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Old 09-02-06, 06:52 AM
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Any reason to put off purchasing a 20" widescreen LCD?

Hello all. It's time to upgrade my 17" CRT. I have been looking at this monitor, but before I buy itI heard there was some big display convention that might really shake prices up. Does anyone know if there's any truth to this? Or is putting this off just like waiting to buy any other piece of computer hardware: the longer you wait, of course the cheaper it will become.
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I haven't heard about any major price drops coming, but honestly the 20" widescreens are already very affordable. I have the Viewsonic 20.1" and its amazing. No way I could go back to a 5:4 monitor.
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Price for LCD's are really good right now go ahead and buy one now. Before Christmas demand makes prices go upwards until January. Then they drop back down in Feb. This holiday season you will see a lot of cheap monitors but they are all of poor quality. So don't regret your purchase.
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Only reason to wait, is to pick up an HDCP ready monitor.
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Well, considering the inexpensive price of LCD monitors, I would go ahead and get one.

I am. Don't need no HDCP.
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Originally Posted by darkside
I haven't heard about any major price drops coming, but honestly the 20" widescreens are already very affordable. I have the Viewsonic 20.1" and its amazing. No way I could go back to a 5:4 monitor.
Do you watch DVD movies on it? I wouldn't be doing that and I'm not sure that I'm understanding other advantages to having one. Wouldn't it have to stretch and therefore distort non 16x9 images? Does it stretch when browsing the web?
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I'm looking into a widescreen monitor because it would be easier to have two normal size windows open while I am working.
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Originally Posted by nazz
Do you watch DVD movies on it? I wouldn't be doing that and I'm not sure that I'm understanding other advantages to having one. Wouldn't it have to stretch and therefore distort non 16x9 images? Does it stretch when browsing the web?
Stretch when browsing the web?

Your browser windows are dynamic so you can adjust them to whatever width you want. And with 4:3 movies, you just use an appopriate DVD player app to display them in 4:3. You'll just have black bars on the right and left.

The reason I'm wanting a widescreen LCD is because of graphics and real estate space, not to mention it's about 50lbs lighter than what I currently have, requires less power, and doesn't have a 2ft protrusion from the wall.
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Originally Posted by nazz
Do you watch DVD movies on it? I wouldn't be doing that and I'm not sure that I'm understanding other advantages to having one. Wouldn't it have to stretch and therefore distort non 16x9 images? Does it stretch when browsing the web?
I watch movies and game on it and the advantages there are big. However, you also have a lot of real estate when using the web, spreadsheets, etc. The video card sets your resolution to match the monitor so nothing is stretched.
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The stretching thing comes from my home theatre experience and lack of technical computer knowledge. Thanks for explaining.
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LCD prices to rise:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,12...d/article.html

LCD prices to fall:
http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...c=66&type=qcna

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