From: Keith _at_ LavaNet (_at_)
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 21:08:17 EST
--Actually no, there are some new LCD's out there that are top notch. I saw
a new Compaq display out there at CompUSA that really impressed me for
clarity, but IBM and Sony are supposed to be king of the hill for LCD's.
IBM's T55 series are the best for the 15inch arena, and Sony has just put
out one that is supposed adjusts it's pitch and brightness according to the
room lighting for optimal viewing. The Sony also has a user sensor that
will shut down the monitor if you are gone for more than 20 seconds, and
will start up again when it senses you are in front of it again. The IBM
starts at 1100 but it includes an AGP video card. The sony goes for 1350 at
computers4sure but is just soooooo nifty! The Sony LCD displays are
generally rated to be pretty good too. The general rule of thumb for LCD is
that while you can pay less than 900 for one, you wouldn't want to because
those are the muck below the barrel. Spend a couple hundred more and be
thrilled with the display and your electric bill. Check out PCmags last
review of the LCD crop. Happy hunting.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Randal Whittle <rwhittle_at_usa.net>
To: TP List <tp750_at_cs.utk.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2000 3:55 PM
Subject: TFT Screen Clarity?
> Hello all,
> I'm in the market for a flat panel display for my desktop PC (actually
> intended to be a 2nd monitor).
> I came to a tentative agreement with a gentleman here in the L.A. area and
> went to visit and take a look at his Apple Studio 15 flat panel monitor.
> I brought my ThinkPad 600 along for comparison purposes, but also to hook
> up the monitor to my TP's video port so I could test it out.
> Firstly, I was disappointed with the range of view on this thing. Really
> rather poor--much better on my Thinkpad. The brightness wasn't that great
> But the killer was the fuzziness. Yuck! Text on this monitor--and I was
> running it at its native 1024x768 resolution (15" flat panel) was nowhere
> *near* as clean & sharp as on my Thinkpad. I tried all the
> settings--there's even a "sharpness" setting--and had no luck. The fact
> the matter is it was just not as sharp.
> Is this the norm in the TFT world? Is it a dot pitch issue? Is it due to
> the fact that you have the same number of pixels (1024x768) in larger
> area? (15" vs. my laptop's 13.3"?)
> Or is it that IBM Laptop displays are just *so* much better than anything
> else out there? Or that Apple displays suck?
> I'd still like to get a desktop TFT panel, but I don't want to run into
> this poor sharpness issue. Any input would be appreciated.
> - Randy Whittle
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