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Subject: Displays | January 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Displaying off their expertise, X-bit Labs has created a brief overview of the current LCD market. Having published numerous roundups of various sized monitors over the past year, they have several recommendations for sizes ranging from 17" to 30". Having monitored the performance of more than a few dozen LCDs, with the ones in this article being their favourites.
Subject: Displays | January 16, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has hit the thirteenth iteration of their series of comparisons of 19" monitors, this time with seven models from four different companies. Thanks to the popularity of larger sized monitors, and general reduction in the price of LCDs, you can get a 19" display for very little money. Perhaps even better is that for a little more money, you can get very nice features on that 19" monitor. Those same features on a 22" or larger display make the cost prohibitive.
"In our today’s article we are going to discuss another seven displays with 19-inch diagonal from Acer, Asus, Samsung and ViewSonic. Among them are a couple of pretty unusual solutions: one based on PVA matrix and another one with a built-in web-cam."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
Subject: Displays | December 16, 2008 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As much as you may want a 100" high def display, the space it takes up can really put a damper on your plans. That doesn't mean you have to stop dreaming, you just have to dream of a different box. For $1000 you can get your hands on a 720p projector, or for $2000 you can get 1080p quality. If that sounds like something you could use in your life drop by Digital Trends to see all 10 models.
Subject: Displays | December 8, 2008 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Envision isn't a big name in monitor, but that didn't stop OCIA from trying out their Envision G218a1 22" professional monitor. The stats look good, 1680 x 1050, a response time of 5ms, brightness of 300 nit and the contrast ratio is 700:1. In testing, it did offer enough quality that it would pass for most gamers wanting more screen for less money, but make sure you find it at the $160 price that OCIA did.
Subject: Displays | November 24, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's new Touch of Colour series of LCD displays received a mixed review from X-bit Labs. Even though these monitors are all part of the same series, the differences between the models are quite extreme. The 19" and 22" models received top marks, with X-Bit Labs describing them as leaders in their classes. On the other hand, the 20" and 26" suffered various problems, including the need for a lot of work to be done on the colours to get proper reproduction.
Subject: Displays | November 14, 2008 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you need perfect colour representation that can show colours other monitors only wish they could display, a backlit LCD might be your best choice. ViewSonic now offers a VLED221wm, which is a 22-inch 1680x1050 widescreen LED backlit LCD monitor for not too steep a price. It will certainly set you back a bit more than a regular LCD, but this screen is not really aimed at the casual gamer. Think Computers were absolutely blown away by this displa
Subject: Displays | November 4, 2008 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Two 1080p displays from BenQ the 22" E2200HD and the 24" E2400HD are both up for review at AnandTech. Both models have DVI with HDCP support inputs along with HDMI and analog VGA. Either will give you a nice crisp display at
Subject: Displays | October 28, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Probably the hardest thing about reviewing a 3D monitor is that it is impossible to show in screenshots what the experience is actually like. Other monitor reviews can contrast the colour levels, saturation, bleed and other easily measurable and displayed data, you can't really do that for the biggest feature in 3D monitors. X-bit Labs didn't let that stop them from doing a review of the iZ3D Stereoscopic LCD monitor. The monitor does have advantages o
Subject: Displays | October 2, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Soyo Pearl Series 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is a 2ms response time, 1920x1200 native resloution with built in speakers and support for both DVI and VGA input. Think Computers thought it a rather nice choice for gamers, especially those who prefer a glossy screen on their LCD; those who like a matte finish may disagree.
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