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packard bell maestro 19in widescreen

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by marc2003, 23 May 2006.

  1. marc2003

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    might be able to pick one of these up locally for 200 notes. here's the blurb....

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    i'm guessing for the price/size, it uses the same tn film panel as the acer/viewsonic 19inchers on ocuk. can anyone confirm this? also does anyone have one and have an opinion. it seems it has 1 dvi and 2 vga inputs which is handy. :D
     
  2. Baddass

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    certainly looks like the same 8ms CMO TN Film panel from the spec
     
  3. marc2003

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    i think i'm going to get the acer instead as it'll match my case.... :o :p

    i was thinking of getting the above purely for convenience reasons but i'm not too happy with the black bezel. :D
     
  4. toxic

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    Man...I know that someone else probably made it for them...I wouldnt touch anything that had a Packard Bell logo on it!
     
  5. marc2003

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    convenience wins. i've just been out and bought this.... :eek:

    i'll post a few pics (albeit with a crappy camera phone) later. :)
     
  6. marc2003

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    excuse the quality....

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    obviously the crap photos don't reflect it, but i can't believe the difference between this and my old crt. the quality/level of detail you see is like the difference between night and day. well happy with my purchase even if it was from a dubious retailer... :eek: :p

    looking at a blackscreen doesn't look too hot but then that's not what i bought it for. colours look great, nice and uniform all over the screen. games are fine - admittedly only tested with gta:sa and pes5 but they look great. i'm just re-installing hl2 also. :)

    minor niggle so far, and that's you can't see the bios/windows startup screen over the dvi. been running on vga for the last day but now i've got windows setup how i want, i'm going to switch over to dvi to see if i can notice the difference.
     
  7. pcknight

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    Looks very nice indeed. Not sure about the stand though, could have been better looking! lol

    Is there backlight bleed?
     
  8. marc2003

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    yup the stand isn't nice but i'm too busy looking at the screen to notice. :D

    here's a shot of a black image (you must take into account this was taken with my phone... :p)

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    that's good enough for me.

    i connected up my crt earlier for some dual screen goodness and it looked so bad i had to turn it off. it really was that poor.... :D
     
  9. pcknight

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    Glad you are happy with the TFT. Looks sweet. I am going to look at one tomorrow in that well known PC rip-off store!

    Will this TFT run games etc ok on 7600 GT?
     
  10. marc2003

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    well i only have an agp x800gto with 128mb ddr 1 memory (@stock) and my old games play fine. i haven't got any new games for ages.... :o

    hl2 plays fine at native res 1440x900
    cod2 dx7 mode fine at native
    pes5 have to play at 1152x864 as it doesn't support widescreen
    gta:sa fine at native
    flatout fine at native

    i play most games with all settings on high but no aa/af.

    bear in mind 1440x900 is actually less pixels than most 17/19 inch monitors native res of 1280x1024. and it's only 5% more than my old crt res of 1280x960

    your 7600gt will be fine with most games at native res except fear, oblivion and cod2 in dx9 mode.... :p

    edit: you need to play with the brightness and contract controls for it to look good. by default

    brightness is 80 (far too much. mine is at 15)
    contrast is 50 (changed mine to 75)
     
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  11. pcknight

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    What do you mean by that? Will these games look or play bad at that Res with a 7600 GT?
     
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  12. marc2003

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  13. pcknight

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    Thanks mate. Not bought the 7600 GT yet but it is at the top of my list. I did like the 7900 but not interested at the moment with the problems they are having.
     
  14. pcknight

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    Still looking at getting a TFT. I am swaying between a good 17" or maybe even this Packard Bell TFT! Not sure which way to go? The Packard Bell looks superb in the flesh too. My only concern is what games will look / act on it.

    Just need to get one and try it i suppose.

    If anyone has got any views on the Packard Bell please let me know. Ta
     
  15. ShakenNstirred

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    i was looking at the monitor on sunday at that big shop thats always on tv.
    looks a nice TFT and i was going to get one, till i turned the corner of the display and seen the LG 20in widescreen TFT.
    i came a way with the LG and im very pleased with it, cost me £279
     
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  16. pcknight

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    I was looking at it again today but decided to order the Xerox XAP 17" TFT off of the net.