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Old 12-08-2007, 01:26 PM #1
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OFFICIAL: LCD Monitors (warning, poor recommendations inside.) ;)

To hopefully eliminate some of the "Need a good monitor..." threads, we're going to compile this to help everyone out.

So, in each category I will list one or two decent "budget" monitors and one or two "high end" monitors. If you want anything added PM me as i'm sure this thread will get large.

If you have monitor questions, please ask here!


19" LCD Monitors

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Acer AL1916WAbd - $169



5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1
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SAMSUNG 906BW Black- $220



2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1

22" LCD Monitors

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Acer AL2216Wbd - $230



5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support
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SAMSUNG 226BW - $309.99



At one time, this was the benchmark that all monitors were up against. It still is an EXCELLENT buy at this price point.
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HP w2207 - $350



1000:1 Contrast ratio and a gorgeous, gorgeous, screen.

24" LCD Monitors

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Westinghouse L2410NM - $399



It's big, it's cheap, it's good.
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Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC - $669.00


I'm not going to lie, I would probably stab you for this monitor.
*NOTE* I will NOT be adding hundreds of random monitors in every price point with every connection to this original post. These are the best monitors for 99% of people looking for monitors. This is a guide, not a comprehensive list. That being said, if you have a great suggestion please PM me.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:30 PM #2
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:38 PM #3
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I would douse you in gasoline and set you on fire for the Ultrasharp 24".

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Old 12-08-2007, 01:58 PM #4
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:01 PM #5
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Alright guys, I am looking to buy a monitor after xmas. However, I have some questions. I want to spend about 300, and I want to be able to use it as a TV. Is this posible? I don't want to have to buy a separate component, do new computer monitors have a cable in spot?

I know most TV's have a computer input, so you can use the TV as a monitor, but do computer monitors have that same feature?
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:08 PM #6
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Usually no; you have to buy one with that feature set. Most computer monitors offer a DVI and/or RGB out and that's it.
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:50 PM #7
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This one good too
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:32 PM #8
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If you can, Costco, Best Buy, and Circuit City are my favorite places to buy LCDs from. They have return policies that will let you return an LCD if you have even one dead pixel.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:02 PM #9
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If you can, Costco, Best Buy, and Circuit City are my favorite places to buy LCDs from. They have return policies that will let you return an LCD if you have even one dead pixel.
I got my sammy 245bw from Costco for that reason. Of course, the panel is flawless but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:42 PM #10
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I agree, my last two monitors have been from Best Buy and I had to return one of them, handled it well.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:44 PM #11
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I have (2) 2407wfp-HC monitors and they are very nice.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:46 PM #12
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AL2223W's are good, seeing as this thread's been raped, and my reply deleted o.0
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:02 PM #13
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Since you felt necessary to use a flamethrower on the majority of the thread:

For a 24", the Dell 2407WFP-HC is a great choice. Users on a budget will also find the Acer 2216WBP to be a great buy. For those extreme enough for 30" of bliss, the Dell 3007WFP-HC is probably your best bet.

The Westinghouse 24" is a rather bad monitor according to many reviews. The Samsung 226BW is experiencing a panel lottery and unless you can miraculously find an S panel version, stay away. The Samsung 2232GW is its solid successor.

A great site to find reviews on many LCD computer monitors is this:
http://www.digitalversus.com/products-11.html
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:13 PM #14
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Thanks Fluffy, that was a really helpful post.

I also use the New Egg user reviews and the C|Net reviews for my benchmarks of monitors. It's always good to check more than one review site, obviously.

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Old 12-08-2007, 10:13 PM #15
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Since you felt necessary to use a flamethrower on the majority of the thread:

For a 24", the Dell 2407WFP-HC is a great choice. Users on a budget will also find the Acer 2216WBP to be a great buy. For those extreme enough for 30" of bliss, the Dell 3007WFP-HC is probably your best bet.

The Westinghouse 24" is a rather bad monitor according to many reviews. The Samsung 226BW is experiencing a panel lottery and unless you can miraculously find an S panel version, stay away. The Samsung 2232GW is its solid successor.

A great site to find reviews on many LCD computer monitors is this:
http://www.digitalversus.com/products-11.html
If I was going to get the Dell 3007WFP-HC, and I would be using it on a macbook pro and for a 360, would both of those work and run alright?
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:18 PM #16
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If I was going to get the Dell 3007WFP-HC, and I would be using it on a macbook pro and for a 360, would both of those work and run alright?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/98...007wfp-monitor

Possibly. I know for sure you'll need an adapter, but I'm not sure if it will scale the image for you or not. That's the best thread I could find and it doesn't really provide a definitive answer, just speculation.

It may not be that big of a deal to you, but if your ColorSync profiles on your MBP are important to you and you do a lot of editing the Dell doesn't support them while Apple's 30" display does. If they aren't that important the 3007wfp is still a good display.
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We use the dell ones at work, recently got them.
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Yes. The Macbook Pro supports dual-link DVI. Although at that resolution, you will not be able to run any graphically intensive programs. Although the WFP line supports 1:1 pixel mapping so you could run at a lower resolution with the correct aspect ratio. That is why the 360 will also work on it.

Honestly, for use on a 360 and laptop, I would get a 2407WFP-HC and spend the leftover money on something else.
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Yes. The Macbook Pro supports dual-link DVI. Although at that resolution, you will not be able to run any graphically intensive programs. Although the WFP line supports 1:1 pixel mapping so you could run at a lower resolution with the correct aspect ratio. That is why the 360 will also work on it.

Honestly, for use on a 360 and laptop, I would get a 2407WFP-HC and spend the leftover money on something else.
From that explanation, I think that I am going to take your advie go with the smaller one. If I will have more people playing, I can move it to the TV, and it will be fine for what I'm using it for on the computer. Thanks for the help fluffy.
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Thanks Fluffy, that was a really helpful post.

I also use the New Egg user reviews and the C|Net reviews for my benchmarks of monitors. It's always good to check more than one review site, obviously.
I wouldn't trust NewEgg's user reviews, because some of the reviewers are biased and/or lack knowledge. I'd trust the reviews of some of the users on here, and on C|Net (Great resource, BTW!).
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Oh... my... god...

incrediblebeef- You'll love the monitor, good choice.
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