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    Which monitor?

    I need two 19" monitors for a win7 machine in the admin office. Quality of image is important and previously we have used NEC Multisync 195VXm monitors which gave a really good clear image but these monitors are no longer available so I am looking for a replacement.

    What monitor should I get?

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    Assuming that you don't want widescreen, the last ones I bought were Acer V193Db which do 1280 x1024 with DVI and VGA inputs. They are £81.44 on ProBrand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    Assuming that you don't want widescreen, the last ones I bought were Acer V193Db which do 1280 x1024 with DVI and VGA inputs. They are £81.44 on ProBrand.
    Thanks but I've been put off buying the cheaper makes of monitor since I bought a HannsG model a few years back and it was complete pants. I've got two of the NEC 195VXM's on my machine and its pin sharp so I think it's money well spent to get a good monitor that bright and clear when the user will be looking at the screen all day.

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    @Jobos: I insist on using 1600x1200 monitors on my machine. The last two I bought were second-user HP 21" jobbies from ICT Direct for less than £100 each.

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    What's your budget for these? If you can stretch to £190 and don't mind the size, I can highly recommend the Dell 2209WA. The image quality is fantastic especially when connected via DVI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    What's your budget for these? If you can stretch to £190 and don't mind the size, I can highly recommend the Dell 2209WA. The image quality is fantastic especially when connected via DVI.
    I can go to £220-£230 for two screens but no more.

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    these Acers have been realiable for us

    Acer V193Db 19 TFT Monitor - Misco.co.uk

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    Give ICT Direct a buzz. They'll be able to supply a couple of pretty decent screens below that budget. I have 2x 19" HPs as part of my 4 screen office setup from them. I know they carry 20" Dell precision monitors on a regular basis, and they are very good!

    ICT Direct - computer hardware for ict in education - primary, secondary, special needs schools and colleges

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    Thanks everyone for the advice so far. I've noticed that a lot of monitors don't have speakers and as these monitors are for the admin office that might not be a bad thing anyway so I was woundering if you put monitors with speakers in the school office?

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    I've just asked them if they wanted sound on the monitor and they said yes so that narrows the choice down a bit

    Should have known better than to ask anyway!

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    I've yet to find a reason for our office staff to need multimedia capabilities of any kind. So, i'd still be putting 'speakers' in the optional box, and carrying on my search without them if I were you.

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    None of our office staff have integrated speakers on their LCDs since they can use headphones if required. A more important feature IMO is a height-adjustable stand (for H&S reasons) - a lot of the cheaper LCDs lack this.

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    I've had a Samsung at home for almost 3 years now. It has great picture quality and works perfectly.

    Samsung do a 19" monitor for about £115 which is height adjustable, well so the description says - Samsung 943B

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    I would either go with iiyama or samsung personally - always had the best reviews that I have come across, the dell's as far as I know are just re branded ( I think - could be wrong )

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    the dell's as far as I know are just re branded
    Most monitor manufacturers use LCD panels from other companies (AU Optronics, LG.Display, Samsung, etc.), so you can't always trust a brand. I'm sure they all have their share of duff screens. Apple's 27" iMac uses an LG panel for example (exactly the same as in Dell's U2711).
    Last edited by Arthur; 19th August 2010 at 09:35 AM.

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