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Hey guys,

So my girlfriend has this laptop, it's pretty old, but she wants to add another monitor to it (and she'll eventually use that monitor for her new rig). She asked me to help her choose one. And since I don't know too much about monitors, I figured I'd get help from you guys.

Anyways, she has this laptop : http://us.toshiba.com/computers/lapt...00/U505-S2940/

Not the best of specs, so I was wondering if it would be able to properly support another monitor (not for gaming as of right now, but please keep in mind the monitor will be used for slight gaming later on once her new rig's done)

She hasn't decided on a budget yet, but I think she'd prefer one with the best price : performance ratio.

Alright, thanks guys
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Anyone?
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How do u think about this Samsung S23A350H 23" ToC LED LCD Monitor $159.00? Looks great stuff. It might worth u a peek. Hope u find the best bet.
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Thanks for the reply guys, appreciate it.

I was wondering how this one would be:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236100
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Originally Posted by OCcomet View Post
Thanks for the reply guys, appreciate it.

I was wondering how this one would be:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236100
That would be a good choice of a monitor, but if she is planing on doing light gaming there is no need for a monitor with that resolution, as she won't be able to run her games at 1920x1080 without them lagging to hell and back, she would be better off with a smaller monitor, my suggestion is that you get one of these or a similar sized monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-274-_-Product

I have been using that monitor for 2+ years now and no dead pixels so far.
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That would be a good choice of a monitor, but if she is planing on doing light gaming there is no need for a monitor with that resolution, as she won't be able to run her games at 1920x1080 without them lagging to hell and back, she would be better off with a smaller monitor
The resolution, picture quality and such are irrelevant for women as they dont notice any difference anyway. She could run the games in whatever resolution. It doesnt matter. She will only notice the look of the monitor anyway.

Just pick something fairly sized, feminin, sleek and nice looking and she will be happy.

Like this one. (cheap as well)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160055

or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160054
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160056


If money isnt an issue Apple Cinema Display would be perfect.
Edited by Hydros - 6/15/11 at 10:37pm
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That would be a good choice of a monitor, but if she is planing on doing light gaming there is no need for a monitor with that resolution, as she won't be able to run her games at 1920x1080 without them lagging to hell and back, she would be better off with a smaller monitor, my suggestion is that you get one of these or a similar sized monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-274-_-Product

I have been using that monitor for 2+ years now and no dead pixels so far.
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The resolution, picture quality and such are irrelevant for women as they dont notice any difference anyway. She could run the games in whatever resolution. It doesnt matter. She will only notice the look of the monitor anyway.

Just pick something fairly sized, feminin, sleek and nice looking and she will be happy.

Like this one. (cheap as well)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160055

or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160054
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824160056


If money isnt an issue Apple Cinema Display would be perfect.
I do plan on helping her build a rig which would be able to handle that resolution. But I would rather she buy something good, than just for the looks.

But thanks again, guys.
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Can someone explain to me, why a 21" monitor and a 24" monitor have the same amount of pixels? (1920x1080)
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Can someone explain to me, why a 21" monitor and a 24" monitor have the same amount of pixels? (1920x1080)
They use a different pixel size, known as dot pitch.

Fun Fact: The word pixel is based on a contraction of pix ("pictures") and el (for "element").
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