CRT & LCD Monitors


    My very first monitor, in my computing world, was a 15 inch TV. Course, at that time my mass storage facility was a cassette tape. Those were the days... At any rate, my most recent previous monitor was a ViewSonic A90 CRT. I had it for a number of years and it went thru a couple of systems with me. Unfortunately, it died. I was working on a database problem and I left my 'puter on 24hrs a day. I do this a lot so I won't forget, or at least have a better chance of remembering, what I was doing. Even though the screen was blanked, the monitor still had power. Well... it did. That's what died... no power. Some quick checks were made for any obvious problems but nothing was found. I do not have the neccessary equipment to trouble shoot it so, I called around about repairs. Out of the question. For the amount they were asking to fix it, I could buy a brand new one ... which is what I did.

    Now then, my 'intermediate' display was/is a 15 inch ViewSonic VA520 LCD. This was originally purchased for my wife but she complained that it was to blurry. At the time I was only sitting at it for short time periods and I didn't think it was that bad. At any rate, it has been my shop display for some time now. It was ok for that. I never could find the response time for it, but I'm sure that it was 25ms or greater. Quite a difference between the A90 and the VA520, besides the size. The LCD picture was not as clear as the CRT. So, before I invested anything in a new display ... we needed to research.

    For CRT's the selection would be easy, just get another ViewSonic A90 or whatever their, ViewSonic's, newest comparable model is. However, for the LCD screens it is a little more involved. In order to get a good screen you need to have a fast response time. It seems that 25ms or better is the magic number. At least for the response time. The other number of importance is the dot pitch. The response time concerns blurriness and the dot pitch concerns graininess... at least as far as I can see.

    The CRT's win in the picture quality hands down. At least at this point in time, 30 Mar 05. So, the two main reasons to move to an LCD display would be less Power Consumption and Smaller Footprint. Course, I wonder a little on that last one. The main thing to decide on is which LCD monitor to get.

    I have purchased a Sony SDM-HS95P/B. The Lord was with me on this one. He directed me to a very good LCD. I stopped by the local 'puter store with my wife and whilst we were looking, one of the clerks pointed out this monitor. My wife liked it right away. Not sure how much of that was cause of the sales person and how much was cause of what was displayed. With the 0.294mm dot pitch, it is a little grainy. But it is not blurry, cause it is fast, 12ms response time. Or am I just telling myself that cause of the speed. ViewSonic has a monitor that I was interested in also. It has a 0.26mm dot pitch at 16ms response time. Now then, what is going to make the biggest difference, response time or pitch?? I'll have to go back to the store to figure that one out.

    Whilst I am figuring out which way to go, you can look at some monitor information on the following two locations.

A. CRT Comparisons   -    B. LCD Dot Pitch Selections

    Alllrighty now. I went back to the 'puter store and the Lord was with me again. They had moved the monitors around and there was only one, a Samsung, in between the Sony and ViewSonic monitors. My neighbor was with me and he also was impressed with the Sony. With it mixed in among the other monitors it looked the clearest and the best. I think it is mainly cause of the rich vibrant colors that it produces. On closer inspection I could not see a big difference in the 'graininess' of the screens. I'm not sure where I got the 0.26mm figure for the ViewSonic cause I can't find it again.?! So, if you are needing a new monitor and can afford it, I am recommending this Sony HS95P. I, and all my relatives and friends like the colors. This is one of the best screens I have had, or seen. I have an R/C simulator (Real Flight G2) on this PC and it performed well and looks great. Matter of fact, I was noticing how much realer the trees looked. I thank the Lord for pointing this one out to me ... and for making me wait. This was a recent addition to my local Computer Store.

    One closing comment: I have read some reviews that were rather detremental to this display device. Their biggest complaints dealt with the frame and adjustability. Contrary to the complaints of others, there is some adjustability. The 'case' has a tail that folds out for stability, just like a picture frame. It is not real loose and you can adjust the straightness, or angle, of view. At least for proper ergonomic positioning. You can not tilt it down. So, if you are the type of person who lays down while you are typing, this will not work for you. The height is another question. I think it is a little on the low side. However, I have a power box and I set my monitor on top of it. The extra one and a half to two inches makes it better for me. (And I just got a new one that is higher, over 4 and a half inches. A Logisys Extention Station described down below at the end.) As for rotatability, I don't see a problem. I can twist this 19 inch monitor just as easy, if not easier, as I could my big 19 inch CRT. Just like a large picture, you can twist it for better viewing to someone else. And you don't have to worry about the back end hitting something.

