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Old 11-25-2004, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Black Friday - LCD choice?

Hey all,

I'm in the market for a 17" LCD, and have a couple quick questions. First, I will be using it for design, and not gaming.

Is refresh rate as important if I'm not gaming, and not planning on watching much video/tv? There are a lot of good deals on 25ms screens, but all the talk is 12-15 ms. Any thoughts there?

Second, interface. almost any monitor on sale this weekend is analog. I know digital is a ton better, but again, will it make a big difference in apps other than gaming?

Basically, right now I have a nice 19" NEC flat CRT, and I want to add a 2nd monitor. I'm deciding whether to ditch the CRT and get 2 17" "good" LCDs ($500-ish total), or keep it and get a "great" 17" LCD ($450ish) and then get another down the road when they price drop again.

OK, sorry to ramble. Any thoughts would be great!

Thanks, Richard

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Old 11-25-2004, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say go for the one that is the best value.

You can tell by:

Refresh rates, although this wont make that big a difference if you arent gaming.
Analog vs. Digital, from my knowledge it's all just one is more expensive than the other.

Most honestly if I were you, I would get a second NEC 19'' because they have the best image quality compared to LCD's.

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Old 11-25-2004, 05:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Most of the LCD monitors have DVI which is digital. It is your video card that will be the determining factor. I did exactly what you listed as your first option except I bought a great 19" LCD to go with a great 19" CRT. Guess which one I use the most, yep the LCD. With the rebates, you should be able to get great 19" LCD around $500-550ish.
3 different OS, so yep I\'m confused.
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Old 11-25-2004, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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no get two 17inch lcds
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Old 11-27-2004, 07:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree, if you are going to use both at same time then get two 17" LCD.
3 different OS, so yep I\'m confused.
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Old 11-27-2004, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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they had a Samsung 712n (12ms) 17'' LCD for $250. they probably out by now

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