TFTs may seem the 'in thing' at the moment,but just how good are they really?
I have just bought one of ebay from thedvdworlduk, and I think it is brilliant.... once I bought a new graphics card formy machine!
But don't be worried, this sounds alot worse than it actually was, through no fault of the seller, I had not checked to see what the maximum screen setting of my inbuilt graphics card was. The graphics card was £25 and with 256mb, gives a lot better performance on my computer, as memory for graphics has been relieved, and the screen now looks superb, the screen is a Cibox 19" wide aspect TFT monitor and offers a maximum resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels (WXGA+) and produces an excellent, crisp image quality with bright colours and a wide viewing angle. With a 5ms response time, movies and games are played without any evidence of blurring. The screen is 16:10, so when watching a DVD or freeview through a DVB-T dongle device (plugs into USB and coaxial cable), you loose an inch in height from the screen, but there is nothing wrong with that.
When looking to buy, consider:
- Refresh rate; the lower the better (anything under 8ms is ok, 2ms is best)
- Screen size; do you want 15", 17", 19" or greater?
- Screen Aspect ratio: 16:9, 16:10, 4:3 (widescreen or not)
- What your machine can handle; select in main view window, right click, properties, settings, screen resolution.
- If the optimum screen resolution of the monitor you are looking at is not there (e.g. 1440x900), then to get the most out of your monitor you may need to purchase a graphics card.
- Price; e.g. a good (<5ms response rate) 19" TFT widescreen should cost around £120 inc VAT (date: 22/04/07)