I need a new(er) monitor....
April 28, 2007 6:56 AM Subscribe
I need advice on buying a new monitor for my PC. I am a complete beginner. So, Monitor 101?
posted by Solomon to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I currently have a Sony Multiscan 20se-v, from 1992. Yes, it's 15 years old. Still works though. However, it's absolutely huge, and very very heavy. It's also starting to flicker, and go in and out of focus a bit, which is a pain when watching a film.
I want one of these new fangled thin ones, that I see in all the banks. However, I have no idea what to look out for when buying. I need to know what things like TFT and LCD stand for, and what the differences are. I hear that the new thin ones have a lower contrast ratio? I hear they use less electric? I hear that sometimes you get a pixel go duff, and you can fix it by having a pretty multicoloured pattern on the screen? What's the best make to go for? The best model?
Please treat me like an imbecile when explaining this stuff. Alternatively, websites that explain the concepts but that don't try to sell me stuff would be appreciated.
It's going to be quite a bit of money (comparatively) that I'm going to be spending, so I don't want to make an expensive mistake.