A few ideas on buying a TFT

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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:

  1. Refresh rate; the lower the better (anything under 8ms is ok, 2ms is best)
  2. Screen size; do you want 15", 17", 19" or greater?
  3. Screen Aspect ratio: 16:9, 16:10, 4:3 (widescreen or not)
  4. What your machine can handle; select in main view window, right click, properties, settings, screen resolution.
  5. 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.
  6. Price; e.g. a good (<5ms response rate) 19" TFT widescreen should cost around £120 inc VAT (date: 22/04/07)
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