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    Default Monitor Buying Advice

    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.

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    Default Re: Monitor Buying Advice

    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...

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    Default Re: Monitor Buying Advice

    Do you want it for gaming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johcar View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: Monitor Buying Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by winmacguy View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alasta View Post
    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?
    Quote Originally Posted by alasta View Post
    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
    Last edited by winmacguy; 04-01-2007 at 11:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winmacguy View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: Monitor Buying Advice

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinsic View Post
    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
    Where from???????

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    Amen!
    Last edited by winmacguy; 04-01-2007 at 11:27 AM.

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