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Old Dec 1st, 2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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20" or 22" LCD Monitor ?

I need some advice regarding a monitor purchase!
I'm looking at a 20 or 22 " widescreen LCD purchase.
THere are so many models from which to choose and I will be buying online sight unseen. I would like to pay up to $300 for one.
I was wondering what features or specs I should be looking for?
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Old Dec 1st, 2007, 08:52 AM   #2
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I just bought a 21.6 Samsung LCD yesterday at futureshop for $269, at 60 dolllars off. I have been doing some serious research for a couple months now, and even at wholesale online retailers I could not find such a good deal. The screen is huge, no glare, excellent resolution and modern looking. Comes with a 3 year parts and labour warranty too!





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Old Dec 1st, 2007, 08:55 AM   #3
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Last year about this time (Dec 6), Dell had their 12 days of deals on. If you are careful & research what you buy, there are some bargains to be had.
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Here's a very recent review of the monitor Adrian purchased. Looks good for the price:

Macworld: Review: Samsung SyncMaster 206BW LCD monitor
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I don't think that the monitor review shown is the same monitor. Adrian bought a 216-this review is for a 206
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Old Dec 1st, 2007, 09:59 AM   #6
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Monitor recommendations

Like everything, it all comes down to what you intend to use it for. If you need serious color accuracy for high end graphics work then you should look at professional series monitors-not gonna happen in your stated budget.
I have an LG 1951 which is a 19" and it is about a year and a half old. It claims to be 2000:1 CR-I don't frankly believe it. It is, however, a very good monitor, and at the time was one of the lower priced options. I preferred it to Samsung. But a year and a half is a lifetime in this biz, so I'm not sure about today.
I really think monitors are like speakers for home audio-they are very individual and really represent most of the "personality" of your system. I would personally hesitate to buy a monitor sight unseen.
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As a general rule, I would go with a 20-inch model.

20-inch panels are more likely to have the full 16.7 million colors (Apple's iMac display notwithstanding), while every single 22-inch display has a reduced color depth to date - you may see a bit of color dithering. That and you're not gaining resolution, just physical size (and price).

Sadly, for now a 24-inch display is the only way to know you're getting a color-rich screen!
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You might want to consider this, from macworld reviews

Macworld: Review: NEC MultiSync LCD205WXM monitor
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As a general rule, I would go with a 20-inch model.

20-inch panels are more likely to have the full 16.7 million colors (Apple's iMac display notwithstanding), while every single 22-inch display has a reduced color depth to date - you may see a bit of color dithering. That and you're not gaining resolution, just physical size (and price).

Sadly, for now a 24-inch display is the only way to know you're getting a color-rich screen!
This is great information. How can you tell? What do you look for in the specs?
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NEC monitor

Here is a link from Tiger Direct
NEC LCD205WXM-BK 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 1000:1, WSXGA+ 1680x1050, DVI-D, VGA(15-pin D-sub), Black, Built-In Speakers in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

Not sure if you have any flexibility on budget. TD wants $190 for this thing..it looks like a good monitor.....
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