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    LCD Monitor help

    I need to buy a new display for my laptop. My company will pick up the bill but I still want to get a good price. I'm thinking of getting a 17" or 19" LCD. When I was shopping online, the same features are always listed. Can someone explain to me what is important. I see things like: Response time, Resolution, Contrast Ratio, and Brightness. Also, my laptop will support VGA or S-Video. Is it important to get a monitor with S-Video as a connection option?

    I also want an adjustable stand with tilt and swivel and a height adjustment.

    I've been looking on dealnews.com and there are some great buys out there. I just need some help figuring out what is important.


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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    I like anything with S-Video



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    You want VGA for your monitor, the S-video is if you want to connect the laptop to a TV.
    Also don't go smaller than a 19". For work applications I prefer the regular screens compared to a wide screen.
    The smaller the response time the better, the higher the contrast the better. I like my screens brighter personally.
    Resolution is going to be a personal preference thing, but generally the higher the resolution that is possible the better.



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Do you have DVI on your laptop?



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    video connections on a scale of 1-10 (1-worst, 10-best):

    HDMI/DVI - 10
    Component - 9
    S-Video - 6
    VGA - 5
    Composite - 3
    Coaxial - 1



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    You want VGA for your monitor, the S-video is if you want to connect the laptop to a TV.
    Also don't go smaller than a 19". For work applications I prefer the regular screens compared to a wide screen.
    The smaller the response time the better, the higher the contrast the better. I like my screens brighter personally.
    Resolution is going to be a personal preference thing, but generally the higher the resolution that is possible the better.
    digital is great if you want sharpness



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Large screens are great if you work in two programs at once.

    I mean, what kind of nerd would do that?


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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Do you have DVI on your laptop?
    And what would I look for to answer that? I see S-Video connector and the VGA monitor plug.


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    I mean, what kind of nerd would do that?
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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    You want VGA for your monitor, the S-video is if you want to connect the laptop to a TV.
    Also don't go smaller than a 19". For work applications I prefer the regular screens compared to a wide screen.
    The smaller the response time the better, the higher the contrast the better. I like my screens brighter personally.
    Resolution is going to be a personal preference thing, but generally the higher the resolution that is possible the better.
    Why do you prefer the 4:3? I don't see many LCDs available that aren't widescreen.


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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Most laptops don't have DVI connections, which sucks.



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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Nope. I don't have that.


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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    You want DVI...

    And for Size, I just spend $2something on a 22" Samsung, so don't only look at 19's.


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    Re: LCD Monitor help

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Why do you prefer the 4:3? I don't see many LCDs available that aren't widescreen.
    You are right it is a thing of the past for the most part. Anymore now most screens are wide screen.
    And I am not sure exactly why I like it better. It is probably just has to do with habits.
    I have a widescreen laptop and a computer that has a widescreen LCD as well. But I just like the 4:3 better unless I am playing games or watching video.



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