"Desperately" seeking comments: ViewSonic P225F

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  1. Paul.S

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    Howdy, guys:
    My "old" (a little over four years), low-fi, .39 mm dot pitch 17" AST monitor has died. I'm looking to make a significant upgrade to a 21" or 22" monitor. I don't do heavy gaming (yet?), but spend a lot of time online doing word processing and a lot of 'Net reading. I have an AMD Athlon K7-based PC and an ATI Rage 32mg video card. I'm considering upgrading the vid card to an Nvidia GeForce2 or 3. I'm not an HTPC hound, but will be upgrading to DVD-ROM at the same time as the new monitor purchase because my DVD player also recently died (http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=44033).
    An electrical engineer friend of mine--who built the PC in question--has recommended ViewSonic. He has their P90 unit and is happy with it. I don't have any preference regarding shadow mask versus aperture grill designs (should I?). Even if I begin watching a lot of DVDs on my PC, I don't predict that sometimes being able to see the two wires that support the aperture grill in Trinitron(r) designs would bother me greatly. Space for the monitor is also not a major consideration. So, since I like the increased flexibility (read: variable display area) of CRTs and their lower cost relative to LCDs, I've decided to go the CRT route.
    After some research, I've focused on ViewSonic's P225F (http://www.viewsonic.com/products/crt_p225f.htm). What do ya'll think of ViewSonic in general and this model in particular?
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  2. Drew Wimmer

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    first, flat-screen are much better than shadow-mask, as the image on a flat-screen/true-flat/any number of brand names/etc. has a constant or near constant dot-pitch (spacing between the pixels, smaller is better) so eye-fatigue occurs more slowly, aside from the fact that the image is a whole lot cleaner with a flat-screen
    if you're really gonna spend a whole lot of time in fron of your pc and your eyes bother you after a while, consider and LCD, they're a lot less stressful to look at (albeit more expensive for the same screen size), something about not firing an electron cannon at your eyes [​IMG]
    that said, if you're gonna stick with CRT's i'd recommend spending a bit more $$ and picking up the Mitsubishi DiamondPro 2060u NF, excellent monitor for the money, probably the best 22" monitor available
    certainly not to say that viewsonic doesn't maka good product, i've got one of their pf775's right now and have been very pleased with it, but when you're already spending that much money, you might as well get the best available, or that's how i see it anyway [​IMG]
     
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  4. Paul.S

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    Drew:
    I'm confused by the first part of what you say below:
     
  5. Marc-Andre

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    Shadow Mask and Aperture Grill are the 2 tecnologies used in CRT displays, and yes, both can be curved or flat. (Samsung DF or IFT lines are flat Shadow Masks) Generally speaking, AG will have better color saturation, while SM will be crisper.

    If you get an AG monitor, you should know that 2 companies make the tubes: Sony (Trinitron tubes) and Mitsubishi (Diamondtron tube). For example, that Viewsonic uses a Mitsubishi tube... So don't pay extra for a Sony when you can get the same tube for less money in a Dell monitor.

    Personally, I prefer shadow masks. I'd rather have a crisper display, and the 2 "lines" (horizontal wires behind the screen to stabilize the grill) bother me. The best shadow masks are made by Hitachi IMO. Samsung also make nice monitors. If you you like aperture grills better, I'd look at NEC/Mitsubishi. (they merged)
     
  6. Drew Wimmer

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    Paul-
    Sorry about that :b
    The mitsubishi can be found for about $750 shipped I believe, and if you're finding prices that high for the viewsonic, you're lookin' in the wrong places. Check www.pricegrabber.com and www.pricewatch.com
     
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    Drew et al.:
     

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