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Subject: Displays | September 16, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are setting up a killer gaming rig, with multiple graphics cards and a gig or more of video memory then you won't be getting your moneys worth unless you play at very high resolutions. If you stay with 1680x1050 you won't be much better off than with a single card. If you go big, like 2560 x 1600, then you will be using the graphics power to it's utmost. To be able to run those resolutions you will need a 30" monitor, like the
Subject: Displays | August 21, 2008 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's $4000 SyncMaster XL30 LED Backlit LCDis a little much for your average gamer, as not too many people care to ensure that the blood flying from their opponents is a perfectly accurate shade of red. On the other hand, those who make their living through graphical design have to have accurate colour depiction. That is exactly what the XL30 provide,
Subject: Displays | July 28, 2008 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Does keeping up with the recommended refresh in ms on a TFT LCD give you OCD? Take a quick drop by Hardware Secrets for an overview of the LCD market. Without delving too deep into the technical aspects, you can get a good idea of what aspect ratios are available as well as other features that are a must for the gamer or movie fan.
Subject: Displays | July 18, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Are you still stuck on an old CRT or regular ratio LCD screen? Does the price, quality or just the sheer amount of choice of widescreen monitors
have you holding off on your upgrade? Check out X-Bit Labs, who have gathered together ten 19" widescreen LCDs from seven different manufacturers. See if one of these might convince you to take the step and widen your world.
Subject: Displays | July 10, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OrigenAE has come up with a very interesting idea, the T12 Touch Screen. It is a 12" widescreen display capable of 1920x1080 and as the name implies, it is a touch screen. TechPowerUp loved everything about the monitor but the price, though inexpensive touchscreens are few and far between. Take a look at the review, it may give you a lot of ideas as to how this display could be used.
Subject: Displays | June 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs have been doing a yeoman's job at trying to compile a huge list of monitors for you to compare. They are continually expanding the number of round-ups they have for monitors of various sizes, the newest of which is the sixth installment of their look at 20" monitors. This installment comes with some rather serious warnings about the models from NEC and ViewSonic.
Subject: Displays | June 12, 2008 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS MK241 is 1920x1200
24" monitor with a claimed 2ms (gray to gray)
response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 130% colour gamut. They also claim that this monitor will be perfect for both gamers and graphics pros, a serious achievement if it is true. ExtremeTech has some positive things to say, but can't call the monitor perfect.
Subject: Displays | June 10, 2008 - 03:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
At the show last week Zalman continued to show off their monitor that supports 3D technology from NVIDIA.
Subject: Displays | June 4, 2008 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has spotted a Sapphire monitor that is worth showing off! A native resolution of 3,840x2,160 (16:9) will pretty much cripple any graphics card if you could find a game that supported it, and your system might actually need this fan if you actually managed it.
Subject: Displays | May 23, 2008 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for a new monitor, and are getting frustrated by the enormous amount of choice you have in native resolutions? Trying to figure out if scrimping enough for a 24" monitor is worth it, or if you are fine with a 22" display? Drop by Techware Labs for an overview of the current standard resolutions, and how they compare to HDTV resolutions and other handy tips.
Subject: Displays | May 15, 2008 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardwares takes a look a pair of 24" monitors from Samsung, the (hard to find) ~$380 245B and the ~$560 245T. The price difference really jumps out at you, and the two monitors reflect that in their technology. The 245T has a 6ms response time, the 245B a 5ms, they both offer 1920 x 1200 resolution and can be calibrated to
Subject: Displays | May 2, 2008 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a nice big monitor, then AnandTech is the place to visit. They've gather five 24" widescreen LCDs, three are TN panels aimed at consumers and two are S-PVA panels which will appeal more to graphical designers. None of these panels are cheap, either in construction or in price, but gaming at 1920x1200 has some other steep entry requirements.
Subject: Displays | April 14, 2008 - 12:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, don't I feel foolish for buying a 30" monitor that now has a "technical issue" and has been removed from Dell's website? I wonder how long it will take for people to revolt and want an exchange for all the existing 3008WFP monitors...
Subject: Displays | April 11, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A full dozen 22" TN monitors are up for review in the second installment of X-Bit Labs 22" LCD round up. Prices for a decent 22" wide screen gaming LCD have hit the $300 mark, a far cry from what they were a year ago. It also helps that you can pick up a graphics card that can handle 1680x1050 in most games for about the same price. Read on to get an idea of the state of the market for those looking to game on a wide screen LCD.
Subject: Displays | March 28, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying monitors has change a great deal in a small amount of time. With three competing LCD types, a plethora of aspect ratios, response times and resolutions, it bears little resemblance to purchasing a CRT monitor. Drop by Madshrimps for some advice on choosing the technology that is best for your viewing needs.
Subject: Displays | March 11, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techgage delivered a warning during their review of the ASUS VW222, and that warning was to avoid the monitor altogether. They found the 22" TN panel LCD to be a poster child for every problem that can occur when using that type of LCD. Even with it's fast response rate, poor colour replication and a very noticeable screen door effect real detract from what could have been a good LCD.
You should keep an eye on this review though, ASUS contacted Techgage as they believe that the monitor they tested may have been defective; there will be an update soon.
"The display market is chalked-full of models that fill up the quality spectrum, from sub-par up to high-end. The VW222 falls into the sub-par category, sadly, with overall poor color representation and noticeable screen-door effects, resulting in a model that should not be considered for purchase."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- How to Rotate your Samsung 245BW @ Simon Lau.ca
- Gateway XHD3000 30-inch Wide-Screen @ Techgage
- Princeton VL2018W 20.1-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers
- How To Build Your Own Home Theatre Screen @ Ascully
- Asus PM17TU 17inch Gamer LCD Display Review @ PCSTATS
- NEC PlasmaSync 60XC10 60-inch Plasma HDTV @ I4U
Subject: Displays | February 25, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soyo used to be a major motherboard manufacturer, although they have moved on many have fond memories of their Dragon series. Now, in a venture with Honeywell, they have released the Soyo Topaz S 24" LCD, a 1920x1200 TFT display with a 6ms refresh. ASE Labs tried it out and found it to have no problems gaming or playing DVDs, or with Linux as the used Ubuntu to test it.
Subject: Displays | February 7, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's new 245T 24" LCD monitor takes advantage of a newish display type, called Super Patterned Vertical Alignment, and for now it seems to be only Samsung that provides it. The biggest surprise you may run into is the price, it is a $700 monitor, although Pricegrabber may get you a bit better price. Bearing that in mind, the bar that this monitor has to reach is fairly high. The response time of 5 ms gray-to-gray was enough for AnandTech's eyes,
Subject: Displays | January 28, 2008 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW sports a hefty price, over $350 on PriceGrabber, but you do get a lot out of it. It sports 2ms grey to grey response, a 1680x1050 native resolution and colours that Think Computers found to be quite impressive. It is simple compared to some other monitors, having only 3 plugs, power, VGA and DVI, no audio, USB or iPod Docks, just the basics.&nbs
Subject: Displays | January 14, 2008 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP-HC will accept just about any possible signal, with ports on the back for Analog VGA, DVI-D (2, w/HDCP), HDMI, DisplayPort, S-Video, Composite and Component. The 8ms gray-to-gray can show some issues in FPS games, but ExtremeTech found the display perfect for watching HD video. Another consideration for gamers is that it doesn't handle 1680x1050 which some find to be a sweet spot for Crysis.