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Greg Paterson
Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 20, 2006 at 4:16:28 am

Probably should post this elsewhere..............
But, people using this forum the must use a monitor so they must have some preferences.
So I would like to draw on the experience of those who use this forum.
I need to get a new monitor.
My choice at this point in time would be a 19" LCD with a native resolution of 1280 x 1024.
This is to be used with PI, 3D animation applications and an NLE.
Price is definitely a consideration.
Any suggestions?

Thanks

Greg



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zeeman
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 22, 2006 at 5:36:44 pm

Hi Greg,

If you are talking about using this for particle illusion, I would recommend a higher resolution. you can use PI render, but i think particle illusion renders within the program through the video card (wysywig). If you have a higher resolution available for the preview window (preview = final res) then it is easier than dragging around the interface to get the 1:1 pixel size).

I personally use a Dell 2405 flat panel at home (native 1920x1200) and dual viewsonic VP201b's at work (1600x1200). I would recommend both models.

At minimum I would suggest a single monitor that has 1600x1200 for general graphic use, such as I assume you are doing.

Hope this is helpfull and not too long winded!

Albert


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Greg Paterson
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 23, 2006 at 4:11:43 am

Hi Albert,

Is this the one???

VIEWSONIC VA2012W 20" Widescreen LCD MONITOR

Size: 20 "
Colour: Silver only
Max Res: 1680x1050
Input: D-Sub, DVI
Contrast(max): 600:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Viewing Angle: 140/125
Response Time: 8ms
Speaker: 2 x 1W Stereo
Warranty: 3yrs limited on-site.


How do you find this for animation?
I need to use it with a 3D application (Cinema4d) and NLE.

Thanks

Greg

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Greg Paterson
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 23, 2006 at 6:25:55 am

Hi Albert,

I forgot to ask..............
How do these Viewsonic monitors go on non-native resolution settings?
My vision is a bit poor and I find that on a 19 inch 4:3 monitor 1280 x 1024 is my limit.

Thanks

Greg


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Alan Lorence
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 23, 2006 at 12:49:47 pm

In my opinion, NO LCD monitors are good at non-native resolution. Just too fuzzy. Of course, if you can't see it at the native res, then a fuzzy lower res would be better.

Probably best if you go to a local computer shop and see one in action.



Alan.
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Greg Paterson
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 24, 2006 at 12:42:46 am

Hi Alan,

Probably best if you go to a local computer shop and see one in action

What a luxury.
I live in a town of 100k people.
The local computer shops stock a miserable range of computer things.
The next largest town is more than 2000km away so I am condemned to beg for the educated opinions of experienced users on forums such as CC and scrounge through the mountains of conflicting contradictory reviews in hope of enlightenment.

The good side is that I a rarely get fed a red herring here at CC.


Cheers

Greg


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Zeeman
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 23, 2006 at 1:03:43 pm

Hi Greg,

My personal preference is for higher resolution, and I guess I am used to squinting. Occasionally I go to a non native resolution, but as the monitors are digital (absolute number of pixels) I think you would usually try to work at the native resolution. Also for a single monitor I prefer widescreen, but for dual the 4:3 apsect is my choice. If vision is a criteria, maybe you want dual monitors at 1280x1024? For 3D apps you can put your palettes on one monitor and your preview screen on another (this is how I like to work in the office).

I am not sure of your budget, but the monitor you looked at looks like a good choice for a single monitor setup. The latest Viewsonic and Dell monitors have fast response times (8ms or below) which you would want for previewing animations and video. A slower response time can leave streaking or motion artifacts. Once you narrow in on a monitor, you may want to do a quick internet search for reviews (like on zdnet.com or tomshardware.com ) to see if the color representation is accurate enough for you.

My monitor, the VP201b is 20" so the 1600x1200 is OK for me. It was replaced by the Viewsonic VP2030B (only $599 now, was near $1000 when mine were purchased). For a larger monitor (21") at the same resolution try the Viewsonic VP2130B, which goes for $749 at CDW.com

If you want widescreen then you probably have a good choice, but check out the Dell with the same specs for their pricing. They have a monitor, the UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1-inch Wide Aspect Flat Panel that has great reviews and is $529.

I hope this helps. All these choices would work well. Good luck.

Albert


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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2006 at 5:02:42 pm

Alright, most people can't justify buying something like this, but I got the Dell 24" widescreen monitor at the end of last year, and I am super happy with it. I can render some pretty high-res stuff on it, and working between 2 programs is a dream.

OK, so it's like 800 bucks, but if your sitting infront of this thing for 15 hours a day (which I do, almost every day) then it's worth it.

Smaller LCD monitors that use the same WUXGA resolution (1920x1200), are a bit too small and a strain on the eyes. So make sure that if you do go smaller, that you get a monitor that supports either WXGA = 1280 x 800 WSXGA+ = 1680 x 1050 to make it easier on your eyes (although, of course, you get less coverage).


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Greg Paterson
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Apr 5, 2006 at 5:19:36 am

Excellent news Arahon as this what I have just ordered.
Much cheaper where you are than here in Australia.
I paid $AUS1299 which is more than $US1000 and since ordering it has jumped to $AUS1450.

Thanks for your very reassuring input.

Cheers


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Zeeman
Re: Time for a new monitor - any suggestions?
on Apr 6, 2006 at 5:49:20 pm

hi Greg,
This is my home monitor too. It is great - lots of screen space for toolbars etc. I don't think you will regret it.


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