    This Sony LCD monitor is just like everything else in this world. Some are gona love it and some are gona hate it. However, I do believe that those who buy it and take time to get used to it will love it. Don't make the mistake that I made and just look at all the specs. Just look at the monitor 'quality'... and enjoy.


SONY SDM-HS95P Overview
X-Black LCD technology delivers photos and video with true-to-life intensity. Vivid video game animation pulls you into the action.

Super high brightness combined with a superior contrast delivers an incredible image quality and precision.

Gamma and sRGB colour-space controls for easy image adjustments
Simple setup - Plug & play and the Sony automatic image adjustment feature gives hassle-free configuration.

Ultra-fast panel (response time :8ms) makes this display the ideal gaming companion!
  • Display Type - LCD display / TFT (Thin Film Transitor) active matrix
  • Pixel Pitch - .294mm H/V
  • Horizontal Scan (kHz) - 28k to 80kHz
  • Vertical Refresh (Hz) - 48 to 75Hz
  • Luminance - 500 cd/m2
  • ErgoBright Technology - (high) 400 cd/m2 / (middle) 350 cd/m2
  • Color Systems - 16.2 million
  • Viewing Angle - 160 degrees / 160 degrees
  • Tilt Range - 0 degrees to +20 degrees
  • Image Aspect Ratio - 5:4
  • Image Contrast Ratio - 580:1
  • Analog Video Signal - RGB # (1.0 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15))
  • Digital Video Standard - Digital Visual Interface (DVI) # (1.0 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI)
  • Video Inputs - HD-15 Analog & DVI-D Digital
  • On-Screen Controls Contrast,
  •     Menu,
  • Controls / Adjustments Brightness,
  •     Contrast,
    Input select,
    Color temperature,
    Gamma correction,
    H/V position,
  • Display Screen Coating - Anti-reflective
  • Features Eco-Mode,     ErgoBright,
    sRGB color management,
  • Internal Power Supply
  • Power Management - 60W (normal operation max.) / 36W (standard condition typ.) / 1W (active off max.) / 1W (main Switch off)
  • Vesa Wall/Arm Mount - 75mm
  • Kensington Lock Compatible
  • Color - Silver Chassis with Black Control Panel Strip (Naww, mines all black.)
  • Unit Dimensions - 17 1/10" (w) x 15" to 16 1/2" (h) x 5 7/10" to 8 1/2" (d)
  • Unit Weight - 13.2 lbs.

Dead Pixel Policy

Please take note that all retail LCD monitors are governed by an international standard regarding the fault tolerance of the pixels on the screen.

Due to the technology used it is known for LCD TFT monitors to develop “dead” pixels.

They can be in the form of pixels always being white “lit”(type 1), always black “unlit”(type 2) or sub “red/blue/green” (type 3).

Under ISO 13406-2 the following types listed above are explained below and list how many are required before the manufacturer is obliged to replace the item.
  • Type 1 - 3 faulty pixels
  • Type 2 - 3 faulty pixels
  • Type 3 - 6 faulty pixels
Please note these are cumulative so 2 dead type 2 pixel and 1 dead type 1 pixel would class as 3 dead pixels and be replaced.

However some manufacturers use their own standards. For details of major manufacturers pixel polices please contact the manufacturer for details. Product Description: (Sony SDM HS95P)

Designed for such high-end applications as gaming, multimedia, and graphic design, the SDMHS95P from Sony is a 19-inch active matrix TFT LCD monitor with the power and flexibility to fit just about any computing need. With support for both analog and digital inputs, the SDMHS95P is compatible with a wide range of video cards, while its slim design neatly fits with today's sensibilities and ergonomic needs.

