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Help with TV/Monitor for kids xmas!

gordon060367 Avatar
6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
Been searching online but not too technical so looking for some help from the HUKD experts out there.

Looking to buy a tv/monitor for kids bedroom for Xmas, been looking at.around 24" size as this would seem to fit budget and should be adequate for the purpose and fit budget of around £180 or less.

Found these so far;
Acer AT2356 23 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV Argos £159.99
LOGIK L26DIGB10 26" HD Ready LCD TV PC World £199.99
Samsung P2370HD 23-inch Full HD 1080p Amazon £189.20

I am really interested in;
BenQ G2420HD LCD display TFT 24 Crescent Electronics £136.99

My questions are;

Are the TV's any good based on past experience?
Is Full HD a real benefit at this screen resolution?
Wouldn the BenQ monitor be best picture as my son only plays games and DVD's on XBox 360 as there is no TV signal in his room or stick with the TV in case I get an aerial feed in future.

I know it's a lot to ask but my heads done in with response rates and contrast ratios!!

Thanks in advance.
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6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
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The BenQ G2420HD LCD display TFT 24 is 1920x1080 which means its Full HD which is the highest, which means it will work perfectly for the Xbox 360. It also have a HDMI port which means it can be plugged directly into it. As the screen has a Headphone jack you will be able to plug some speakers into, so that way you can have the sound aswell.

hope that helps :D
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demond100
The BenQ G2420HD LCD display TFT 24 is 1920x1080 which means its Full HD which is the highest, which means it will work perfectly for the Xbox 360. It also have a HDMI port which means it can be plugged directly into it. As the screen has a Headphone jack you will be able to plug some speakers into, so that way you can have the sound aswell.

hope that helps :D

Thanks, that was my thinking.

I know it states that the tellys are full HD but would the picture be inferior on them with the XBox as they seem to have different contrast ratios and stuff.

Its just that the monitor has no connections if I want to plug a feeview box in at a later date.

I think the monitor is pretty good value for size and spec unless you know different.

Cheers for the help so far.
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+1 for the BenQ's I have a G2222HD and a V2420H both very good for the price I payed (£110+£168 respectively).
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gordon060367
demond100
The BenQ G2420HD LCD display TFT 24 is 1920x1080 which means its Full HD which is the highest, which means it will work perfectly for the Xbox 360. It also have a HDMI port which means it can be plugged directly into it. As the screen has a Headphone jack you will be able to plug some speakers into, so that way you can have the sound aswell.hope that helps :D
Thanks, that was my thinking.I know it states that the tellys are full HD but would the picture be inferior on them with the XBox as they seem to have different contrast ratios and stuff.Its just that the monitor has no connections if I want to plug a feeview box in at a later date.I think the monitor is pretty good value for size and spec unless you know different.Cheers for the help so far.

It is worth taking with a pinch of salt the specifications such as contrast ratios, response times, etc. The reason is that contrast ratio is a measure of a ratio between the whitest white and the deepest black. This is all well and good if the display is black and white but it does not give any indication of colour transitioning - i.e. the smoothness of the different shades of colour when viewed as a colour chart. The non-informed will say that this information is pedantic but I would rather see better colours than bigger differences between black and white. Furthermore, dynamic contrast ratios use inflated numbers to increase the value (by altering the brightness of the light). This is NOT a measure of contrast ratio because that stays the same. What it means is that as the white becomes whiter, the blacks become grayer and although it provides improvements in certain movie scenes it can also worsen the picture too (it depends on the scene).

Response times appear to be the be all and end all for many consumers and indeed high street store salespeople. The response time is the time for a pixel to change from one colour to another and manufacturers only quote the response times for the quickest change. For example, dark gray to light gray may take 3 ms for the transformation but blue to red may take 11 ms. Rather than quoting a more accurate mean figure, the manufacturers will give the impression that every single pixel colour change occurs in 3 ms and so will misguided store sales people.

Since picture quality is subjective to some extent, there is no way anybody can write in text whether one display is better than another (within reason such as if one display is exceptionally horrendous) and viewing the same pictures on different displays from the same sources using various adjustments is by far the most advantageous method for you to decide but failing that, non-judgemental reviews of different displays (particularly from the same reviewer) would provide a useful insight too.

If you do buy a display without a TV tuner, you can connect Freeview boxes directly (subject to compatible connections and signals) or if it is connected to a PC you can purchase a cheap TV tuner for the PC (with the added bonus of using the PC as a PVR) - of course, a one box solution may be more desirable for you or your children.




Edited By: ElliottC on Nov 25, 2010 14:06: .
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Thanks, that clears a few things up.

Will probably go for the BenQ which reputedly has the better response rate and more favourable reviews compared to the budget brand TV's and fits budget better. Still swithering as the ACER might be a good value "one box solution" decisions, decisions!!

Edited By: gordon060367 on Nov 25, 2010 21:28: Procrastination!
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gordon060367
Thanks, that clears a few things up.Will probably go for the BenQ which reputedly has the better response rate and more favourable reviews compared to the budget brand TV's and fits budget better.

Remember, the "reputedly better" response rate is only a quote for the fastest pixel colour change and does not give indication of more general response rates. It's irrelevant in many cases since the vast majority of displays are suitably fast enough for gaming. The response rates are a legacy of the very early monitors that were introduced during prehistoric times (in relative terms of course) which had pixel to pixel response times of 30 ms or slower and consumers' obsession with response times is milked up by the manufacturers. Numbers and statistics can be manipulated in many ways to appear desirable (Daily Mail and many tabloid papers are prime examples) but underlying operation cannot be falsified.

Regarding the BenQ model, I can also vouch for its quality too as the display eases through colour chart tests and shows even lighting too. However, I am not au fait with the other displays you have mentioned so I still recommend personal viewing if possible and if having an inbuilt TV tuner is important.



Edited By: ElliottC on Nov 25, 2010 17:30
#7
I had looked at the Kogan on a previous HUKD post but a bit dubious as they new to UK and a mixed bag of reviews on Aussie forums. Looks good though.

Thanks for the heads up.

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