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Old 28th February, 2008, 11:11 AM
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DVI vid card to HDMI monitor input. Cable converted. Quality loss?

I'm considering buying a 28 inch LCD that has a VGA and a HDMI input, It comes with a DVI to HDMI cable. Will I lose clarity in the conversion? It's beautiful display, and the reviews I have see have been good. It's 1920x1200 native, which is fine for me, and at only $550, it's hard to pass up. ( and it's 3ms which pwns all imo )

This monitor is sold by Staples for $599, and if it's available in-store, It's a lot easier to bully a real person standing in front of you into taking a return than a company on the internet. I'm not interested in dealing with 2 to 3 stuck pixels. I'll return it if it has even 1.
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Old 28th February, 2008, 12:15 PM
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To be honest, all DVI to HDMI cables do is convert the connectors. HDMI builds on top of DVI, so uses the same signalling techniques. Many monitors accept DVI/HDMI signals on their HDMI ports, because HDMI is supposed to be backwards compatible with DVI.

The only things that HDMI really brings that DVI doesn't is encryption (DRM) to protect the signal in transit (to stop you copying it), and sound sent on the same connector.
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Old 28th February, 2008, 12:19 PM
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Thanks, what I was hoping. Looks like I'm gonna have a bigass LCD soon.
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Old 29th February, 2008, 03:32 AM
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I bought it at best buy tonight, and I absolutely love it.
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Nice, hope it serves you well!
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Enjoy! How about a review?
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I would, but this is my very first LCD monitor, and I don't really have a baseline to compare it to. I love it. There are some things about it that are annoying. You have to keep it no less than 30" away or the edges don't look right. If you think about it's width, and the angle you are at to those areas, though, it makes sense.

I found that the green ran right where it should, the red was low, and the blue was pretty high. I didn't have to work at it very hard. They calibrate the display monitors at bestbuy, so I scribbled down a cheat sheet of the proper settings before I bought it. The factory settings will burn your eyeballs out of your head. It's well built, sturdy, etc. The colors do lean pretty hard toward the blues in dark areas. I bumped the brightness up about 5 or 6 and it was fine, even for very dark scenes in movies. No stuck pixels, no pointer trails. I did get some small line artifacts in the UI while playing EVE windowed with a movie playing windowed, and a browser window open. I tried to play EVE and DAoC at the same time, and while the controls were easy (DAoC is primarily keyboard driven, while EVE is almost 100% mouse) it was a bit distracting, and the thin line artifacts were once again present. I am not running the driver for this monitor. It ships with a vista only driver.
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Looks like you might have a bit of gaming in your near future.":O}
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