With a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution and a 0.294 mm dot pitch, onscreen images are crisp and true-to-life, while a 550:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 of brightness deliver easy-to-see images and text even in brightly lit environments. Sony's XBRITE technology optimizes brightness, color, and clarity, while its ErgoBright technology optimizes brightness levels, helping to reduce eyestrain.

With its fast 8-12 ms response time, the SDMHS95P consistently delivers smooth motion video and graphics, and 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a wide range of visual clarity, making it easy to watch movies with family, or play video games with friends. Plug-and-play compatibility makes setup quick and simple, and the onscreen display menu allows you to easily adjust the monitor's many settings.

The built-in power supply consumes about 36 watts during normal operation and just 1 wattwhile in standby mode. With a 17.4-by-8.5-inch footprint, the SDMHS95P fits neatly on your desktop and is VESA wall-mount compatible, allowing you to free up your desktop completely. Compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems, the monitor also comes backed with a three-year limited warranty on parts, labor, and backlight.

What's in the Box
Monitor, CD-ROM user manual, AC power cord, quick setup guide, Windows and Macintosh utility files, HD15 video signal cable, warranty card, DVI digital cable.

LG Wide Screen LED Monitor

IPS technology controls the liquid crystal display to help keep distortion at a minimum and allows users to view images on the screen at virtually any angle.^You won't believe your eyes. LG's LED technology delivers amazing brightness, clarity and color detail.^Get nearly double the pixel resolution of standard HD with Full HD 1080p Resolution.

Screen Size Class (diagonal) 24" Class (23.8" diagonal)
Panel Type IPS - LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness (cd/m2) 250
Contrast Ratio (DFC) 5,000,000:1
Response Time (GTG) 5ms
Viewing Angle (CR>10) 178║/178║
Display Colors 16.7 M Colors
Panel Surface Hard Coating, 3H

Refer:  LG Page  

 July 25th, 2016  Well, this 'was' my wife's monitor and because I was claiming that I needed a wider monitor -and- she was tired of looking around hers to see the TV, we swapped. I am, however, wondering IF it was such a good idea. Takes a little getting used to... but I think in the long run I will be happier. A lot of the newer programs are almost requiring a Wide Screen. I suspect that she may want hers back and then I will get one of my own. Till then...

ViewSonic A90 19" CRT Monitor

ViewSonic A90

     The ViewSonic A90 19-inch CRT monitor features 18 inches of viewable area. The screen is specially treated to minimize glare and reflection. Its ViewMatch feature lets you adjust the temperature and intensity of colors, allowing for more accurate screen/printer matching. The A90's horizontal dot pitch is .23mm with a 1,600 x 1,280 maximum resolution. A three-year limited warranty comes standard.

  • Compatibility: PC and Macintosh
  • Display type: Color CRT
  • Display size (diagonal): 19 inches
  • Diagonal viewable screen size: 18 inches
  • Tube type: Information unavailable
  • Dot/pixel pitch: 0.23 by 0.27 millimeters
  • Phosphor: Information unavailable
  • Glass surface: ARAG antiglare, antistatic, SuperClear
  • Input signals: RGB analog, Sync
  • Input connector/cable: 15-pin mini D-sub male
  • Maximum noninterlaced resolution: 1,600 x 1,280
  • Maximum refresh rate: Information unavailable
  • Horizontal frequency: 30 to 86 kHz
  • Vertical frequency: 50 to 180 Hz
  • Maximum display area: Information unavailable
  • Power on/off: Yes
  • Key-1/key-2: Yes
  • Left/right: Yes
  • Contrast: Yes
  • Brightness: Yes
  • Horizontal/vertical position: Yes
  • Horizontal/vertical size: Yes
  • Color temperature: Yes
  • Language select: Yes
  • Display frequency: No
  • Horizontal/vertical moire: Yes
  • Pincushion: Yes
  • Pin balance : Yes
  • Degauss: Yes
  • Trapezoid: Yes
  • Parallelogram: Yes
  • Rotation: No
  • Recall: Yes
  • Width: 17.7 inches
  • Height: 17.8 inches
  • Depth: 18.3 inches
  • Weight: 46.2 pounds
  • Warranty, parts: 3 years
  • Warranty, labor: 3 years

ViewSonic A75s CRT Monitor

ViewSonic A75s

This is my wifes monitor.

