LCD Flat Panel - what would you get with $500

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
There is no best. Just an ideal.

But when a budget comes into play, the search for a beloved monitor becomes difficult.

Basically...photographic imaging is my thing.

I use photoshop everyday, because I am a photographer.

Now I have done research, and everything seems to get great reviews. But I am still torn.



Is there anything above 17'' below $500 with a higher max res than 1280x1024? Is a 350:1 contrast ratio vs. 1000:1 contrast ratio that noticeable? And how would I notice? In what ways.



Basically...this is asking anyone who has a non apple LCD.

thanks
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    gene cleangene clean Posts: 3,481member
    Sony seems to have some 19" LCD monitors under $500. I don't own a Sony LCD so I can't vouch for their quality but Sony isn't a cheap company so I don't know.





    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...by=14&order=1:
  • Reply 2 of 21
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    It's a tough find, on your specific criteria. Just about all 17"-19" LCDs are 1280x1024. I think I've read in one forum post that someone may have a 19" that runs 1600x1200, but I forget where.



    Most LCDs at 1600x1200 are 20", and cost > $500. The cheapest is Dell's 2001FP, which has gotten pretty good reviews, even though the external aesthetics, are... lacking?



    It's currently discounted at $599 in Dell Home section.
  • Reply 3 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MCQ

    It's a tough find, on your specific criteria. Just about all 17"-19" LCDs are 1280x1024. I think I've read in one forum post that someone may have a 19" that runs 1600x1200, but I forget where.



    Most LCDs at 1600x1200 are 20", and cost > $500. The cheapest is Dell's 2001FP, which has gotten pretty good reviews, even though the external aesthetics, are... lacking?



    It's currently discounted at $599 in Dell Home section.




    This is the only dell product I will condone. Currently you can grab it for 505 at the dell business section. Dealnews.com has more info for the coupon codes.



    Worth the money if you ask me.
  • Reply 4 of 21
    kabzkabz Posts: 53member
    I don't see the 505 price anywhere for the Dell.



    Anyways....I think I found my gem.

    This was my dream 19''....and even though its only 1280x1024

    I can't pass up the XBrite technology...I'm in love with those screens.



    http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.proc...N+SDM-HS93%2fB

    $450 with rebate.
  • Reply 5 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kabz

    I don't see the 505 price anywhere for the Dell.



    Anyways....I think I found my gem.

    This was my dream 19''....and even though its only 1280x1024

    I can't pass up the XBrite technology...I'm in love with those screens.



    http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.proc...N+SDM-HS93%2fB

    $450 with rebate.




    Those Sony's are AWESOME!!



    That would be my top 3 choice. Not sure where in the top 3 .



    But you have to go to dealnews for info on the coupon code for the dell display.



    EDIT:



    Here's the coupon code: 0FH5B2FJ7GKX18



    Guess its 526 @ Dell Home
  • Reply 6 of 21
    kabzkabz Posts: 53member
    I got the Sony......

    it was too good to pass up.

    I love Xbrite.
  • Reply 7 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kabz

    I got the Sony......

    it was too good to pass up.

    I love Xbrite.




    I didn't know that display had a 25ms response time. Have fun with that if you play games!! That is definitely my pet P about LCDs... 16ms minimum for me....
  • Reply 8 of 21
    kabzkabz Posts: 53member
    honestly.....

    I don't know what response time means..



    help me out!
  • Reply 9 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kabz

    honestly.....

    I don't know what response time means..



    help me out!




    Response time is how fast the pixels in the LCD can change from the previous state. LCD's have been horrible the last few years and a reason why a lot of professionals have stayed with CRT's until now.



    An example. Say you're looking at a video of a wall. And the video pans to the left of the wall to see more coarse material. The pixels will actually ghost and slide causing a blurring effect for a few moments. This is due to the response time on the LCD's. The faster the response time the better. To me there was a HUGE jump between 25ms and 16ms. 12 is the best right now. The bigger the monitor the harder it is to find a fast response time. Though I believe all of the ADC's are 16ms. That's damn good for a 23 and 30 lcd.



    The Dell has a 16 also. Basically if you like tripping on LSD you might welcome the ghosting. Personally I can't stand it... even though I love acid :P
  • Reply 10 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    If I had the money, I'd buy this one right now:



    ViewSonic VX910 19 Inch LCD



    399... that's damn nice.
  • Reply 11 of 21
    kabzkabz Posts: 53member
    I hope it won't be distracting.

    I just want to be able to use photoshop flawlessly....and eventually final cut pro, etc.

    I use my comps to watch dvd's all the time so I also hope that won't present a problem.

    Now you got me a little nervous....but I think I'll be ok with this Sony.
  • Reply 12 of 21
    hypoluxahypoluxa Posts: 643member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kabz

    I don't see the 505 price anywhere for the Dell.



    Anyways....I think I found my gem.

    This was my dream 19''....and even though its only 1280x1024

    I can't pass up the XBrite technology...I'm in love with those screens.



    http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.proc...N+SDM-HS93%2fB

    $450 with rebate.




    those are nice screens, I was checking those out I believe at best-buy..Im looking into a flat screen as well.
  • Reply 13 of 21
    Check out Tom's Hardware, they have very good reviews of LCD screens and explain all the terminology.

    -indy
  • Reply 14 of 21
    macgregormacgregor Posts: 1,434member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Indecisive PC user

    Check out Tom's Hardware, they have very good reviews of LCD screens and explain all the terminology.

    -indy




    Indecisive, thanks for the website!!



    I have to say the Xbrite may be the winner - I'm not a big gamer.
  • Reply 15 of 21
    While it is $599, and thus outside the stated range, I would still have a look at Formac's gallery 1900, especially since you mentioned photography. I had the predecessor at my last job and was very impressed. The color accuracy (after a quick spydering) was great.
  • Reply 16 of 21
    rbrrbr Posts: 631member
    I don't have a link handy, but Samsung has just release some new models with a supposed 8 ms response time. The 19" one was mentioned at $547 in the article I saw.
  • Reply 17 of 21
    johnqjohnq Posts: 2,763member
    Methinks the 3rd party display industry is happy with Apple today.
  • Reply 18 of 21
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,399member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by johnq

    Methinks the 3rd party display industry is happy with Apple today.



    Why? Because of the Mac Mini?
  • Reply 19 of 21
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by johnq

    Methinks the 3rd party display industry is happy with Apple today.



    Yeah, but I'm guessing a many of us Macheads would dearly love a 17" Cinema Display offering from Apple.

    Somehow I don't see it coming...given their desire for you to spend more and just get an iMac.
  • Reply 20 of 21
    johnqjohnq Posts: 2,763member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by emig647

    Why? Because of the Mac Mini?



    Right. There loads of threads about on the 'net regarding 3rd party displays all of a sudden.



    Mind you, I'm happy to get a $999 20" from Apple. But a 17" would be sweet. It would also unfortunately kill off the iMac so I'm not waiting for one.
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