IBM LCD quality?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Dec 6, 2004
I am able to get this monitor for $319 minus a $250 gift certificate so it would only cost me $70 to buy but is this LCD good enough? Also is a CRT superior to this?

I am currently a student with one more year left of Computer Graphics & New Media. So I will be using this monitor for print/web work using programs such as Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

I have like zero experience with LCD monitors so I am not sure if this will be good enough for me. I noticed that the Dell LCDs have a contrast ratio of 800:1 but I dont know how big of a difference that is.

So any help would be great. This deal ends this thursday the 16th so I need some help rather soon. Thanks.

Link to the LCD

IBM 19'' Thinkvision L190 Flat Panel Monitor
Our unique ThinkVantage design offers:
Ultra thin bezel, only 15-millimeters, minimizes distances between screen images in multiple-monitor environments
Features fast, 12-millisecond pixel response-time (typical) allowing for smooth text scrolling and video streaming
ThinkVantage design enhances usability and complements the system design:
Tilt stand 4 degrees forward/40 degrees backward for optimal viewing
On-Screen-Display (OSD) allows user to quickly and easily perform monitor adjustments
Convenient direct access buttons for automatic image setup and brightness

Additional features:
Viewable image size: 19.0 in (482 mm)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2 (typical)
Contrast ratio: 500:1 (typical)
Viewing angles (vertical/horizontal): 140/140°
Displays native resolution of 1280 x 1024 (automatically scales lower resolution to fill the screen)
Tilt stand
Carrying handle
Direct access for automatic image setup and brightness
Analog system attachment
Internal power
100 mm Video Electronic Standards Association (VESA) standard for mounting


macrumors G5


macrumors member
Jul 23, 2004
Savannah GA
Go with a crt

I'm about to buy a monitor for photo editing and printing so I think since I'm on a budget I'm going with a CRT. Check out the IBM C220P, nothing but great reviews. Also you can get it on ebay for cheap
Ignore the PC compatibility spec, here is a forum about that

Since you're doing Creative Media and you're a student on a budget, I'd stick with what has the most accurate colors for the cheapest.

Demon Hunter

macrumors 68020
Mar 30, 2004
Since it's VGA, and you're a graphics student, I wouldn't recommend it, despite the price. Hooking up the same monitor, or similar monitors, VGA and DVI is like night and day.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Dec 6, 2004
CanadaRAM said:
The downside of both of these monitors is that they have analog VGA inputs only, which is less desirable than DVI digital input, esp. on a Mac Mini.
Would I need to buy something extra for this to work with my PM G5?

What makes it not show good graphics? I dont get it.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Dec 6, 2004
I had a 17''CRT which I loved but wanted more screen space so I bought a 21" CRT used for $50 but I find it straining on my eyes. The CRT is old but was used very little and cost like $500 brand new but I am not pleased with it. I dont know what it is. Some of the settings were way off and I have played with some and got better results. Would there be a way to make the monitor go back to its default factory settings?