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    LCD vs. CRT screens

    Soon i will be buying myself a new computer (a Mac Mini to be precise), and seeing as Apple aren't the cheapest of brands, i wron't be buying th 799$ 20inch LCD display as they suggest on the "acessories" page. The real thing is I don't know wether to go witha LCD screen or a CRT. Aparantly CRT screens are better suited for graphics work and are cheaper. the problem is that CRTs are big (i have a small desk) shouldn't be overheated (my desk is next to my window and radiator). LCD screens don't have these problems but can have dead pixels and poorer image quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whackaxe
    Aparantly CRT screens are better suited for graphics work and are cheaper.
    That's what I thought, too, but I spoke with my boss (graphic designer) and she said all the big-wigs are using humongo LCDs now. I say go with the LCD... sexier, too.

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    In my experience, cost for cost, an FST CRT monitor gives you better quality than LCD. It also gives you better colour perception fidelity when viewed other than from straight on.
    LCD may be cool and the low profile may be appealing in terms of design as wel as having a far smaller footprint than a chunky CRT, but it's more important to me that it does its job well (or at least, as good as or better than the CRT that it's likely to be replacing - preferably without it requiring me to spend more than I spent on the computer itself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by whackaxe
    Soon i will be buying myself a new computer (a Mac Mini to be precise), and seeing as Apple aren't the cheapest of brands, i wron't be buying th 799$ 20inch LCD display as they suggest on the "acessories" page. The real thing is I don't know wether to go witha LCD screen or a CRT. Aparantly CRT screens are better suited for graphics work and are cheaper. the problem is that CRTs are big (i have a small desk) shouldn't be overheated (my desk is next to my window and radiator). LCD screens don't have these problems but can have dead pixels and poorer image quality.

    which do you think i should take?
    Well what will you be using it for? That will help us give you advice...

    Another thing to remember is that CRT screens can have much higher resolution than LCD screens, so if you need the extra deskspace (like if you are a graphic designer making images that are 5000x2000, or some other crazy number that some artists use) then a CRT would help alot more than an LCD.

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    I've always thought that the CRT screens are better for graphic intensive work like as a graphic designer. However that's just because I've always found them clearer and having a better image quality.

    However LCD screens are getting pretty good now - they are still expensive compared to CRTs of the same size but the price is decreasing.

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    If you buy a LCD from Apple, then I would think it's just as clear, if not clearer than a CRT.
    Becuase all of the Apple LCD screens I have seen, are very sharp, & colorful.

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    i will be using it for Web Dev in general, but i'd prefer something that is more graphics orientated.
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    Ya the Apple ones are pretty good

    It depends on your budget really Whackaxe - you could get a Apple cinema display, which I have always thought to be very over priced or you could get another LCD from another manurfacturer which will still do the job as well as being stylish, small and cheaper than a ACD.

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    Apple, as nice as their screens are, are out of the question, the 20" is 20 euros more expensive than the mini itself (with the addons ive selected)
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    Heck Well in that case then I'd say get a high definition LCD if you are after a stylish but space saving solution.

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    a CRT would have, like said before, the ability to run at a much higher resolution than an LCD of comperable size. Maybe take a look at some of the dimensions of different CRTs and see how big they really are like depth wise, they aren't quite as big as they used to be. I remember my first 17" monitor was like over 24" deep!
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    i Have already checked out the dimensions on screens. i'm looking a Hyundai Q775 which is 19" screen for 16" depth. I've already calculated i'll have to pull my desk out to avoid having stuck up against my nose what i find strange are some 19" CRTs have 1600*1200 max res, and 1280*1024 recommended and others have 1024*768 recommened. is this possible or is it just a mistake (taken from a shopping site)?
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    CRTs are generally much better when it comes to response times - it is something that you will definitely notice whether you be gaming or designing. It will get annoying if you have a TFT with a poor response times.

    As for clarity, yes, the apple range would be good, but they are at twice the price of a regular TFT. If you were a gamer, then it wouldn't really matter. If you are a designer, than the fact that the majority of screens non-apple TFT cannot be calibrated is a bad thing.

    As you have limited space, you should opt for a decent TFT with an 8ms response time, e.g. this one. Space is the most important thing, so if you have a small desk, then certainly, a CRT is out of the question.

    I doubt that you will be interested in colour calibration, or that you will be involved with work that requires it, but it is something that you may wish to consider.

    Do your best to avoid anything above 8ms, or you will notice it, and you will get annoyed at it when working with intricate detail.

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    As for the recommended resolutions, they are only recommendations to prevent eye-strain. 1600 x 1200 is best viewed on +21" without having text become overly small.
    Last edited by evo; 06-16-2005 at 03:46 PM.

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    thanks for the info evo I can't really afford a good TFT so i think i'll go with this behomoth: http://www.hyundaiq.com/pro_q995.asp
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