17" LCD Display

3lions

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I just got my 12" powerbook this week, I'm now looking for a 1280-1024 res 17" monitor for home use, watching dvds (the odd game ;) )etc. for around $200 (if possible)

What kind of response time do I need for dvds to play without streaking and how bright does it need to be.

and anything else you think I should know before buying one :p
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Have a look here: http://graphics.tomshardware.com/display/20041123/index.html.

Its a roundup of 8 17 inch LCD screens. Although the article is six months old, most of the monitors will probably still be current.

My neighbour recently bought two of the Shuttle 17 inchers and oh my are they tasty. They were expensive when he got them a few months ago but they are so so nice and would complement any lovely Mac happily. I don't know how much they go for now though.


Phil
 

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I've been using a Philips 170 (DVI) for a while and it's been good enough to watch movies on.

As a side note, "LCD display" is a bit redundant - the D in LCD means Display :)
 

wdlove

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I'm using a 17" LCD along with my Power Mac. A very nice display. Does very well for DVD movies.
 

wdlove

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3lions said:
which brand/model?
I'm sorry, it's made by Apple. :eek: They no longer purchase this particular model. THe only way to obtain one would be through the refurb store or eBay.
 

macbaseball

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wdlove said:
I'm sorry, it's made by Apple. :eek: They no longer purchase this particular model. THe only way to obtain one would be through the refurb store or eBay.
I think eBay is a better option. I saw one in the refurb store for $599. At that price you might as well get a 20 inch Dell on sale.
 

spinne1

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3lions said:
I found this

does it look like a good deal?
It looks like it would be a nice monitor. But I would never buy a monitor without looking at one of that particular model. What if for whatever reason you really don't like it? (unless it had overwhelmingly positive reviews from all the internet, then I might buy something sight unseen)
 

killmoms

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Only downside to the one you linked is no DVI interface, which means no digital. DVI always yields better image quality than VGA on an LCD. Don't settle for an analog-only LCD.
 

xli_ne

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still love my samsung 930b. Its a 19in but samsung also makes a 17in model as well. Same thing expect for the screen size. dvi and vga, and usually can get it for around 250 or so with rebates.
 

plinden

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No one's mentioned the Dells yet?

I have a Dell 1704 FPV that I'm very happy with, that cost me $279, tax and shipping included. A lot of people seem to use a Dell LCD monitor with their Macs and I haven't heard anything bad about the current versions of the monitors.

If you look around or wait for a couple of weeks, there'll almost certainly be a money-off coupon available. One expired just yesterday (28th June), where you could have got the 1704 FPT for $210.

Apparently there are no coupons at the moment for the 17", but if you want to go larger, there are coupons here http://www.xpbargains.com/best_deal.php/lcd_monitor_deals.htm.

Dell Home 25% off Dell 2405FPW 24in Widescreen LCD monitor, limit 500 uses 4K32?8XWMKS6CH 2005-06-28
Dell Home 30% off Dell 2001FP 20.1in LCD monitor, limit 3000 uses 1QD1X5X67QWVBQ 2005-06-28
Dell Home 25% off Dell UltraSharp 1905FP 19in digital LCD monitor, limit 5000 uses T$SR?JQWCTC7LZ 2005-06-28
Dell Small Business 35% off Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1in LCD monitor SGNMLNB34JRJW2 2005-06-29
 

stubeeef

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That should not have expired if the date is the 28th cause today is the 27th, US, eastcoast....
 

3lions

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plinden said:
If you look around or wait for a couple of weeks, there'll almost certainly be a money-off coupon available. One expired just yesterday (28th June), where you could have got the 1704 FPT for $210.

Apparently there are no coupons at the moment for the 17", but if you want to go larger, there are coupons here http://www.xpbargains.com/best_deal.php/lcd_monitor_deals.htm.
the 1704 FDT deal still looks valid to me, that looks like a nice monitor with a dvi interface but with a horizontal viewing angle of only 70 degrees, is that good enough?
 

macbaseball

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These Acers are an excellent deal and they are good quality. They have them at school, but unfortunatly they run XP. They're still beautiful monitors and they have tons of features, like DVI and good ms.
 

plinden

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3lions said:
the 1704 FDT deal still looks valid to me, that looks like a nice monitor with a dvi interface but with a horizontal viewing angle of only 70 degrees, is that good enough?
Duh - don't know what made me think this was June 29th.

I think Dell gives the viewing angle as from each side, so 70 degrees is really 140 degrees. Looking at my own one that sounds about right. $210 looks like a steal to me.
 

3lions

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plinden said:
Duh - don't know what made me think this was June 29th.

I think Dell gives the viewing angle as from each side, so 70 degrees is really 140 degrees. Looking at my own one that sounds about right. $210 looks like a steal to me.

I think it would be actually $226 because one of the coupons exppired a week ago (i think) So it's just a $20 discount right now.