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Subject: Displays | May 23, 2008 - 07:31 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 - 04:30 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 - 05:58 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 - 04:48 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 - 04:08 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 - 05:49 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 - 04:18 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 - 07:30 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 - 08:21 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 - 08:02 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 - 11:26 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.
Subject: Displays | January 11, 2008 - 09:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
A lot of people have been talking about the Alienware monitor that was on display at CES this week. You know the one: 2880x900 resolution, LED lit DLP technology, due out in the second half of the year.
Here's a couple of images to remind you:
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 10:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's new 22" Crystal display gives you a rather attractive way to watch HD content and to game, check out Ryan's pics from the floor of CES.
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon panel processors designed to provide unrivaled visual quality in liquid crystal display (LCD) digital TVs. AMD's new panel processors deliver advanced motion compensation and frame rate conversion technology for excellent image processing, resulting in a rich, immersive entertainment experience.
Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
DisplayPort is coming, and very soon. Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display. The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.
Subject: Displays | November 27, 2007 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LG's L204LT 20.4-inch widescreen LCD monitor seems perfect for gamers with some rather nice stats, 1680 x 1050 native resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time. Think Computers was rather impressed by this monitor, although they did take marks away because it doesn't come festooned with dozens of USB ports.
Subject: Displays | November 12, 2007 - 09:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting a big HD monitor isn't that hard, but making it look just right can be. Madshrimps has reviewed a product that can help, and end arguing over tint levels. The Pantone huey makes it dead simple, with it's sensor and accompanying software, by donig the calibration for you. It will even let you have multiple settings based on how bright the room currently is, as well as profiles for graphics design and more.
Subject: Displays | October 30, 2007 - 09:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Any day now, X-bit labs will start giving away free monitors in a desperate attempt to clean up their testing room. They have probably tested over 100 monitors in the past year, and show no signs of slacking off. This time they focus on 24" models, wide screens preferred. Gamers and movie geeks are allowed argue over which monitor deserves the top spot, but only after they've read the full article.
Subject: Displays | October 23, 2007 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has gathered 12 19" monitors from 7 different makers, to see what kind of value they offer. With a spread of prices and features, as well as display technologies, there is a lot of information to go through. It will pay off if you are planning to pick up a monitor any time soon.
If you are looking for something a little bigger, Ryan has just finished reviewing Viewsonic's VA2226w 22" Widescreen LCD.