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22" monitor suggestions

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December 3, 2009 4:17:45 PM

Hi there,

I'm currently looking for a decent 22" monitor. My daily interaction with the monitor can be divided between 50% watching movies, playing games & 50% reading online books and authoring documents.

HDMI is not a requirement since if required I'd be using the DVI-HDMI connector. Which resolution would be better? 1080p or 1200p? Oh, and btw, my graphic card is 8600GT.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, TIA.

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a b C Monitor
December 4, 2009 8:02:42 AM

Dell 2209WA. Excellent image quality, solidly built, and only $260. It has an IPS panel, which is unheard of in that price range.
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a b C Monitor
December 4, 2009 9:07:03 AM

Where is it $260? Dell is showing $299 and up.
a b C Monitor
December 4, 2009 9:42:50 AM

Ah, the index page doesn't show the $30 discount so I only saw $299.99.
December 6, 2009 5:12:18 PM

> Anything higher resolution and your graphics card will cry.

Hm..that's news to me. After a bit of research I was actually aiming for one of Benq G2200HD, Samsung 2233SW or dell p2210. So is it that getting a 1080p display burn out my GPU?

> Dell 2209WA. Excellent image quality, solidly built, and only $260. It has an
> IPS panel, which is unheard of in that price range.

What exactly does differ between the IPS or the TN [twisted nematic I guess] panels? Though I normally do a lot of typing and reading, I'd really like a monitor on which I can enjoy movies with my family. Which panel would be good for that? Does that kind of panel come really expensive? If so, I guess I'm OK with a 21".

Thanks and looking forward to your suggestions, TIA.
a b C Monitor
December 7, 2009 2:59:11 AM

The IPS has a much more consistent image across wide viewing angles, has higher color accuracy, and in general will look better. It's also more expensive to produce, and consumes a bit more power. They are typically $500 and up, but the Dell 2209WA is the exception, at $270. You can get it from the link that I posted above. It is the monitor that I would recommend above pretty much anything else for less than $400 or so.

As for the GPU comment, you won't burn out your GPU with too high of a resolution, but it may struggle. You probably would have to turn down your settings in order to get a good, playable experience. This will even be true at 1680x1050 in some of the more demanding games, but not to as great of a degree.
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