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Which LCD to buy

ronzoronzo Registered User regular
edited March 2007 in Games and Technology
I am not sure which of these two moniters to buy. Both are 20.1 Widescreen for around the same price: 200ish

BenQ

Sceptre 1

Sceptre 2

The last two are very similar. If anyone could point out which is the better one, that would be awesome. Also note that even though the sceptres are 20-30 bucks cheaper, I will have to buy a DVI cable for them, which is included with the BenQ one evening out the price.

So, my question , is which of these three is the best by either personal experience, or going off of reviews(if you have the review, please link it for me). Also, if someone would like to suggest another model around the same price (only a little higher, not above 250 at the most).

Thanks

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  • ronzoronzo Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Anyone? No one here has experience with these? Should i turn this into a general LCD/CRT/monitor discussion?

  • DakDak Registered User
    edited March 2007
    Um, if you don't mind me asking a general HDTV question in your thread -

    So I went to buy

    http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/t...house-lvm-42w2

    and the dude said some crap about I should buy a Monster surge protector/powerbar, because the picture will be fuzzyish without it because of electrical blah blah blah blah. Most of it I assume is bullshit - the part about how spending $160 on a powerbar is justified, anyway.

    What I want to know is, does the power bar/surge protector actually do anything noticeable for the picture quality, and is it necessary to protect my TV with one?

    If so, I can totally get a cheaper one somewhere other than Best Buy, right?

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  • Whipstitch ZombieWhipstitch Zombie Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2007
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    this pretty much describes it

    I don't know anything about all that fuzz roundabout he was trying to sell you on, but I would suggest getting an honest-to-goodness surge protector, if just for the peace of mind

    those things do work, and I have had things fried because I wasn't using one

  • RookRook Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Avris wrote: »
    I am not sure which of these two moniters to buy. Both are 20.1 Widescreen for around the same price: 200ish

    BenQ

    Sceptre 1

    Sceptre 2

    The last two are very similar. If anyone could point out which is the better one, that would be awesome. Also note that even though the sceptres are 20-30 bucks cheaper, I will have to buy a DVI cable for them, which is included with the BenQ one evening out the price.

    So, my question , is which of these three is the best by either personal experience, or going off of reviews(if you have the review, please link it for me). Also, if someone would like to suggest another model around the same price (only a little higher, not above 250 at the most).

    Thanks

    One of those sceptres has a glossy screen, which is supposed to make colours more vibrant and blacks blacker. On the downside it tends to have bigger problems with reflections.

    From the comments it looks like it's hard to go wrong with any of the above if you're just worried about gaming.

  • mntorankusumntorankusu Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    The BenQ looks like the worst of the three. It has a lower contrast ratio, slower response time, and says something about dithering in the amount of supported colors. Unless BenQ is a better brand or something, I can't see any reason to get it over either of the Sceptres.

    Of the two Sceptres, one has a better contrast ratio (1000:1 versus 800:1) and slightly smaller viewing angle (160 versus 176), and the other has a glossy screen and appears to come with a DVI cable. Other than that they seem to be the same. Only one of them specifies HDCP support, but they both say "Windows Vista Enabled", which I've always assumed to mean it supports HDCP (though I really have no idea).

    I can't stand glossy screens, and the contrast ratio is pretty important to me, so unless I've missed something, I'd go with the one with the 1000:1 contrast ratio.

  • badpoetbadpoet Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Dak wrote: »

    and the dude said some crap about I should buy a Monster surge protector/powerbar, because the picture will be fuzzyish without it because of electrical blah blah blah blah. Most of it I assume is bullshit - the part about how spending $160 on a powerbar is justified, anyway.

    What I want to know is, does the power bar/surge protector actually do anything noticeable for the picture quality, and is it necessary to protect my TV with one?

    If so, I can totally get a cheaper one somewhere other than Best Buy, right?

    It's bullshit to get you to buy a $160 piece of junk.

  • DakDak Registered User
    edited March 2007
    That's what I figured.

    But i'd like to buy a surge protector, but I've got an interesting problem - the place I just moved into has these weird European wall plugs, so my land lard gave me a power bar that plugs into the wall socket, but has North American plugs lined up on it.

    How does that affect my situation? Basically, if I plugged a surge protector pwoerbar into an extension cord, then plugged THAT into the wall, does it still have the same effect?

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Similar question: I'm in a dorm room and space is tight. I'd like to get a monitor that I can use with both my PC and my game consoles (Wii, DC, PS2, probably X360 evenutally). That means component inputs as well as the usual DVI/VGA. Anyone got any suggestions? Preferably something cheap (like I said, I'm in college). I don't want to pay too much extra for a component input.

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  • Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User
    edited March 2007
    SCEPTRE monitors break a lot... like A LOT!

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  • RookRook Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Similar question: I'm in a dorm room and space is tight. I'd like to get a monitor that I can use with both my PC and my game consoles (Wii, DC, PS2, probably X360 evenutally). That means component inputs as well as the usual DVI/VGA. Anyone got any suggestions? Preferably something cheap (like I said, I'm in college). I don't want to pay too much extra for a component input.

    If you can get a good deal on the Dell 2005 it does s-Video/composite and DVI/VGA. For component inputs the FPD2185W from gateway covers that but might be a bit more pricey ($350@circuit city).

    I

  • cloudeaglecloudeagle Zhu-Li, do the thing! Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Dak wrote: »
    But i'd like to buy a surge protector, but I've got an interesting problem - the place I just moved into has these weird European wall plugs, so my land lard

    You give your rent checks to a really fat guy?

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Dak wrote: »
    That's what I figured.

    But i'd like to buy a surge protector, but I've got an interesting problem - the place I just moved into has these weird European wall plugs, so my land lard gave me a power bar that plugs into the wall socket, but has North American plugs lined up on it.

    How does that affect my situation? Basically, if I plugged a surge protector pwoerbar into an extension cord, then plugged THAT into the wall, does it still have the same effect?

    Dude, a surge protector is just what the name implies: It's a fuse that melts if your electrical grid gets a surge, so that your appliances don't melt instead.

    Seriously, it's just a fuse.

    There are other, more sophisticated stuff, like "line stabilizers" (i don't know how you guys call it in english), which supposedly evens out unstable AC, on top of having the fuse.

    And the big daddies, No-Breaks, which do all the stuff above plus they have batteries of their own.

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