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I'm in the Air Force, moving to Honduras for a year, and the living quarters aren't exactly huge. I've been enjoying my 65" rear-projection TV for watching TV and movies, and my 19" CRT for internet and gaming. I need to consolidate space, so I've decided to sell the TV and the monitor (can't take the TV with me anyways)

I need a monitor that's fairly good size, for a decent price (sub $1000). It will double as a monitor and a TV. So far I've seen two that have me very interested:

Dell 24" LCD Widescreen (12ms response time, $1000)
ViewSonic 27" LCD Widescreen (16ms response, $850)

I have read nothing but great reviews on the Dell, so I have no question that it's a great monitor. But when I try searching for anything on the ViewSonic I can't find much, I'm especially concerned with the 16ms response time and if it will be acceptable for gaming (PC FPS's, XBOX 360, etc). But I do like the fact that it's 3" larger and $150 cheaper. But if it's gonna be ghosting on me while playing fast-paced games, I'll take the smaller monitor.

Does anyone have any reccomendations or can anyone offer me any sort of guidance?


Edited by firefighter81, 02 September 2005 - 06:25 PM.

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Looking at the stats, it appears the Viewsonic is intended more as a TV than a monitor (1280 x 720) resolution. The brightness is excellent, but the contrast ratio is on the low side.

The Dell offers 1920x1200 resolution, a much better contrast ratio, and similar brightness. The only downside is that not many games offer 1920x1200 resolution yet, and the ones that do require a lot of horsepower to run.

For most people a 16ms refresh rate is fine for gaming. If you're a serious gamer, go for the 12ms.

I'd go with the Dell. You can often get the Dell 2405FPW for under $800: http://geekstogo.got...irectDeal/11294
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I would look at the sony tvs they are always the best on the market, they definately are the best monitors the x black coating really makes a big difference when you see it in action, the only downiside is they are always the most expensive as well.
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