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    Flat vs. Not Flat

    Really...what is so great about flat monitors? Are they really that much of an improvement over the..I guess..."curved" monitors?

    Would I really notice much of a difference between a flat 19" and a curved one?

    I would use it for gaming, DVD, graphics...just all around kinda stuff.

    I'm asking because money is somewhat of an issue for me and I would like to upgrade my monitor.

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    oooh ...go flat screen if any way possible. Mainly because my roommate at school has one. IT IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!. It's like that because most flat screen's are utilizing a grille pitch instead of shadow mask. grille pitches tend to have brighter images, it makes things look sharper. It will really help you in gaming and watching your dvd's anyone else here plz lend a helping hand on this . i 'm not sure if i was of any help . hehehe

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    Yeah I second waht he said,I just made the transition from curved to Flat and wow.

    Crisp vibrant,games look out of this world,its truely worth it much much better.

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    There's not really any difference between a curved and a flat screen (But a flat one does look good, it just looks more hi tech...)besides they are not that new, Zenith made flat screens some years ago. (With shadow masks though.)
    What i'd say is important though is getting a monitor with a trinitron tube, they have better contrast and even if the pitch is the same as a normal tube it will look better because they're not dots, they're lines.

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    I too agree that total flat screens are nice, (although they are not flat on the inside). Depending on how curved your current monitor is a true flat screen will look slightly concaved at first but you soon get used to it and anything with a slightest curve looks like a goldfish bowl

    I'm still not convinced by the Aperture Grill monitors, (Tron's), due to the visible damper wires required to stop the grill "vibrating". I agree they generally are brighter and more colourful than "most" Invar Shadow Mask types, but there are some very good monitors using this solution as well.

    Perception of image quality is also partly a personal thing so try to make sure you check some out before you buy and check the damper wires don't annoy you, some people don't see them at all, and some can't live with them at all.

    Samsung do a hybrid of both technologies, with a flat screen and no damper wires, not seen one though so don't know how successful it is.

    [This message has been edited by BladeRunner (edited 12-24-2000).]

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    I'm sorry but I must be the only person here who finds flat screens annoying to look at.

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    I prefer flat screens, and one reason is that they don't have as much glare.

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    If you spend a large amount of time in front of the screen, it should help.
    Try a good flat monitor for a few days then switch back to a curved one, you should definitely notice a difference.
    I used to think that people were mentally unstable being attached to their flat monitors.
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    I made my recent transition from curved to flat screen. Not only does the monitor looks good, it also looks wider i.e. if you'd look at the same size monitors curved and flat, the flat will seem to offer more display area because of its geometry . Go for it, definately. Ok money's an issue, but its money well spent

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    My Samsung 700IFT infinitely flat shadow mask monitor is fantastic. I will never go back!!!

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    flat really is nice. non-flat doesn't bother me at all, but I like flat... I just don't want to pay for it

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    I'll NEVER own another monitor that isn't PERFECTLY flat.

    Anyway, I'll pretty much agree with everything BladeRunner said. A truly flat screen can almost seem concave when you're used to a curved one, but once you get used to one it's hard to go back.

    Also, some people are bothered by the damper wires on aperture grill tubes; the Sony Trinitron being a good example of this. My CRT of choice is the Mitsubishi Diamondtron-- (ViewSonic uses it in some of their monitors under the proprietary name "SonicTron" ) The Diamondtron monitors have brightness, sharpness and color saturation comparable to the Trinitrons, but unlike the Trinitrons that just claim to be flat, the Diamondtron truly is and the damper wires (in my experience) are barely visible.



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    IMHO, I would much rather be staring at a Flat Screen than have the constant strain fo my eye adjusting and readjusting to compensate for the curvature of the CRT. Go flat

    BaloneyFlaps will most definitely recommend the Viewsonic PF790 which I am serious considering as an upgrade to my 17" KDS Trinitron

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    OK...so what is the cheapest 19" flat monitor that I can buy but still have a good quality monitor?

    I like the Viewsonic PF790, but it's a bit pricey for me. Are KDS flat monitors any good?

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    Some members have/are experiencing problems with their 19" KDS monitors. Funny enough, they remarked that they did not have similar headaches with the KDS 17" monitors.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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