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    19' Monitor just died -> Need new 19' monitor

    Woke up this morning, Viewsonic 19' monitor's dead (power lights gone). Tracked down who we got it off (ebuyer) and, by the skin of my teeth, am just within the 12 month warranty period. They no longer stock my model (VX924) so that means I get a refund of £172 (ish)

    Neeeeed new 19' TFT monitor pronto! I'm using an old taxan goldfish bowl monitor and doubt I'll survive long with it.

    Any recommendations for a decent home 19' TFT monitor in the £170 - £190 range, sharp pic, good colour, used for gaming and photoshop / light 3D work etc.

    Thanks again.

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    I'd be interested in other people's opinions as well. I've always been a fan of Iiyama with their 3yr on-site warranty. I've had to replace quite a few displays over time and feel 3yrs warranty makes a difference. However Iiyama are perhaps not the best choice now and would consider others, including Viewsonic, Philips, Dell and Samsung

    Out of interest why another 19"? Most people now seem to be choosing a widescreen display in preference.

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    If I remember rightly the Viewsonic manufacturer warranty is a 3 year warranty, it's Ebuyer who have a 12 month returns policy - again from memory, I haven't had chance to check the fine print yet, but that's what the girl told me an hour ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by cotswoldcs View Post
    Out of interest why another 19"? Most people now seem to be choosing a widescreen display in preference.
    I probably would like the wide screen options, but there's a little bit of stick in the mud in it, cotswoldcs, and I've got used to a 19' monitor, and the deciding factor is space. Without wishing to embark on a domestic revamp the monitor goes into a specific 45 cm width slot very neatly and very out of the way-ly.

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    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=587956
    19" LG L1900R @£176
    Although must admit to just going off the numbers and this review http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/monitors/0...9287640,00.htm

    Looks nice and is suposed to have great picture quality, warranty is quoted as 3years on other sites.
    Drawbacks, No OSD all adjustments have to be done through software and DVI only, no d-sub or RCA (can be connected via d-sub but you need an adaptor)

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    Sometime in the last couple of months there was a similar thread which included some technical details about different technologies (it referred to a DELL monitor compared with something else. Might be worth doing a search for it.

    Try this http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=113125

    (there are many other 'Which monitor threads' too!
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    <pedantic mode>
    It's 19" (inches) not 19' (feet)
    </pedantic mode>

    (I'll go away now)

    On a more useful note I've seen a few of the glossier (glass fronted?) TFTs recently and though the glare is worse the colour range seems better (deeper colours especially - blacker blacks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by godsdog View Post
    If I remember rightly the Viewsonic manufacturer warranty is a 3 year warranty, it's Ebuyer who have a 12 month returns policy - again from memory, I haven't had chance to check the fine print yet, but that's what the girl told me an hour ago.
    Viewsonic give a 2 year warranty with the VX series, 3 year is with the VP, VA, VG series.
    warranty info

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    Very interesting find, Pob255, thanks, those drawbacks are drawbacks ..I think, weighing it up now. Although I've just spotted a Samsung SyncMaster 970P for a good price, over what I wanted to pay, but a good price. Seems to get sound reviews.

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    (there are many other 'Which monitor threads' too!
    yeah, waded through a few and most leaned in favour of larger screens, perfectly understandable though. Just wondered if anyone had direct contact with a cool new 19' they just purchased, or favourite long standing model.

    Quote Originally Posted by malfunction View Post
    <pedantic mode>
    It's 19" (inches) not 19' (feet)
    </pedantic mode>
    lol ...not on this keyboard it ain't. 19' it stays till it decides otherwise (red wine stick).

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    I've had a Samsung SynMaster 931BW 19" widescreen for about 4 months now, brilliant monitor, bright display, fast response time of 2ms and it looks great . I've used it gaming and for some photoshop work and it's superb for both, especially photoshop because of the widesreen you can fit more onto the screen (obviously) .

    can't link to it but ebuyer sell it (although currently out of stock) for £164.

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    On the 931BW: now there's the 931CW, I don't know its specs, but I suppose it should be a widescreen 931C, which is claimed to have good colour reproduction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnets View Post
    Viewsonic give a 2 year warranty with the VX series, 3 year is with the VP, VA, VG series.
    warranty info
    Thanks for the clarification Magnets.

    Quote Originally Posted by jazw View Post
    I've had a Samsung SynMaster 931BW 19" widescreen for about 4 months now, brilliant monitor, bright display, fast response time of 2ms and it looks great . I've used it gaming and for some photoshop work and it's superb for both, especially photoshop because of the widesreen you can fit more onto the screen (obviously) .

    can't link to it but ebuyer sell it (although currently out of stock) for £164.
    Great find jazw, just read the review at spcr + yours, and that's a front runner for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Queelis View Post
    On the 931BW: now there's the 931CW, I don't know its specs, but I suppose it should be a widescreen 931C, which is claimed to have good colour reproduction.
    Thanks for the heads up on that Queelis, at this stage I'll probably wind up with one of the two.

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    not tempted to stick a few more &#163; in and go for
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/117386/rb/0

    is something keeping you at 19"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    not tempted to stick a few more £ in and go for
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/117386/rb/0

    is something keeping you at 19"?
    Money's not really the issue, I'm tempted with a larger screen, really I am. But I know where all this ends --> nice fitting 45 cm width space right now for 19 inch monitor, it's been a stable, comfortable, loving, long term home. To expand the space to a 22 inch screen at 50 cm would mean picking up new furniture ..trips to Ikea, eating meat balls ...I can't begin to tell you the pandora's box - can of worms you've started by me going down this path.


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    Actually at 45cm wide you can get a 20" standard (non-widescreen) which is actually a higher resolution than a 19" widescreen
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    EDIT: Samsung SyncMaster 203B 20" standard version of the syncmaster &#163;205
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    Yes it is possible, however getting hold of a correct back light can be a total pain.
    Most manufactors change the design of bits with every new model and charge a small fortune for replacement parts.

    I've tried twice to with laptops to be foiled both times by slight differnces. and it's often cheaper to buy a new laptop than pay the amount they charge for a replacement screen.

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