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I just sampled and returned an LCD monitor

It didn't seem practical for web design. Was this a dumb move?



8:45 am on Oct 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'll preface this by saying I hope this is not too dumb of a question, but I have used the same 17" CRT monitor for 5 years, and for 5 years before that a 15" CRT. Now that I am looking for a new monitor I am finding myself a little confused.

I was/am having the problems with eyestrain. I work about 12 hrs/day on the computer (which probably has a lot to do with it.)

People say that and LCD monitor is easier on the eyes. So even though I had never used an LCD monitor before, yesterday I bought a highly rated 17" LCD.

The thing was that the native resolution was 1280x1024. For web design I use 1024x768 as my default setting. I wasn't comfortable using the 1280x1024 setting because there is so much extra space that I figured it would skewer my designs and I might start making the pages too wide. I mean, I know how to set a page to 800 wide but I guess you get used to seeing designs, pages, etc a certain way, and anything else looks strange.

Anyway, today I took back the LCD but now I am wondering was that a dumb move? Could/should I have gotten used to it? Would not being able to change resolutions really be that big of a deal? Would the lower potential eyestrain offset the "strangeness" of the larger screen?

Today I started looking for a high-quality 17 or 19 inch CRT. Then I thought about getting a 19" monitor and I wondered if this wouldn't be the same thing. If I got a 19" CRT wouldn't I be dealing wiht the same issues? Or if I just kept it at the same 1024x768 setting would It all just be relative?

It's been 5 years since I went from 15" to 17" and I just can't remember what the difference were.

Thanks for your help!


1:21 am on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the reply

I'm thinking of getting a 17" LCD

Which one would be good for multimedia, games, movies, word processing.. and my eyes. Bearing in mine something that isn't too expensive-relatively cheap.

17" CMV CT-722
7" Viewsonic VA721
17" Benq FP737 (DVI)
17" Benq FP767 (M-M)
17" Samsung 710V
17" Samsung 710N
17" Phillips 170S5F
17" LG 1710S
17" LG 1730s
17" Mitsubishi DV173
17" Hyundai L70S
17" Hyundai Q17A



1:37 am on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi.. Can anyone please answer my last post please?

Or do you suggest another one?


5:00 am on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is the best one I could find the 17" LG 1710S. I looked at dozens and chose it.

As for your requested "review" of all of those monitors, sounds like you just need to read the reviews on the internet. Like I said, I read reviews for a month and settled on the one I mentioned above.

Good luck with it!


8:51 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For what its worth. I was using 19" CRT. 12-15 hours a day. I could tell my eyes were getting tired. Went to a Viewsonic 15" LCD with native 1024x768. Gave that to the wife to get her off CRTs, looked at tons of monitors, and sizes. Then settled on a Magnavox 15" LCD monitor/TV flat panel from Sams of all places. Computer monitor input, video input, s-video input, audio outputs, built in speakers and TV tuner. Reso is 1024x768 native. And it's bright! I have to turn down the brightness and contrast on white screens. I really like this monitor, TV looks great on it. And I don't miss the size difference really.
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