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What features must an LCD have? Planning to buy a new LCD

By juven
Feb 9, 2009
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  1. Please guide me tot the necessary features for an LCD monitor.
    As the prices have come down i am planning to go for 22" screen.

    So wots DVI, Contrast Ratio, Response Time (ms)?
    Is 2000:1 contrast ratio good enough?

    And wots the minimum requirement of the above three for best performance.

    I use photoshop, flash, premier pro, and some small tools for graphics.
    I do video editing, titles making, ofcourse not heavy graphics like autodesk.

    Thanks.
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Reliability is number one...
    Color accuracy
    Ability to view at angles from left side and right side, so you can show others images they need.
    Good contrast.
    The ability to handle screen resolutions and aspect ratios of various sizes:
    Resolutions with a 4:3 aspect ratio:
    800 x 600
    1024 x 768
    1152 x 864
    1600 x 1200

    Resolutions with a 5:4 aspect ratio:
    1280 x 1024
    1600 x 1280

    and a screen width, corner to corner, of 22 inches or more.

    Sony (if you can afford them)
    Samsung
    Sharp
    HP
    Dell (which are usuall Samsung
    Panasonic
    Phillips
    LG
    Of the ones my clients have used, LG has been the best of the low priced ones.

    Avoid Acer, Envision, ViewSonic, anything cheap.

    Try to avoid buying online, as damage is done in shipment.
  3. juven

    juven Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I am planning for LG or viewsonic.
    I have checked viewsonic.

    just check out the 22" of X series VX2233WM/VX2260WM.
    http://www.viewsonic.com.sg/products/lcd/

    Both has 21.5 viewable screen. And both have HD opiton.
    Does all monitors show less display screen to what written on the box.
  4. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Viewsonic made a great monitor for years... second only to Sony... but that was when they were the heavy glass units with the highest use of electricity.
    In our experience, the ViewSonic flat panel monitors have an extremely high failure rates, equal to Envision and other low cost sets. They certain do not last nearly as long as Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony, or Phillips... and their costs remain high.
    We cannot recommend any ViewSonic that does not have a 3 or 4 year warranty.
  5. juven

    juven Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks guys.
    Another thing i want to know is that,
    Is HDMI slot neccessary or can i use DVI slot with a converter wire(to HDMI)?
    Will this give same performance as direct HMDI slot?
  6. Eigfrost

    Eigfrost Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    I'd also cast a vote for LG. I've always felt their pic quality is superb, esp considering the price.

    For a 21.5 inch panel maybe check out the W2261V (review here if you're interested, gets a very positive write-up: http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h1835.htm).
  7. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    We talked a non-profit into buying 50 LG flat panel monitors at a then ridiculously low price of $140 each a little over three years ago. When I checked yesterday, everyone of them was still working well with no hint of problems.
    Now, if we could only find a solution for the crummy Maxtor, Hitachi, and Samsung hard drives they bought against our advice just to save a few dollars... and the enormously high failure rate of their Memorex and Sony optical DVD-RW drives.
  8. juven

    juven Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Eigfrost that was good monitor.
    As you guy have said it may cost some bucks more but worth the buy, i will look into LG now.
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