So, I was at one of my favorite stores tonight, again leading to not buying anything, but just to look (and by look, I mean take a three second look at things because my mother absolutely fears the employees of said store who have this penchant of being omnipresent and asking if you want some help in your shopping, so therefore one must keep moving throughout the store so as to not attract their attention) at the various products and come away even more confused about what is available for sale than you were before you came into the shop.
I’m actually thinking that these nice folks in the blue shirts probably are a very resourceful took considering that while they probably have less knowledge of certain things, they’ll know something about what is actually there so that you’re not a fool buying the one that looks the neatest. Take for example the selection of LCD screens that are available. I have no idea of what to get; all I know is some idea of what I’d like – for example, I know I don’t want one of the 15″ screens that only does a 1024×768 resolution. What I would love is to have one of those widescreen displays that do 1920 x 1450 or whatever that is, but the most likely candidate for me to get is a 17 or 19 inch 1280×1024 display, and probably the cheapest one. However, I really don’t know and don’t understand the idea of the response time (though if it is what i think it is which is the processing time for an image, thus lower is better) or of the Contrast Ratio – where I would guess that a higher ratio is better, or really some of the other aspects such as what brand to get.
Another thing that I don’t get are all the different routers that are out there. I have a basic Netgear router that does plain old 802.11b wireless, but it sounds like none of the ones on offer actually provide standard wireless, but these different letters – G or Super G or now N. Seriously, who’s ever going to need 54Mbps throughput in their ethernet connection? I think that 11 is more than enough, especially when you have only a 3Mbps down internet connection. As it is, I don’t think that I do need a new router *right now* but I want to have a little knowledge just in case that I would need to get a new one, I would have a clue what to get; the one we have has been here for almost four years, and it is still doing great work even though it does stop working on the rare occasion (more rare since I moved my more bandwidth-intensive applications onto the wireless connection).
So, what I’m looking for – if you have a flatpanel monitor, what would you recommend for specifics – what size, resolution, etc. to get. Should I go widescreen or just stick to a 4:3 (1024×768, 1280×960, 1600×1200 for example) or 5:4 (1280×1024, my current resolution) format. I look at it and laugh now, but I could have had a flatpanel last year, but I decided against spending the extra $150 to get it. However, I know that the prices will probably be going down after Christmas.