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Have decided to acquire a 17" flat panel monitor. Although prices and specs for many are available on line, prices seem to be dropping rapidly, and I have no experience with other than CRT monitors.
Can you possibly provide me with appropriate minimal specs I should ensure a unit has? And, do you believe any of the models currently running about $200 are worth the investment? I recently found an Acer that looks good to me, but then what do I know.
Thank you for your consideration and assistance.
Bob Gestrich
 

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just for home use, nothing real jazzy. Currently quite happy with a Samsung Syncmaster 753 DF, but would like to get a bit more space out of my closet type arrangement.
Thanks for your help!
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You might want to head over to www.tomshardware.com and search their articles database for LCD. They have done quite a few comparison articles over the past year or two about LCDs.

Here's a good one:
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/display/20041123/index.html

Basically, you're looking for a high contrast ratio (500:1 or more) and low latency (or response time) of 16ms or less. I believe the response times have gotten down to 12ms or less now.

The lower the response time, the less chance of having a "ghosting" effect while viewing high speed video (such as in games).

LG, NEC, and Samsung are pretty respected names in the LCD field.

However, if gaming is not a requirement then you can make do with something cheaper and a bit slower in response times.

My BenQ 767 is rated at 20ms and handles the occasional game just fine.
 

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No gaming, video editing, and little word processing. Mainly email, internet things, and as a repositiory for digital camera shots worth keeping.
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Bob
 
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My general requirements:

Resolution: Personal comfort level take a look at what you have on your current monitor and go for that
Brightness: Again it depends upon how dark you like things I would try for at least 300
Contrast Ratio: the higher the better I shoot for 500:1 or better
Response time:
Non-gaming 25ms or under
Gaming 16ms or under

edit: I just saw the last couple of posts
 

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I appreciate your recommendations. I'll probably go with the less expensive suggestion for the reasons given.
Thank you very much for your prompt help!
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OK, since no gaming but lots of picture viewing, I'd suggest..

High luminance (250+) and high contrast (500:1+)
Response time can be 25ms or less

And if a monitor's description doesn't give you these three ratings..skip it.
 

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Thank you very much, once more. I will definitely go only with those specs.
Best regards,
Bob
 
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