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Which monitor do you recommend?
Which monitor do you recommend?

 12:15 am on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)


We're upgrading around here, just bought a mac mini and thought we could hook it up to an old monitor, but no, we need a special adaptor which costs $100.00

so we thought we should just get a new monitor instead

I thought I would ask the experts which one they prefer and why




 2:29 am on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

In very general terms, I can tell you the difference between CRTs and LCDs.

CRTs: Very cheap, but they're very heavy, use a lot of electricity, generate a fair amount of heat, and have little to no resale value.

LCDs: More expensive, but light, energy-efficient, cooler, and retain their value better.

Beyond that, I just make sure to go with a name brand (quality) and look for a warranty (reliability). I look for warranties when I buy not because I expect to take advantage of it, but rather the opposite: Something that comes with a lengthy warranty is usually built to last.


 3:46 am on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Dell 24" LCD works perfectly with the Mac Mini (that's what I'm using at present).


 6:41 am on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks so much. We wee thinking about a Dell 21 inch LCD monitor or a Viewsonic 19 inch LCD monitor.

Still researching.


 10:52 am on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Size isn't everything...

You should always consider the pixel resolution. Windows notionally assigns 96 pixels per inch. As a rule of thumb, you don't want to stray too far from this value without a good reason. A 15" LCD 1024*768 monitor displays 85 pixels per inch - that's probably about as far as you should go for normal use unless you have poor eyesite or plan to position the monitor slightly further away than is normal.

For web design purposes, you also want a monitor that works at different resolutions. Modern LCDs make a reasonable fist of this, but they are not perfect. If possible, check this before purchasing.

Last, but not least, you should consider ambient lighting. Unless used with very soft ambient light, you should avoid glossy screens. The last time I looked, most LCD monitors were matt but glossy monitors were beginning to appear. Bear in mind that glossy screens are normally described as anti-reflective and matt screens are normally described as anti-glare - very confusing.



 3:22 pm on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Oh interesting, thank you, something else to consider


 6:36 pm on Sep 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

i'll hope you keep the old one and buy a new one..

an Old CRT and a TFT are super for webmastering!

(look, my blurry background is invisible on the TFT)

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