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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:27 am    Post subject: Can't find any reviews of LG 194WS monitor Reply with quote

I was in Tesco earlier today, and they seemed to be reducing the prices of all their LCD displays. The one that really caught my eye was the 19" LG 194WS for £99 with a resolution of 1440x900 and a VGA connector. I came home and searched for reviews of this screen to see what other people think of it, but haven't had much luck. All that I've found is a quote on this page which says "I already have LG 194WS and I hate the viewing angle and one resolution thing (other than that its great though)" - talk about a mixed review... Rolling Eyes If anyone has any experience of this model (or knows where I'll find some reviews), I'd love to hear about it.

Alternatives at Tesco are the 19" Dell SE198WFP for £140 (1440x900, DVI) or the ViewSonic 22" for £140 (1680x1050, VGA).

I'm worried that if I buy a display with a 1440x900 resolution, I'll regret not buying a 1680x1050. Have others had the same feeling, or is there not that much of a difference?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I'm using it with my mini and I'm happy with it.
I had a 17" LCD from LG before and found this one to be very bright.
I'm assuming it's from the 5000:1 contrast.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in PC World today (the IT equivalent of "Burger World" where Beavis and Butthead worked) and got a chance to see the LG 194WS displaying the Vista desktop. At first it seemed fine, but on closer inspection I could see that at the boundary where black letters met white background there was a bluish or reddish smudge of colour. This made text look out-of-focus. Not good.

Other possible replacements for my 15" Benq are the ViewSonic VA2216W (£160 in PC World, but £140 in Staples) or the 'Emprex' range of monitors I saw in Comet (own brand?). TBH, the monitor that I've really set my heart on is the Formac Gallery Xtreme 2010, but it's more than I'd budgeted for at £223.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered a Samsung as they tend to get good reviews.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomo wrote:
Have you considered a Samsung as they tend to get good reviews.

Yes Thomo, I have - when I popped into Tesco, they were selling the Samsung 931BW for £149. The problem is that all of Samsung's recent models are widescreen, and I'm more concerned about height than width. In essence, I'm trying to find the cheapest way to get the biggest extension to the 768 pixel height of my current display. The Samsung would be an improvement; 900 pixels is taller than 768 pixels, but I'd rather sacrifice the width for even more height. I'm interested in monitors with a 1280x1024 resolution, although 1680x1050 trounces that, so that's another possibility. I can't afford a 1920x1200, but a 1600x1200 would give me exactly the same height for less money.

P.S. For anyone who's wondering, my Benq will rotate through 90 degrees, but the pixels look 'sharpened' and busy to the eye Confused and a 768 pixel width is even more unworkable than a 768 pixel height!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I took my Mini into Staples today and connected it up to the Viewsonic VA2216W. At first, the Mini chose the wrong resolution, but once I'd manually set it to 1680x1050, it was fine.

Of course, a 22-incher was a big improvement over my tiny Benq; the best part was its ability to display two pages of a Pages document side-by-side AND have some space left for the Inspector palette - very impressive.

And the height was improved as well by an extra 282 pixels which meant that if I made the dock disappear and dragged the Pages window down to the bottom of the screen, choosing to view a document "Full Screen" resulted in a 107% magnification. The same exercise on my little 15-incher provides only a 73% magnification.

I was on the point of handing over the VISA card, but instead I told the assistant that I'd think about it. At first, I couldn't work out what stopped me from just buying it, but later I realised that when I'd seen the 24" iMac, I'd been blown away by its screen and this had spoiled me. The Viewsonic just couldn't provide me with the same feeling.

But it's my birthday on Tuesday, and I've had some hints from family members that it might be worth waiting to see what that brings.... Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:

But it's my birthday on Tuesday, and I've had some hints from family members that it might be worth waiting to see what that brings.... Cool

Don't get your hopes up to high JB! But hopefully it will be something good!
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trustory wrote:
JohnnyBoy wrote:

But it's my birthday on Tuesday, and I've had some hints from family members that it might be worth waiting to see what that brings.... Cool

Don't get your hopes up to high JB! But hopefully it will be something good!

Well, family members donated a total of £160 to the cause. Smile So now I'm trying to find a monitor with a 1600x1200 resolution for not much more than that (I need to keep some money back for OmniGraffle).

I've been scouring eBay and Google Shopping, looking for any of the candidates on my list:
Formac Gallery 2010
Dell 2001FP or 2007FP
Samsung SM204B
Iiyama Prolite E511S-B or E511S-W

If anyone knows of any other (cheap!) 1600x1200 res monitors worth checking out, then let me know...
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