View Full Version : [OT] Computer Monitor question

01-25-2004, 08:07 PM
The reason that there is a discrepancy between advertised size and viewable area is that for CRT monitors (the big *** ones you'd be used to taking up all your desk space) is that part of the tube is actually behind the plastic edges of the monitor, so your losing part of your tube, diminishing your viewable area.

That problem doesn't exist for LCD screens, which can have their entire displayable area viewable.

The prices of CRT monitors have come down considerably in the last year or so, a 19" flat screen, high quality monitor would probbly be available for < $200 (flat out guess, since i'm going on australian prices * exchange rate).

Another thing to consider when buying an LCD is that you can get dead pixels in the display. Basically just one dot on the screen which wont update. If these appear in the first couple of months of ownsership take it back. They commonly appear in the later stages of an LCD's life but can occur at the start which means the hardware is defective.

01-25-2004, 08:17 PM
Also, if you're going to buy a CRT monitor (even if it says Flat Screen) as opposed to an LCD panel then look at the dot pitch on it. The specs should give a dot pitch, the lower the better. That's more or less how much space is between the pixels on a CRT in laymans terms. If you shop around then you can find a reasonable monitor which will use higher resolutions that won't burn your eyes out (try to find at most a .24 dot pitch).

01-25-2004, 09:59 PM
A pretty good 17-19 inch regular CRT monitor can be bought for <$200 these days. 17-19 inch LCD will cost $400-$600 and up. I have a Dell 18" LCD that I just absolutely love, but if you don't want to pay much you'll have to go for a CRT.

What kerosene said is correct, the lower the .XX dot pitch the better the picture. Even some of the best LCD's usually have a higher dot pitch number (worse picture) than cheaper CRT's. CRT's also have a higher refresh rate and can be better for gamers, but LCD's keep getting better.

I like the fact that my 18" LCD weighs only about 15 lbs and takes up very little space, compared to over 40lbs and a ton of space for most CRT's.

01-25-2004, 10:01 PM
I think I saw a 17" at Best Buy for $99.99 with a $20 mail in rebate.

01-26-2004, 02:02 AM
How much money do you have to spend? I'd check www.pricewatch.com for LCDs... prices have come down. Suprisingly, Sam's Club often has good deals as well.

You could also buy a cheap monitor as a temporary solution. Do you live near any used computer stores? Or check the classifieds. Then save money for an LCD.

If you're going to buy a CRT, you can absolutely get a good monitor (small pixel size, 19") for under $200. Again, check pricewatch.

Slick Pinkham
01-26-2004, 07:58 AM
I love my Dell Ultra-Sharp flat screen monitor, even though the one I have is just 15".

Very clear & crisp, and not too pricey, IIRC.

01-26-2004, 05:16 PM
Where did you get it?