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Old 08-31-2006, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys.

so here's the deal; i need to get a new display for my PC before i go back to school (in about 3 weeks). i would like your input about the following models im considering.

syntax olevia lt27hvx
acer al2016w
refurb philips 26" lcd tv

my main goal is to have something large that i can watch standard cable on (i have a pci tuner) and clear enough to use Word/AIM when i have to type. i was also interested in maybe getting an HDTV tuner... but that remains to be seen.

i've also got a few questions...
do dvd players (i use a DVD+/- RW) display in 1080i?
and is widescreen in general a good idea for a PCs?

im open to suggestions too! my price range is about 600 bucks, give or take.

thanks everyone!
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get anything with a nice native resolution for the size of the screen, at LEAST 8 ms response time and at the LEAST around 700-1000:1 contrast ratio (I would assume 500:1 at that size would degrade badly). Of those models (I have not looked at them kind of busy atm) I would say get the Acer since they are known for their good products, I would not get a refurbished one, and I only have seen the Olevia's at my office depot store and what I have seen makes me want to throw them in the trash, the ones we have look like crap.

Anyways sorry I don't have more time to check out the models for ya.
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i have the al1916w and its pretty awsome. i recomend the 20" version.
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ok so i decided to go with the 20" acer. im gonna pull the trigger soon, probably once i get home from my summer job.

would you guys recommend buying from newegg/tiger or going to a store and seeing if they have it there?
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newegg. if you dont care about paying rediculous amount of shipping for each item. but your only buying one monitor so its fine. and the yhave a nice tracking section and customer service you can count on.
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No shipping I have ever recieved from newegg has been over 30 bucks and that is with over 1000 dollars in parts each order.
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