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July 7th, 2004, 08:10 PM
hey we're getting a new computer soon and it will cost roughly AUS$2300 ( had someone who knows about computert help me out by picking parts for it).
anywho , there's an LCD monitor that is in there (BENQ FP767 17", for AUS$660) but I'm not sure whether to get a higher end CRT instead. I'll be using it mainly for art like photoshop, looking at art on the internet and so on, and not really for gaming (i dont play games much at all)
Pretty much all reviews and buyer's guides said that LCDs colour quality isnt as good as CRT, but with CRt you cant get perfect screen geometry or convergance. CRTs are also faster but a lot bulkier. BUT some were at least a few months old so i couldnt really get a super up to date one.
i wish i knew more about monitors and computers but yeah thats what i know so far and I'm hoping some of you who uyse them for digital art every day can help me choose one, and what specs to look for in a monitor. Thanks!!
July 8th, 2004, 02:41 AM
With good CRT you can have perfect convergence and perfect geometry :) But good CRT must warm up too... LCD are in working temp in a minute or two, CRT can take up to 30 minutes(high end sony for example).
LCD don't have good black in fact, because of the way screen light is handle(hard to have HIGH contrast between black and white... and between two shade of gray). But it's coming... So it depend if you can see the difference(1) and if you need it(2).
July 8th, 2004, 05:12 AM
We're using CRT monitors in our work.
They have more depth and real colors. CRT monitors still hold the
advantage in regards to color purity and quality. Contrast is important for
viewing in low light situations and ensuring that black tones appear
black(rather than muddy grays), and is most important for photography,
gaming and movie playback.
Of course Size/Weight is obvious advantage for LCD monitors, and one
of their main selling points. LCD monitors can weigh as little as 8 pounds
for the smaller screen sizes, and are often just 6-8 inches deep, including
the depth of the base stand. CRT monitors by comparison can easily weight
40-50 pounds, are often over 15-inches deep, and are very inconvenient
for moving. It goes without saying that LCD monitors help free up a
tremendous amount of desk space.
The prices are pretty different also LSD's are too expensive still. :)
Overall, CRT is still the king of the hill in my opinion, but LCD's are so
close in every category - even ahead in a few - that it is ultimately a
choice only you can make. :)
In my opinion the best way to decide what you buy if you can
compare between CRT and LSD.
July 8th, 2004, 05:38 AM
I work with a 7 year old 21 inch ViewSonic CRT and for me it works well. I just have to remember to re-calibrate my monitor once a month, but it is best to do it every 3 months. The reason why I do it once a month is because I work on computer alot. Other than that i have not had any problems with it. Between the color on the screen and the color on the paper, it looks VERY close for an old monitor. The screen is pretty flat for an old CRT.
July 8th, 2004, 06:16 AM
thanks a lot everyone!! i really appeciate it. All good and valid points. I guess at the start I was leaning towards an LCD but now i am definitely going to think about it some more. Any reccomendations for a good CRT monitor for this? Thanks again, guys I REALLY appreciate it :D
July 8th, 2004, 06:29 AM
the only thing I can say about monitors is: take the best you can afford and better go for a branded one because of the support. You can´t do much wrong with an Sony, Eizo, NEC, Siemens or Iiyama in the normal class and LaCie or Barco in high class but if you know what budget you have, you´ve got to look through the tests - there should be plenty of them on the net and you surely can figure out what´s best for you.
July 8th, 2004, 06:38 AM
You can´t do much wrong with an Sony, Eizo, NEC, Siemens
or Iiyama in the normal class and LaCie or Barco in high class but if you know
what budget you have, you´ve got to look through the tests - there should
be plenty of them on the net and you surely can figure out what´s best for
All of them have got a pretty good variants.
one way or another all depends how much money
you want to spend on it! :)
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