Monday: 30.August.2004

New LCD Monitor Arrives

My new monitor arrived today: the one mentioned/ordered back on the 21st. Woohoo! I'm diggin' it. Been wanting a flat-panel for a long time. Using it right now. Makes the site look crisper/sharper. Seems like a whole new computer. Seems more high-tech than a lunky CRT.

Had to turn down both the brightness & contrast to 10% in order to get the desired result. Brightness comes defaulted at 100% and contrast at 50%. These default settings are way too high. Nearly toasted my eyeballs when launching Google's all-white page.

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And the 100% brightness setting makes the colors look washed out. I prefer rich colors. Even 10% may be too high. You can probably tell from surfing this site that I prefer darker colors. Default resolution is 1280x1024, which I like/prefer.

I also noticed that the price of the monitor jumped $25 since I ordered it. Sup wit dat? I thot prices of LCDs are supposed to be dropping.

This particular monitor comes with a *digital* connection (both digital & analog, actually), which I'm not using. My ATI gfx card doesn't have/support a digital connection, so I'm using the monitor's analog d-sub connection.

The monitor comes with a 15-pin d-sub to d-sub cable. So if you want to use the digital connection, you would have to purchase a digital-digital (DVI) cable. I think they cost ~$20 to $50. I'll order one when I get a gfx card that supports digital-out. But for now, the display looks gorgeous. Can't imagine it looking any better. User reviews posted here.

No, haven't noticed any bad pixels yet. And yes, it *is* easier on the eyes, which is the main reason (PDF) I placed the order. Definitely less irritating/fatiguing. There is so much more room on my desk now. The side-to-side viewing angle is no problem, unlike some laptops I've seen. This LCD has a response time of 16ms and a contrast ratio of 450:1.





Posted by Rad at August 30, 2004 06:03 PM

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