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13. Monitor Troubles May 21, 2012, 15:27 jimnms
 
Need some quick monitor advice. My 22" (1680x1050) monitor seems to be dying, and it may only last another day or two.

I started noticing about a week ago that I wasn't seeing the POST screen when I turned on my computer. It seemed to stay black longer before I saw the Windows startup logo. I usually punch the power button when I get up in the morning then go to the kitchen, but I can see the monitor out of the corner of my eye before I leave the room. The first few times I thought I was just missing it, so one day I shut the computer off and turned it back on and everything was normal.

To try and cut this short, after a few days of messing with it, it only does it after it stays off all night, so that only let me do one test per day on it. When it goes to standby for a few hours, it comes back on just fine. A few days ago it got to where the system was booting up to the Windows login screen and I still had to wait a few seconds before the monitor came on. The power indicator on the monitor turns from amber (standby) to blue (on) like normal as soon as I turn on the computer though. Once it comes on, it looks normal, it's not dim, it doesn't flicker and the colors look fine.

I checked the power cable and display cable, and even opened up the computer to make sure the video card was seated since I did move it around a month or so ago. Today when I turned the computer on, the power indicator turned blue and just flashed. I thought that was the end, but a few minutes later it finally came to life.

I did start to look at monitors over the weekend, but I really hate to make a rushed purchase. I was hoping I could hold off longer, but that doesn't seem like it's going to happen. This monitor and the ones before it, I took my time, researched and read reviews before picking the right one. I do like it, it's just the right size, the colors are great and it has a low input lag and response time which is good for gaming.

If I'm going to get have to get a new one I might as well upgrade, so I looked at monitors over the weekend. It seems like everything is going with 1080p resolution, but I kind of like the 16:10 aspect ratio. It looks like 1920x1200 monitors are getting hard to find.

I've found two that I like so far. One has a 16:10 ratio 1920x1200 that I like. It's Dell 24" with an eIPS panel instead of TN like my current one. I found a review that did some extensive tests and it has the same input lag as my current monitor even though it has an 8ms response time compared to my current monitor's 2ms. The same place (tftcentral.co.uk) reviewed my current monitor so it's easy to compare it side by side.

The second one is pretty much a 23" version of the one above except it's 1920x1080. The same review site tested it and it has a super low input lag of 0.6ms average (the one above and my current monitor both are 9ms).

I can't make up my mind, and I can't put this off. I really like the low input lag of the 23", but the 23" 16:9 is going to slightly shorter (but wider) than my current 22" 16:10. The dimensions on paper show I'll lose 1" of height and gain 1.5" of width. The only negative I see is cramming a higher res into the same size will make stuff smaller on screen. A 24" 16:9 monitor would be closer in size to a 22" 16:10, keeping about the same height and just being wider. However I haven't found a 24" 16:9 that I like so far.

The 24" Dell with the same aspect ratio and larger size should keep things on screen about the same scale as my current display, and it has an identical input lag as what I've been using. I'm worried that the larger size will be uncomfortable to sit in front of at my desk, and it will definitely take up more room.

I am slightly leaning toward the 24" Dell 16:10, but I'm open to suggestions.
 
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