[TriLUG] Finding decent monitors?
Andrew C. Oliver
Wed, 17 Jul 2002 06:28:06 -0400
What I did, was looked at www.ubid.com (which is like ebay only you can
buy direct from ubid
and cut out the risk). I found cheap 21" monitors (my preference) and
looked then at the reviews.
(this was a couple years ago so by todays standard the price might not
impress). I got a refurbished
(which was fine with me) 21" Hitachi professional grade monitor.
(Hitachi IMHO is an underrated brand,
and I had seen other monitors from their professional series and been
very impressed - it uses Sony
tubes of course).
I did my research and read up on tubes and etc, and this monitor had
been top of the line 2 years before and
I think about $2,200 or so (don't remember exactly). The tube it used
use crt guns that sounded really neato and
were still envyable at the time.
I got the monitor for around $200 and the shipping was really high but
it was still a screeming deal.
Not everything on ubid is a refurb, but depending on the device I don't
mind buying a refurb if I get the appropriate
deal. For montiors I'd rather have a professional grade refurb than a
brand new "consumer" model.
Again by now the difference may not be so profound, but in 21" monitors
there are generally at least two series from any company a professional
series, and the kind you buy at best buy. The professional series
generally are of far better quality at about 2-3 times the price. Well
worth it though considering I wish to preserve what little eyesight I have.
>I understand that cheap is a sliding scale based on the buyer. I don't
>want anymore CRT monitors. I would be perfectly happy with LCD monitors
>for the rest of my life (with some exceptions if I ever get more heavily
>into video editing). However, my wife likes cheap and can't stand my 19"
>monitor. She says it is too big and hurts her eyes (It's an AOC from
>Intrex). I feel a 17" or 15" would be best for her, but it doesn't have
>to be great quality as she uses it for at most 2 hours a day with the
>length usually being less than one hour and that is always in web,
>e-mail, or word-type editing.
>The monitor you mention does look quite nice, but probably too much for