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I actually debated a few days on this LCD. I wanted another CRT. 19-21" would have been nice. Could not find anything but 17" locally, and by the time I paid shipping and handling on a decent 21" it came to ~$300. 17" is just too small, we have a handful of these laying about that I used as a backup. Did find some $60 used/refurbished 19" monitors + $60 s&h, and a couple of $60-$80 21", never heard of the companies, or they had unfavorable reviews. My usual mail order dealers also had nothing but 17" CRTs. Saw this 22" for $130 and knew if I didn't like it the girlfriend would.
It's not just the loss of screen real estate, it's the complete subpar image quality that gets me. There's a huge difference going from 1280x1024 @ 85hz to 1680x1050 @ 60hz, and dropping the LCD to a non native resolution isn't a good idea. Same reason I've returned our Plasma and LCD flat panel TVs over the years. It's a joke these things are considered higher quality. Granted the $7,000 USD displays are nice - but come on what's a working man supposed to do?
The old CRTs are definitely nice. I actually went from a... 17 or 18 inch monitor at 1151x863@70Hz to this 1280x800@60Hz laptop and while I can't really complain because this thing is 4 or 5 times faster than my old setup (which I plan to turn into a mail/print server one of these days... a gateway box from '98 still has its uses!) and I got it for free, I must say that the squatty screen annoys me sometimes. that extra 63 pixels would come in handy a lot of times. Ah well. I'll save that monitor for when I get another desktop system.
I can definitely tell that it is a slower display. I'll close a window or menu and for a fraction of a second I can still see the outline (of course, that could just be a trick of xcompmgr, couldn't it?).
Here's the icon I use. The size of my panel is 36 and it looks just fine.
Cool! I just used it on my new Desktop. This is KDE 4.3.1 in Slackware64_13. The photo is one I took of the U.S.S. Constellation's mizzen mast when my family and I visited Baltimore this past September.