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