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post #11 of 22
Another vote for the Samsung 226bw.
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post #12 of 22
Just thought I 'd put in my .02. The Westinghouse in my system below hasn't done me wrong. I purchased this about a month ago on sale at Best Buy for 249.99. Viewing angles aren't the greatest but for gaming it's a great monitor IMHO. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1201306785562
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post #13 of 22
i got my 2232bw 2ms response for 300 at best buy like 3 months ago one vote for it here best monitor ive used at 22"
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post #14 of 22
226bw has been replaced

get the one with the higher contrast ratio, its worth it.
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post #15 of 22
wait do they even make 2232's anymore? i cant find em if not whats its replacement cause i want to get a second monitor
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post #16 of 22
You could try a Sceptre 24", it's 299.99 + 19.99 shipping at Costco

it's this one: http://www.sceptre.com/Products/LCD/...24wg-1080p.htm

Buy it at Costco online:
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...lang=en-US&s=1

Newegg has it also, but with a $70 rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112011
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post #17 of 22
Everyone here will always say LG or Samsung

You could be a risk-taker and get this sweet sucker:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824216003
    
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post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by igob8a View Post
You can't go wrong with a Samsung or LG. If you need the best response times, look into the Samsung 226BW; 22" with 2ms response time. Pretty cheap and it's a great monitor.
I <3 my 226BW - you cant go wrong
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post #19 of 22
Two things you have to look out for when buying is the ms response and the contrast ratio. Specifically, you have to look out for what *kind* you're dealing with, because there is two different standards for each. It's similar to comcast's "omg let's measure traffic in megabits although everyone else uses bytes because it sounds like it's 8 times faster when it's not" thing.

Specifically, the specs given on the samsung 225bw are complete bull**** thanks to this marketing fad.

First off, for contrast ratio, there's DC (dynamic contrast) and SC (Static Contrast, not sure if that's the technical name since it's the 'regular' contrast). When you're thinking DC, think 'HDR', where colors are affected by their position on the screen in relation to other colors. It works, but it's never as good as regular contrast. If you see a 2000:1 SC, and a 5000:1 DC, get the SC. it's better.

Next for the millisecond rating. The two kinds are BTW (black to white) and GTG (one color to another, I forget the technical abbreviation). In this case, GTG is much, much worse then BTW. a 5 MS BTW will beat a 2 MS GTG hands down, because going from no light to full is much more difficult then simply changing color.

Finally, 22" is just about perfect for me -- I find I have to stay too far away from a 24" monitor to use it. Anyway, I'd suggest you go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009124. I bought a similar version (older model of the same design), and I couldn't be happier. It's probably the best monitor I've ever bought, and it's considerably cheaper then the competition.
Edited by Venerence - 5/11/08 at 12:17am
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post #20 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
For that price range you will only be able to get a TN panel. There are also S-IPS, S-PVA/MVA
S-IPS has higher response times but more uniform contrast across the screen and better viewing angles. THey are the high end panels and very expensive. (mainly for graphic artists)

S-PVA/MVA is more middle end and you can get them in the $400 range. panels offer better color reproduction and viewing angles than TN panels, have slightly worse response times than TN or S-IPS, offer the best contrast ratios, may suffer from color shifting or input lag and have higher availability than S-IPS panels.

TN panels are very cheap with fast response times but have inferior color reproduction, contrast ratios and viewing angles but for the normal user they are fine (ie. gaming)

Any of Samsungs products are going to be a win. Check the reviews on Newegg and such. They sell many Samsungs, especially 22in which are in your price range.


You need to decide if you want a glossy panel or not. My laptop screen is glossy and I dont like it because of the light reflectance, especially if you work in a bright environment. THat is a decision for you to make. But if you can find that deal on the HP go for it.
Thank you Mortimer! This is the info I was looking for. I had seen some of it before, but I couldn't remember where, and I didn't remember all of the explanations they gave. Thanks again.

@SGDude: Are you talking about a new version of the 226BW, or the 226CW (which has a 1000:1 static)?

To all that have posted so far, thanks for your help. Right now I'm leaning towards the Samsung 2253BW (Newegg). Anybody know where to find the 226BW or it's new iterations?
Edited by StarComm - 5/11/08 at 7:05am
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