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Displays Workstation monitor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Amon, 13 Aug 2007.

  1. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Hi fellow Bit-tech readers,

    I need to replace my current workstation monitor--a gigantic CRT--with an LCD equivalent. After painting my room (desert gold!:rock:) and having ordered a glass-surface workdesk, I'm honestly not comfortable with placing the 40kg mini-fridge-sized CRT anywhere on it; it won't fit depth-wise either without my mouth against the screen. Here are my preferred criteria:
    • high colour/contrast vividness
    • very high display resolution: 1920x1200 or greater is preferred: I emphasize on workspace density over diagonal screen size
    • excellent colour accuracy
    • a fairly wide viewing angle
    • 125-watt maximum power draw
    • a bezel thickness no greater than 2cm
    • no need for DisplayPort unless it is cost-effective for expanding the workspace onto more displays; DVI will be fine otherwise
    • fancy inputs and swivels are not necessary; BNC input support is a plus, but not required
    My budget is about CAD$700, somewhat flexible, and I'd like to keep the recommendations within the 24-inch display size region to avoid space-high prices. I realize my long-decrepit 9600 SE will not take resolutions greater than the current 2048x1536, but I'll soon brick it for a pair of basic FireGL's later down the road.

    So far, I've found that the Hewlett-Packard LP2465 (Home; Cnet) fits the bill quite comfortably. Again, I'm open to all suggestions.

    Kind regards
     
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  2. crazybob

    crazybob Voice of Reason

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    You don't sound like you plan on playing games with it, so I would suggest you drop out the requirement for an 8ms panel. Speedy panels are responsive in exchange for color depth and accuracy, and if you're not playing games I'd be willing to bet half the cost of your monitor you can't see the difference between a 16ms and 8ms screen.

    That aside, that HP looks good. I'd also suggest the Dell 2407WFP - I've used them and found them to be excellent monitors.
     
  3. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Good point. The most I'll be playing is the old Counterstrike, Homeworld or Diablo so response times are not a priority. I was a bit averse of the Dell 2407WFP, chiefly because they can't be picked up locally from a reseller in my area. My friend uses a 24-inch Dell monitor for his laptop and it certainly looks pretty, although there was a noticeable deterioration of brightness towards the edges of the screen; probably not the same monitor, I would think.

    I've been getting recommendations of the BenQ FP214WZ and its direct competitor, the LG L245WP as well as Viewsonic's VX2435wm, all of which can be picked up around my area.
     
  4. Hazardous

    Hazardous New Member

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    You wouldn't go wrong with any of those - particularly since they all have HDMI support :cooldude:

    But at 'just' £400 - with a 4 year next day swap-out warranty, and a "zero dead pixel" guarantee... the 24" Dell 2407WFP [A04] is still very strong competition :rock:
     
  5. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Thanks, Haz. Actually, the Dell 2407WFP-HC (meaning high colour gamut) was recently introduced and is offered at a $100 discount in Canada; the final purchase price dipping below my intended budget at CAD$649. I'll be getting that, then, although shipping is a lengthy, non-improvable 3 weeks.

    **edit: actually, it's now offered at CAD$599
     
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  6. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Whoops, I forgot to give an update. I laid down the money for their new 2407WFP-HC from Dell. Perfect timing, too, as Dell was having a one-day special for the monitor: $599 instead of $749! Excellent value as the total checkout price was well below the original sans tax ($599 + 14% = $682.86). I'm planning to buy a second one next year because I'm still lacking on desktop space, but I'll need a new card first.

    I think it's about time that I bin my CRT from 1995! Anyone want an NEC 6FGp with BNC and D-sub inputs?
     
  7. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    sorry that screen would block the view of my twin EZIO Flexscan S2410W 24in! ROLF!
     
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