CRT Type 17" (16.0" viewable) CRT
Dot Pitch 0.24mm horizontal, 0.27mm diagonal
Phosphor RGB medium persistence
Glass Surface Tint (TM=46%) ARAG« screen treatment
INPUT SIGNAL Video RGB analog (75 ohms, 0.714 Vp-p)
Sync H/V separated (TTL), composite, sync-on-green
Frequency f h: 30~70kHz; f v: 50~180Hz
COMPATIBILITY PC IBM« XT, AT, 386, 486, Pentium« PS/2 and compatibles (from VGA up to 1280x1024 non-interlaced)
Mac®* Power MacTM up to 1024x768
CONNECTOR Signal 15-pin mini D-sub [attached]
Power 3-pin plug (ICE3200)
POWER Voltage AC 90-132V/198-264VAC (auto switch) 50/60 (+/-3)Hz
Consumption 90W (typ)
CONTROLS Basic Power on/off, Key-1, Key-2, down, up
On View® Contrast, brightness, H/V-position, H/V-size, pincushion, degauss, pin-balance, trapezoid, parallelogram, tilt, ViewMeter« language select, ViewMatch« color, moire recall
VIDEO INPUT Bandwidth 110MHz
MISCONVERGENCE   0.3mm (max) at center
0.4mm (max) at corner
DISPLAY AREA Factory Setting 300mm(H) x 225mm(V)
Maximum Scan 325.8mm(H) x 243mm(V)
OPERATING CONDITIONS Temperature 32░F to 104░F (0░C to 40░C)
Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Physical 420mm (W) x 436mm (H) x 385mm (D) 16.5" x 17.2" x 15.2"
WEIGHT Net 35.3lbs (16.0kgs)
WARRANTY   Three-year limited warranty on CRT, parts and labor. Optional Express Exchange® service program available

Gateway FDP1830 LCD Monitor

Gateway FDP1830 LCD Monitor

This was a gift from Danny.

Feature Specification
Brightness 200 candelas per square meter (minimum)
250 candelas per square meter (typical)
Contrast Ratio 350:1 (typical)
Resolution Range 640 × 480 to 1,280 × 1,024
Response Times 30 mSec (rise + fall typical)
Viewing Angles Vertical: 160°
Horizontal: 160°
Number of Colors 16.7 million (8-bit)
Default Color Temperature 6,500° Kelvin
Color Coordinates of White x = 0.313, y = 0.329
Viewable Display Area 359.04 × 287.232 mm (H × V)
Pixel Pitch 0.2805 × 0.2805 mm
Native Pixel Format 1,280 × 1,024 (H × V), RGB vertical stripe
Synchronization Range fH: 30 to 83 kHz
fV: 50 to 75Hz
Display Mode Normally black
Viewing Angle Technology Optical compensation film
Backlights 6 CCFL bulbs
Panel Surface Treatment Anti-glare (polarizer), hard coating (3H)
Interface / Scaler LVDS 2ch / gm5020 (Genesis)
Input Connectors 15-pin mini d-sub analog VGA, DVI-D
Controls Power On/Off, OSD control buttons (up, down, left and right), Auto/Set
Tilt 30° up
5° down
Voltage Range 90 to 264 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Saving 2 W DPMS Off state
Power Consumption 55 W maximum
Regulations UL, CSA, FCC, NOM
Dimensions (Net) 428.8 × 205.8 × 424.5 mm (W × D × H)
Weight Unpackaged: 7.5 kg (16.52 lbs)
Packaged: 9.3 kg (20.49 lbs)

IBM ThinkVision L171 17" LCD Monitor

IBM ThinkVision L171 17" LCD Monitor

The ThinkVision L171 monitor has an ultra slim bezel design that saves space. The L171 design includes attach points which allows attachment of the optional ThinkVision USB Soundbar. The ThinkVision L171 is in the Essential category of the ThinkVision family of monitors. It is best suited for general business applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and business graphics.

