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My 19" CRT monitor, only a year old, btw, is too small. I run my computer at 1600x1200 and I'm starting to wonder about the effects on my vision. So, I'd like to get something larger and I thought I'd ask you good folks about it.

Should I go LCD or CRT? I'm inclined to CRT because I think they're technically superior, but I'm not sure about that. Without delving into the sort of nonsense that plagues next gen console discussions, could you guys give me some advice?

Remember, I don't dwell on these things forever, so I'll likely act on sound advice pretty quickly.

I'd rather not spend over $500.

I don't give a damn about easy of travel. If the CRT is better in all other areas then size, weight, and bulk are a non-issue.

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Why don't you lower the resolution instead? Your other option is to go widescreen LCD, which is the future man.

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Because I am a resolution whore. I will not lower my resolution. I like the large, empty spaces on my screen. anything that results in lower resolution is not an option. Frankly, if I weren't so cheap, I'd get the largest sized monitor available. Like other folks, I'm on a limited budget and I don't much like the idea of spending more on the monitor than anything inside the case.

I have, however, considered the widescreen LCD. Why is that a better choice?

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large, empty spaces :)

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I'd recommend widescreen LCD ... prices are rock-bottom (and probably can't get much lower, proportionally), and there are 19" LCDs for about what you are looking for (1680x1050), e.g. some local ones here in ol' Blighty: iiyama 22", NEC 20".

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Cant if you can wait, I would recommend LCD - if you cannot, I still would ... I made the transition this last year and it is wonderful. From energy savings, space saving and picture - all have impressed me.

Check this out, especially if you can wait ...

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I've been really happy with my LCD and I've had it for 3 years now.. the only problem I've encountered so far is that the colours can be a bit pale compared to a CRT .. but that's it.. and that's circumvented by fiddling a bit with contrast and colour in the monitor settings - if you want too of course - I don't mind, but then again I'm colourblind..

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I'll probably keep my ear to the ground, then. My 19" monitor looks damned good, so it's not like I have to go out and buy one today. If the best thing to do is wait, it's not like I have to upgrade a system in order to play games. I'm looking for a bigger monitor while using my larger ones.

I checked out those links, meta, and I was wondering how the currency exchange would effect my purchase. I liked the idea of a 22" monitor, but I'm curious as to why a 20" monitor is so much more expensive.

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My current LCD has rather pale, washed out colours too, sometimes, but there were other LCD monitors in the shop that were much better in this regard (and correspondingly more expensive) - I just wanted the largest screen I could get for my money.

I remember gaming magazines saying in the past that LCD monitors aren't fast enough for graphically-demanding games, but I've never noticed it to be a problem with NWN2 or Oblivion. Maybe the technology has improved enough for this not to be much of an issue any more.

It's been so long since I've done any gaming on a CRT monitor, I can't say what they're like these days.

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Cant if you can wait, I would recommend LCD - if you cannot, I still would ... I made the transition this last year and it is wonderful. From energy savings, space saving and picture - all have impressed me.

Check this out, especially if you can wait ...

the inquirer

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Cool! I knew resolutions were standardizing on 1080p, but I wasn't so au fait with the concomitant gains in technology.

I'll probably keep my ear to the ground, then.  My 19" monitor looks damned good, so it's not like I have to go out and buy one today.  If the best thing to do is wait, it's not like I have to upgrade a system in order to play games.  I'm looking for a bigger monitor while using my larger ones.

I checked out those links, meta, and I was wondering how the currency exchange would effect my purchase.  I liked the idea of a 22" monitor, but I'm curious as to why a 20" monitor is so much more expensive.

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Brand name, quality, etc: just like cars, you can get a good standard brand or a entry-level premium brand for a lower price point.

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$296 Dell 22" Widescreen Flat Panel.

http://accessories.u...19&sku=320-5205

I use a 20" and a 24" widescreen at work and they are both great.

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For my next computer I am getting a widescreen LCD. Something I can hookup both my computer and HDTV turner to. Currently running with a 20" LCD which isn't bad.

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Cant if you can wait, I would recommend LCD - if you cannot, I still would ... I made the transition this last year and it is wonderful. From energy savings, space saving and picture - all have impressed me.

Check this out, especially if you can wait ...

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Sweet, my next LCD will be 120Hz, that should eliminate ghosting :(

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It's actually been bothering me for a while ... televisions have had 50Hz and 100Hz models for years, which have their own shortcomings. I think the faster ones cause eyestrain for a different reason, but it is not as bad as the lower frequency.

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But they will be worth it since you won't need vsync.

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I've got two issues with LCD's... they have crappy colours (compared to CRT's in a similar price range) and they seem to be mostly available in widescreen format now, which suck when you need it for work purposes, not only for watching dvds/divx movies :brows:

Edited by Gorth, 14 January 2007 - 03:43 PM.


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You know, I've seen some remarkable pictures on LCDs. The problem, as I understood it, was how fast the crystals changed during gameplay. Kind of what Steve said. If that's not a problem, I'll go LCD but I'll invest in one with a good picture.

By the way, friend, your sig is total comedy. :Cant's chuckling icon:

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I've got two issues with LCD's... they have crappy colours (compared to CRT's in a similar price range) and they seem to be mostly available in widescreen format now, which suck when you need it for work purposes, not only for watching dvds/divx movies :brows:

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Umm, which work software? Programs like Word and Excel benefit from the extra real-estate.

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I've got two issues with LCD's... they have crappy colours (compared to CRT's in a similar price range) and they seem to be mostly available in widescreen format now, which suck when you need it for work purposes, not only for watching dvds/divx movies :brows:

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Umm, which work software? Programs like Word and Excel benefit from the extra real-estate.

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Hmm... Visual Studio, Microsoft Business Solutions, Various imaging software, various 3D applications, Web design (where you also feel the lack of intensive colours/colour correctness), plenty of stuff that makes more sense to work with in "portrait" rather than "landscape" orientation really :)

@ "Cantousent": By all means, go for the best picture quality. Preferably, you could see a reseller where they have them lined up for comparison. A word of caution though if you do that. Sometimes, they deliberately manipulate image quality in order to sell a certain make a model (actually, that was a warning from my little brother who works for reseller).

You don't have to buy from that reseller, just do some window shopping and then buy the one you like where you get it the cheapest ;)

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plenty of stuff that makes more sense to work with in "portrait" rather than "landscape" orientation really ;)

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Well for that, you can flip the screen sideways for an uber portrait view, I don't know how many widescreen LCDs support it, but my Dell one does :brows:




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