Mainstream Market Still Not Ready for LED-backlit Monitors

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Biggins

The "mainstream" LED-backlit monitors currently on the market don't have enough connections (such as DisplayPort). They also lack height, rotate and pivot adjustments. And the biggest problem is their 16:9 format. I am looking to replace my Samsung 20" widescreen with a 24" widescreen. Right now, HP has a professional 24" LCD with a H-IPS panel for $530. They also have a 24" H-IPS panel with LED-backlight but it is over $2,000! I want an LED-backlit screen somewhere in between the $300 basic model and the $2,000 professional model.

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Biggins

I found a LED-backlit model with a few more features. The Acer S243HL has height and rotate adjustments (but still no DisplayPort). And they are claiming an astounding 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio! But it has an ugly base that looks like a hatchet. The only reviews are in German and French.

Also, 4:3 was good. But 16:10 is a happy medium between 4:3 and 16:9. It works well for surfing the web, playing games and watching movies. It seems most TV's and LCD monitors are geared towards movies in 16:9, but most people spend very little time watching movies. I mostly watch the news and some primetime TV shows. Most of the space on the sides is wasted on what's behind the actors.

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QUINTIX256

They just don't make 16:10 anymore. If you buy a 16:10 it will likely be something that has been sitting in a warehouse for a few years.

They will probably come out with 1.85:1 monitors and TV screens soon.

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

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Biggins

Most of the new LCD models are 16:9 format but I don't like it. 16:9 is good for watching movies but not for surfing the web. I wish they would go back to 4:3 format.

BTW, the picture used for this article is the HP LP2480zx. This is the model with the LED backlight and costs $2,000 USD.

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nekollx

 well unfortunatly we are not going back to 4:3 so you either get use to 16:9 or start waveing abroom and telling people to 'git off mah lawn' ;)

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pastorbob

How would you define mainstream? Yes, I am a computer power user but I also consider myself mainstream. I use and maintain several systems between home and office. I don't hang out on the bleeding edge but I do spend several hundred dollars a year on hardware and software. Oh, and I have subscribed to "this rag" (Maximum PC) for about eight years.

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gumbo87

You both have to remember that people that read this rag aren't considered mainstream.

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nekollx

 even more insignificent then

Mainstreamers are looking for their monitor until pretty much it breaks or they get bored, much longer then us.

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Chef098

First poster: I totally agree that 30 - 50 dollars is insignificant. If I was going to buy a monitor and I had to pay 30-50 dollars more for a lighter, thinner, and probably better color depth monitor...that is a VERY  small amount of money!!!!!!

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edorsi

My most recent monitor (bought nearly 3 years ago) was a 24" Sceptre for $370. At a $30-$50 premium superior backlighting technology is what... 9 or 10% higher price? Considering I keep my monitors for at least two builds (5 years+) that premium is pretty damn insignificant for a better monitor. That being said it depends on how good the monitors are in reviews etc but really, not even the high end will pay $30 more?

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