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Need new computer monitor

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by M2 Carbine, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    My monitor is craping out.
    When I turn on the computer I have to hit the monitor Off/On button 8-10 times before I get a picture. Works OK once it get's started.

    So, Any brands to get or stay away from?
    This old one is a "ViewSonic". Got it off the internet some years back. It worked good for years up to a couple weeks ago
    Now I'm using a OLD, OLD CRT Compaq but small screen and takes up way too much space.

    Second question.
    I hate the new Photobucket. It's slow and keeps locking up on me. I've been using Photobucket for MANY years, so I guess it's time for them to screw it up.

    So the question is, what's a good replacement?
  2. kc8ykd


    Oct 6, 2005
    i can't speak towards your second question, however, i personally prefer samsung and asus monitors.

    hit and search for either of those brands for something within your budget and you can't go wrong.

  3. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    Not too sure about particular brands, lately I find myself using a lot of Asus stuff. The big thing to keep in mind is the resolution. At work we have 27" Dell monitors. At home I have a 27" iMac. The work monitors are 1900
    X1080. My iMac is 2560x1440. After a day of video editing on my iMac my eyes are completely fine. After half that long at work I can definitely feel the eyestrain.

    going to pay more for the higher resolution, but all 27" monitors are definitely not created equal. And after using a 27 I'll never go back to a tiny screen, the extra real estate is just too valuable.
  4. Taphius


    Sep 26, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Monoprice is making some 27inch monitors. Worth checking out

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  5. BobbyT


    Jul 27, 2008
    Be sure to check the resolution -- if it just says "1080" or "HD", as in 1920x1080, all they're doing is stretching the same resolution to sizes too big for computer use.

    A 1920x1080 should be about 21-22". More useful if you work with documents and don't just watch movies would be the taller aspect 1920x1200, like in a Dell 24".

    That's where I'd stop, unless you're looking to spend real money. If it's in the 27-30" range, it should be 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 -- very useful, but prices rise dramatically because it's hard to get that many good pixels.

    A giant 1080 monitor doesn't give you any more content, just stretches it out. Stay away from those.
  6. jdw174


    Oct 31, 2012
    West Tennessee
    I've got an Acer 19" flat screen that's been going strong for 6 years now. Totally satisfied.
  7. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    Unlike a CRT monitor, on an LED monitor things can get distorted if the monitor is not run at its native resolution. With the smaller ones, this can make things look pretty small.

    There are, "business" class monitors that are more square and more like CRT monitors and there are, "wide screen" format monitors that have the same vertical - horizontal ratio as a movie theater movie screen. That pretty much just gets rid of the black spaces on top and bottom when watching a movie on the monitor. My old computer works well with CRT and non-wide screen LED monitors but it doesn't display properly on a wide screen monitor and I can't see the borders or toolbars with it hooked up to a wide screen monitor. There is suppose to be some fooling around with the settings that will make it display small enough to fit but I haven't them yet. Also I don't want to change the resolution. My newer laptop works great with a wide screen monitor without any adjustments required and even works well with a small LCD TV but the older computer does not.
  8. Don't forget the option of a new television. A 32" LCD/LED makes a great monitor and a tv in one package. As stated above make sure you adjust your video card output to the native resolution of the monitor.

  9. I just bought a refurbished 22" AOC monitor from a couple of weeks ago. I'm loving it. The new price on it was something like $170.

    Personally I still like 4:3 monitors myself but the ones that they sell these days aren't nearly as good as the Xerox one I've been using since around 2004. The Focus is on 16:9 monitors today.
  10. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    Viewsonic. Love them. Have 3 of them right now. 2 Are 6-7 years old and the other is 4? Only the oldest has any problems.

    BTW I never use the switch. They just wear out. If you turn your entire computer off use the switch on the power strip. Otherwise let your computer put the monitor to sleep.
  11. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    Thanks for the info. Using the guide lines I'll start looking around and see what I come up with.
  12. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002

    I run a 26" 1080p LED Samsung TV as a dual monitor with my 21" iMac. It's also hooked up to cable. Better than just a monitor. Being a Mac and all, I just plugged it in and it worked, no adjustments.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  13. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    Dual ASUS 24" (or are they 26") LED panels and after 2 years I am still very happy.

    Super Light! And they weren't that expensive, but it's the 1980 X 1080 using DVI (or Analog or HDMI)

    Keeping me happy so far...

    Have fun shopping!
  14. xidica


    May 1, 2010

    We have the dual Asus 24" monitors at work and I have a 27" Asus for my home office. Outstanding monitors, especially considering the price.
  15. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    For size reference I have a 23 inch widescreen IPS monitor that is the exact same height as my 19 inch CRT monitor. I have also used a 19 inch (or really 18.5 inches) TV as a computer monitor with good results.
  16. ArtCrafter

    ArtCrafter ¤Hocker Mocker¤

    Jul 14, 2008
    I use a 32" 1080p SONY BRAVIA TV as my monitor. :rock:

    BRAVIA jokes aside − Which I still don't get? :headscratch: − it is by far the best "monitor" I have ever owned.

    It even fits on my 'normal-sized' desk.

    Personally, I would never go back to a 'real' monitor after using this one unless there was no other option.

    YMMV ;)
  17. SandP04


    Feb 16, 2013
    The Great PNW
    My office has the AOC E2343FK 23" screens and they've done really well...

    We've been running them just over a year now with no issues.
  18. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    When you decide on what brands you want to choose from, try checking out a pawn shop. Prices are low, and mine has a guaranty on their stuff..
  19. TRX302


    Jul 27, 2012
    If you're running Windows, consider a $40 dual-output video card and a pair of 24 or 27 inch monitors. Monitors are so cheap now it's foolish not to get the extra space. On most Windows setups, it's simply a matter of plugging in the card and monitors, right-clicking on the desktop, and telling Windows which would be on the left and which should be on the right.

    If you're running OpenSUSE or Mandriva, they'll detect and configure dual monitors on installation. Other distributions might require some work.

    The monitors are your window to the world.