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My orders are to buy a LCD with at least a 10.875 inch vertical viewable size.

http://www.silisoftware.com/tools/sc...ge_height=1050

According to the link there that would mean at least a 22.2inch for a 16:9.

What I was thinking about getting her was a simple IPS panel as all she ever does is read email, facebook, stupid farmville, and on occassion plays MMO style games.

The IPS panel should have adequate response times and great color reproduction for these sorts of tasks. Right?

I don't really want to spend more than 200$ on the task though.

Does anyone have any suggestions or review/purchase links to share?
    
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I would just get the 21.5" Acer that Best Buy has this week for $100 and see how that goes over. But if you think she needs IPS, more power to you.
post #3 of 12
Why an IPS pannel LCD?
She's not doing graphic design or anything, seems like a bit of a waiste, TN pannel LCD will be fine for job, she'd probably not even notice the differance
plus, IPS would also bump up the price tag over TN
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Ouch guys....I said I was a cheapskate not heartless.
;Þ

You're all beginning to sound a lot like the devil who sits on the left shoulder.
    
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haha, Sorry, didn't meen it like that

Personally I don't know anyone that even owns an IPS LCD, everyone I know uses TN LCD's, and they seem fine, and they normally used for mainly gaming

I can't really see why you'd need an IPS pannel for internet browesing and basic gaming
But that's just my oppinion
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post #6 of 12
Maybe the question he's asking is more like..

"Give me a short list of Sub $200 IPS displays that you'd recommend."

PS: I'm also interested in IPS. But cannot decide if it's worth it for gaming. Or if I should go LED or stick with a great LCD.. ughh!
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By the way I ended up buying her this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...us%20led%20ips

ASUS ML239H Black 23" 5ms IPS Panel Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 (3,000:1)

It is VERY bright...it is the first monitor I've seen where I did NOT put the brightness at max.
I set it up for her and gifted it before her birthday before she got home.
So far she loves it.

(Before I gifted it I did try some Left4Dead2 on it....and I have to say I would NOT want this monitor for me personally. There is some noticable lag on input. Not unplayable just sort of a handicapped feel to it.)

Extensive review:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_ml239h.htm
(Input lag is 15ms.)

http://translate.googleusercontent.c...Myfm-5svwCkZiw
    
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It is VERY bright...it is the first monitor I've seen where I did NOT put the brightness at max.
You must be dealing with CRTs past their prime. My IBM P257 CRT is very bright at just 45 brightness (I could probably turn it down some...). CRTs (or maybe all monitors for that matter, I think?) lose brightness as they age.
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Maybe...maybe not....it is old...but...
I've always turned every CRT/LCD computer monitor up to maximum brightness and usually maximum contrast as well.
With LCDs maximum was never maximum enough for me.
    
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You must be dealing with CRTs past their prime. My IBM P257 CRT is very bright at just 45 brightness (I could probably turn it down some...). CRTs (or maybe all monitors for that matter, I think?) lose brightness as they age.
"Brightness" on CRTs is not the same as "brightness" on LCDs.

On CRTs, the "brightness" control would more correctly be called "black level". It adjusts the bias on the R, G, and B signals before reaching the gun (think of it as shifting the entire waveform up or down, or as adding or subtracting a fixed number from the value of the colors).

"Contrast" controls the gain of the signal, basically meaning that it increases/decreases the amplitude. Whites become brighter while blacks remain at the same level, giving the display a greater dynamic range.

The correct way to calibrate these controls on a CRT is to have your computer display a black screen with contrast=0 and brightness=max, and then decrease brightness until the "box" where the gun is scanning disappears (and not even the tiniest bit below that).

Then display an image with these colors:
0,0,0 (black)
1,1,1 (one step above black)
254,254,254 (one step below white)
255,255,255 (white)

Turn up the contrast until you can comfortably see the difference between all these shades. If the blacks are crushed (you can see the difference in whites but not in blacks) then you may have to turn the brightness up a notch.
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