The new Lenovo ThinkVision L171 LCD monitor offers:
  • Viewable image size: 17 inch (432 mm)
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typical)
  • Contrast ratio: 700:1 (typical)
  • Viewing angles
    • Horizontal: 140°
    • Vertical: 135°
  • Response time: 5 ms (typical)
  • Display native resolution of 1280 x 1024 (automatically scales lower resolution to fill the screen)
  • Tilt stand
  • Direct access for automatic image setup and brightness
  • Analog input (15-pin D)
  • Internal power
  • 100 mm Video Electronic Standards Association (VESA) standard for mounting
  • EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Silver certified
  • Kensington lock compatible
Features and benefits
  • 17 inch (432 mm) viewable image size
  • Native resolution of 1280 x 1024
  • Slim bezel saves space
  • Adjustable tilt stand for viewing comfort
  • Direct access for automatic image setup, brightness, and easy monitor setup
  • Attachment points for optional ThinkVision USB Soundbar (40Y7616)
  • Analog video connection
  • Internal power
  • Kensington lock slot
  • EPEAT Silver certified
  • Meets 100 mm VESA standard for mounting
  • Detachable stand for wall or arm mounting (sold separately)
  • Available in business black
Hardware requirements

The L171 LCD monitor is intended to operate with system units or video adapters that generate a video output signal falling within the L171 specification:

  • Maximum addressability (pixels) 1280 x 1024
  • Maximum pixel rate (MHz) 140

The L171 LCD monitor supports VESA Standard Timings as detailed in "Display Monitor Timing Specification," Version 1.0, Revision 0.8, dated September 17, 1998, for the following modes:

  • VGA: 640 x 480 at 60, 66, 72, and 75 Hz
  • SVGA: 800 x 600 at 60, 72, and 75 Hz
  • XGA: 1024 x 768 at 60, 70, and 75 Hz
  • SXGA: 1280 x 1074 at 60, 70, and 75 Hz

The L171 LCD monitor also supports the following modes:

  • 640 x 350 at 70 Hz
  • 720 x 400 at 70 Hz
  • 1280 x 1024 at 76 Hz

National language support is a function of the video adapter in the system unit and the application or support software.

Note: The L171 LCD monitor features factory-preset display modes. The actual display modes used depend on the attaching system unit, the operating system, and application software.

Supported options

USB Soundbar (40Y7616)

ViewSonic VA520 LCD

ViewSonic VA520 LCD

    This was the first LCD monitor that I owned. They had a special on them at Fry's and I bought one... before I knew what to look for. It is still a good little monitor for trouble shooting and testing.

LCD Type TFT active matrix
Display Area 12.0" (horizontal), 9.0" (vertical); 15.0" diagonal
Brightness 250 cd/m2 (typ)
Contrast Ratio 300:1 (typ)
Viewing Angles 120░ horizontal, 110░ vertical (typ)
Light Source Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)
Panel Surface Anti-glare
Response Time 25ms
Dot Pitch ????
VIDEO INPUT Analog RGB Analog (75 ohms, 0.7/1.0 Vp-p)
Frequency Fh: 30~62kHz; Fv: 50~75Hz
Sync H/V separated (TTL)
COMPATIBILITY PC VGA up to 1024x768 non-interlaced
Mac®** Power MacTM up to 1024X768
CONNECTOR Analog 15-pin mini D-sub
Power AC in,AC to head
POWER Voltage AC 100-240V (universal) via external DC converter brick
Consumption 30W (max)
Power (soft), 1, down, up, 2
Contrast, brightness, auto image adjust, H. position,
V. position, H. size, color adjust (9300K, 6500K/default,
user), sharpness, fine tune, information, OSD position,
OSD timeout, resolution notice, OSD background
(on/off), language, recall
32-104░F (0-40░C)
10-90% (non-condensing)
Physical 356mm (W) x 344mm (H) x 200mm (D)
14.0" x 13.5" x 7.9"
WEIGHT Net 8.1 lbs. (3.7 kgs)

