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I bought a wonderful Viewsonic VX2235 monitor at Costco for $325. You
can probably find a very similar model at other warehouse stores like
BJ's or Sam's Club.
Check the output from your computer before you buy. If you have the
old-fashioned analog/VGA input, make sure your new monitor has a VGA
output! All the ones I know of do, but it doesn't hurt to check. You may
also find (on newer computers) that your computer also has a DVI input;
it's a rectangular white connector with tiny slots. If you have this,
you may want to look for a monitor with DVI outputs. Again, all the ones
I know of do.
You may find that the new monitor's optimum screen resolution is not
supported by your graphics card. That's a tough one to check. You may
need to look in your computer's documentation to find out what display
resolutions it supports, and compare these to the monitor.
LCD flat panels are wonderful. Just remember that three months from now,
a better one will come out and cost less money than what you paid today.
"It's the law of the West"; Silicon Valley, that is...
Kat Nagel wrote:
> If this has been discussed recently, I apologize. I've been AWOL for
> a couple of months. I did a quick subject scan of the archives, and
> didn't come up with anything recent. Feel free to point me to a
> particular thread in the archives, if the topic was discussed under
> some other, not-obviously-relevant subject header.
> I'm going to do it. Finally. I'm giving up my beloved 21" hi-rez (at
> the time) monitor because:
> (a) the image is beginning to go wobbly at the edges
> (b) occasionally there are loud clicks and then the colors go weird
> (c) it's just too danged BIG now that it has to share the desk with my
> laptop, laser printer, fax, two external hard drives, external
> floppy/zip drives, scanner, Epson R1800 photo printer, phone, and a
> cat (whichever one lost the race for the top of the CRT).
> Unfortunately, there are hundreds of them to choose from them. I took
> a look at a few review sites, but they seem to concentrate on the
> reallyreally expensive models that are out of my price range. My
> budget may stretch to cover a 19" or 20" LCD monitor, but not the 23"+
> models that ZDNet, CNET, and MacWorld seem to concentrate on.
> Any suggestions? Horror stories, about either models or vendors?
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