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15" LCD vs. 19" CRT

At the moment I have a 15" CRT monitor and I have decided to upgrade this in line with other upgrades I have made to my machine (memory, cpu etc.). The only problem is, I cannot decide whether to go for a 15" lcd monitor or a 19" CRT monitor. On average, I spend four to five hours a day on my pc (work + games).
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tmj883Commented:
Personal opinion: I would select a good flat technology 19" CRT with high resolutio/refresh rate and small dot pitch. But that's my opinion...suggest you sit in front of both types for a prolonged period as described and form your own opinion...everybody is different and this area is very subjective.
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nobusCommented:
the LCD monitors have a sharper and more stable image, much less tiring for the eyes; and they take much less space. And i would take a 17" LCD one.

only my opinion though, but i have a SonyLCD now for 3 years and it is really super. I would never go back to CRT (which i have also here)

nobus
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pmf1977Commented:
17" LCD gives roughly same viewable area at 19" CRT and they are not that much more expensive than 15" however you mentioned playing games.
Unless the response time is 16ms or less on the LCD you can notice a slight blurring.
Also take into account the space you have.  I have a 19" CRT and they take up an awful lot of desk space.
It would be worth waiting a few more weeks and saving the extra to get a 17" LCD with a response time of 16ms or less.
My friend has a 19" LCD and he plays games all the time, mainly first person shooters which require fast screen refresh and he swears by it and would not got back to CRT
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
Funds are limited which narrows choice to between 15' LCD and 19' CRT.
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nobusCommented:
the go for the 15" without a doubt

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chrispix99Commented:
If I could not go with a 19" dell 2001FP monitor, I would go with a 19CRT, Just find one with a small dot pitch & good refresh. I figure you can find one cheaper than a 15" Flat panel. The reason being, if you are playing games, you will find the realestate (screen resolutions & clarity), are going to be better than a Flat Panel. As a gamer, playing on a flat panel monitor with > .16ms response you will see ghosting. Also to see the best image you will have to use their default resolution, which is probably 1024x768 for the flat pannel, depending on your video card, you can probably go upto 1600x1200 on a CRT, and games will look nice and crisp.

My vote, CRT
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DoTheDEW335Commented:
If you want good picture you want the CRT, due to the fact that I have a 19" LCD and it is blury on some games yet it's brighter and better for your eyes. The CRT will be big and bulky but if you have the room it's your best bet because you can use much higher resolution.

I use computers about 10-15hrs a day and I'd have to say the LCD is beautiful yet has it's limitations for gaming. If you play alot of games get the CRT, if you hardly use it for games and mostly for work go with the LCD and help your eyes out.

DEW
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
I use my computer mostly for games and do some work on it. The work I do does not require very sharp high definition images in vibrant colour, but I am a serious gamer. Are there any 15" LCD monitors w/  decent response time for seriuos gaming (LAN parties) which cost <$400
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chrispix99Commented:
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
Correct me if I am wrong chrispix99 but in the past I have been led to believe that BenQ is NOT synonymous with quality, in fact, they are slightly lacking in this department when comapred to their competition?
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chrispix99Commented:
I guess the reason I suggested them, was that their price was was in line with what you wanted, and COMPUSA carries, them, I am not sure if you can go there and check them out, but they had the best response times. If you are going to lan parties a whole lot, I would REALLY recommend a 16ms Flat Pannel, as I hated lugging my 19" CRT around..

If I recall correctly, there are not many manufacturers of 15" LCD's that have 16ms or less response times ,they are all larger LCD's.

Also Dell is selling the BENQ, And dell has 10% off all LCD's right now. It looks like the ACER/BENQ might have improved some..

I would guess Dell would not hassle with poorly constructed / bad quality LCD's

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productlisting.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=19&category_id=209&first=true

Hope this helps.
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DoTheDEW335Commented:
http://store.acoolfan.com/17adia7lcdfl.html
$429 15ms response time 17" LCD.

http://www.ajump.com/ajump/product.asp?pf%5Fid=0890038&dept%5Fid=2321
$349 16ms response time 15" LCD.

personally i'd spend the extra 80 bux if your going to get a lcd and get a 17 inch.

Those are 2 I found.

-DEW
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DoTheDEW335Commented:
As far as chrispix99's comment. I don't recall Dell ever having the highest quality products. They are rated for their support. Dell has used just about every manufactor out there. Does that make every manufactor out there good? I just think manufactors always have "A" good product. you just need to find it. Along with that comes finding bad products too.
Just my opinion.

