My new widescreen monitor

New widescreen monitorI finally got rid of the giant 50 lb. 21″ beast of a CRT monitor and got a nice, sharp 22″ widescreen LCD monitor. It’s a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW to be exact, with 2ms response time and 3000:1 contrast ratio. It is sleek and sexy and matches my computer case (both colors and lights) which is a definite plus. One of the best things about this is now I have a lot more desk space, and when I say desk space, I phyically mean with my desk. My old monitor was a couple feet thick and barely allowed my keyboard to sit in front of it without pushing it off the desk. Because of that setup I couldn’t write on anything plus I ended up sitting really close to the monitor. With my new LCD I obviously have a lot more room and I no longer have to sit real close. This make working on my web sites and playing video games a lot easier on the eyes.

The only issue I have with the new monitor is figuring out where to place my center channel speaker. With the old monitor I just stuck the speaker on top of it, but with the LCD that’s kind of impossible. But for the time being I just got it sitting next to the monitor. Once the monitor was setup, I quickly tried out a few games that have native widescreen support like Tomb Raider Anniversary, and Half-Life 2: Episode One. Both look great with the new widescreen, digital connection. Though, I now have to get used to these fancy fandangled widescreen resolutions. I can’t recognize any of them so, while setting up a game for example, it takes a few trials and errors before I find a widescreen resolution that looks good or correct.

Anyways, below is a picture of the new setup. It’s a crappy picture but at least you can all see what it looks like and how much better it is compared to the old one.

Nick Villescas

I'm an IT professional, musician, and PC gamer with a particular fondness of all things tech-related. Feel free to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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