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Need a new setup!

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by cokebottles, 20 May 2006.

  1. cokebottles


    Joined: 12 Aug 2003

    Posts: 789

    Location: North London

    Im currently using my 26" Samsung LCD HDTV as my monitor at home + uni, which does 1360x786. This is simply not enough desktop space anymore. I mainly use my computer for music production, internet and tv shows. I need a new setup. It's birthday time next week, and by the end of May I should have some money to spend on a new monitor.

    I want to stay with the wide screen format (rocks for music production) and have been looking at the the various 20" widescreens, who's resolution seems the best for me. Idealy i would be spending around £300. But I do realise that to get what I want I'd need to strech that.

    Reading around these forums, the Viewsonic seems to be the pick of the bunch, but I dont want to risk getting a dodgy one (re: backlight bleed). Also, have been considering 2x17" or 19" (no difference in resolution, and smaller size doesnt realy bug me). That options draws me to the Neovo 19" (cheapest with DVI) where I could have a pair at a little over £360.

    Im not too fussed about the HDCP thing, as my Samsung TV is compliant, if I get a hd-dvd player. Using Vista over it's HDMI isn't really an option though.

    The only other option I regard is saving a little more for what seems like the most superior 1600x1080 monitor. The Samsung 215TW, its 21", HDCP, has component, for my xbox/360. It's also got the 1000:1 ratio, which seems all pretty good on paper - but have never heard anything else about this monitor.

    Any insight you guys have, would be much appreciated.

    p.s. If i got for a 20/21" widescreen, I will almost certainly still be going mutli-monitor in the near future. It's fine to use a 1280x1024 monitor a second display under XP, right??

    Thanks guys.
  2. Dark_Angel


    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 12,637

    Perfectly fine.

    I am running a Phillips 20" Widescreen @ 1680x1050 and a 19" CRT @ 1600x1200 currently.
  3. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 66,699

    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    Philips @ 1680x1050 and 17" Acer @ 1280x1024

  4. cokebottles


    Joined: 12 Aug 2003

    Posts: 789

    Location: North London

    Thanks for the info guys, and Raymond, that setup looks truely inspiring!

    Anyone out there got any suggestions about the advantages/disadvantages of the setups I'm thinking about.
  5. MrFunex

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Oct 2005

    Posts: 1,118

    Location: Southampton


    How on earth did you get your start bar to appear on both screens at the same time? :)

  6. Freakish_05


    Joined: 1 May 2006

    Posts: 810

    Location: Bristol, UK

    ^^ how did you get your desktop to span so flawlessly using different res's?

    I've got a 19" dell and an unknown 12.1" and it all goes to hell lol!! :p