: Best $250 19 inch widescreen LCD


iMike
Feb 14th, 2007, 03:00 PM
Hi everyone,

My old 17 inch Sony Trinitron seems to be showing its age and I'd like to upgrade to a 19 inch flat panel widescreen.
There's lots to consider when buying an LCD (response time, contrast ratio, resolution...) so I'm throwin this out there for those who have an LCD and would like to make a reccomendation. I'm looking for a good all purpose minitor. I don't do a lot of gaming. Mostly surfing, text and photo editing, DVD watching and some flight simming.

My budget is around $250 and I've got a G4 quick silver with a 128 mb ati radeon 9000 vid card.

Right now the main contenders seem to be the Sammy 941 BW and the LG 194WT. Any others suggestions you have would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Mike

8127972
Feb 14th, 2007, 04:34 PM
If you can spend a bit more, get this one from Samsung:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=012286&cid=MT.983

If you see it, you'll buy it. It's that good.

Oakbridge
Feb 14th, 2007, 04:38 PM
No question, the ViewSonic VA1912wb. Has both VGA and DVI and ships with the DVI cable. Staples had it for around the $250 mark.

John Clay
Feb 14th, 2007, 04:41 PM
No question, the ViewSonic VA1912wb. Has both VGA and DVI and ships with the DVI cable. Staples had it for around the $250 mark.

Yepp. I got his around May 2006, when it was at $349. No complaints, no dead pixels. Also, this can be had at Canada Computers for $249 now - brand new, 3 year warranty:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010991&cid=MT.983

MacDoc
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Why not get a 20" instead.
There is no difference in pixel count between a 17 and 19.

HowEver
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:26 PM
19" widescreen 2ms LCD at TD: $209.97
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2507584&sku=N223-1906

Lightning fast response time compared to so-called "current" models.

http://images.tigerdirect.ca/SKUimages/medium/N223-1906-jetsstealth-ca.jpg

iMike
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:27 PM
Didn't know that MacDoc...I guess I also assumed a bit of a price jump over 19 inches.

OK, I'll look at 20 inchers as well. What brand and model should I look at in the $250 (before taxes) range?

Thanks

Mike

SoyMac
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:28 PM
MacDoc's right. The 19 is just a stretched out 17.

I too recommend a 20" over a 19".

The difference in resolution is quite striking.

MacDoc
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:32 PM
There's a variety starting in the $330 range.
Don't get too bogged in specs

CanadaRAM
Feb 14th, 2007, 07:00 PM
19" widescreen 2ms LCD at TD: $209.97
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2507584&sku=N223-1906
Lightning fast response time compared to so-called "current" models.

You realize, of course, that the "2 ms" measurement quoted is a fictional number claimed by the manufacturer, right?

There is no standardization in measurement of pixel response, so the manufacturers will choose whatever method 'tests well' on their product. The reputable manufacturers will state the measurement methods, the shadier ones will just let the number stand with no qualification.

This is no different from the cheap stereo manufacturer claiming "200W power" or the cheap speaker manufacturer claiming "30 Hz - 20000Hz response" without qualifying the measurement method or what the distortion levels at that power are, or the actual level of response at 30 Hz.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,121906-page,1/article.html
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/computers/lcd-monitors/review.html

HowEver
Feb 14th, 2007, 08:56 PM
True enough, but it's better than buying a 16ms rated LCD, no?

xtal
Feb 15th, 2007, 12:33 PM
You realize, of course, that the "2 ms" measurement quoted is a fictional number claimed by the manufacturer, right?

There is no standardization in measurement of pixel response, so the manufacturers will choose whatever method 'tests well' on their product. The reputable manufacturers will state the measurement methods, the shadier ones will just let the number stand with no qualification.

This is no different from the cheap stereo manufacturer claiming "200W power" or the cheap speaker manufacturer claiming "30 Hz - 20000Hz response" without qualifying the measurement method or what the distortion levels at that power are, or the actual level of response at 30 Hz.

I wholeheartedly agree.

And the analogy to speaker ratings is perfect.

When it comes to technology purchases, it pays not only to know the specifications of different models, but to understand what these specs are, and how they are tested by each manufacturer. Critical thinking definitely pays off here, as well as a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, it's your money, isn't it?

Strimkind
Feb 15th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Why not get a 20" instead.
There is no difference in pixel count between a 17 and 19.

That is true as they are the same res, however widescreen 19" have slightly less pixels but still look nice (and cheap). I own the Acer AL1916W and its a great screen for watching videos and gaming.

harzack86
Feb 15th, 2007, 01:55 PM
There's a variety starting in the $330 range.
Don't get too bogged in specs

I thought iMike was looking at a monitor ending in the $250 range, not starting 30% more in the $330 range ;)
Maybe a 20 inches is not an option at this price?

mikef
Feb 15th, 2007, 02:14 PM
Watch out for TN-based LCD displays as well, if colour accuracy is a concern. These displays with really low response time typically use the inferior 6-bit (as opposed to 8-bit) TN-based panels.

More info here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD).

iMike
Feb 15th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Thanks for everyone's advice. Looks like I should delay my purchase and save my pennies for a 20 incher.

Take care

iMike

MacDoc
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:41 PM
harzack - the point is a 19 is no benefit over a 17" and if he wants more space then a 20 is the right route for that