Best Monitor <£160

By shiva64 · 12 replies
Apr 5, 2008
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  1. Hi Guys, can you recommend a monitor either 20" or 22" screen. I've noted a couple of Samsungs and Acers.
    Suggestions appreciated.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    That was a "Pound" sign was it not....?

    I can't speak to any country that uses the pound for currency.
    But, speaking for the US, it's actually the wrong time of year to get a good price on a display. In my country the "Best Buy" chain of electronics stores drops the prices on monitors drastically during the (later?) summer months.
    Last August I purchased 22" Westinghouse (1680 X 1050) for $179.95. I love it. The walk-in, "fool me once shame on you" price is about $279.95 ($249.95 @Newegg) at the present.
    I don't know if the exchange rate is favorable enough to come out ahead by having someone buy a screen here and ship it to you, although the US dollar is sinking like a stone at the moment. (There are obviously potential return and warranty issues by doing so).

    Anyway,take your time an investigate sales trends, bargain hunt, and bone up on as many reviews as you can.

    Besides, if you ask 10 Tech-spotters "which is he best monitor for <160 pounds" you'll likely get at least 8 answers. (BTW, US keyboards don't even have a "Pound" sign).

    Just to get the process started, I'm going to say you should look at the Westinghouses. I have 3 of them, all of which I'm very, very happy with. As always your results may vary, as well as other poster's opinions.
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Best monitors: Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Philips.
    Acer is not among the best monitors when you are seeking one with long life and reliability. We would also avoid Envision, ViewSonic, Vizio, and any monitor which offers only a one-year warranty or less.
    Any monitor worth its salt will offer a warranty of 3, 4, or 5 years, although you may have to pay extra for it. The extra is worth it. They show their support of their product by the length of their warranty.
    We have had amazing luck with LG and Samsung when budget is a consideration.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Aye, I believe £=Pound. I checked the current conversion rate and £160 is equivalent to roughly $318 :(.
  5. shiva64

    shiva64 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks guys, yeah i'm in the U.K. Don't think i'll buy from outside the U.K.
    I thought Acer was a good make? Bought their laptops, they're great and not heard any major complaints. Definately looking at Samsung, just wanted to get others opinion before i take the plunge as in tech world things change so quickly.
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Acer's are fine if they have the long warranty... but they are not in the same league as the ones listed. Acer products in the UK are better than some other countries.
  7. shiva64

    shiva64 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks Raybay. Any models you'd recommend?
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    This is the best IMO, for about £4 more and with free shipping. However, if you can't go over the budget, this is an excellent alternative.
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    No, the models change too often, and be different in the UK.
    If you can, shop in person. The ability to raise or lower the screen is important, as well as the ability to see your images from the right or left angles... such as when you are showing something to a student or co-worker... The cheap ones do not adjust, and do not have screens easily visible from the sides.
    And of course the resolution is critical... Decide the maximum resolution you will need . The choices are 640 x 480; 1024 x 768; 1280 x 1024; 1600 X 1200; 1366 X 768; 1680 X 1050; and 1920 X 1200

    Each step in resolution usually requires a step up in cost.
  10. shiva64

    shiva64 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks. understand about the resolution and contrast. I might go for one of the Samsungs as they seem to be very popular and well recommended.
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I love my Samsung Syncmaster 245BW...

    How much is 160 pounds in US $?
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    The Samsung 245BW is on sale at Newegg for about $400.00 (after rebate). I don't think our dollar has tanked to $2.50 = 1 Pound Sterling, but it's probably not far off.
    The overseas prices are not as attractive as Newegg's, and the last time someone bought this monitor, I think it was closer to $500.00. It does however have a "sterling" reputation though, if you'll pardon the pun.

    PS; At the moment, 160 British LBs = about $316.00 US dollars.

    Since our poster is seeking a 20" or 22" screen, the price of a Samsung 24" may be moot anyway.

    Here's a link to Samsung monitor deals at Newegg: The 22" screens are about $280.00, well within budget. I'm guessing that the 22"s are as well made as the 24"s, minus some resolution and a couple of other perks.

    BTW, why exactly did we ressurrect a two month old thread...?
  13. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

    ACER-AL002W 20in $120 us good for games,pics and DVDs

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