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What are you guys using for monitors?
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* December 17, 2010, 01:09:58 PM
In a passing conversation with my wife about Christmas presents, I made the comment that it would be so cool to have a 37" or 42" monitor here in my office to use when drafting.  She latched onto the idea, though I told her the cost of a GOOD 30" HP or Dell is in the $1500 range and no way am I spending that on a monitor.

Right now I use two LG 19" Flatron monitors side by side running at 1280 x 1024.  I'd like to just have one so I don't have the dead space in the center.  I also am using a ATI FireGL V3300 video card.  Here's the specs:

So I saw a 37" Visio at Sam's Club the other day that has a 1080p resolution and got to thinking that this might work okay.  So my thought is to keep one of my 19" monitors for close up work and word processing, etc and use the 37" mounted to my wall about 7-8' from my drafting chair.

Also am considering this one:

I don't use the monitor all day, probably 4-5 hours each day in spans of about 90 minutes at the most.  (To many disruptions.)  I do primarily 2D line drawings almost exclusively.

So I'm looking for opinions.  I'll find the tech specs on the Visio and post them up.

Also looking to see what others are using for monitors.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2010, 01:25:21 PM by D Hook »

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* December 17, 2010, 01:37:23 PM
Twin Dell 2408WFP monitors (1920×1200). I've thought about adding a "large" monitor at some point, but that thought quickly dissipates.  :)

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* December 17, 2010, 01:50:10 PM
Thanks John.

I think I'm going to tell her to get the Vizio.  If I don't like it in my office, we can put it in the bedroom at home.  Win-Win!!

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December 17, 2010, 06:01:33 PM
I am only relaying word of mouth, but I have heard that Vizios don't last long.  I guess there's a reason they are so much less expensive.

Might I suggest a Smasung Edge Lit LCD?  Not a whole lot more expensive, and the image is the best I have seen for LCDs.


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* December 17, 2010, 06:56:07 PM
A 22" Acer flat screen and tri-focals.


December 18, 2010, 01:23:55 PM
I have a work associate who uses two 19" monitors side by side. It's okay, but...

I begged my boss for a 23" wide screen monitor. I finally got it this fall, and it's miles and miles ahead of the 19" that I gave up.

I did notice that as you monitor size increases, so does the movement required to use that real estate... your head will move up and down and side to side more... your mouse and your arm will have to move more. Because of that you would not want to get too big.

I'm using a 22" widescreen at home... and I would consider going a little larger, but not too much larger. I think a 25" wide screen would give me the same text height as I had with the 19" monitor at work. So 25" or 26" widescreen. And the prices are not unreasonable for that size monitors.



* December 18, 2010, 04:25:38 PM
A 22" Acer flat screen and tri-focals.

Couple of thoughts here - I also normally use tri-focals. I had a special pair of bi-focals made up: the upper (larger) part of the lens is the intermediate (arm's length) equivalent on the tri-focal. The lower portion of this bi-focal is reading (14"). This means I have a good full area lens view of the monitor screen and can also easily read the keyboard.

As for monitors, I'd definitely recommend at least a 24" monitor - presently I use a Samsung 24" (1920x1200) coupled with a Sceptre 20" (1680x1050) - i.e., same aspect ratio, same dot pitch. I'd avoid the current crop of 1920x1080 monitors; while recommended for HD viewing, these might not be optimal for graphics work.


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December 20, 2010, 06:21:44 AM
I currently work off a laptop with a single ACER P221w 1680x1050 external LCD monitor. The visual quality is very good although the radiation sometimes will interfere with infra-red devices. I have the option of using my laptop screen as a 2nd screen but it's too small for for my liking. My ideal setup would include a second 22" LCD screen on a swivel mount so I can go from portrait (for viewing documents) to landscape for more CAD views.

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December 20, 2010, 09:00:41 AM
Is bigger always better or is there a point when its a burden?

Can a large screen TV monitor stand up to power users monitor requirements?

I heard "once you go large you can never go back", I'm still on a 19 inch.

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* December 20, 2010, 09:43:30 AM
I have a LG 22" with a 50K Contrast Ratio.  Get the largest monitor that will fit your desk or workstation.  I think Contrast Ratio is an important rule of thumb.  Now they come with HDMI inputs.  When I use my tv card and watch off-air tv in HD the picture is the best of any I've seen anywhere.  Try to get the best you can and don't settle for a lesser, cheaper model.  I've seen a machine shop with a 32" or larger monitor for doing their cad work but is it something you would want in your home/office?  I couldn't use a much larger monitor on my desk.

John B.

**EDIT**  I went to Fry's today and saw the new LG 23" LED that has 5M : 1 Contrast Ratio.  LG also has one with 120Hz and one with tv tuner.  If I could justify breaking my 22" I'd get the 23" LED.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2010, 03:41:21 PM by John B. »

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* December 20, 2010, 02:51:14 PM
re: …I heard "once you go large, you can never go back"; I'm still on a 19 inch.

I switched from twin 19" monitors to twin 24" monitors and definitely wouldn't go back. I set these up together last year to get some sort of comparison photo. I also love having the palettes separated from the program as seen in here and here (right monitor rotated to portrait). I only use 3 palette columns, but for those that want access to the most amount of Layers, you can view the Design Director and Layers palettes together. The "Auto Hide" pushpin feature is helpful; I can let the nested palettes roll-up to view other applications.

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* December 20, 2010, 03:36:22 PM
I have a 23 wide then added an older 19in to the side.  that was a great help in TC as I can have my palletes open and spread around on one screen and work on the other.  Bigger may be better but this is so much better then one in my opinion

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