Monitor

 

This is my 19.7″ viewable lacie CRT monitor. I still use it because it is superiour in many was to LCD monitors.

CRT are good for

  • no sample-and-hold smearing
  • high refresh rate
  • good contrast
  • no backlight bleeding
  • viewing angles, colors doesnt shift on the bottom of the display
  • any resolution is native resolution
  • good for old games
  • match HZ with gameupdate rate
  • no input lag
  • pixel response time
  • no RTC artifacts

 

LCD are good for

  • flat and sleek and sweet
  • low power draw
  • environmentally friendlier LED technology
  • sharp and crisp text and graphics
  • perfect geometry
  • limited to 60Hz or 75Hz refresh rate

 

However, pixels response time, input lag and 60Hz refresh have been greatly improved lately. It is these so called “3D Ready” displays that have really pushed these limits. The best of them have 2ms pixel response time and zero input lag. 120Hz is required. This means we can finally get CRT performance on LCD displays. super! I plan on buying a LG W2363D as it seems to be the best of them. It has zero input lag, is matte and goodish black levels.

 

120Hz greatly improves mouse precision.

 

Here are some review quotes:

The display was equally unable to separate very dark grays from absolute black. As a result, we had a difficult time seeing what was happening in the Blu-ray version of Watchmen’s opening fight sequence. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/asus_vg236h_120hz_display_review

– On W2363D I can distinguish almost all shadow of dark grey except for the 1-2 darkest shades. This is a good shadow detail results and W2363D maintains a lot of detailing in dark scenes in games and movies. This is positive. http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1280136712

– Shadow detailing on BenQ XL2410T is fair but not great. The 3-4 darkest grey tones in the sRGB preset are crushed and reproduced as black. This means that you. lose some details in dark colors in games and movies. http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1291718728

 

Testers and users raving about 120Hz:

– Wonder in amazement as the 120Hz display produces an easily observable higher fluidity in the animation.
http://techreport.com/articles.x/21516

– Doing precise image editing, as another example, is an area where faster display processing times are desirable.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2787

– The ASUS VG236H was my first exposure to 120Hz refresh displays that aren’t CRTs, and the difference is about as subtle as a dump truck driving through your living room.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3842/asus-vg236h-review-our-first-look-at-120hz

– 120hz lcd Smoother motion and the lack of RTC artifacts leave a highly positive impression, making you unwilling to return to 60Hz.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/monitors/display/samsung-sm2233rz_5.html

– I ran Fraps and found using the display’s 120hz mode that once the framerates were up above 80 there is an amazing solidity and 3d-like quality to the gameplay .(I have no interest in getting 3d glasses at present.) Once the framerate hits 100+ – well, the effect has to be experienced to understand it.
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1486357&page=4

 

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