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Old Jan 11, 2004, 03:25 PM
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Lookng at buying a new 15" LCD..most of my computer time is on the net. I do a little gaming (Vice city, Motocross madness) Im wondering if a LCD is a good choice?
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 03:46 PM
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This depends on the apps you run. For games, colors & contrast from a CRT are more defined than what you can get from a LCD with today's LCD technology. Aslo, if a LCD doesn't have fast enough pixel response time, you'll certainly see ghosting. For DVD playback, however, I found a LCD with at least 17" screen is spectacular!

Some things we need to keep in mind when shopping for a LCD:

- Brightness: At least 250cd/m2. For gaming: at least 300cd/m2;
- Contrast Ratio: At least 350:1. For gaming: 400:1 or 500:1 or better;
- Response Time: 25ms or faster. For gaming: 16ms or better;
- View Angle: 170degree or wider (Horizontal and Vertical)

Also, try to get 1 with DVI input, if possible. Even though on a good LCD, it's pretty hard to tell the difference b/w DVI & ****og signals but for people with good eyes, DVI does make a difference.

And you should ask this in CoOp forum.
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 03:58 PM
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So a 300.00 15" wouldnt make me very happy..Im sure this is a "get what you pay for" item.
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 04:09 PM
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Yep, it's true! Also, cheapy LCD's tend to have dead/stuck pixels due to poor quality control in production line and that is the darnest thing I hate. You pay several hundred dollars and get a screen with 1 or 2 or even more defective pixels and there's nothing you can do. Most stores don't let you exchange for another 1 unless you have at least 8 defective pixels! I always go with ViewSonic or Sony. I never consider Hitachi or NEC in my shopping list because you'll have about almost 30-40% of the chance to get a screen with dead pixels if you buy from them. My 19" ViewSonic and 17" Sony are perfect!
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 04:35 PM
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so for gaming you want lower response time? Im not sure I quite understand that part.


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Old Jan 11, 2004, 04:49 PM
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The response time is the average time it takes for a pixel cell to go from active to inactive and then back to active again. So the longer it takes to do this sequence, the slower the LCD reacts. This results in ghosting on slower-react LCDs when you play fast action games because these LCDs can't response fast enough to the color changing on the screen that the games require.
 

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