Help choosing monitor.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by boobooq88, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. boobooq88 macrumors regular

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    I am looking at getting a new monitor and just wanna ask you guys what your suggestions are.

    I am looking at getting a 1080P monitor around 22 - 24" in the $200 - $300 range. It must have DVI-D and HDMI would be a plus as well.

    Currently looking at these:
    Dell 24"
    Acer 23"
    Acer 23"

    Thanks for the help :)
     
  2. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    In that price range you are probably going to be buying TN panel which is ok for the average consumer.

    Important things to look for when buying a monitor:

    Viewing Angle - closer to 180* the better. If you get a monitor with a poor viewing angle colors will distort when u view the monitor from an angle.

    Maximum Resolution- Looks like you have this covered since you know you want a Full HD monitor. 1920 X 1200 or 1920 X 1080 will both work

    Contrast Ratio - The bigger the better. Higher contrast ratio means sharper whites and blacks

    Brightness - Higher = better. Pretty self explanatory.

    Response Time - Not a huge issue with modern LCD's but lower is better. Older LCD's with high response time had ghosting problems.

    Just got to weigh all those factors.

    Hope that helps
     
  3. boobooq88 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well here are a few more questions... I am not so sure if I should go with 1920x1080 or 1920x1200...

    I do like a lot of screen real estate... I play games (only casually though)... watch movies... I plan to eventually watch TV as well with it (via my mac) and eventually Blu-Ray too. The reason why I want HDMI is that I plan to buy an XBox 360 in the future and want to hook it up to the monitor. And that brings up questions. Would 1920x1200 distort the Image of the 360 and would I get the proper resolution for blu-ray/tv? Because for blu-ray, to keep the aspect ratio it will have to scale down the resolution right?

    But then if I went with 1080P do games support it?
     
  4. boobooq88 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmmm.... maybe I just found the perfect one for me.

    Samsung T240HD

    What do you guys think?
     
  5. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    As long as you get 1920 pixels wide and 1080 or more pixel high you will be fine.

    There will just be black bars on top and bottom of screen. It will still be perfect pixel matching. I prefer 1920X1200
     
  6. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Looks pretty nice, It could double as you TV/Monitor.

    Only thing I am looking at is 160/160 viewing angle. That is not the best
     
  7. boobooq88 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea... but I'll only be viewing this from straight on :)
     
  8. boobooq88 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well... I went for it. Let you guys know how it is when it arrives :)

    Thanks help
     

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