While I was considering the 20" 206BW earlier in the week, the 226BW caught my eye. I checked it out at BestBuy and it looks great. Just want to get some outside opinions before dropping us379.99.
22.0-inch Wide Viewable Size 0.282mm Pixel Pitch 300 cd/m2 Brightness (typical) 3000 - 1 DC Contrast Ratio (typical) 2 ms (G to G) Response Time (typical) 160 Degrees Horizontal and Vertical Viewing Angles 1680 x 1050 Native Resolution 16 - 10 Aspect Ratio Analog & Digital Interface Analog RGB, TMDS Digital Link, DVI Input Video Signal Separate H/V, Composite, SOG Sync Type 15-pin D-sub, DVI-D Input connectors
What's wrong with a 6-bit TN panel? Is there a better choice, in your opinion, that I could make in the 20-22" size range?
I suppose I have a more critical critical eye than the average consumer. I tend to avoid TN panels because they simply suck in my opinion when it comes to colors, viewing angles, and they have visible image artifacts from time to time. I don't really play that many first person shoots so extremely low response times is not a major priority.
Unfortunately, you will not find a comparable 8-bit widescreen LCD at the price you are looking at. The best one would probably be the Asus PW201 20.1" widescreen which uses a P-MVA panel and costs $540.
However, if you are spending that much then you might as well step up to a 24" widescreen. Specifically Acer Office Line AL2423Wdr which is the cheapest 24" widescreen LCD you can buy @ $600. Not exactly sure why it is so inexpensive. To the best of my knowledge it is an 8 bit P-MVA panel, it has better color accuarcy than a 6 bit TN panel.
8 bit P-MVA and S-PVA panels are good, but not the best for color accuracy. The various IPS panels are best, assuming you can afford to pay a hell of a lot more. 8 bit LCDs also have slower response times than 6 bit panels.
Like everything else, a LCD monitor is a balance of compromise. If a 6 bit TN looks good enough, then go for it. Otherwise you need to bring more $$$ to the plate for something that's "better", but also a bit "slower".