So I was at frys yesterday, and ended up getting a new monitor since they had one on sale (apparently 23" is enough, you can't notice much difference from 24") - Acer S231HL for $130 (usually $160 on newegg, so I jumped on it). 23" LED. It's surprising how thin this is, though it has a tiny power brick. It's matte, but the bezel and stand are glossy (the back is also matte). I'm probably going to mess with the colors a little - I had to adjust the brightness using the nvidia settings a bit to make it look right (whites are too bright otherwise). Also, the OSD on this is a pain to use, and lacks gamma settings. Still, it's not a bad idea. Now, I have quite a bit more desk space compared to 2 19" 5:4 monitors (besides, now I can use all the monitor space for a game, something that dual monitor setups don't work well with). The stand has NO adjustments - can't be moved up and down, can't be tilted, so I put it on top of a little container to get it to eye level. On the other hand, my old monitors made little creaking noises occosionally, which doesn't quite help when my desk is in the bedroom, and this doesn't do that. Shockingly enough, they actually included a HDMI cable, as well as DVI and VGA. Man, and stingy samsung only includes VGA! It seems like no one includes HDMI cables with stuff (not as bad as only including a composite video cable with a bluray player, which sony does, but still). The connectors go out the back, unlike most, which helps with cable connection it seems. I use DVI on the desktop and HDMI when I connect the laptop at times, and I unplug that cable when not using it. I might want to mess with the color settings a little though. Now if only I can find a way to disable that stupid ugly Acer logo that appears when you turn it on... One other oddity - if you put the PC in sleep or shut it down, it goes searching through all the inputs (DVI, VGA, HDMI), says there's no input, and then
shuts down. I don't recall it does that if the PC tells the monitor to turn off but keeps running though (the display timeout thing due to inactivity) - it just turns off. It seems to automatically select the input.
Well, I don't think I'm going to be buying anything else this christmas season. Unlike coastie... (new cheap laptop, expensive PSU....)
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 11 December 2011 - 04:51 PM