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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Searching for a Good LCD Monitor

by Ken Newquist / November 20, 2006

The next big home improvement project around the ol'thermonuclear burg will be rearranging our third floor office space, turning my wife's craft room into something a little more office like (and a little easier for her to work in) and converting our old "office" into the new gaming room.

As a result, I'm going to lose my current over-sized L-shaped desk and get my wife's smaller workspace (which is ok, since I don't often get to work on the third floor, thus one of the reasons for the conversion). But my PowerMac will still be upstairs, and the reduced deskspace means that my ancient CRT monitor's days are numbered.

I'm looking for a 20"/21" display that could easily be used with desktop or notebook computers running Mac OS X and/or Windows XP (and maybe Vista as well ... some day). I'm looking for something in the $250-$350 price range. The question I have for the collective intelligence of the Web is ... what LCD monitor do you recommend I get. Brand names are welcome; specific model numbers are even better.

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Ken, I would highly recommend my specific Viewsonic, and the company's monitors in general. My model is a VX922, which is a 4:3 CRT with an extremely fast response time (gray-to-gray) of 2ms. This thing is incredibly crisp, and the colors are amazing. Love it.

Go for something with a fast response time, around 4ms or less, IMO - to avoid ghosting in fast-motion video clips and gaming.

One small regret I'm having with this monitor though - I kind of wish I'd opted for a widescreen. The adoption of WS in the gaming market is not yet complete, but it's getting there. I think the field of view impressions you achieve are much more impressive/realistic. Maybe check out reviews for their VX2035wm, which is 5 ms.

Of course, all this is coming from my almost purely gaming-centric perspective, but if you want a more general-duty monitor, I don't think you could go wrong with a slightly slower-response 8ms Viewsonic model.

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