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Can you help? Bewildered after researching monitors

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Hi all,

I’ve done a lot of research into this today, without much luck. So I decided to address this matter with you folks – who no doubt know a lot more about monitors than most.

I should note that, since I suck at games, I will -- aside from the usual pc tasks - primarily be using my monitor for watching lots of dvds – which would seemingly utilize a monitor in much the same way as games do these days.

I have a hp pavillion zd8000 Widescreen laptop - treated very carefully, essentially like a pc -- whose lcd is crapping out (after only a year and a half!!!). It has an ATI Mobility Radeon X600, which evidently has a maximum resolution of 1440x900.

I suppose the an important question to ask initially is:
With consideration of the maximum resolution of 1440x900 on my laptop, if I use a 1280x1024 or a 1680x1050 monitor, could this be an issue as far as the resulting video quality – thus leading to a blurry picture (I’ve read vague references to this)? Is there a work-around for this issue?>I would really hate to have to get a new 1440x900 native resolution monitor, and consequently not have it work more optimally with my next purchased computer down the road.

It’s worth noting that I’ve seen that Benq -- which is recommended by some people here -- has a 3 year warranty on its monitors, which is certainly meaningful to me considering how soon my hp monitor flaked. If I understand correctly, the warranty on acer = 1 year; Viewsonic = 1 year; Samsung = 1 year. I haven’t looked up any others yet.

Before I go into specs…. Obviously, the bottom line is that I am looking for Brand/Model recommendations here, so feel free to just jump to the end…..but I am also concerned about the following things as well:

What contrast should I be looking for? 500/1 (seems to be the minimal accepted here), 600/1? 700/1?
Response Time: 8ms, or less? 8ms also seems to be a borderline. Is 8ms truly good enough – even for action movies, or should I shoot for less (I’ve seen 6,5,4,3ms).

What about: Brightness, Horizontal and Vertical Refresh Rate, Viewing Angle, Pixel Pitch? Any guidelines for these?

Another issue to be concerned with, since I like (cinematography-wise) dark movies is backlighting around the edges of the LCD during dark scenes – which seems to be an issue with some monitors.

As for cost, I suppose I’d be up for spending around $300 – hopefully less; but I am also very serious about obtaining a reliable and reasonably high quality product, which will also hopefully be well useful down the road with a new pc. This may be a no-brainer, considering the circumstances, but, just in case…..: I definitely want Widescreen.

Ok, with the above in mind, what particular brands/models and retailers do you recommend for me, and why?

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for your responses.

Much regards,

Dave
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I don't think your video device is limited to that resolution. I have a laptop with a native resolution of 1280x1024, but when I attach a secondary monitor, I can set the resolution of that screen separately, exceeding the resolution of the default screen. You might want to try this, maybe at a friends house, or at work. I think the card can definately handle 1680 x 1050 or 1600 x 1200

1280 x 1024 is actually a similar resoltion than the 1440 x 900, just not widescreen.


You do indeed want fast response times... and a resolution that matches the resolution of the card... again, try this out with a friend. (would be nice with a larger CRT monitor, since that can handle different resolutions easily)

Take a look at this Dell monitor: 5ms response time, good resolution, nice screen, reasonable price, and 3 year warranty (click on customize, and it will say so on the right hand of the screen)

And here is some discussion we had about it. Dell monitors generally are really nice
http://www.overclock.net/news-overcl...s-monitor.html
    
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