Heya guys, long time no see, i know. Like a kid in a candy shop, i came, ate up all the info so i looked like i knew what i was talking about, and left. Sorry about that. With no need for new hardware i basqued in the glow of knowing i got a good deal by posting on techreport, and that was enough.
I need a new monitor. And i want a good one, but i got little idea what metrics are important. I bought a magazine and will look online at consumerreports.com to see the monitors with the highest satisfaction rating, but i get alot of conflicting info on lcd monitors and it's overwhelming. the most confusing thing is that usually the highest satisfaction rating product is also the oldest, meaning i could be getting something much better if i stay away from looking at only rating, bah!
----contrast ratio, I know higher is better, but how high is enough? Will too high a contrast ratio cause color saturation? I h8 looking at a screen and thinking it looks like wet paint
----response time, i know lower is better, but how low is enough? will i be able to tell between 5 and 8 ms??!
----candelas, or cd/m2, how much is enough for a "good monitor"? I see monitors on newegg with 300 that win the customer satisfaction award, but if i pay $100 more i can get 500 cd/m2 brightness. will another 200 make a huge difference?
----What is D-sub? never even heard of it
----Flying fox mentioned aspect ratio scaling on a LCD is a good thing, are all LCD monitors usually aspect ratio scaled now, or do i need to look at the specs, or is this not even done thru the monitor, cause I'm not seeing aspect ratio scaling mentioned specifically on the online specs. I gots an nividia 8800GTX, should I not worry about what the monitor does and just force what I want thru the card?
----pixel pitch, isn't pixel pitch another way of determining native resolution? i believe small is better on pixel pitch but please correct me if I am wrong
Now before you guys go off on me for looking for a spoon feeding, know that I will do my homework, and I already have started, but I was looking for some heuristics from the videophiles at TR.com. Give me numbers, please. Don't tell me it's all subjective. I can read that in the magazines. I want to know what you guys feel is a "good" number for the metrics that matter. If I missed any metrics please inform me, I'm a spong
Lastly, now many of u would buy a monitor online. its so much cheaper, but you don't get to SEE IT before you buy, which sucks!