My monitor is degrading

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  1. andrewcollier

    andrewcollier TPF Noob!

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    My CRT monitor has lost its clarity and I am considering a replacement. I have looked at a review on a website saying a CRT tube starts to degrade after 3 years (mine is 4 years old) although I see many people with monitors older than mine that seem to be fine. I am considering an LCD as I have seen many reviews saying how good they are for digital imaging although not quite up to a CRT.

    I have three questions:-

    1. Has anybody had experience with their CRT degrading?
    2. Does anybody have any thoughts on how an LCD may degrade?
    3. I am thinking of a massive upgrade from a 17 inch CRT up to a 24 inch widescreen. (Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24" widescreen LCD Flat Panel Monitor.) Does anybody have any experience of digital imaging on a screen this big? I feel it would be worthwhile when working on two image files. It would also double up as a watchable TV.

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  2. spiralout

    spiralout TPF Noob!

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    I really know nothing about monitors, except that I could REALLY use a new one! :lol: Mine has terrible contrast, is quite dark, and is shaking around the edges enough to give me a headache. I'd like to hear about crt degradation as well.
     
  3. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have an ancient one, gotta be 6 years old now - a NEC, which has served me amazingly well. In just the last month or two, it has started to give an odd flicker, thus showing its age and I know it's on its way out. But aside from that, you'd never know it - it's still briar sharp and shows good contrast and clarity. I will hate replacing it. I'm not really interested in an LCD; the ones I've looked at fall short to what I have now.
     
  4. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    For photography and graphics, CRTs are still more accurate. You'd be much happier, and better off, buying two 21" CRTs.
     
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    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    If you get a LCD USE A SCREEN SAVER AND NEVER EVER LEAVE IT ON WHEN YOU'RE AWAY. doing so can really screw them up pretty badly
     
  6. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I will be getting a NEC/mitsubishi 21 inch CRT next year. They last around 5 years usually, and are a pleasure to profile.

    I have a top model viewsonic LCD and I think it's unsuitable for graphics. You still get color shifts when you change the position of your head.

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