Monitor Size & Type
by JeffAHayes - 3/29/07 12:34 AM
In Reply to: 17" crt Philips by frankiesmum
I have a Gateway FPD2185W 21" pivoting monitor, which allows me to pivot the monitor 90 degrees to get a vertical orientation (which comes in really handy if I'm editing a large vertical photograph). The Pivot software that runs it actually is configured for rotating 90, 180 or 270 degrees, but I've not even tried any of the other rotation options, as I see no point in anything other than 90 degrees, which works well, and automatically reorients everything on the screen, including how the mouse reacts.
Some software, like the AOL I'm using right now, doesn't seem to take too kindly to being re-oriented like that, but since I use that almost exclusively for editing vertical images, that's really not an issue for me. I've had the monitor since about last September and I'm pretty pleased with it, but less pleased with the tech support I've gotten from Gateway when I've had issues (and MUCH less pleased with the REALLY SNARKY ATTITUDE I've gotten in some emails I got back from some of their tech support people when I complained).
I'd actually say that overall, although I really like the monitor, Gateway would have to REALLY SHOW ME SOMETHING to get me to buy another one of their products after the way their tech support people have talked to me.
My somewhat newer computer (Dell bought about Thanksgiving) has had a few issues with the Vista upgrade, and although their tech support folks have had a degree of trouble resolving my issues, they've essentially BENT OVER BACKWARDS TRYING, spending A GREAT DEAL OF TIME attempting to online, sending me emails, and making numerous follow-up calls to me, as promised, here at home... Better support than I ever got from HP when I had tech support issues with THEM, either.
As an aside, I had the opportunity late last summer to view a widescreen Samsung and Viewsonic monitor side-by-side at OfficeMax, running the identical feed, and I went into their control panels and set them both to DEFAULT settings to make sure I was doing as close of an A-B comparison as possible (I had previous experience with A Samsung monitor with the computer I was using as my main monitor at that time, a 17: 3x4 format). I let the feed (an African wildlife scene like something from Wild Kingdom or Discovery) run through a couple of times, and all I have to say is the Samsung (which was actually priced $10 BELOW the Viewsonic) BLEW THE VIEWSONIC AWAY!
I've also been pretty impressed with my Olevia Syntax HD TV, and for the price, they can also double as a pretty decent large-screen computer monitor, although you won't get the super-high resolution like you will on a true high-end monitor (for instance, the "native" resolution for this 21" monitor is 1680 x 1050, whereas the MAXIMUM resolution for my 27" Olevia Syntax HDTV as a computer monitor is 13?? x 768). It still looks pretty good on the rare occassions I use it as a second monitor, although doing that double-monitor thing can be kind of a pain in the butt, so I don't do it that often.
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