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Many here use their monitor(s) pretty much all day every day. From a standpoint of personal productivity and minimal eyestrain, What type of monitor (and video card if you know) do you prefer and why? What are you using now?
Is it an LCD or CRT?
If LCD, is the connection to your video card analog or DVI?
Many say that an LCD is easier on the eyes and better for someone who mostly does text, reading and other 2D work. Do you agree?
What screen size?
What resolution and refresh rate do you find works best for all day use on what screen size?
Is an LCD easier on your eyes, or is a CRT? Which model?
If you know, what video card are you using?
Do you use one monitor or more than one? For dual head and higher set ups, what do you use each screen for?
Please share any specific models you find easy on the eyes after all day use!
joined:Apr 13, 2002
I work on a flat screen crt myself.
Lots of visitors ask me about the monitor - they're impressed with how easy it is to view. Since I bought it, I find I read more on screen and print less.
The 19" can be refreshed at 110 Herz but I keep it at 85 and it seems to work just fine. No sign of flicker. It also has a "warm" setting which is really easy on the eyes and a "sunlight" setting for glare reduction. I use 1024x768 as my default. With a single click I can Degauss.
I have one 20' and one 17', both CRT. Works great for Dreamweaver and Co. Also very good for copy / paste work and IE Previews when hardcoding.
With Windows NT / 2000 / xp, all you need, is a dual head graphic card. Love it!
Thanks for sharing, everyone. If you don't mind, could the folks who really like their monitors share the make and model? Also share the make and models of those monitors that you have found are not easy on your eyes if you would, please. Knowing what to avoid is pretty important, too!
I'm planning to buy another monitor -- thus this thread. Since it will likely be a lot of money, I want to choose a good one.
Even if the one you find works really well for you isn't still available, I can at least look at the monitor specs for clues as to what specs to look for in what I buy.
I really need something easy on the eyes. I'm going to get at least a 19 inch, most likely a 21+ inch high end model if I get another CRT.
LCDs are under consideration too. Many people say they are easier on the eyes than a CRT, especially with a DVI connection from a good video card. But I've never used an LCD. I don't know how true this claim is.
I've read that LCDs do not work as well for graphics and color work, as has been pointed out above. I mostly need sharp text since I mostly read and do programming work, but do need to do graphics OK too.
I'm prepared to spend a lot of money on a good monitor and card combo. I'm planning to use a two monitor setup with a video card that will support an 85-100 refresh at whatever resolution I decide to use (not sure what that will be yet).
I really appreciate your sharing. Lots of folks here spend many hours looking at their monitors every day -- just the kind of real life experience that's so helpful in deciding what to get, since I do the same.
Thanks one and all for being so kind as to share on this,
One problem with LCD - you should only use the exact resolution recommended by the manufacturer, many will display higher and lower resolutions but the text becomes blurry and hard on the eyes.
joined:July 24, 2002
Personally I use a dual output Radeon 8500 card with a pair of 20" crt's. I run them both at 1600 x 1200. The monitors are both Gateway VX900's; probably so out of date that they're not available any more.
A word of warning: Radeon cards are quick and produce high frame rates where appropriate, however historically I've had numerous driver related problems which have at times taken weeks to resolve.
I'd never select another Radeon card again. Go for the latest Ge-Force card. For a few quid extra, you can have the latest performance and much less hassle.