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#281874 - 12/09/09 01:42 PM Monitor recommendations
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I'm looking for the cheapest, decent 1920x1080 monitor I can find. Dean wants a second projector for a backup display; I just want a monitor the same resolution as my TV.

Been looking through Techbargains, Newegg, Dell Outlet, etc. Looks like I can get "something" for ~$150 most days.

I pay 9.5% tax to Amazon (and Dell, and some others) since I live in WA, so almost have to get free shipping for it to work.

Opinions on resellers or manufacturers (Dell, Viewsonic, Asus, LG, etc.)? I'm scared of Sceptre, but I don't know why.

Thanks, as always.
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#281876 - 12/09/09 01:44 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: tomtuttle]
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I'd say if you can find a Sansui, go for it, oh wait, your talking about computer LCD's. ;\)
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#281877 - 12/09/09 01:46 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: tomtuttle]
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If you want the same resolution as your TV because you might want to use it as temporary (or secondary) TV on occasion, make sure you have a HDCP display.
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#281878 - 12/09/09 01:48 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: tomtuttle]
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I've been, happily, using Viewsonic monitors for years. Was disappointed that their newer, low-priced models are 1920x1080 rather than 1920x1200, but that sounds like exactly what you want.

My issue is 16:9 is a bit wide for the height for computer work. I was wanting to get a few nice, but not too crazily priced monitors to use on desktops around the offices.
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#281880 - 12/09/09 01:51 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: EFalardeau]
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Pretty much anything that's $150 in that size will look terrible at any viewing angle but straight on--they universally use TN panels.

for a good 24" monitor, you're looking at ~$5-600. Cheaper to buy a TV--I think those have better viewing angles. I could be wrong.

If you want to drop that much on a monitor, I really like my HP LP2475w. Dell Ultrasharp monitors are generally well regarded, too, but sometimes they still have the terrible TN panels.
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#281885 - 12/09/09 02:09 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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The computer is co-located with the TV and theater stuff in the living room. Sometimes, I surf and watch TV at the same time, especially if the rest of the family is watching something I'm only marginally interested in. The only thing I'm really trying to do is be able to use the computer for streaming content a bit more elegantly; using the TV as the primary computer display doesn't work that well, and forcing my video card to recognize them as separate but different displays doesn't work well, either. So I just want to clone the computer display onto the TV screen. I'm not spending big money on this deal. We're used to terrible TN panels.
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#281887 - 12/09/09 02:14 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: tomtuttle]
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I'm confused as to what you're trying to do.
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#281917 - 12/09/09 04:35 PM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: tomtuttle]
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Don't forget about Costo. I got a 1920x1080 Acer screen for about $150, I think.
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#281974 - 12/10/09 07:55 AM Re: Monitor recommendations [Re: pmbuko]
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Might be just a bad unit but the new HP L1950g that sits beside my laptop at work is having what looks looks like a wavy refresh issue only worse and it's only a few months old. Looks like what a degauss used to clear up on an old CRT type monitors.

It's not the wide screen one I ordered anyways but it took so long to get via our corporate inventory systems these days that I just kept it. It's not a model you would likely be looking at anyways but I thought I'd throw it out there.
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