Logisys PC extension station

Logisys PC extension

    For lack of a better place, at the moment, I am placing this here, since my Monitor sits on top of it anyway, Techgage has a good write-up on it. I will only repeat some of the info here.( As it turns out ... none.) They have a lot of pics so you might want to drop over to their site. Now then, I had some minor problems with mine when I recieved it. Plugged it in, plugged in my System Components, hit the Master switch annnddd... nothing. So, I disconnected everything, scoped out the wiring, found nothing, and then hooked it back up. This time it worked!! And has been ever since. There have been a couple other minor probs. Once when I turned off the Master Switch, the rest stayed on! I had had my System on for days. I actually don't remember what was done to correct it, but it is working properly now. Well, I think so. May be producing a Motor Boat in my speakers. Haven't done all the checking yet, but I will and hopefully will remember to put the results here. I do need to say that it is a nice setup -but- even though it looks good, it seems like it was made in someone's garage. The outlets on the back are not secure. You wouldn't want to plug and uplug into them very much. Then there is the USB panel on the front. It is to be held in by two screws. One was missing and the other is really to short and keeps falling out. -But- even with these, I still like it and I think it is a good base for a tinkerer. A normal person may want to think twice.

I did make one modification to it. I drilled holes and installed to small screws at the back for my monitor. I was worried about it sliding off. If you look at the Sony Monitors, and some others that have the fold out stand, they can get jarred or accidentally pushed back and there is nothing to stop them from crashing to the desk, UNLESS you are close to a wall, -OR- you put in stopper screws like I did. These were little number 2 screws but they do the Job. JFYI.

Specs copied from OutletPC and they are selling them at a good price. You might check them out if you are interested.
Key Selling Points: Save space on your desktop while adding tons of features with this PC Extension Station from Logisys! Featuring five power switches on the front which control up to five different electronic devices (such as your monitor, PC, speakers, printer, etc.), this station makes it easy to turn off and on your devices every day, and provides fuse protection in case of over-voltage or over-current. It also includes four USB ports on the front of the station for easy access - no need to struggle to plug in a USB device in the back of your computer. Plus, it can support up to 50 lb monitors, so it's great for either your LCD or CRT monitors!
  • Model: Logisys Power Center & Monitor Stand w/ 4-Port USB Hub
  • Item No: C6871
  • General Features:
    • Clear stand
    • Monitor stand supports up to 50lbs
    • Keyboard slot below stores keyboard and saves space
    • Five individual power switches lets you control power to each device
    • Master power switch powers or shuts down all devices
    • 4 frontside USB ports for easy access
    • USB hub plugs into one single USB port on your computer
    • 3.5" storage bay
    • Includes 3.5" storage bay
  • Dimensions:
    • 21" x 9.5" x 4.5" (L x W x H, approximate)
  • Retail Package Includes:
    • PC Extension Station
    • Power Cord
    • Attached 4ft USB Cable

Compatibility: Monitors up to 50lbs; Available USB Port; Power Outlet
Condition: New (RETAIL)

  Cleaning an LCD and an LCD Touch Screen

    The following was borrowed/stolen from: How to Clean Touch Screen Monitors at

  1. Well, I must change the first step slightly since we may not be dealing with a monitor. These steps would also apply to an LCD TV and a Touch Screen Remote and an iPod and... and... etc. In otherwords all LCD screens. Now most, if not all, TV and Monitor screens have an On/Off button. However, most of the Remotes do not have an On/Off button... for themselves. Therefore, we need to turn them over and remove the battery. Afterwards you will be able to safely clean the screen. Just properly remove the power on whatever device you are cleaning.
  2. Next, wet a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth with distilled water. Wring out as much water as you can. Make sure the cloth is damp but not wet. Wipe the screen in a gentle motion to remove dust, oil, or fingerprint smudges off.
  3. Another option is to use a screen cleaner kit that includes antistatic wipes. You can buy this at various electronic or online stores. Spray a little solution on a wipe then rub it gently across the screen.(Wal-Mart sells it. I work there.)
  4. Finish cleaning the touch screen with a dry lint-free cloth to wipe away any excess moisture, then turn it back on... or re-install the battery.


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