Buying new PC that would smoothly run UT3, now i need a monitor also. Some year ago i heard that LCDs lag a bit for decent playing experience. Well some time has passed since then anyting good out there? Any tips? Only thing ive heard that just dont take over 2ms monitor. Anything else to consider? :)
Monitor Lag? I have never of anything like that... Intriguing.
It's a phenomena called 'ghosting.' Basically, you would see the image across your monitor become smeared looking because the pixels on the LCD couldn't change their colors fast enough.
This problem has largely been defeated today. When looking at new monitors, you want to make sure that the 'response time' on the monitor is less than 8 milliseconds.
kinda like white noise............BOO!!!!
Actually ghosting and lag are two different things. The ghosting and blurring are inherent with LCDs due to their crystals momentarily retaining the after glow when they align. This effect can be minimized with lower response times but so far no one has totally eliminated it. If the ghosting and blurring is so minimal it takes a 1/1000 of a second camera shutter to see it though, why worry?
Monitor lag usually refers to how well input devices work with it, such as mice. This is usually due to the ports and the efficiency and/or lack of processing within the circuitry. In top quality monitors a lot of work goes into keeping the input signal pure and unimpeded via the way the ports are made. Top brand monitors anymore don't really have noticeable problems with ghosting or lag, as long as you don't get one of their cheapos.
The bigger issue lately with LCDs is black levels and contrast and the next big technology to be used in displays (TVs for now) will be LED back lighting with local dimming for true blacks vs that washed out charcoal gray effect. We can't really advise you though unless you give us some idea of your budget, intended use (gaming only?), and size/aspect ratio preferred.
Hei, thanks for pretty thorough replay :) Ye, its mainly is for gameing, im thinking 20" is big enough to give a good feeling of things. Well budget...im gonna go with: Intel Quad Core Q6600, 8mb @ 3200mhz, Gigabyte P35 DS3 A-data 2gb DDRII 800+ @ 1100mhz nVidia 8800GTX 768mb HDD: 2x Seagate ST3250620NS 250gb, 16mb, SATA II and plus some stuff, it gonna cast me and i dont want weak monitor to that. So even with tears in my eyes im willing to put -some- cash in it. I was thinking something like: LG LG LCD L226WTQ SF Wide 22"/ 0.258 / 83KHz/ 2ms/ 3000:1/ 300cdqm/ 170(H) 170(V)/ DVI/ TCO03, F-Engine Is this any good?
I would spring a bit more and go for the Samsung 226CW which has an extended color gamut. Reason being most 22" LCDs are TN construction with 6 bit color depth so they need a little boost to look good with a variety of images. Other than that the contrast and response are the same as the LG.
7th December 2003
I can recommend Samsung, they produce very nice monitors and have good service.
If you are worried about slow reaction times of LCD-displays you either have to spend a bit more money for a quality monitor or buy a smaller display. You should also avoid juding a monitor by it's reaction-time as companies usually write values that look good but aren't realistic. Better read some reviews or buy a magazine that compares monitors.
Thank You! I think i will search for 19" or 20" monitor..22 might even be too large for my taste. I got a bit overexcited with that one :) I keep your advices in mind and surf some reviews. Thanks!
7th December 2003
When choosing the size you might want to get a display with a natural resolution (the resolution at which your monitor will display the best-quality images) that you can use. I think 22'' has a natural resolution of 1600x1200, so if you usually play on 1024x768 better get a smaller display.