- Jul 1, 2004
I am still on a quest for a good monitor and I still cant find anything to compete with the FHD for the price. The planar 26inch looks good but its got color banding I hear.
At first I was dissappointed in this monitor because of BLB after 3 days. But after turning down the brightness to 0 the BLB is less noticable and, more importantly, it stopped progressing. It is much cooler now so I guess it melts something when the lights are on to high(comes at 80 or so).. I wish I did this before it started bleeding!... Right now it looks fine. I will eventually RMA it and just turn down the brightness from the get go... just cause im nitpicky. So if you do get this.. be sure to turn down the brightness. it still looks good and it will stop the bleeding in my experience... without BLB its perfect for a TN.
Do you leave the monitor plugged in, or is it plugged into an outlet strip that you turn off?
Mine did something similar, and also gave me that "Do you want to speak English" question every day, until I plugged it directly into the wall. Now I turn my outlet strip off, and then separately turn the monitor off on its front panel.
Is it possible it's switching to the first live input it sees? i.e. -- The component input is live before the VGA input is?
Thanks Wayne, btw reading back thru this thread - did your backlight bleeding ever get much worse?
I'm wondering if i should pay the $80 best buy 4 year guarantee if it's possible mine could get as bad as some others here say
I'm starting to notice a slight degradation in viewing angles as well, although I think this is because of the backlight more than anything. Too bad so many games are so dark.
cslogical - if you have a best buy near you then you can save 10% off of this monitor
it won't ring in automatically but i asked for a manager and he honored it.
I mean 10% off of 550.00 will save you $55.00
the coupon is good until feb 29
I don't think that backlight settings on all inputs will impact this. If, as has been suggested, the panel exhibits progressive BLB because some coating is burned off, once that coating is gone, it is gone irrespective of what input you're using.
Also, some people in this thread have suggested that BLB should vary with viewing angle. I do not believe that is correct. BLB should be an objective constant. It is true that you might view it somewhat differently from differing angles, but I think overall it ought to be the same.
I think you misunderstand -- I have said you need to turn down all your brightness settings, so you don't use an input that still has the brightness set to 100. In other words, to possibly protect that coating (or whatever) before it gets burned off.
It definitely does vary with viewing angle, as does everything you view on a TN. I have even proven this using an objective camera from two different viewing angles...
I must, however, disagree on the BLB-viewing angle point. In fact, I think you make my point for me. BLB is what it is. That it may appear somewhat more or less severe from different viewing angles is immaterial. At base, it represents how much of the backlight is bleeding through the panel.
I just bought this monitor so thanks for the tip. I got a little backlight bleed on the right side now but honestly it's not noticeable except for when Windows is booting and the screen is completely black. I have used this for a couple hours at a brightness of 10 and just now read this so turned it down to 0 and it looks good to me, honestly I can't tell much diff. from 10 brightness to 0.
What do you have contrast set at?
You don't agree that there is a BLB-viewing angle difference, but you say BLB may appear more or less severe from different viewing angles...?
It is me who misunderstands now.
Actually, two different subjects have been mentioned in respect to BLB-viewing angle: I have noted the actual BLB itself changes with viewing angle (no image), and others with major BLB have said normal images present themselves with less viewing angle than they did before the BLB progressed. Maybe this has to do with a washed-out appearance, I don't know... Anyway, you and I may be talking about two different things, which may be our disconnect.
How can you tell when a new revision is made? Is it on the box? On the website? Also How do you tell when it was made? (Ex: 01/2008) Thanks for any help!
Those are all on the back of the monitor, under the DVI cable, on a white sticker. The revs are the Product Code, and the date just below that is the manufacture date.
I don't know how to tell what is currently being manufactured, except by reports of what people say they receive here.
So far the best advice is keep your brightness low, like down to 5 or so, to (hopefully) avoid the more major levels of BLB. You will still get a little, however.
AV-Wayne or anyone who has the speaker bar:
I went to Circuit City tonight and they sold me the wrong speaker bar, they sold me the one for the old Gateway 24" monitor. It'll work though for a week until my computer comes, then i'll take it back and get the correct one.
This one actually may be better for what I need right now because it has 2 auxillary RCA inputs..does the FHD2400 speaker bar have this? I can't see that it does from the picture.
Also, I already have my monitor all setup and everything plugged in, I really don't want to disconnect everything to put it on a flat surface to plug in the speaker bar like it recommends. Can I do this just by connecting it up with the monitor standing in it's normal position? I guess i'm not sure how easy it is in regards to just snapping in place, lining everything up, etc?
BTW - the guy at circuit city said that plugging my 360's rca inputs into the monitor would not work because it needed an amplifier, but I didn't think that made any sense, turns out he was wrong on that too, this speaker bar has great sound, only problem is it won't mount on the monitor.
It's what I get I guess for listening to Circuit CIty salesmen.
Yea, the speaker bar is amplified. Also, if you have an HDMI connection, the sound will come over that, freeing up the RCA connections.
Wayne, is it fairly easy to mount onto the monitor? Or am I going to have to disconnect everything from the monitor and set the monitor face down on a flat surface like it recommends? My plan is to just add it as the monitor is sitting in a normal position.
I don't think you'll need to completely disconnect and find a flat surface, but you may have to raise the monitor up and weed your way through the already-connected cables to plug in the two plugs (power and sound/control) that it requires. Worst case, maybe rotate the monitor a bit.
It should snap in place, if I remember correctly.