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Before the LCD displays arrived, the choice of a monitor has been fairly easy. With CRTs you had screen size, refresh rates and price and you could be fairly sure that you didn’t have to worry about anything more. With LCDs, it is a different matter and this guide aims at helping you understand what the marketing gibberish means and what you really need to look for.
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post #2 of 6
My favourite marketing gimmick :

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Viewing Angle : 178 degrees
Yeah right. You may and I mean may see like an inch of the screen at 89 degrees.

Anyhoo it's a good read.
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post #3 of 6
Great buyer's guide. One thing that really took me by surprise on there was that they tell you to outright ignore the contrast ratio; I generally look at contrast ratios when buying LCDs. The viewing angle I find it to be so true, especially for TN panels. 190*? Please. I have to look at my WS dead center otherwise it looks like crap.
From personal experience, Acer makes the most sturdy and all-round panels (when it comes to TNs). The Viewsonics I have do have slightly better colors, but have some serious bleeding issues. Samsungs are just too overpriced for what you can get with a cheaper Acer.
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post #4 of 6
Most 178 degree viewing angles are false advertising, IMHO. The only monitor I'd actually believe that for the NEC MultiSync 20WMGX2. What do they cost now? They used to be $800

I got to look at one once, and study it for a few hours. It had a very slight reddish tinge when viewing from above. Aside from that, the picture remained perfect at every angle. It actually looked more clear to me than a CRT....but then again, my CRT wasn't terribly good.

My Samsung Syncmaster is crap. The brightness changes if I move my head an inch, and the colour is warped if my head is to the left/right of the monitor, or above it. I haven't seen a $300 monitor that impressed me....ever.
     
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post #5 of 6
Viewing angle isnt so much important in today's TVs. Older model plasmas couldnt be viewed unless you were right in front of the TV. In fact DLPs are still like that I believe. I can stand at just under 180* and still see what's happening on my LCD HDTV. I don't think it's really a gimmick if it's legitimate.
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post #6 of 6
the only reason i can see for worrying about the veiwing angle, is that it can be a way to figure out what type of panel it is.
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