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rwm
08-02-2011, 10:41 PM
I know most all monitors that I'll be looking at are probably so much alike I won't be able to tell the difference but... are there any that "stand out"? My thoughts are a 19'" or 20"

It's only needed for basic home use. Internet, minimal gaming and the various iApps.

To be used with a G4 Dual 1.6 Giga DA (DVI out) now and later this year a Mac mini. :)

unclemac
08-02-2011, 11:29 PM
I would pop for LED, which are usually a bit more than the older florescent tech. Be aware that the cheapest monitors, big sale items are typically older tech, so watch your specs and compare apples to apples.

Generally speaking, Samsung and LG are good quality to value ratio, as are Asus. I'm sure there are lots of others out there too. Both Dell and HP monitors are usually safe bets too, looking for good bang for the buck.

Here's 20" LED models (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%204017%20600060968%20600030614&IsNodeId=1&name=20%22&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=50). With this prices low, stay 20" or larger. Typically the 19" units are a little lower resolution, so everything is bigger.....no more real estate than a 17". At least the last time I checked. :)

rwm
08-03-2011, 11:09 AM
Thanks Unc

It really helps having you out in the real world. It helps a guy like me out in the sticks. I get frustrated looking at specs. They all look good.

Quick first comparison this one here works for me... see any down side. I really need to read more.

Dell E2011H 20"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260023 maybe not...

HP 2011x Black 20"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176200

If you had to choose one of these two? which one would you say? The Dell has 30 bucks off today... but is that because they want to get rid of them for a "quality" reason. :rolleyes:

ricks
08-03-2011, 11:41 AM
Brian's workstation (here in the dungeon) has one of the Dell's, a 23 inch I believe. It has been reliable enough. The color balance was not even in the neighborhood of realworld when he got it, but it had enough adjustment to get it calebrated. Had it 4 or so years now without any problem.

Rick

rwm
08-03-2011, 12:20 PM
I usually take weeks to decide but I'm ready to pull the trigger. I am looking at the Dell here. I can't really say why. The reviews might not even read as good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%204017%20600060968%20600030614&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=20%7C24-260-023%5E24-260-023-TS%2C24-236-106%5E24-236-106-TS%2C24-176-200%5E24-176-200-TS

rwm
08-03-2011, 02:31 PM
Done deal... the Dell E2011H

Brain
08-03-2011, 03:06 PM
Can't speak about the Dell 20" specifically but I work daily on a 5 year old Dell 24" and really like it. At the time it was 1/4 - 1/3 the cost of a similar Apple monitor.

The color on the Dell took a little tweaking to get it how I like it, and it's still probably a little washed out compared to how some set their monitors up. It's easily calibrated so I could change it if I wanted but I find it easier to read on if it's a little lighter. I haven't had a single complaint with the monitor. Good whites, good blacks, colors are vibrant and no stuck or dead pixels.

When Rick said that you had Dell 20" versions so cheap my comment was that I should order one for my home computer and get off the darn old CRT. I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Dell 20", bet you would be happy with it. The price is sure right.

Cheers,

Brian

rwm
08-03-2011, 03:16 PM
It's for a friend who's been using a variety of monitors that were all nearly dead.... so anything will be a giant improvement. Screen space was not a big factor and "color" will be such an improvement.

This will also easily connect to a Mac mini hopefully before Christmas.

I saw 1 review about the HP not working well with Mac's probably that user but it made the Dell an easier choice.

Damien
08-03-2011, 05:45 PM
I am currently a big LG fan but I've had a dell monitor and it was a BEAST. But it was a good beast. Never gave a moments trouble and was darn near indestructible.

It was a beast because it was a 21" CRT, it was HUGE and weighed 68 pounds I used to haul it around on a hand truck

ricks
08-03-2011, 09:03 PM
I used to haul it around on a hand truck


Thought that was yer gerlfriend..

Damien
08-04-2011, 04:22 AM
No no no I likes the skinny chicks... it's me they have to haul around on the truck

rwm
08-08-2011, 07:43 PM
Monitor fired up first shot and looks great. the Dell E2011H :kickass:

rwm
09-10-2011, 07:37 PM
A C2D Mac Mini was added and it makes a great computer.

ricks
11-11-2011, 05:12 PM
Randy,

I keep coming back to this and pointing customers to the monitors you looked at. 8 or 10 times, anyway.

Thanks!

Rick