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LCD Monitors...Meh.

Last week there was a really good deal on Dell 2001FP monitors. With stackable coupons, I was able to grab one for slightly more than $500US. Given the fact that the monitor retails for $749, the savings were very good. I've been hesitant to purchase an LCD monitor because they haven't been suitable for gaming due to slow response times (i.e. how quickly the pixels can shift color). However, newer generations of LCDs have brought the response times down to 16ms or less. In theory, that response time is fast enough for FPS games like CounterStrike or Battlefield 2 (my new favorite).

The operable words here are: in theory.

The reality (for me, at least) is that LCDs have a way to go before they begin to match the responsiveness of a CRT. Despite a single dead pixel in the upper right quadrant of the screen, I really liked the way the 2001FP looked when browsing the web, reading email and other similar activities. However, it just didn't cut it for games. I noticed screen lag when playing a fast-moving game like Battlefield 2, and it made the game harder on my eyes. Also, the fixed resolution was annoying for me. Because the panel has a fixed resolution of 1600x1200, I had to play at that resolution or deal with a blurry display at lower resolutions. While I didn't have major problems playing at 1600x1200, I actually prefer playing at 1280x960 for most games, since it allows very high texture settings while still providing excellent performance.

So, I'm going to go back to my trusty NEC MultiSync FE1250+ CRT. Using the LCD for a few days made me realize how much I really enjoyed my CRT. Fortunately, Dell offers a 21-day return guarantee on monitors. So, I'll be sending back the 2001FP for a refund.

Now back to Battlefield 2...

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