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    Default DVI output - significant for a casual user?

    A little about my situation: I'm a hobbyist photog, and will be getting a laptop for uni use. The laptops do not have integrated DVI output, and i will have to pay extra for docking stations if i need that. I do pretty serious photoshop work, but very seldom print photographs. As such, i intend to get a sizable external monitor solely for the sake of photo editing. I am looking at 20-22" PVA panels at the moment. I do not play games.

    I understand that the differences between DVI and VGA output is minimal for non-critical users. But for photo editing, are these differences significant?

    Suppose i intend to run both the integrated display and the standalone screen together, alongside each other, do i have to calibrate them to get consistent output between the 2? Is this recommended since the integrated display will most probably not be as good as a standalone? Bearing in mind that i hardly print, i am wondering if calibration is recommended at all.

    Finally, any recommendations for 20-22" displays that are <$500?

    I apologize if questions above are asked before. TIA.

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    Default Re: DVI output - significant for a casual user?

    i saw very significant image quality difference on my 19" Philips widescreen when using DVI and VGA connectors. Using VGA, even the fonts on MS Word looked slightly blurry.
    I guess it would be even more significant on a 20-22" display? That's just my guess.

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    Default Re: DVI output - significant for a casual user?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    i saw very significant image quality difference on my 19" Philips widescreen when using DVI and VGA connectors. Using VGA, even the fonts on MS Word looked slightly blurry.
    I guess it would be even more significant on a 20-22" display? That's just my guess.
    I can see the different already in a 17"

    But if the docking station cost you 4 figures then it will be better to invest in a proper desktop that can be done in that budget

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    haha thanks for the replies.

    Luckily, the dock only cost 100+ i guess it'll be a worthwhile purchase.

    Any recommendations for 20-22" PVA panels? I can't find recent reviews since this size is like so yesteryear and many models already discontinued. My budget about $500, but can stretch if it is worth the moola
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    I am using DVI with my Samsung LCD.
    An improvement over my previous VGA + CRT.
    Improvement in the sense it is practically fuss free, easy to connect, easy to use.
    I don't care much about the colour fidelity though I am sure it is better than the VGA.

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    Got a dell 22" widescreen for $399 can check it out. have served me pretty well until now.

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    Got a dell 22" widescreen for $399 can check it out. have served me pretty well until now.
    Ooh... care to share the model no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsosl1e8 View Post
    haha thanks for the replies.

    Luckily, the dock only cost 100+ i guess it'll be a worthwhile purchase.

    Any recommendations for 20-22" PVA panels? I can't find recent reviews since this size is like so yesteryear and many models already discontinued. My budget about $500, but can stretch if it is worth the moola
    Samsung 245T or Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP ftw!!!!

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    Default Re: DVI output - significant for a casual user?

    But unfortunately out of his budget...

    I think you'll be hard pressed to find decent 20-22" MVA/PVA panels below $500 - most of the LCDs are now TN panels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsosl1e8 View Post
    Ooh... care to share the model no?
    dell 22 inch widescreen e228wfp

    shld be one of the better ones for its price. $400 for 22" wide screen is pretty good actually.

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    Sorry, I am not very good at all these....but I have the following set up:

    DVI output from PC connected to VGA input on my LCD TV, how will the quality of display be? VGA like? DVI like?

    Thanks.

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    how do you connect the DVI out terminal to your LCD TV's PC input terminal? What kind of special cable is that?

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    Its a cable with one end VGA and the other end DVI. Its a common cable.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    how do you connect the DVI out terminal to your LCD TV's PC input terminal? What kind of special cable is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Its a cable with one end VGA and the other end DVI. Its a common cable.
    Mmmmmmmmmm i didn't know such a cable existed!
    I assumed since DVI carries digital signals, it wouldn't be compatible with the analog VGA connector.

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    Default Re: DVI output - significant for a casual user?

    dvi-i can carry analog signals as well. Quality will be.. well.. analog's quality.

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    Oic. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahsosl1e8 View Post
    dvi-i can carry analog signals as well. Quality will be.. well.. analog's quality.

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    Hi, if I use the DVI-HDMI cable to connect my PC DVI to my LCD TV HDMI, will I get digital signal?

    Should be right?

    http://www.eforcity.com/hdmi-dvi-cab...FRRnegodAl_PqQ

    Thanks.

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