Hi, I am wanting to get a new monitor. I have no idea what I am looking for. I have a 17" Dell LCD now. I was thinking of going to a 20 inch to 22 inch. What should I be looking for in a monitor? Which brands should I look at? Is bigger always better? I do a lot of gaming and movie watching on my pc. Thanks for any advice.
I personally have a 22" Dell, and I love it. It runs at 1680x1050, which isn't huge by today's standards, but I wouldn't want anything bigger, unless maybe I was watching a lot of movies.
I'd say pick up a 24" 1920x1080/1200.
1920x1080 will perfectly fit a 1080p movie without any letterboxing. Some people find however that these monitors are too wide for every day use, so they opt for 1920x1200.
As regards specifically what to look for, I'm not the best one for that; I bought my Dell one simply because it has four built-in USB ports. =p
My budget is less then $200. Thanks
That's the only 24" for under $200. It's a Gateway, so it's probably good. I know they make very high quality laptops, though I can't speak for their monitors.
Oh, oh! And it has USB ports!
I didn't make it!
When we needed a monitor, we got this one: Newegg.com - ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers - LCD Monitors \ When we got it, it was on sale for $200 w/free shipping, so it was a great deal at the time, but now it's $230 w/free shipping. It works fine for our 'TV', though it often bogs down the old PC we have it on. My only complaint is that its color of black is not as black as it should be, it seems almost as light as my CRT.
7th December 2003
Planemech;5239421Hi, I am wanting to get a new monitor. I have no idea what I am looking for. I have a 17" Dell LCD now. I was thinking of going to a 20 inch to 22 inch. What should I be looking for in a monitor? Which brands should I look at? Is bigger always better? I do a lot of gaming and movie watching on my pc. Thanks for any advice.
Bigger is not always better, especially with a low budget. You should find out at which resolution you play most of your games at and buy a screen with corresponding native resolution (which depends on the size of the screen).
What do you think of this one? Dell ST2410 24? Full HD Widescreen Monitor
Looks fine to me. Similar spec to my 22".
1st January 2005
The 2410 is unique in that it packs a lot of high tech features for the price, but some have complained of over-saturation in non professional uses. In short, many have summed it up as trying to fill too many niches without addressing problems commonly associated with overly high gamuts being used in applications that don't require them, such as gaming and even movie watching. The problem is, Dell is touting this as a one product fits all display, without putting profile setting features in it, such as NEC has with their Spectraview option. IMHO, the fact remains that no one display is good for all uses, and sometimes the tradeoffs can be very time consuming and annoying, such as using your GPU control panel to set profiles, IF you can even successfully do that.
18th November 2004
Asus, Dell, LG, Hanns.G and ViewSonic all make excellent displays.