dealsdell st2310 23" full hd widescreen monitor…

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don't buy anything from dell....ever.

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@justafreak: Dell is far better than most of the other brands out there these days. What brand do you buy?

Personally I build my own desktop systems, buy Samsung monitors, and Dell laptops...

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This monitor doesn't have the VESA mount.

and if its like my s2209w the vertical viewing angle is poor, but at the right height, its great, everything looks good on it, just don't turn it 90-degrees.

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@bpr0422: Well yea if you turn it 90 degrees then its either facing the floor, roof or your looking at the side.

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I don't know much about monitors, but I was looking at upgrading from the 19" non HD one I have right now -- seeing what I could get for between 150-200, and noticed this deal. I was also pointed in the direction of another 23" monitor over at Frys for 20 bucks less, but there's a slight difference in the contrast ratio. Anyway, can someone with computer savvy point me in the right direction? Thanks!

Here's the info:
ASUS equivalent at Frys.com for $150 (after rebate):
http://www.frys.com/product/5895643

Dell ST2310 23":
- Widescreen
- 1020p (I assume)
- 50000:1 contrast ratio
- 5ms response time
- 1920 x 1080

ASUS VH242H 23.6":
- Widescreen
- 1020p
- 20000:1 contrast ratio
- 5ms response time
- 1920 x 1080

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@sirsharp: well if it had a vesa mount you could rotate it 90 degrees

@dpskitty: newegg users say the asus has a high fail rate, and poor factory settings, then again it has a longer warranty, asus 3 years : dell 1 year

the dell monitor is marketed for the average home consumer so the osd and interface could be easier to use.

also Full HD is 1080p

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@femaster: THey have the worst customer service of any company. and personally I use HP displays..

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DO not order from dell... I am still waiting for this monitor that I ordered on 4/26. They have delayed it 4 times since my order. If you try to call dell you will be in a constant loop of phone prompts and transfers. Spend your money some where else. Stay away from dell.

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@dpskitty: The difference in between the two monitors you have there is the contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is the difference between the darkest black and whitest white. So the higher the ratio the larger the difference in the colors you will see.

I have had really good experience with Dell monitors but as stated before this has the crappy dell stand instead of the good dell stand. This is easily fixed with a new mount but its up to you.

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@spyrus: This one is hard to fix with a new mount since it has no VESA mounting holes. I bought this and returned it for that very reason. I wound up with the Samsung 2333HD that I bought off of Buy.com for $199 so that I could mount it to my radial arm. The integrated tuner on the Samsung was another bonus!

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@dpskitty:
There is actually a nicer acer. This is only $140 with a better ratio.

23” display
HD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution
5ms response time
40000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
DVI and VGA inputs

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@everyone:
thanks for the responses!!

this is exactly the sort of help that one never expects to find on the internet, so when you wake up to umteen helpful replies it makes you feel infinitely better about the future of our "series of tubes" society.

@gdubz: that monitor looks like a steal, and it doesn't have terrible reviews from the google/Amazon I've been reading.

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"Many manufacturers make a big deal about contrast ratio, which is supposed to specify how wide a range of light shades and dark shades an HDTV or monitor can display. Overall, however, this is a meaningless measure of a screen's quality. Currently there's no standard way of measuring it, which explains to some extent why one company might list its products as having contrast ratios in the 20,000:1 range, while another may brag about ratios of 1,000,000:1.

Until the electronics industry settles on one way of measuring and expressing contrast ratio, you should probably ignore this metric altogether. Instead, judge a screen using your own eyes. You'll want to look for screens that have dark, inky blacks, and avoid ones whose blacks more resemble gray."

I understand it's difficult to buy monitors online without viewing them in person first, but the ratio is only a measure. Greater or less on a monitor boils down to your eyes and how the quality pleases you. Stay away from Dell!

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I ordered one of these BEFORE I read the comments. I telephoned them to cancel the order (you folks made me chicken out) and they agreed to cancel the order, and gave me a confirmation cancellation number.