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alasta
04-01-2007, 07:33 AM
Hi all.

I'm thinking of buying a 17" LCD monitor in the very near future. I see that basic Polyview and ChiMei models are available for not much more than $300, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these brands. Are they okay, or would I be better to spend the extra $30 or so to get a Philips or Viewsonic model?

Any advice appreciated.

johcar
04-01-2007, 10:01 AM
Both Philips and Viewsonic are good brands - don't know much about the other two you mention. Probably worth spending the extra $30, IMHO.

But no matter what you end up buying, make sure you get a "No Dead Pixels" warranty...

winmacguy
04-01-2007, 10:04 AM
Do you want it for gaming?

alasta
04-01-2007, 10:36 AM
Both Philips and Viewsonic are good brands - don't know much about the other two you mention. Probably worth spending the extra $30, IMHO.

But no matter what you end up buying, make sure you get a "No Dead Pixels" warranty...

Yea, after I hit the send button, I sort of realised that $30 is a pretty small price to pay if it gives me a bit of extra piece of mind.

alasta
04-01-2007, 10:37 AM
Do you want it for gaming?

No, it will be connected to a Mac Mini which will be used mainly for Internet browsing, storing photos and playing music.

Nothing too serious.

winmacguy
04-01-2007, 10:56 AM
No, it will be connected to a Mac Mini which will be used mainly for Internet browsing, storing photos and playing music.

Nothing too serious.

In that case pretty much any sort of monitor that fits your budget. How long have you had your Mac?
10.3 or 10.4?

Internet browsing, storing photos and playing music.


Making movies
iLife in general
MS office
Editing Digital video
Making music
not worrying about viruses or hacking.


Enjoy :)

alasta
04-01-2007, 11:16 AM
In that case pretty much any sort of monitor that fits your budget. How long have you had your Mac?
10.3 or 10.4?

I haven't actually bought it yet! I'm intending to buy in the next couple of weeks, unless a new Mini gets announced in San Francisco next week, in which case I might hold off a bit longer. I used Macs for years and years but have been unfortunate enough to be stuck with a PC for the last six months, so it will be good to go back to the Mac platform.

trinsic
04-01-2007, 11:18 AM
You can get a Acer AL1916W 19" 8ms for $340. Maybe a bit over but seeing as it is also widescreen its a big plus :D

allblack
04-01-2007, 11:19 AM
You can get a Acer AL1916W 19" 8ms for $340. Maybe a bit over but seeing as it is also widescreen its a big plus :D

Where from???????

winmacguy
04-01-2007, 11:23 AM
Amen!

alasta
04-01-2007, 12:31 PM
Where from???????

That's what I'd be interested to know. I was originally planning on getting a 15", but decided apon the 17" which I realised that the price difference between the two was next to nothing. I'm on a tight budget but if I could get a 19" for a similar price then I'd consider it.

Prices for new 17" models seem to be around $300-$350 on Trademe or $350-$400 at PB Technologies or Ascent. I personally haven't seen any 19" models in this price range.

Renmoo
04-01-2007, 01:30 PM
Where from???????
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Monitors/LCD-Monitors/auction-82659144.htm
Auction has just closed yesterday; it was sold for $340

Alternatively, you can try googling for it: http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&q=Acer+AL1916W&btnG=Google+Search&meta=cr%3DcountryNZ

Cheers :)