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Posted: 04.01.2003
ABC...easy as LCD
Todd sent me this article online -- it seems Sony is phasing out all 17" and 19" CRT models effective...well...yesterday. It's "part of the industry's shift away from CRTs to LCD panels".

We just bought a new monitor over the weekend, and just in time it seems. We got a Sony 17" flatscreen Trinitron. We ended up getting a steal on it ($50 rebate, and $22 off in-store when they realized they'd sold us one and we had to pick it up at another location) -- but that's hardly my point.

I did not want a flatscreen LCD. Yes, they're pretty. Yes, they take up virtually no space compared to their CRT counterpart. But no, they just aren't clear enough for me with Photoshop open 18 hours a day. Sorry. I've got my laptop for that. After adoring our Sony Trinitron television for so long, I knew that's what I wanted in a monitor. Even if it is taking a bit of time to adjust to the two wire lines that come with it. My computer desk will only hold a 17" or 19" tube, so after price-comparison, I decided I'd rather have more money for vacation than two extra inches of space. (Our old monitor was 17" as well.) So I'm a very happy camper with our purchase.

I'm also very glad I listened to my instincts now that it seems we've bought ourselves a dinosaur. I love how the article stated:

"There's a core group of users who are extremely dedicated to the technology that's hardest to ship, such as the Diamondtron or Trinitron," Alexander said. "There, users are extremely attracted to things like their color saturation, brightness levels, and color purity. We see this especially in places like graphics departments, desktop publishing, and people doing animation."

Those loyal users haven't yet embraced LCDs, Alexander said. Knowing that, the decision makes sense for Sony, since that user base has already shown they're willing to pay a premium for the technology. In addition, Sony also avoids the brutal price competition that has plagued the popular 17-inch and 19-inch CRT segment, she said.
See, I was just the opposite. I wasn't willing to pay a premium. Screw me for being a penny-pincher, I guess! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go hug my new purchase and be thankful I got it when I did...

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

she said "more money for vacation than two extra inches" heh heh...

¤ ¤ credit: a different Bill | 04.01.03 at 03:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Yes, yes I did. Glad to see someone is as warped as I am, because I've joked about that for days. ;-p

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.01.03 at 03:32 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Heh...she also said 17" or 19" tube. I'm sorry but that's just FREAKY.

But if you decide you need those 2 extra inches, let me know and I'll forward you one of those emails I get every day. Apprarently you can get those inches safely and naturally.

¤ ¤ credit: Dave | 04.01.03 at 03:47 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

LCD aren't that bad. I got mine for $300 from Costco. I use Photoshop almost daily, and it's clear enough for me! The only thing I worry about is color differences between LCD and CRT, but I haven't run into any major problems yet (except with people that don't calibrate their monitors).

Come, join us on the dark side... >:)

¤ ¤ credit: theresa | 04.01.03 at 04:19 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

No thank you. The comparisons I've done just haven't been worth it. :-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.01.03 at 04:35 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I agree. LCD monitors are cool from a space-saving perspective, but quality isn't quite what it needs to be yet. Hopefully in a few years when that monitor you just got wears out, LCD will have improved and come down in price significantly.

¤ ¤ credit: Dave | 04.01.03 at 04:54 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

not clear enough? you need your glasses checked. But then again at work mine cost over $1k new so its no cheapy.

¤ ¤ credit: jay | 04.01.03 at 05:34 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

i think we're talking consumer-grade, jay. when i worked for ibm, i saw some lcd monitors they're developing at the watson research center, where they make stuff that wont hit the market for 5 to 10 years, and they had some flat screens that displayed bazillions of pixels per inch...it was truly amazing. but right now they'd be cost prohibitive to mass produce.

¤ ¤ credit: Dave | 04.01.03 at 05:58 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I got a 17" Sony SDM-S71 Flatpanel, is that the same one that you have? I just got mine about a month ago and I LOVE it. I use the same one at work so I am so adapted to it, when I sit at a CRT - - - it's totally different now.

¤ ¤ credit: Jason | 04.01.03 at 09:28 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

OH FOOOOEY! Just realized you said FLATSCREEN and not flatpanel...sorry. I do have a flatscreen TV which is nice!

¤ ¤ credit: Jason | 04.01.03 at 09:32 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

We've started to go to the LCDs at work. Hey - when you have an international call center with many rows of PCs the heat the tube monitors put out is killer. Our call center uses 20" monitors and they are replacing them with 19" LCDs. In our tests, the LCD actually has a clearer picture than the tube monitors (We have mainly Sony and Viewsonic tube monitors). The Mac crowd (all 5 of them on our 3000 user network) all have the LCD monitors as well and they use Photoshop to create the glossies we put out for our marketing promos and pricers. I don't want one for home as I, too, am cheap. I won't pay the premium for the LCD.

¤ ¤ credit: BillH | 04.01.03 at 09:53 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Yes, I'm not talking about "good" LCD monitors -- I'm talking about the kind of LCD monitor you get in the under $300 range vs. the kind of CRT monitor you get in the same price range. I realize if you bump up in bucks, so will the quality -- but I also like eating -- so CRT it is.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.01.03 at 10:06 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I just think it's funny that it's his new computer but you came away with the new monitor. :D

¤ ¤ credit: Sekimori | 04.01.03 at 11:00 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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