I've been playing Shogun II Total War so first... A haiku.
The pervasive grays
Eager to read documents
I miss CRT
That aside, CHRIST! Picking out an LCD is annoying. Firstly, the fact that the matte screens usually have washed out blacks really annoys me. Not only that but the whole backlight bleed from certain angles is REALLY annoying. Every TN panel I've seen has it and gray-blacks.
Secondly, the idea that everything has to be 1080P and thus 16:9 is ridiculous. People like to read PDFs and articles, why would some extra vertical panel change ANYTHING for movies? Its not scaling to compensate for that!
Thirdly, the asinine contrast ratio for TN panels. I do not need to explain why contrast ratios baffle me, again, its a bunch of marketing junk. The lack of VA panels at affordable prices as well is a bunch of marketing crap. I don't care what anyone says, a VA panel honestly is the best idea to sate both groups of people.
The DESIGNS. Oh god the DESIGNS. I don't want a glossy piece of plastic crap sitting atop my Harman Kardon HK3390 and in between my Yamaha NS-333's which actually have a PIANO grade finish, not paint, so they don't actually pick up grime/fingerprints like glossy plastic does. Nor does dust stick to them strongly.
What the hell kind of stand is that?
Who is deciding circular bases is a good idea?
It goes on.
Ghosting... I don't even know what to say about this. So many people whine about minor ghosting that its a joke. Then there are those who don't care like me.
So now I made my purchase
I was angry that TVs in stores looked "more real than life". I learned that most of those use IPS panels. I decided to spring $268 for a 21.5" S-IPS panel monitor. I wanted somewhat deep blacks. I wanted good color. I wanted eye popping color actually. I wanted a simple design. I wanted a base that could stand strong on my HK3390. I wanted a stand that could switch from portrait to landscape when I have to read very long PDFs. I think I'm going to be happy.
I bought it from Buy.com with a $10 coupon and after shipping (I wanted it by this week so got the standard $8 instead of the free one), it came out to $268. I could wait some more days since Amazon had it for $308 (I buy EVERYTHING I can from Amazon if its even a few bucks more just because I like my student prime membership). It should come by Saturday, hopefully earlier. Anyways, I will review it when I can. I'll probably have to upgrade my HD4830 and finally get a quad core considering the resolution is a bit larger but I'll do that later on.
I also bought a Panasonic ER224S beard trimmer
and a set of Kicking Horse Cliffhanger Espresso coffee beans
from Amazon with a gift card I won from Asus. I think you guys can tell, I've got a job and am finally upgrading some of my stuff.
I'm also a Jalop (Jalopnik.com) so I'm somewhat putting pictures with everything. On a final note, I might be acquiring a Datsun 240z in May. If I do, I will be documenting a restoration and I'm pretty sure its still "General Technology Chat" related!