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My beloved Viewsonic CRT is on the way out after 6-ish years of service. I love it, but it's showing it's age. As such, I'm looking to move on to the LCD camp.

My motivation came in the form of a lead weight / space heater / Dell Latitude C840, which found it's way into my possession a few days ago. I promptly loaded up Debian and since then I have not touched my desktop for anything other than gaming. The screen on this laptop is phenomenal! It's a 15" UXGA screen, best as I can tell the panel is a Samsung LTN150U2-L02. It's vibrant, text is laser sharp, and generally I would be perfectly happy with this kind of quality in a desktop monitor. The other thing I really appreciate is the resolution; it is a lot more real estate than I'm used to, and I have a feeling that the extra pixels are playing a large role in the overall clarity which is so great.

And now, my questions. First and foremost, I know I've seen a guide linked on here that described in detail how to shop for an LCD - I believe it was stargate who linked it originally but I can't seem to find it now. I think it would answer many of my questions. Secondly, my desktop gets used very little for document work, and as such I question the benefits of widescreen. I realize that human vision is naturally much more horizontal than vertical, yet I'm still hesitant to give up vertical space since I would not be able to afford the kind of resolution widescreen that approaches 1200 pixels. And thus, I suppose what I'm asking for is a LCD monitor, obviously a quite high quality one, for roughly $245. I prefer that you offer some kind objective information rather than "I have this and love it", though I realize how difficult this is and appreciate any help you can provide.

Regards,
Chipp
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I've been researching myself...and basically, I've come down to a couple. I like Acer's options but they are widescreen.
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I've been researching myself...and basically, I've come down to a couple. I like Acer's options but they are widescreen.
I'd actually been looking at the Acer AL2216Wbd - I'm not disallowing widescreen, I suppose I'd just need to reacclimate myself to it.
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We're in the same boat, my 19" CRT is getting aged...it was new when my P4 was new.

Widescreens came to grow on me..I was never a huge fan but I had one for a week when I bought it for my cousin..i had to try it right? I really liked it and its why I'm going with one.

That AL2216Wbd looks great, someone want to elaborate on contrast ratios...2500:1 vs 700:1

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http://www.overclock.net/sale/314688...idescreen.html

Chipp its a siiiiiign
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I think that widescreen is rather the norm than the exception now. I'd imagine you are leaning towards the 22" models at that budget? I'm by no means an expert, but in my recent addition of a Samsung 2232bw, the resolution and physical real estate that this size affords I'm sure will make you happy with minimal adaptation time. I feel that it's plainly just more comfortable on the eyes viewing a larger monitor. I'm like you though, I spent days researching models and am very pleased with my purchase. Although I could've gone cheaper, I decided that I was tired of budgeting for cheaper parts.

Nevertheless, I'm sure that any reputable monitor will satisfy you. Good luck in the hunt!
    
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I hate y'all for being able to afford such beastly widescreens...

I love my Viewsonic 21" CRT that does 1600x1200 @ 72hz

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What size/resolution are you aiming for?

I have a cheap Optiquest Q7 (which is made by Viewsonic). I see no noticable ghosting, and it has a nice sharp picture for being analog.

Quick specs:

600:1 contrast
17"
8ms response

As with many LCD monitors, a black screen looks a tad bit on the grey side. For gaming, it works and looks great. For DVD video, very dark scenes can look a bit washed out without a touch of gamma correction.
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Here's a recent PCW review of Top 5 20 - 22" widescreens, Jan 3, 2008.

Top 5

Here's the Main Monitor section with more reviews (PCW)

Still looking for a decent buyers guide.
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