If you want an S-PVA panel for better viewing angle, I've heard of people picking up the Doublesight 24"
(Samsung S-PVA) for <$400 with coupons right now.
I dont understand what the big deal is about viewing angles... I mean, who the heck doesn't sit directly in front of their computer ??? Isn't response time more important?
The problem is low response time + cheap monitors are mainly tailored for the gaming population. While not bad in themselves for what they are designe to do (play games), it is not acceptable to people who do something else, such as photo editing or watching movies, where they value colour reproduction over response times. Most of the fast response times can be achieved because they use 6-bit TN panels, which can physically reproduce 262,144 colours, compared to 8-bit's capability of 16.7 million. Smart image processing algorithms called dithering can create the illusion of more colours for those 6-bit panels, but for people who are picky enough the colours will look "washed out" to them because of the lack of colours (basically losing shades of different colours).
Skin tones, sunrise/sunset, and basically anything with a smooth gradient of colours are the tests for colour reproduction.
Also, when we are talking large monitors like the 20" and up, even if you are straight on with the monitor you will still be at an angle, especially when you are looking towards the edges for viewing angles to matter. TN panels are notoriously poor with viewing angles. A slight shift and the colours will look so different.
I guess I have to shut up asap, because now that you know and you start looking for the imperfections, you will not be able to get those out of your head and you will get hooked on higher priced, better quality monitors. Ignorance is really bliss when it comes to LCD quality.
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