...returned home yesterday evening to find that the monitor on my workstation went south. When I turned on the system there was a large white rectangle in the bottom right portion of the display with an assortment of random lines/shapes that took up about 20% of the screen.
So now at a total standstill until I can get a new display. As I am on a very tight budget I really cannot afford more than around 125$ (which will still be a stretch both economically and options wise).
Would also like to minimise the downtime as much as possible. Did some fast & furious “window shopping” on line last night and this morning as I don’t drive and many of the “big box” retail stores that would have the best prices are spread out among the outskirts of the city where I live.
I looked at several online stores including those suggested to me and it came down to the following two units I found at Newegg
Both are 21.5” (a tad bigger than the one I have) 1900 x 1080 resolution, and are IPS displays which, as I understand, are superior for CG work due to better colour quality. Both get pretty good reviews as well as a few small knocks, but overall the response seems favourable. I have compared IPS to the normal Back-lit LCD displays when I was looking at new ones and the image and colours tend to be much cleaner and more accurate on an IPS display.
Not much of a Dell person but thus one got pretty decent comments regarding the image quality dor the price. It does not come with HDMI cables (6 - 7$ extra) nor DVI-D support. Not all that certain what the advantages of the different formats (DVI-D, D-sub and HDMI) really offer when if comes to the type of work we do
The other choice is this one:
While a bit more expensive, This one has all three video formats and includes the optional cables though apparently according so some comments it needed to be recalibrated out of the box. Also there was a lot of concern that the stand is rather wobbly. There is however a special promo code for ASUS IPS displays that knocks another 10% off the price so it comes in pretty close price wise to the Dell unit.
Most of others I looked at that which were below the price (usually by only 10 - 15$) of these two were 1600 x 900 (the resolution my old one had). I figure If I have to spring 100$ or more, may as well go for as much an upgrade as I can.
Both of these are on sale, the Dell one only through today.