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17" LCD: Samsung 730B vs Sharp LL-172A

Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:20 am

Have to make a decision quick (or if you can persuade me to calm down and not spend at all :D)

Futureshop is having a deal with the Sharp monitor, however, I was wondering if CAD$70 difference is worth it for the DVI, debatable 8ms response time and 150 more points in contrast ratio.

So here's the showdown:
Sharp LL-172AW (W - white model, 5 per store! :o)
Samsung 730B

Now, I know all about the advantages of DVI, in fact, I am a supporter in the forums too. But, this is going to go to my secondary rig which does not have DVI at the moment. Also, Sharp is a very good name for LCD, Samsung is just big so eventually they are going to churn out some good ones. The reviews that I have read suggests that even the Sharp is analog, it can stand on its own vs cheap-grade DVI and their CRT counterpart. Last but not least, I am cheap. :P

For all of you early birds I want to know your opinion. I am pretty sure they will be all gone soon.

PS. Not going to make a poll becuase I have a specific purpose for this monitor and a cheap budget. In general I would have picked DVI-capable models too myself.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:28 am

I say Samsung but i think your going with the Sharp , i saw the word cheap to many times
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:32 am

Right, that's the thing, this is not going to my primary rig. If I were to get real LCDs for my main rig I will be going dual with all the good stuff anyway.

The only thing is, are the 8ms, DVI and a bit more contrast that much better? :roll:
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:34 am

You can prolly get by with it just fine, but what about in the future when you want to upgrade to another machine and then i can hear it now...why was i so CHEEP. IMOHO..get the samsung :lol:
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:40 am

But isn't the white sexier for you? :D

Also I think the Sharp has thinner bezel as well to add to the sexiness?

I'll probably go there and have a look myself later on too. If anyone actually has used either monitors some first hand experience will be appreciated. I just don't quite trust PC World's user reviews (or Futureshop's either).
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:46 am

Please do not buy an LCD monitor that lacks DVI input. :(
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:53 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Please do not buy an LCD monitor that lacks DVI input. :(
Normally I would be the first to say that. :oops:

But the deal seems too tempting and Sharp is like those exotic brands in LCD (like buying an Aston Martin? may be bad analogy). This is going to be an impulse buy...

Or, I could just wait again and prices will be even better? :roll:
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:57 am

Flying Fox wrote:

Or, I could just wait again and prices will be even better? :roll:


As you know, prices of LCD panels are getting cheaper and cheaper..one day when you reach puberty they will be cheeeeeeep enuf for you to buy :lol:
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:18 am

Hey now, that's low. :) [and I'm too old for puberty]

If it were my main rig, I'll be looking at a couple of those new Eizo wide screens. That will certainly burn a hole in my wallet.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:35 am

You need to buy 2 cuz they're small. Does that help.... were supposed to STOP him from spending money? Techreport is the wrong place to try and get that kind of help.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:47 am

Dude, get a Dell (Monitor). With all the crazy coupon deals you really can't go wrong. I just snapped up a 19" UltraSharp 1905FP for $275.

And yes, please DO NOT buy a LCD without DVI.
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:49 am

I hate 19" with 1280x1024. :evil:

I know about the Dells, they won't be a weekend impulse buy.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:01 am

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I hate 19" with 1280x1024. :evil:

I used to think that. Really I like it. Gaming is so much better, much more immersive. Sure higher res is better but I am loving it.
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:04 am

Heh...the dell 17" is on for $208..i got one a couple months ago for $198, and its a very nice monitor..did i mention..it has dvi too :lol:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=320-3952

Do they ship to Canada?
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:59 am

LicketySplit wrote:
Heh...the dell 17" is on for $208..i got one a couple months ago for $198, and its a very nice monitor..did i mention..it has dvi too :lol:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=320-3952

Do they ship to Canada?

Damn it, 1704FPT is not available on dell.ca. The crappy 25ms 1704FPV is. :evil:

I see it listed at US$295 for now, but I know there are always deals. Need some US friends. :wink:
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:45 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Please do not buy an LCD monitor that lacks DVI input. :(

Thirded.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:27 pm

Anybody knows if Dell US ships to Canada? That 1704FPT looks really tasty, if it is going to be US$200 at some point in time... I don't think they do, but I am not sure.
 
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:30 pm

If they have one in Canada, they prolly do..its a great monitor for the price.
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Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:26 pm

LicketySplit wrote:
If they have one in Canada, they prolly do..its a great monitor for the price.

Since it's not on the website, may have to call them and beg for one.

Just double-check the specs on the FPT, +/-70 degree viewing angle? That's kind of low...

I checked out the Sharp personally this afternoon. It is indeed pretty asthetically pleasing, which lives up to the Sharp name well. I would recommend people who don't want DVI to get it. For me, I'll be checking the Samsung 740B (looks like MagicBright II is a good feature to have), or any of those wild Dell deals if they ever come to Canada. :)

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