-DEW
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wertykCommented:
i have been using crts all my life. still do. i have no problem with them. and you sit at your computer for quite a short length of time. i'm on it all day. i would much rather get a big 19" crt than a tiny 15" lcd. especially if you game. it may suck to lug around a huge monitor to a lan party, but if you are gaming, then, like chrispix said, you will need the real estate given by the 19". and i have used an lcd to game on at a lan party. i had my 15" crt, but i wanted to try out the 15" lcd. granted it was a low quality lcd, bought in bulk for the crappy computer lab we took over for this party, but it ghosted so much i had to switch back to the crt.

personally i dont really like the lcds all that much. they look too sharp to me. it hurts my eyes after a while. and they cost too much. i'm just a poor college student. the 15" crt monitor i am using now i got for $9. someone was moving to china and wanted to sell it.
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joey_the_assCommented:
Obviously this one is just a matter of opinion. Some people say LCD is much brighter and sharper or whatever, and other people say CRT has better real estate, better res. etc.  Personally, when I bought my system from Dell they threw in a 15" LCD for $100, and I hated it.  It was not as bright or sharp as my crappy old 17"CRT.  Try both, preferably in the setting you will use them in, and then form your own opinion.
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
wertyk, do you regard 4 to 5 hours a day on a pc a short amount of time? How long do you use it. The main reason i posted this Q is that right now, I have a Mecer 15" m500 monitor with a maximum refresh of 60 hz @ 1024x768. Use of this monitor has aggravated my slight (was slight before) short sightedness and I wanted to know whether for my limited funds a 19" CRT would address the deteriorating eyesight as well as a 15" lcd (i CANNOT go over $400 that's all i can afford) while still addressing my gaming needs.
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wertykCommented:
well currently i have a job where i'm at a computer almost the full 8 hours. but usually i'm off at college where i'm on 4 hours minimum, usually quite a bit more.
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
Can anyone offer any comments as far as KDS CRT monitors go?
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chrispix99Commented:
I have used some KDS monitors (thats all we had at my last job), the failure rate was pretty low. It depends what model KDS you would like (one with a lower dot pitch would be better). But overall they seemed to work just fine. My personal favorite is Mag Innovision, I have had the monitor since 1998, and it still works great (19").

The only thing 'I' would stay away from are the flat screen CRT's, I find they have 2 annoying horizontal black lines going across the screen.
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sciwriterCommented:
Did you know you can now get "refurb" 21" monitors on the internet for no more than a new 19" -- less than $200 !!

It is the greatest deal of the year, I have gotten some of these from a company called AZARTECH -- or something like that -- I found them through www.pricewatch.com -- just search for lowest price 21' CRTs.  

Anyway, these monitors are top of the line Sony, Nokia, Mitsubishi, etc etc and they are just trade ins from leasing programs, where they get new ones after a few years.  If you compare one of these, at less than $200, against any LCD panel, there is simply NO COMPARISON!!!  They are great.  Just my contribution.
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
Maybe i'm just stuck up but i don't buy used or referb. Be it cars, appliances, i just have a complex about used items. How much is a brand new 21" monitor and is that horizontal line on aperture grille flat screen CRT monitors bad enough to prevent one from buying said monitor?
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chrispix99Commented:
Its enough for me to keep from buying one. My wife has a 17" with the horizontal lines, and it drives me nuts. Best thing to do. Goto Bestbuy, or what ever, and check it out, see if you can't test it out with notepad, or something else with a light (white) background, and see how you like it. I am just a stickler for small things like that.. Also, You might want to reconsider 21" if you are going to be hauling it to a lan party.. I found my 19" was almost too much, I guess monitors might have become a little lighter in the last 6 years though.. So maybe try picking one up and see how it is to carry.
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adreamer_1stCommented:
I have used both CRT and LCD.  I have a real nice 19" LCD at work but I don't even want to think about the cost of that baby.   I also have a nice 19" flat CRT at home and its great.  If I could afford the big fast refresh LCD I would go there but thats just too much cash.

For the most bang for your buck go CRT.  A nice flat CRT is going to out perform any LCD at the same price or close in price.  Since price is a big concern for you and you want to game, I don't think you will be satisfied with the 15" LCD you can afford.

 As far as easy on the eyes goes. LCDs are better for that but a good CRT you just have to crank up the refresh rate to 80 and up and it makes a big difference in eye fatigue.

VIewsonic makes a few good shadow mask 19", I think their graphics series are mostly shadow mask.  I personally have never had a bad viewsonic monitor.
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
chrispix99, are you saying that shadow mask is better than aperture grille? Also, a brand new 21" is out of my budget. I suppose I will probably end up getting a 19" CRT but i'm still not convinced whether the sexy looks and supposedly better-for-your-eyes lcd screens justify my spending $350-$400 when i can get a 19" CRT for less.

Is there anyone who has used both technologies long enough to tell me whether the differences as far as eyesight are very great between a high refresh (100Hz) 19" CRT and an analog connected 15" lcd @ 75Hz?
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
I have decided, it will be 19" CRT
Comments on KDS vs-195is?
The link to the KDS site is www.kdsusa.com/crt
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yolunga2000Author Commented:
Sorry, i meant to say KDS vs-190is
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