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loui1410

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Hello,

This is my first time buying an LCD monitor. I need help with choosing what's the best for me.
I'm looking for a 17" monitor, with 4ms - 8ms response time, and I need it for games, movies, and also to be comfortable in reading texts. (I know it's not about the repsonse time only, but I mean that I need one these two ranges only)

I found two 17" LCD Samsung monitors, one with 4ms response time and the other 8ms, of course with other good specifications exchange for a fair price:
The 730BF and 730B.
And there's also the L1732TQ by LG.

The questions is: is there any difference between 4ms and 8ms? 2nd, what is the recommended constract ratio for me? The difference between the LG and Samsung is that the LG has 1400:1 constract ratio, though the Samsung has 700/600:1.

What are the specifications that I need to consider before buying an LCD and how much do they need to be? Are those good monitors for me? If yes, which is the best? If not, please gimme some more offers.

Those monitors' prices are about 335-380 USD (in my country), so this is my budget.

Thanks in advance!

Edited by loui1410, 01 May 2006 - 02:54 AM.

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loui1410

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And yeah another thing; why are there monitors from LG with less good specifications but are higher priced? I still don't get it!
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Heres a article on responce times that can be somewhat confusing.

http://www.pcworld.c...d,121906,00.asp

Then these this on contrast ratios.

http://www.pcworld.c...d,110483,00.asp

You might read this anandtech review of LCD monitors.

http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2289

By the way, LG is a sub company of the Phillips TV/DVD/Stereo manufacturer.

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I bought this monitor for a client and liked it so much that I bought one for myself.

Samsung SyncMaster 740N

Its a great monitor and watching DVDs on it is awesome. Read the reviews to see what I mean. You will find the price very hard to beat, too.

Edited by WinCrazy, 01 May 2006 - 09:31 AM.

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i own the samsung syncmaster 740b, its very nice. and it has dvi input which the i think 740n does not, thats the only difference, i was looking at the 730b when i bought this, but reviews helped me choose the more expensive 740b instead. i'm very happy i did so. it has very high contrast/brightness, i have mine set at 75% contrast, and 50% brightness and its still very bright, clear and rich colored.

btw. i paid about $240 USD for mine, a pretty good price, its worth a few dozen more for a monitor i thought, after all the time you spend staring at it, you might as well get something nice.

Edited by Thebinaryman, 02 May 2006 - 10:57 AM.

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