I have asked the same question to myself. I have been thinking of
getting a LCD monitor. I have a 19" CRT that has been acting up. I do
not want to go over 19" on a LCD as of right now.
I have been looking at the 19" Samsung 191T+. What I mainly use my
computer for is Autocad ADT, some MS Office Programs and very little
Photoshop. Nothing graphic intensive.
I normally use 21" Nokia 445Xi (oldie, I know, but still the ye old goodie)
with 1600x1200 @ 32-bit colors. My new Compaq nw8300 mobile workstation has
a 15" TFT screen with 1600x1200 @ 32-bit colors resolution, too. It looks
even overly crisp compared to analog devices, but both have their advantages
(the older one makes jagged slant lines looking better by antialiasing them
with the built-in fuzzines.
I recently switched from a 21" Sony CRT to a 19" Hyundai LCD. Hyundai
was on sale at Fry's the day I went looking. The first LCD I got
delaminated, but the second has had no problems except one dead pixel,
which fortunately isn't in a place that matters.
I like the LCD much better. No glare issues, and no flicker on the
crosshairs. If I move the cursor quickly I see multiple images, but
that's no different from on the CRT except the LCD runs at 60 frames per
second rather than 85.
If you go for an LCD be sure the store has a reasonable policy on
returns. Many stores require 8 or more dead pixels for exchange.
Three notes on settings: Set the color depth to 16 bit, not 24 or 32.
Most LCD monitors only do 16 bit. Set the refresh to 60Hz. With CRT I
can see a flicker at 60HZ, but not on LCD. Set the resolution to the
default resolution of the LCD. Mine is at 1280 X 1024. I like the
slightly larger icons at 1152 X 864 better, but the display isn't nearly
as sharp in that mode.
George B wrote:
We are now testrunning a couple of Eizo 767 LCD monitors (19") over here,
running autocad 2002.
I get only positive reactions like:
no tired eyes
If you want to hit a dog there is always a stick around.
Or, if you want to find something to disapprove on an LCD you will find it
but the same goes for an CRT monitor.
You mention flicker of crosshairs.
When do you see it, when you draw or when you are moving fast across the
screen towards an button er menu?
In the first case, try setting the crosshair to small, not full screen (i've
seen CRT's with crosshairs fullscreen, they also flicker).
In the second case, you already look at the button you like to hit, you
don't watch you crosshairs moving toward it.
Just my 5 cts.
JP mentioned probably the biggest reason for going to LCD
Longer activity without tired eyes.
If you are an active designer (long days), that is paramount.
Buy and try from a no hassles return policy retailer. (You do know there
are such?) Then YOU make the decision. Use YOUR experience.
If you want it, buy it. It's only money.
There aint no magic bullets.
Be aware also of glare from the bezel. I just picked up a new LCD to
replace a CRT that is failing fast. From what was on display, I picked
a Sony 19". The display model was silver, but I thought black would be
better. Wrong. It turned out to be glossy black, so you see the
reflection of everything on your desk, the windows, the lights,
everything behind you, etc., in the bezel. I didn't even think to check
that in the store.
Right now, I'm looking at my 19" LCD that replaced a 21" CRT. I run multiple
AutoCAD's and absolutely love it. Over a year of heavy use, and not a single
dead "anything" on the screen. It's a Sceptre that I bought from Sam's Club
here in Austin.
Dollar for dollar, a 19" is the way to go. It will cost you $600-$800
depending on brand. Obviously, an extreme high-end LCD can go way over that.
A 20", though, almost goes up exponentially in price, with a 24" hitting the
stratosphere at $2100+.
Since I'm self-employed, so it's my own money I'm spending, I did as much
recon as possible even though my 21" was taking a dump. I also use this
system for gaming, so the monitor has had plenty of chances to show some
There is also the obvious space savings from an LCD, and spend a few extra
dollars to get one with USB ports built into it. Mine also has speakers.
Hope that helps.
-Donald in Austin
Glad to hear that 19 lcd seems to be working for you!
Im currently using a 21" Dell TUBE monitor...and wanting to go to LCD
as well. But like you Im concerned if 19" in an LCD will be OK since
Im used to 21" tube.
So you are saying that you have no regrets going to a 19" LCD vs a 21"
I agree that a 21" LCD price starts getting HIGH! Hence the desire to
go 19" LCD....
You shouldn't notice a difference in size. CRTs are measured using
(essentially) the diagonal of the tube, but a couple of inches of the
tube is covered by the bezel. The actual picture on the 21" Sony CRT I
have here is 19.5" LCD is measured based on the actual picture size, so
my 19" LCD has a full 19" display area.
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