Advantages Bright & clear display. Fast update times. Great for photo editing and games!
Disadvantages Expensive. Fiddly 'stick' control on front panel.
The last time I bought a monitor, I'm not sure that LCD was even an option. That was back in 1999, when I picked up a 17" Medion CRT. It has done me proud, but for some time it has been flickering, and was beginning to get a little blurred. Still though, I was convinced that a CRT gave a more true rendition of images across the whole of the screen.I know people who bought LCD monitors some 4 or 5 years ago, and, although the green eyes of envy liked the look of these monitors back then, it has taken until now for me to be convinced that these screens really could replace the trusty old CRT.
My suspicions have not been unfounded. I first noticed that some LCD displays have great difficulty in providing much contrast. On an Excel spreadsheet, on my old work laptop, for instance, it was nigh-on impossible to tell the difference between the pastel green and blue colours without continually tilting the screen.Although things have improved somewhat with laptops, I still find that my high-end Acer struggles to show images with enough contrast to make mobilephoto editing a viable option. The problem seems to occur even with some desktopLCD screens. It became apparent that if I didn't spend enough money, and didn't do my homework, I was going to be stuck with a screen that left me feeling very bitter.
I do play some games, so a reasonably fast response time was important. But for a few years now, I have been interested in photography, and so one of the main tasks that I perform on my machine is digital photo editing. I had already suffered some poor results from using my laptop to edit photos, and I didn't want to go through that again.I went for this monitor, against the advice of a major PCmagazine, which recommended against this monitor. It recommended getting an Acer screen instead "because it has inbuilt speakers, and was better value for money".
I shan't go into any more details of *their* review, as I'm afraid I disagree with them in many areas. I didn't want speakers, and the 'better' value is only any good if it's 'enough' value! So I did some digging around on the Internet to attempt to find out exactly what makes a monitor ideal for photo editing.After some searching, I discovered that the poor contrast and colour differentiation problem was most likely being caused by what is known as a 'narrow viewing angle'. This is the same effect that made the first LCD TVs only viewable from virtually head-on. A CRT doesn't suffer as much in this respect, and is therefore viewable from an enormously wide angle.
The second thing I learnt is that there are four main types of LCD panel:- TN + Film
I shan't go into the details - suffice to say that if you wish to read more about them, then a quick Google for "Types of LCD panel" will return most of the information you could require. To cut a long story short though, S-IPS is the preferred type of display for photo editing because of it's wide viewing angle.Before I finally get onto the device itself, it's worth mentioning the last piece of advice that I found, which settled me upon this monitor.
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