Help me pick a monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by fleshman03, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

    fleshman03

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    Help me MacRumors, you're my only hope.

    I want to find something cheap b/c I'm going to buy the new ACD in about a year. This is only to help me with some simple web development. (15" isn't to enough.)

    I have some questions. Is the TFT active matrix and TN the same technology or not? Does it go like TFT < TN < IPS?

    What is in the early '08 MBP? I don't want the laptop display putting the monitor to shame. (At least not too badly.)

    I'm hoping to get out of it ~ $100-$130. If it has speakers, that would be a plus. Also, it needs to be 19"+.

    So is it possible?
     
  2. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

    TheStrudel

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    All monitors you're likely to buy use active TFT matrix technology. Ignore that for now. In terms of quality, you have three panel technologies to choose from, to wit:

    TN (Twisted Nematic film) < PVA (Patterned Vertical Alignment) < IPS (In-Plane Switching).

    You'll be able to find a cheap monitor around 19" probably on tigerdirect or newegg if you look for it; you'll certainly be able to find it used. Any monitor in this price range will be TN, so don't hope for much in terms of quality or color fidelity. I suggest buying used, since it's apparently disposable. Check out ebay.
     
  3. fleshman03 thread starter macrumors 68000

    fleshman03

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    Thanks for your input. I was beginning to think this thread was DOA.

    I get what you are saying. I'll take a look online @ some places.

    Here are three I'm looking at
    Dell SE198WFP
    SVA 9005W 19"
    Samsung 19" Widescreen

    I'm just concerned the screen will look like crap next to my MBP.
     

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