Cheap Acer 19'' Widescreen, with good spec...

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  1. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

    MIDI_EVIL

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    Hello.

    I'm situated in the UK and i just bought this monitor here.

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    It seems to have a good spec line up and great reviews on Ebuyer and Amazon, and it is only £175 GBP.

    Thought i'd post incase anyone else was looking for a new cheap primary or secondary monitor.

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but i think this is better specced than the 20'' ACD?

    Better response time and brightness/contrast.

    Rich.

    EDIT: I stand corrected!!!
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

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    That is a nice cheap monitor, but it isn't comparable to the Apple ACD. I'm glad you like it but you would never find me using an analog monitor.
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Well, it's only VGA for a start and I highly doubt it will be anywhere near the ACD's image quality in terms of dot pitch, colour accuracy and evenness of brightness across the width of the screen.

    Specs don't tell the whole story... there's a good reason why the ACDs and similarly-price monitors are so expensive.
     
  4. MIDI_EVIL thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes that is a big drawback. Is the DVI connection worth me looking more?

    This is my first LCD monitor (Aside from my PowerBook's of course)

    Do you think i should look for a DVI widescreen? I don't want to spend more than this, but i'd be open to any recommendations?

    VGA cable removability - Yes --- Does this mean there is an option of fitting DVI as the default connection?

    I bought this to give me some more space for my timelines on Final Cut Pro, and just because it was a lot for the price.

    Rich.
     
  5. j26 macrumors 65832

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    An extra £50 on the same site will get you this which has DVI.
     
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    Bore da! My fellow sheepsh*gger :)

    I was just about to post that link but j26 got there first! The viewsonic is a much better monitor - go with DVI if you're going to use this thing often. I've looked at them both and I'd buy the Acer only as a backup or on a machine which wasn't going to be used all that often.
     
  7. risc macrumors 68030

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    Yes you should get a DVI monitor the picture quality of VGA on TFT is shocking at best.

    VGA cable removable just means the cable isn't attached to the monitor so you can unscrew it when you move it. Some monitors have them hardwired in.

    I have 2 TFTs here on my desk 1 is a 20" Apple AL ACD the other is a 19" Samsung SyncMaster 940mw HDTV display (has a tv tuner and it's a monitor, has sweet inputs too dvi, vga, component, svideo, composite) I'd recommend either, both are probably out of your price range though. Anyone else got any recommendations on cheaper good quality displays?
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The difference is usually significant and the premium is small with several companies offering DVI interfaces on widescreen LCDs.
     
  9. MIDI_EVIL thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That is a real shame!

    I usually do a lot of research before buying, school boy error.

    I'll check it out when it arrives, i'm pretty peticular and i'll probably end up sending it back.

    Seemed like a bargain, but it's now obvious why it is.

    Thanks for all the input guys, even though it's bad news for me, it's really helped me as i now know it's DVI all the way!

    Any more recommendations would be great, i'm still limited on budget, and i'm really interested in widescreen.

    Rich.
     
  10. risc macrumors 68030

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    If you can send it back it isn't that much of an issue. My recommendation for a 19" TFT would have to be the Samsung SyncMaster 940mw. As I mention above I have 1 here on my desk and I run Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on it via DVI. I don't know how much they cost in the UK, _BUT_ the picture quality is fantastic, the resolution is great 1440x900, and as I also mention above you can't fault the amount of inputs on it, and hey they throw in analog TV for free. The only thing I can fault on it is because it is a TV it has inbuilt speakers. Personally I wanted it like that, but you might not. Once again though the picture is SWEET AS!
     
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  12. MIDI_EVIL thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's a very nice monitor. Others seem to love it too!

    It might be a little out of my price range, and i can't find anywhere in the UK that stocks it. Maybe because we are always behind!

    I'm gonna check out the Acer tomorrow or Tuesday (whenever it arrives), maybe stick a little review of it up here. Hope that will help some.

    It shouldn't be an issue sending it back, Amazon are usually pretty good.

    I bought it as a cheap external for my FCP timeline, it might be ok, but i was hoping to keep it a while.

    Rich.
     
  13. MIDI_EVIL thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well,

    It arrived today. Nicely packaged. Solid build, clip on the stand, plug and play.

    I must say, after reading this thread, and the advice from everyone, i was slightly worried that i'd bought the wrong monitor and should go for DVI.

    The monitor is great. Great colour, vibrant, bright and clear!

    I'm happy. Thanks everyone.

    Oh, is it possible to use the external as my primary monitor and use the PowerBook for my viewing window?

    Rich.
     

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