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28-05-2003, 06:29 PM
Hey peoples, juss wanted to ask y'all what y'all use for a monitor!! i gota 15" but im thinking of maybe getting either a 17" or a 19", but there is nothing wrong with the old 15er aye it has no worries!! but i was just wondering what y'all think, and what y'all have!!:)



28-05-2003, 06:32 PM
I use a LG 900b 19" CRT. Got it for $480 (incl GST) off starlyte computers (starlyte.co.nz I think).


28-05-2003, 06:39 PM
o yeah sounds nice!! whats the pros and cons of it??(if any:p) 480? is that quite cheap for a 19"?? ive never actualy looked at the prices!! wahts the average price for a reasonable 17 and 19??


28-05-2003, 06:41 PM
QMB.co.nz will offer you a cheap 17" for around $200 + GST :-)

28-05-2003, 06:47 PM
heh,the cheapies at qmb have.27dot pitch.

That is to be avoided,go for a .25.

The measument is the gap between the pixels,.27 will give a blurry picture.

Steve Askew
28-05-2003, 09:13 PM
When I decided to buy a 19" monitor I bought a cheaper "Proview".
Well I can tell you it looked very nice sitting on my table until I switched it on.
When I had a white background such as word or even PressF1 it looked cloudy. EG: the background was not a uniform colour.
I tried a monitor test program given to me by Terry Porritt & I was very disapointed with the results when displaying single colours such as Red,Green & blue.
The retailer was very good & gave me another monitor to try, But after trying 3 Proviews I opted for the Philips 109S & have had no regrets since.
I also noticed the Budget monitor looked grainy compared to the Philips & put it down to the different dot pitch.
Last week I replaced the kids ageing monitor & didn't hesitate to get a philips 17".

My advice is to spend a few extra bucks & get a name brand such as Philips, Viewsonic,Etc

Hope this helps.
Cheers Steve

28-05-2003, 09:20 PM
Philips 109p; once you've gone flat you will never go back...shame the sony is so expensive.

Terry Porritt
28-05-2003, 09:25 PM
As Steve says, good idea to get the best you can afford, the cheaper ones will never be really satisfactory. Also so many web sites now seem to be designed around 1024x768 resolution, that it's almost essential to have a 17" or 19" monitor, a 15" is struggling a bit.

28-05-2003, 10:56 PM
I would recomend phillips too, for a cheaper monitor. I have a 107T. The first one I got had a fault so they sent me a new one and picked up the old one fairly quickly, which is handy when you don't have a car. They even offered to find me a temporary replacement since it had to come down from auckland.

My old 17" was a cheap KTX (repackaged samsung I think) and the picture was quite bad, the focus and the moire went at 13 months. Also it was impossible to get a pure black on it, because everything was always slightly lit up.

28-05-2003, 11:07 PM
I've got a 17" Flat. AOC 7Klr+ it is.

Not the best of monitors (cheap) and generally speaking get what you pay for with a monitor. What I'd like is a 19" 109P40 or the Samsung 19" if I was going to upgrade soon and get a reasonable quality one.

28-05-2003, 11:31 PM
You want the best monitor you can get?

You need to get a Sony flatscreen (not lcd btw). They are the best on the market because they use Sony's patented Apeture Grill (spelling?) technology, which is pretty unbeatable. They are a little more expensive, but are worth every dollar apparently and you won't have any problems with them :)

Other than that you can try lcd technology. Not sure if their very good for gamers yet?

28-05-2003, 11:38 PM
Yes, the Trinitron screens are great. I have also seen a few viewsonics that use it too.

IIRC the patent ran out a couple of years ago, so I'm suprised there aren't more around.

28-05-2003, 11:50 PM
The Philips 109P40 uses the Sony "B" tubes.

29-05-2003, 06:29 AM
I recently bought a 19" monitor from DSE for $396. Though it is branded DSE it is actually a re-badged Proview. I am very happy with it have no complaints of any sort.
It may not be perfect but it suits me. Jack.

29-05-2003, 10:43 PM
i use a 19" H/P which is good but not as good as my 21" Diamondview monitor CRT flat tube technology great for watching divx movies vcds etc

30-05-2003, 07:53 AM
And if it is not a Philips make with a Philips tube it would be a B tube as well.

John H
30-05-2003, 04:39 PM
I just noticed on the back of my Sony Trinitron 17" monitor that it was manufactured in July 1996. I have had it from new, so I guess it wasn't far off that date when I bought it.

That should be an indicator of the quality of Sony monitors (or at least their longevity). I thought it cost an arm and a leg at the time, but I guess that isn't too bad over nearly 7 years...

Now I wonder if it owes me anything and whether I could trade up to a LCD monitor (drool).


30-05-2003, 10:08 PM
LG Studioworks 900B
Works great, very crisp text, although monitor is slightly curved and not perfectly flat