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big LCD suggestions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by JinVA, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. JinVA


    Aug 2, 2005
    SE Virginia
    I'm going to pick up a bigger LCD, I'm thinking 19" or 20". I do a fair amount of photo editing but mostly web browsing and watching movies on the comp.

    I looked at a few 19" in the local compusa and was not too impressed with the sharpness of text on them. my laptop's screen is sharper in comparison.

    What is good in the big LCD arena right now?
    I'm looking to spend less than $400

  2. glock19_fan

    glock19_fan ... --- ...

    Mar 25, 2005
    My friend bought a 19" Dell and is very happy with it.

  3. hogglock


    Dec 1, 2004
    Check out for lotsa reviews.
  4. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Most big stores have the same image pumped through analog splitters to multiple screens. That's what makes them look so bad. You must use DVI inputs to get the most out of your LCD screen. There is absolutely no comparison between DVI input and analog.

    Personally, I like Dell LCD monitors in general, and for the price especially. Around your price point this is my favorite. It's just a bit above the amount you specified, but I think it is worth it.

    If, however, fitting within the $400 limit is non-negotiable, then this would work. The first one has a little better pixel density. That would help your eyes with extremely fine detail.

    For the ultimate in size and layout, this one comes close. I use it now, and I love it, even though the first one has a pixel density advantage (almost negligable, though). There will also be a 30" model coming in the future, but Dell's website doesn't give too many details yet.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of them as long as you use DVI for input.
  5. jthuang

    jthuang On The Jazz

    Jan 17, 2000
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I have the Dell 2005FPW (20.1" LCD widescreen) ... if you troll on a few of the deal websites (, etc.) for coupon codes and if you're willing to wait, you can get that screen for under $400. Mine was $393 (pre-sales tax) and shipped free.
  6. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
  7. Tom34

    Tom34 Obama Must Go!

    Apr 20, 2002
    S.F. Bay Area
    Dell 19" UltraSharp...1905FP in the model. $275 to $300 when they run it on special.
  8. I have the samsung 930B and absolutly love it, you can get it from the same site ( for 369.99 plus shipping or you can try to find a better deal either through, or maybe even locally (bought mine at a Fry's Electronics for a good deal) or pinch your pennies and spend 519.99 plus shipping and get the 204T which has a bigger screen and higher native resolution... btw as far as DVI vs. D-Sub, i use both on this monitor and there really is not a huge difference from what i can tell, though for my gaming and main rig its hooked up via DVI simply because i can and prefer to use the best connection possible when i can. hope that helps
  9. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    What resolution are you running? I'm running my monitor at 1900x1200, and the difference between analog and DVI is shocking.
  10. JinVA


    Aug 2, 2005
    SE Virginia
    that looks good, my current one is viewsonic, no dead pixels after 2 years.
    im gunna bite the bullet and snag it, thanks!

  11. The Viewsonic VP191b seems to be the one to get but has been discontinued and is in such high demand that the price has increased! It has been replaced by the VP930.
  12. Altaris


    Feb 16, 2004
    Round Rock, TX
  13. SDBettas


    Jan 7, 2002
    Miami, Florida
    A couple weeks ago I picked up the Hyundai L90d+ 19" 8ms screen, and I'm blown away by it. A friend got one earlier this year and recommended it, I can see why!