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Posted by MOMO on 04-22-2004 06:09 PM:

Choosing a monitor

Which monitor would be your choice?


IBM 21in PureFlat
Nokia 445Xi 21in
Dell/Sony Trinitron P991 Flat 19in
NEC 21in (Trying to find out model number)

"You must BE the crap." Joshua to Biff

Posted by Anthos on 04-22-2004 06:25 PM:

You want a 21 inch?

I vote none of the above.

This is my monitor of choice:

Viewsonic A90f 19" Perfect Flat CRT

If you want the bigger one, you can go with this:

Viewsonic G220f 21" Perfect Flat CRT


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Posted by MOMO on 04-22-2004 06:34 PM:

I doubt I'd go with the G220f, considering it's almost $400.

I'm trying to stay under $200.

The A90f is $209, though, so I'll have to check it out.

"You must BE the crap." Joshua to Biff

Posted by Reverend Loki on 04-24-2004 11:17 AM:

Currently own a Nkia 445Xi...

I currently own a Nokia 445Xi - it is indeed a nice monitor, though mine is a little old (picked it up used several years ago), so the complaints I have about it probably arise more from age than the monitor itself. it is somewhat lacking as far as brightness goes... it just seems like the shadow mask saps out too much. It is at a comfortable level, though it is turned up all the way to get that. This also seems to hurt the color saturation a bit. All in all, at that price, a good monitor - and I'm sure all of my complaints will all but disappear on a new model.

Now, I have delegated my 21" Nokia 445Xi to "secondary monitor" status, where it sits beside my primary, a 21" Nokia 445XPro, which is, yes, the step up quality wise from the 445Xi. The difference is astounding. I've had it up to it's max resolution of 1800x1440, and the clarity was great - didn't even have to boost the font sizes to make them readable. Even has dual video inputs - vga, and what I think is called BCI, or something like that... not there at the moment, and been a while since I looked at that. It's some sort of split input format anyways. Picked this one up from one of those annoying "Super Computer Sales" which seems to be at the Overland Park Expo Center every 3 or 4 months, for about $80. I did notice that the guy selling it also had a 445Xi for the same price too...

One thing to keep in mind - these are both huge and heavy. Make sure you have a large footprint on a sturdy surface (my dual monitors take up the vast majority of a 3x6 steelcase table).

What's this all mean, and what can I recommend? Hell if I know.. just thought I'd add some notes from someone who owns one. Make of it what you will.

Posted by MOMO on 04-24-2004 11:57 AM:

damn, a steelcase table! talk about heavy duty!

well it looks like i will probably go with the A90f.

"You must BE the crap." Joshua to Biff

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