Through the Looking Glass -- 8 Widescreen Monitors Reviewed

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QUINTIX256

I don't quite understand the advantage of Grey-to-Grey timing over Black-to-White-to-Black timing.

How do you know that the manufactures are measuring from the same grey levels?

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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RyanMM

I'm really disappointed by this article. MaximumPC passed up a good opportunity to dig into these things and expose how crappy LCDs have become by their commodification. Also, it neglects to mention H-IPS, S-PVA, and S-MVA/A-MVA/P-MVA.

Almost all of these (I didn't look at every review) are crappy 6-bit TN panel at 1920x1080, and I'm sure several of them are based off the same panel. It would've been useful if on the spec-sheet for each monitor you listed the panel type and which specific panel the monitor was based on.

I suspect for a few of those you wouldn't be able to though, because manufacturers can get away with playing the panel lottery and stick consumers with anything ranging from a decent screen to something awful depending on your luck of the draw (or lack thereof).

I'll also take this time to piss and moan yet again about the continually reducing pixel density of screens and the deceptive screen sizes that result from the move to 16:9 panels from 16:10 panels. Reviews like this could point out the total screen surface area as a more accurate size measurement for comparing monitors to each other. That way people who have a 22" 16:10 LCD don't see a 23.6" 16:9 LCD and buy it thinking they're getting something noticeably bigger. It's actually smaller.

Additionally, pixel densities have been falling as these screens have been getting larger. Instead of coming up with higher resolutions for bigger monitors, a lot of screens don't break 1920 pixels wide until they hit the 30" mark. I want to see 2176x1360 and 2304x1440 as stepping stones to 2560x1600.

Dear LCD makers: Please make me a 25-27" monitor with a minimum pixel density of 108 pixels per inch (preferably in the 115 ppi range), on a S-IPS/H-IPS panel at 16:10 ratio with dynamic LED backlighting. I will buy it yesterday. Thank you.

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Muerte

Yep, they were mentioned.  8 bit color slower response time.  Yep right there on the last page.

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merrygoround

geez this article should be called 8 Widescreen Monitors Trashed. I like to know what monitors not to buy, but it would also be nice to know which ones I should buy. I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to choosing some hardware and MaximumPC has never really let me down. I usually buy things that have atleast a 9 rating. So, I was hoping this article would have a maybe a 9 and perhaps even a kickass.

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JohnP

   I mean where is the DELL 2407 (or whatever it is these days). Notice that there has not been a monitor greater than 22" on the best of the best for a while now. For me 24" 1920 by 1200 16:10 is the sweet spot. Got to be a monitor out there somewhere...

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Muerte

I'll stick with my CRT's until they fail.  I'm not all that interested in saving space, which is the only good reason to switch. 

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QUINTIX256

What's your refesh rate? 60Hz? Enjoy your retina murdering ciliary muscle straining strobe light.

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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Pball1224

I'm still using a 19in CRT... Gasp! 75Hz in case your wondering. Unfortunately it's not very "Maximum" but it's what works until I can afford a very high quality LCD that's both quite a bit larger, and can reproduce most of the sRGB color space since I do quite a bit of photo editing. For now, I just have to do a lot of zooming in and out while making edits, but at least my colors are accurate. For anyone wondering, I do calibrate about every six months, and this old CRT has been rock solid.

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Muerte

Really?  Thanks I didn't know I had a problem.

Oh, wait.  I don't.

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dag1992

The advantages of a LCD outweigh those of a CRT nowadays, the gap between deep blacks and color depth in general has been closed up.  Now if this was 2004; maybe a completely different argument.

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ethanajs

Sceptre X24 IS the best widescreen monitor for any purpose for the best price. It has HDMI, VGA, and DVI and costed me a mere $225 after tax and shipping. With a 2ms response rate and full 1080P HD, there's no argue.

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QUINTIX256

There is also no tolerance for spammers who can't speak proper english.

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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bikerbub

and type in all italics.

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DBsantos77

 So in reality there is no "great" monitor. I think I'll stick my $250 back in my pocket and stick with my 17' TFT till I see something promising.

-Santos

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Pball1224

Sure NTSC is the right way to go about judging a monitor for video output for Movies, but Photography relies on percentage of RGB or sRGB coverage. Don't video games also render in the RGB color space?

MPC is usualy on top of their game, but this is one article that let me down, and is rather unusable for me.

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QUINTIX256

This is discussing the color range, not the format. The input color format (YUV, RGB) is irrelevant, because it is always converted to RGB in the end.

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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Pball1224

Maybe I am mistaken... I'm specificaly speaking about the range of color the monitor can reproduce. The article mentions percent of NTSC color reproduction but RGB is a slightly more inclusive color space, and it is that level of reproduction that I think matters more for photographers and maybe even gamers. Am I way off base? Any monitor review I've ever read in relation to photography or print layout reviews based on sRGB reproduction.

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cheeseglue

This is a great introduction to the world of LCD Monitors, but on with the reviews? Did I miss something or should it have read on with the pictures?

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SEALBoy

The names of the monitors link to the respective articles.

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jrocknyc

And whoever did the layout/nav for this article needs to be re-trained... making us click on a monitor, then back, then the next monitor, then back... put a fuckin' "NEXT" button in their, son!

 

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