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LCD Monitor - Help Needed


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MitchC

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Hey guys,

Well... I seem to have a predicament on my hands. I have pre-ordered a Wii. I originally was going to use a VGA switch converter and play the Wii on my 19" Samsung SyncMaster 997 MB because I don't own a TV and don't really want one.

But then I had a genius idea (Funny how "genius" ideas = Me spending money") to buy an LCD monitor. Now... there are a few purposes I want this monitor for:

1. I want it to be able to hook up to a Wii, via composite/s-video/component.
2. I would also like to use it as a dual monitor for my computer; for applications such as Photoshop. (I have a BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra PCI-e running in SLI; not sure if that will affect the decision or not.) I think I would also watch movies and DVDs off my computer on it as well.

I am looking for an LCD around 20-22". A decent refresh rate, preferably <15 ms. A good contrast ratio, I was told 1000:1 was good. I think the widescreen would be nice for movies. I should mention that I am a Samsung fan and love their product. I am looking to spend around $500 CAD (~$450 USD)

I found the Samsung 215TW and thought it was the monitor for me! Then I read that the aspect ratio cannot be changed from 16:10 to 16:9 for Wii gaming. Is this much of a concern? I read the Samsung only switched between 16:9 widescreen and 4:3. Someone was complaining about how it stretched the picture to 16:10.

I also looked at the Dell 2007WFP. The Dell seemed like a decent candidate as well. The refresh rate was higher than the Samsung as was the contrast ratio. Screen size is a bit smaller too.. But it's cheaper. This was lacking the component input. Also, I am not a huge fan of Dell... Furthermore, I am not sure if you can adjust the aspect or not.

Do you think one of these would work? Should I look at something else? What are your suggestions to suit my needs? Any advice and input would be much appreciated. I hope to come to a conclusion by the end of the weekend so I can still get the Halloween sale at NCIX if I decide to order from them. :whistling:

Thanks!!

Mitch

Edited by MitchC, 28 October 2006 - 04:17 AM.

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Bump... :whistling:
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I use a Dell 20.1" 2005WFP and it is an outstanding monitor. I'm not a fan of Dell computers but their monitors have greatly impressed me. I run my PC through DVI, XBox 360 through VGA, and Xbox through S-vid. I think it's a great way to go. You don't have the component option but you can definately get great (equal from what I can tell, if not better) results with a VGA cable, assuming Wii has that option. There is a local guy selling two identical 2005WFP's for $500 and he said he'd throw in a GeForce 6800. You wanna split the cost and each get one?
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I've got a gateway 21" widescreen, and I love it. Model FPD2185W
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