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Old 07-18-2007, 01:36 PM   #41
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I don't remember ever seeing a Dell kiosk at my local Costco.
Did not see any kiosks at Costco this morning but did see a slew of flat-screen displays. Was in a rush so didn’t take time to look into them. I did see one Samsung, but I think it was 20 inches.

I think they have even more on the web. Of course, first you need to decide which monitor to get.

   
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:51 PM   #42
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Of course, first you need to decide which monitor to get.
And it's making my head spin! There are so many monitors, and reviews to read, and specs to study ...

I've thought -- more than once -- that if Bruce Fraser were still with us, he'd know exactly which one I should get. He recommended my current monitor -- the Mitsubishi CRT -- to me several years ago, and I bought one immediately. And he was right. It's a great monitor.

I just wish I could find a monitor maven who can tell me what's the best 23" or 24" widescreen LCD monitor in my price range (up to $1,600). Then maybe I could cut to the chase and just buy one already!

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:34 PM   #43
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marlene: I meant the Dells at Costco's web site, not at a kiosk.
Ahhh...ok...


>>I do believe you can customize at a kiosk. Actually, the kiosk dude told me to spec out a Dell online and bring him the printout, and he'd see if he could beat the price.

That's good to know...


>>But I'm not getting a Dell, dude! <g>

LOL!!! Indeed...'-}}

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Old 07-18-2007, 05:20 PM   #44
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I'm guessing the Dell and Apple are 8-bit. I'll have to do more research to find detailed specs.
I suspect most LCD monitors are 8 bit today. I have two inexpensive Samsungs. One is a 4-year-old 15". The other is a 2-year-old 19". Both are 8 bit.

Neither one is suitable for demanding professional work, but they aren't 6 bit. For general work they are completely adequate.

Edit: After reading some of the Anandtech thread, I see I spoke too soon. I concluded that the monitors were 8-bit on the basis of the 16.7 million colors their specs say they can display. But I see that there are ways to augment a 6-bit LCD's display so it shows 16.7 million colors.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:34 PM   #45
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Things are changing but none of the "TV" products will ever be more than 1080p (which is 1920 x 1080 give or take, monitors vary). ALL of the computer grade panels (if you will) above 20" (and certainly 23") tend to push beyond that. 30" and larger computer panels push well beyond that (thus the need for dual-link). Apple's biggest is something like 25xx x 19xx (drawing from memory).
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Old 07-22-2007, 02:42 AM   #46
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Things are changing but none of the "TV" products will ever be more than 1080p (which is 1920 x 1080 give or take, monitors vary).
"Never" was, apparently, "yesterday". You can get 1920x1200 resolution, too, for instance, like this one. And that's "only" 24''. There are much larger screens as well; I've actually seen one like this (sorry, Dutch article, but it features a "quad-HDTV" 52'' monitor - 2160p - intended for the high-end industry market, not consumers).

Now, combine that with a little box that stores and 'upreses' each image before sending it to the monitor ... (that may not exist yet, but I'm pretty sure it can be done).

   
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"Never" was, apparently, "yesterday". You can get 1920x1200 resolution, too, for instance, like this one. And that's "only" 24''. There are much larger screens as well; I've actually seen one like this (sorry, Dutch article, but it features a "quad-HDTV" 52'' monitor - 2160p - intended for the high-end industry market, not consumers).

Now, combine that with a little box that stores and 'upreses' each image before sending it to the monitor ... (that may not exist yet, but I'm pretty sure it can be done).
Good point. They do seem to have been making the "everything is 1080p" transition in the HDTV space this past year. That said, computer monitors will soon (already have in some cases) take the next step which is to push the pixel density up so you achieve 144 and higher pixel per inch. I'll wager the TVs will level out at 1080p for a while.

I also made the classic mistake of expressing things as if what happens in the US is what's happening across the world (I should know better).
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