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I had 2 Samsung LCD monitors die within a few months of each other. Had them for a few years (3 or 4..)

I'm just wondering if that's the average life span of an LCD monitor?
Or if I can expect 5+ years out brand new ones these days?

Here are the new ones that I picked up:
(2x) BenQ G2420HD 24IN Widescreen LCD 1920X1080 2MS 300CDM 40000:1 DVI-D HDMI
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53667&vpn=G2420HD

Thanks,
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post #2 of 13
Its usually the backlights that die.

Theoretically an LED backlit monitor should last a lot longer than the fluorescent tube ones (I think).
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Oh..
I picked up an LCD one without the LED backlight..
According to the reviews I checked out the color quality on the LED backlit version was quite poor.

I checked the back of my old Samsung LCD monitors and they were manufactured in July 2006.. So 5 years, probably only 4 of actual usage though.

Hopefully I can get 5+ years out of these new ones. Who knows, maybe I will go with 120Hz by then too...
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post #4 of 13
I dont know exactly the life span of an LED or LCD monitor, but i've got a 10-year-old LCD (17" 1280x1024.....OOOOooo) that still looks as good as when I bought it - not a single dead pixel or anything.

So as far as im concerned, the life span is whatever you want it to be. Its probably more likely that you'll want to upgrade before it dies (im thinking about replacing the 17" with another 24", making a total of 3x 24" screen in 1 room tongue.gif).
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I have a Samsung Syncmaster 17' from Nov 2004. Still works like a charm. I also had a VERY old IBM LCD 15' from early 2000. Works still works last I checked, but had a yellow line running through it and gave it away. It's usually the backlight or inverter that usually goes out in LCDs. Can't give you a time span, but they're the usually the first when a monitor goes out.
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Dunno... the only monitor I've ever had die on me was an old CRT from 1998 and it died like 5 months ago. But it was also never off. So it lasted every bit of 12 years 24/7.
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I don't think I've ever had a monitor die on me, and I've probably had at least 10 throughout the house. Maybe I have just been lucky?
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i got a laptop from 1198 that still works. Managed to get windows 7 on it shame the price my dad bought it was crazy £1500
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post #9 of 13
I have a 11 year old Laptop with a backlight that's still trucking.

Screens rarely fail early, it's either the backlight or inverter that bites the dust
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post #10 of 13
Depends on the monitor. Some last months, some decades.
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