any other, more up-to-date sites with a similar quality of reviews?
a b C Monitor
February 19, 2007 2:05:28 PM

Xbitlabs does testing on LCD monitors. They actually do a much better job on the response time test. Tomshardware's response time tests are actually missing a lot of information, and are thus not very accurate.
February 20, 2007 1:22:16 PM

I agree... I even have emailed them asking them to update in such a fashion lol! I'm afraid to buy a new monitor without seeing what Tom has to say about it... 8O
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a b C Monitor
February 20, 2007 4:40:09 PM

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I agree... I even have emailed them asking them to update in such a fashion lol! I'm afraid to buy a new monitor without seeing what Tom has to say about it... 8O

I wouldn't rely too much on Tom's; well maybe for LCDs, but everything else on tomshardware has pretty much gone downhill since Tom left. Maybe just the best solution is to lookup the panel type of the monitor and pick the one you like best.
February 20, 2007 9:37:41 PM

Sadly, you're right. I have not seen a great article in a little while. But still solid. Whats the alternative, Anand? They're not much better. And the rest sometimes seem like downright hacks (Xbit included, sorry, although I did like what few LCD reviews I saw on there)
a b C Monitor
February 21, 2007 12:12:14 AM

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Sadly, you're right. I have not seen a great article in a little while. But still solid. Whats the alternative, Anand? They're not much better. And the rest sometimes seem like downright hacks (Xbit included, sorry, although I did like what few LCD reviews I saw on there)

Anandtech was what I used for a long time after Tomshardware; they were very good for CPU, Video, and sometimes memory. Sadly, CPU speeds have been kinda stagnant in the last few years and I haven't really paid much attention to review sites like I used to -- that and I'm not looking for a CPU or Video card right now.

Best option. If you want to buy key components like CPU, Video, or RAM, check out some of the major review sites. From your comments, I think you'll be able to tell which sites are doing a good job and which aren't. Here's a few to try:
http://anandtech.com/
http://xbitlabs.com/
http://hardocp.com/
http://guru3d.com/
http://techreport.com
http://hothardware.com/) {source for last two sites}
Arstechnica and Ace's Hardware might also be 2 others.

If you are looking for quality reviews on other items, you can try those sites and look around the net for others (avoid Cnet reviews as much as possible).

For silent components, try out silentpcreview.com (and the forums there)
For hard drives, try storagereview.com
For digital cameras, try dpreview.com
For LCD panels, well no source has everything that we really need to decide. Xbitlabs.com does have fairly good response time testing on some monitors, but that's only a few monitors and only one aspect in making a decision.
February 21, 2007 1:07:30 AM

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...(avoid Cnet reviews as much as possible)...


That makes me laugh. You know, Cnet started as a pretty decent (not great) CE review site, but lately even that has been questionable quality at best. And now they're doing cars?! And yes, their PC stuff is often downright moronic [as are their user posts, which, I guess, should give you a clue as to their core audience]
February 21, 2007 1:37:54 AM

Agreed on the Cnet reviews and posts. I can't help but laugh when I see "reviews" for products that won't be released for months. :roll:
I also love the never ended Apple vs PC fanboi wars going on there. I can't tell you how many Dell/HP reviews have been ruined by Apple fans being mad that a PC outperform their mac in a game test.

Take this as an example:
So called review of the Dell XPS H2C 710
He posted a review of an XPS 410 :lol: 

Well, anyway, any of the sites Kevin listed should be helpful and yes I think Tom's has gotten a little lax.
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