19" TFT recomendations please

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Andy G, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Andy G macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2004
    I want a 19" TFT monitor for my MacMini, preferably DVI

    I want to use it as a second workstation for occasional designwork, so crisp text is critical.

    I have a budget of up to £300, but ideally less.

    Can anyone recommend highly a monitor?

    I am based in the UK.

    I have seen an absolutely cheap £179 inc Vat Samsung Samtronic 94V 19" at Staples but it only has VGA, but am worried it seems too cheap and may not give me crisp text - am I right to avoid this one, or given the cost, is it worth considering.

    I have also been recommended by PC World the following:

    Iiyama Pro Lite E481S - £225 ex Vat

    Samsung SyncMaster 913B - £225 ex Vat

    HP L1940 - £249 ex vat

    Does anyone have experience of these, and if so are there any problems I should be aware of?

    Advice welcomed urgently please - I need to make a choice asap.


    Andy G
  2. Andy G thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2004

    Lot's of you reading this but as yet no suggestions . . . does this mean you all hate your monitors????

    There must be someone who is delighted with theirs out there somewhere . . .

    (Or is it that you can't read this text because it is too fuzzy!!!!)

    Andy G
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    I have 2 NEC monitors that are great. No dead pixels :) who wants that crap? a NEC Multisync LCD 1935NXM would match the mini with its silver color though i cant tell you what they cost now days. I would be certain whatever you do that you dont get stuck with some stuck pixels if you know what i mean. My wife has a NEC Multisyn 1760NX on her mini . We both are very happy with our NEC/Mitsubishi monitors. :D
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I've had an older Samsung for a couple of years (a 191T iirc) and it's been great. I would check out Dell if I were you. I release a 2005FPW is out of your range, but they offer some great deals on more normal monitors as well.

    For example you can get this for only £212.26 inc VAT and shipping right now.

    Edit: Oops thats not got DVI. this does have DVI and is only £267 inc VAT.
  5. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
  6. Andy G thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2004
    The first post didn't get any response at all for a few days, so in desperation I posted it in a different forum.

    Hope that has not caused too much confusion . . .

    Andy G
  7. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    Get a 17"! Cheaper, same resolution, better dot pitch (smaller so they'll look finer) and usually better specs (always better for a given price).
  8. muzikool macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2005
    I just purchased a 19" LCD for my G5. It's a Hyundai ImageQuest L90+ and I got if from newegg.com for $329. Tom's Hardware gave it an outstanding review and it has a perfect score from users on newegg.

    Panel a-si TFT/PVA LCD
    Screen Size 19"
    Display Type SXGA
    Maximum Resolution 1280x1024
    Recommended Resolution 1280x1024
    Viewing Angle 150°(H) / 135°(V)
    Pixel Pitch 0.294mm
    Display Colours 16.7 Million
    Brightness 300 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio 700:1
    Response Time 8ms
    Horizontal Fresh Rate 31kHz ~ 80 kHz
    Vertical Fresh Rate 56 ~ 75 Hz

  9. Andy G thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2004
    I've sorted this out by completely changing my own brief!

    I have just ordered a Formac Raven Extreme 20" 1600 x 1200 res. £460 inc. vat. This got a great review from Mac User, so I am having this to hook to my 15" Titanium G4 Powerbook which I use as my main machine. I like the sound of the increased res.

    My current monitor, which is also a Formac Raven, but this time 19" 1280 x 1024 I will move over to the Mac Mini, so everyone is happy!

    Andy G

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