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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 10:56 AM
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I went with this Philips 21" monitor during my recent rebuild/upgrade. $360US for a 21" monitor is insane cheap, and the picture is fantastic. It replaces an almost 10-year old 17" CRT, and takes up the same amount of space on my desk.

Maybe in another 10 years LCDs will be ready-for-prime-time for gaming and not cost a zillion dollars to go over 17". Until then, this is the best monitor deal I have found.

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Seems like such a big jump from 19". Being that a 17" monitor with a .23 dot pitch can cost only 150 bucks. That is still expensive for what it is. You can buy a Sony 32" flat screen television for that price and those tvs are killer.

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Seems like such a big jump from 19". Being that a 17" monitor with a .23 dot pitch can cost only 150 bucks. That is still expensive for what it is. You can buy a Sony 32" flat screen television for that price and those tvs are killer.
Okay, let's say 17" go for $150. You can get a decent quality 19" for about $250. (Cheaper ones exist, but would you want bottom-of-the-barrel?) That's a jump of $100. This 21" was only a little over $100 more than the 19"...seems like a pretty linear scale to me.

And that's the surprising part. Compared to other 21" CRTs, it's about 60% of the normal price. 21" inchers for the most part still seem to hover in the $700 scale for some reason.

And you can't really compare monitors to TVs, you know that. Monitors have a higher resolution than HDTVs (1080 lines at the most, and that's interlaced), much less traditonal TVs. I could just as easily say that I could buy a decent Sony receiver for the same money, or 30 DVDs, or two Xboxes. Sure, but what's the relevance?

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