I love the Samsung 17" models, they have been good for me. I have a 172n that is about 2+ years old now and works great.
Recently went to the Hyundai 19" L90D+ from NewEgg for $335 and it ROCKS! If you can pop for the Hyundai, it is worth the extra coin. The 19 is no more pixelated, it is a better image than the Samsung by quite a lot. The color is excellent too.
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I think SXGA is perfect on 17" LCD (rather similar in size to typical 19" CRT anyway) and I would always choose good 17" LCD over mediocre 19", though the one AMDnut suggested is probably worth considering if budget allows.
I agree SXGA+ is too much for 17", let alone those crazy 15" and even 14" laptop screens , but he is getting typical 17" SXGA and for gaming thats perfect.
Higher res monitor wouldnt at all be superior IMO, since he would more likely then not, had to invest consideribly more to enjoy up and comming titles with AA and AF in UXGA.
Originally Posted by krupted
.. would lead me to believe that a 19" would be slightliy more 'pixelated'... true?
one of the reasons why I prefer 17" LCD.
Last edited by F_A_L_C_O_N; September 22nd, 2005 at 03:25 AM.
Well, I'd get a good 19" or even 21" CRT for the money a 17" TFT costs, but then that's just me.
If the choice is between TFTs, I'd go with a good 17" instead of a mediocre 19" too. They'll both have the same 1280x1024 resolution anyway, so on the 19" you only get bigger pixels.
From there, it depends what you want it for. If it's for photo editing and to some extent for movies too, get a good MVA or PVA monitor. The colour quality and viewing angles are _the_ strong points of VA monitors. (And the viewing angle counts not only for looking at it from the side, but also even to not see a colour gradient between the centre and the corners.) Reaction time, however, is the slowest, so they're not that great for gaming.
BTW, don't get fooled by "8ms" overdrive PVA panels. They have still just as much afterglow as the 25ms ones, they just add the disadvantages of overdrive without any real benefit.
For a good compromise between reaction time and image quality, I'd get a good super-IPS. The most recent Philips panels look almost as good as MVA (a little less contrast, though), have almost as large viewing angles, but have considerably faster reaction times. These top at 16ms, which isn't perfect, but it's playable. (Anything lower and you just get the twinkling effect of overdrive, and still the same afterglow.)
And for pure gaming, and assuming you don't mind some image quality loss, go TN. TN are the fastest panels, but also have the narrowest viewing angles and AFAIK almost all are 6 bit panels with dithering. The fact that almost all have some massively overkill overdrive nowadays, doesn't help either. You can easily recognize a TN panel by looking at it from below. If the image quickly turns black as you lower your head and look upwards at it, that's a TN panel.
well ill probably snag that 19" hyundai, its a bone more then i wanted to spend but i figure this thing could last beyond the life of the pc. also, im not sure if one would want a screen much larger than 19, even my crt 19 is a lot to focus