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Decent monitor?

Postby Big Mack » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:18 am

I thought this was interesting...

32" LCD HDTV with HDMI and PC input

Not the greatest brand, but I have friends who own one, and for $500, it seems like a good deal. Anyone have/use one?

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Postby Jakezor » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:25 pm

I wouldn't use it as a computer monitor since it is fairly low resolution (1366x768). But it might be a decent TV.

Now if you are fairly blind 1366x768 might be ok, but I like 1650x1080 or greater.
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Postby Big Mack » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:03 pm

Well, I figured since I don't use my current monitors on the ultra high resolution settings, that part wouldn't really matter. I can't see the super small icons or text when it's running at that level :(

I guess I fall into the "fairly blind" category. I'm contemplating it mostly for the TV. I think 32" might be too much monitor.

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Postby prion » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:25 pm

I have a friend with the same spec lcd that you are looking at as his monitor and he is very happy with it. Of course he came from a 15"@1024x768 so that was an improvement in resolution for him. And he has a large desk so he can sit back several feet from it. Personally, I think that is the ideal PC monitor size, but resolution is more important to me so I got a 20"@1680x1050.
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Postby Big Mack » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:29 pm

prion wrote:I have a friend with the same spec lcd that you are looking at as his monitor and he is very happy with it. Of course he came from a 15"@1024x768 so that was an improvement in resolution for him. And he has a large desk so he can sit back several feet from it. Personally, I think that is the ideal PC monitor size, but resolution is more important to me so I got a 20"@1680x1050.


Thanks for the input. How can you guys see the icons on the screen running at that size? I run my current 19's at like 800x600 because anything out of that ratio higher makes my icons super small, and the text even smaller. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't see paying for ultra high resolution that I cannot use. I was contemplating a 24" that does 1900x1200, but again, not sure if it's worth it unless I can actually see the results. My main TV is 1080P, and I definitely can see that, but it's also 60+ inches.

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Postby prion » Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:58 pm

I sit at most 2 feet from the monitor, so I have no problem reading the text or seeing the icons. I also use cleartype for XP, which helps me with legibility a bit:

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearTypeInfo.mspx

Also, if you use or plan to use Vista, the way they handle font and icon size vs resolution has improved, so you can run a high res and still have big text and whatnot.

I just want to fit more info on the screen at once, and like i said I'm practically sitting on the monitor (if you sit close it's just like a big screen :)) so that works for me. But if you can't do it comfortably then don't worry about it. My friend is proof that 720p can work long-term - worst case you can setup a small second monitor if you need more real-estate.
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Postby NDGeist » Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:10 pm

We use similar monitors at work for production, so they don't have to print drawings..

The resolution is poor, but if your eyesight is going ti might be a temporary fix.

Myself, I run SXGA (1280x1024) at home because this 6yo LCD only supports that high, and UXGA (1600X1200) on my CRT's at work. The text is small, but i was gifted with good eyes, so i can see/read everything.
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Postby Sawzall » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:48 pm

The brand is fine - and the dirty secret of TV's is that probably only 4 big companys make all the panels and probably 3 or 4 companys build the chip sets - and then maybe 4 or 5 build houses in China/Korea/ROC and the like build them and slap someone's name on them. The heavy lifting design work is done by the chip builders - and then its "marketing".

(The exception to the rule are the Japanese companys like Sony and Mitsi - but thats a whole 'nother story).
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Postby Big Mack » Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:31 am

Sawzall wrote:The brand is fine - and the dirty secret of TV's is that probably only 4 big companys make all the panels and probably 3 or 4 companys build the chip sets - and then maybe 4 or 5 build houses in China/Korea/ROC and the like build them and slap someone's name on them. The heavy lifting design work is done by the chip builders - and then its "marketing".

(The exception to the rule are the Japanese companys like Sony and Mitsi - but thats a whole 'nother story).


Yep, I've known this for years. There are 3 companies that make LCD's, but there are plenty of build houses. There are even build houses here (Syntax/Brillian). Sony, Mitsubishi, and the others aren't really exceptions, though. Matsu****a (Panasonic) is one of the biggest builders of LCD panels, and they're Japanese. I'm not buying the TV. I haven't got a "real" need for it right now, so best to hold off and let the prices continue to slide lower for the better quality products. :) Thanks for all the opinions, though, boys. Much appreciated.

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Postby flak_monkey » Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:38 pm

Acer makes a fantastic monitor. I love my AL2616w (1900x1200) 26" and it was only about $600-$700 (I paid cost so it's lower). Their 24" is nice too. And I can play HDTV signals over it.

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