I am currently bouncing around my office doing my happy dance (not a pretty sight), because I’ve just powered-up my new 28-inch monitor and it is WONDERFUL!!!
As you know, I spend much of my days slaving away at my computer writing articles, papers, and books; creating images in visio; tweaking graphics and photographs in PaintShop Pro, and so forth.
As the years go by, my eyes are getting worse and worse. Even though I have a special set of glasses for computer work, I constantly find myself peeking over the top of them and squinting at the screen for close-up work. Thus, this past weekend I decided to treat myself to a new monitor.
First of all I tried looking at Best Buy, but the biggest they had was only 24” and I’ve been caught that way before. Actually, maybe we should rewind a bit. My last-but-one monitor was a 20” diagonal unit, whose screen is 16” across and 12” tall, thereby giving it the classic 4:3 aspect ratio.
About six months ago I decided I needed a bigger monitor, so I went to Best Buy and purchased a 24” diagonal unit. Now this really was a nice monitor, but it didn’t quite satisfy my requirements. I just measured it and I see what was wrong. Its screen is 21” across and 12” tall, which means it has an aspect ratio of 7:4. The main thing is that it is only 12” tall, which means it’s the same height as my previous monitor. The end result was that - although I could work with two documents side-by-side -- each document wasn’t actually any bigger than it was on my original monitor (sort of thing if you see what I mean).
Thus it was that I started looking around for something bigger and better. “Eeeek!” I said to myself (or words to that effect) when I started looking at the prices of these beasts. Some of them were $400 or $500 or more, which is much too rich for my blood.
But after rooting around the Internet I eventually discovered the I-Inc iH-282HPB 28" Widescreen LCD Monitor, which was much more affordable at $249.99. The reviews on Amazon.com were overall very good. Some folks talked about having a pixel permanently on, but others said that even if this was the case it wasn’t a problem. What was a problem was that Amazon didn’t have any in stock, so I had a quick Google (no one was looking) and found TigerDirect.com (www.tigerdirect.com).
I have to tell you that I am VERY IMPRESSED with the folks at Tiger Direct. I placed my order on Sunday and selected the cheapest shipping option they offer, which I was informed could take anywhere from 4 to 7 days. In fact, the monitor arrived today (Tuesday), which is only the second business day after I placed my order.
Now, although this is marketed as a 28” monitor, it’s actually only 27.5” diagonal. I just measured it and it’s 23.5” across and 14.5” tall, which means I don’t have a clue as to its aspect ratio (unless I calculate it out at some weird real number). It’s wider (proportionally) than a classic 4:3 aspect ratio but not as wide (proportionally) as a 16:9 or whatever. Actually I don’t care … whatever aspect ratio it is, it looks GREAT to me.
What I do know is that I’m running at a resolution of 1920 x 1200, the image is crystal clear, and I am extremely satisfied. This is without a doubt the best monitor I have ever owned (both in terms of size and quality of the image).
In fact, I am so enthused that I’m actually going to use it to do some real work (at some time in the not-so-distant future [grin]).