Thread: Thinking of buying an LCD...
July 16th, 2008, 08:12 PM #1
Thinking of buying an LCD...
I'm looking to buy an LCD monitor and was wondering if the following was any good:
Newegg.com - Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors
I believe the price is right but I'm not sure... I checked for:
low response time (5ms)
Display Colors (16.7 Million)
It seems to have both inputs (VGA and DVI), supports HDCP, it's a 19 incher and has a good warranty (3 years).
What do you think?
Should I buy?
July 16th, 2008, 08:23 PM #2
Heres how I see it..
There are really only a handfull of actual monitor screen manufacturers.
These are then sold to many companies who brand them.
There are very few, truly poor LCDs out there currently
While it may matter more to extreme gamers, or videophiles, or "entertainment" enthusiasts...
the average user is just fine getting the largest LCD they can afford, without over worrying about paper specs, and brands that are often over stated and unregulated.
Acer in my opinion uses good screens and makes good components, and that looks like a really good deal overall.
Last edited by JPMiller; July 16th, 2008 at 08:28 PM.
July 16th, 2008, 08:28 PM #3
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I'm starring at one right now. I got mine when they had them at BB for $120, I have no real comparison point as its my first LCD, but I like it. Actually wish I had gotten two.
July 16th, 2008, 09:23 PM #4
Factors like brightness and contrast come into play in many ways as well. Small differences are much harder to see then larger differences but there are many buying guides online, just google em.
Personally, I have a Dell Ultrasharp and a regular Dell Monitor and notice a big difference in the viewing angle, brightness, and overall quality of picture. The Ultrasharp is worth every penny more. As with many big purchases, think of this as a car, mattress, or other long term investment. Dont sell yourself short, your eyes will thank you for it in the end.
July 17th, 2008, 11:28 AM #5
Thanks for your opinion guys!
I will probably check locally first (since shipping to Puerto Rico is quite expensive...) and then if I can't find anything I'll just order this. Anyway, the 17' CRT I'm using is dying (it seems the tube is dirty!) so anything will be a step up
July 17th, 2008, 11:46 AM #6
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I have two Acer 20" widescreens, that I absolutely love! Mine are from a different product line (they have speakers in them, and some other stuff), but they work great and I haven't had any problems with them. I bring one of them over to my buddies house to play Guild Wars all the time and it's ncie and portable and can deal with getting transported all the time.
My friend has the 22" version of that monitor, and he is very happy with his as well.
I upgraded from 2 19" CRTs, so I know what ya mean....
July 17th, 2008, 03:19 PM #7
July 18th, 2008, 10:37 PM #8
Well... I tried to buy that Acer but after checking shipping options it brought the total up to $223.00 ...
So I just went to Sams Club and picked up:
ViewSonic: LCD Monitor, LCD Monitors, LCD Display, LCD Displays from Viewsonic
It looks good and seems to be what I'm looking for.
I'll see its performance when I get home on Sunday!
(BTW, I wasn't aware that I have used that Acer monitor before!!! hehehe My parent
s PC has it.!!! ooopssss. It looks quite good... too bad for the shipping..)
July 19th, 2008, 01:16 PM #9
aarrghh,,, ... it seems this one is not HDCP compliant (I can't find anywhere on the Viewsonic's web site so it's probably not compliant) so I will not be connecting my PS3 here!
Anyway... still have my trusty Plasma so not a big deal..
Just a heads-up if someone was looking at this LCD to connect their consoles...
I have to say though, that it looks good! (currently using it for testing purposes! )boo!
July 19th, 2008, 02:00 PM #10
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One thing you may take into consideration, is the native resolution of the LCD in question. I'm not expert so anyone here... feel free to correct me.
The native resolution is going to get you the best possible image, quality wise out of all of the resolutions for the monitor. What I've noticed is that the larger the LCD, the higher the native resolution.
For example, on my 19" Westinghouse, the native resolution is 1440x900. If I choose another resolution, there is a noticed hit in image quality (blurry, distortion, etc.) and while these lower resolutions still rival the quality of some of the best CRT monitors, when your desktop is at the native resolution all the time, you will definitely notice if you change to another res.
Now, having said that, you must consider your graphics card's performance at the native resolution of the monitor you wish to buy. While about every graphics card today is capable of displaying images at the higher resolutions, there is the issue of performance as the resolution gets higher (speaking on the video card here).
So for example, if you get a larger monitor that has a native resolution of 1920x1200, playing games at the native resolution is going to be a performance hit over playing on a smaller screen at 1440x900 which would be native (best quality). So just assuming you have a graphics card that plays ho-hum at 1440x900, if you go with a bigger screen it's going to be even worse at the 1920x1200 and you'll find yourself possibly playing at a lower resolution and sacrificing quality for performance.
But this may all be a red herring. If you're looking at 17" and 19" monitors, the higher native resolutions probably won't be a factor to consider. But just wanted to throw that out there.
edit; also, I encourage you to use the DVI connection if at all possible and forget about the analog one. There is a noticed difference. If you use the analog connection, you'll likely be on par with CRT monitor quality.
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July 19th, 2008, 02:31 PM #11
July 19th, 2008, 02:33 PM #12
Agree with what you said.
I just got an 8800 GTS 512 video card so hopefully it will perform well with the games I play (I don't game much on the PC though!). And yes, I definitely noticed the quality difference when I got the LCD to its native resolution. At first it was all kind of blurry and stretched, once I changed the res.... bliss!!
I will probably use both connections though.
Analog for the non-gaming computer and DVI for the gaming one. I noticed that on the menu I have an Input select so I would just switch between displays on the fly!! (like a KVM without the keyboard and mouse!!!) So it's all good.
Thanks for all of the info.
A lot of people are not aware of those bits you posted!
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