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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Monitor Advise for the computer guys.

Hi,

My partner has undergone some pretty serious retnal surgery and is having a hard time seeing small text on his monitor. He is already dialed back to 1024x768. We both already have Dell 20" LCDs. I think he needs to get to a 30" screen.

I want to surprise him with a new monitor, but I'd like to avoid spending a nut. Any ideas?

Oh, for now this is the best I have found at a price that seems reasonable. It is the 24" Dell. I'd like to go bigger for him, but don't want to do something dumb like get a LCD HDTV. Here is a sample of the Dell from Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-2405fpw-Fla...QQcmdZViewItem

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 07:06 PM
 
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Monitor looks nice, but without looking up the specs hard to say. One of my bosses just bought the dell widscreen HDTv/monitor - and that didn't appear to be too great - although he loves it. Have you thought about upping the text size on the screen and in the programs to make it a little larger?
display properties, appearnce, font size
or display properties, settings, advance, general, dpi settings and bump up the DPI a bit

All this may help just enough.
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Not a bad deal. You can get it from Dell directly for $1015 shipped.

I also heard that if you call Dell and talk to a salesperson on the phone, they have the authority to give you 20-30% off of the online price. The get paid on commission and units sold, so some are motivated to deal with you. You need to be nice to them and tell them you plan on buying other Dell products in the near future. If they don't give you the discount, then hang up and try again. Supposedly it works if you're patient.

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You might want to try:
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http://www.bigshotmagnifier.com/Products/BigShot/index.cfm
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http://www.abf-soft.com/magnifying-tools.shtml
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Monitor looks nice, but without looking up the specs hard to say. One of my bosses just bought the dell widscreen HDTv/monitor - and that didn't appear to be too great - although he loves it. Have you thought about upping the text size on the screen and in the programs to make it a little larger?
display properties, appearnce, font size
or display properties, settings, advance, general, dpi settings and bump up the DPI a bit

All this may help just enough.
Thanks,

We can't bump it up any more. Our agency management program demands 1024x768 at a minimum or menu bars fall off the page. I wish it was that easy.

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You might want to try:
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http://www.bigshotmagnifier.com/Products/BigShot/index.cfm
or
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http://www.abf-soft.com/magnifying-tools.shtml

This might be worth a try if we can't find a better hardware solution. He isn't a computer wiz and it's just one more step for him to mess with.

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Did you make the fonts bigger?

and/or change from 96 to 120 dpi.
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Did you make the fonts bigger?

and/or change from 96 to 120 dpi.
Everything is maxed out on the software and preference basis.

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you can always get a card and reroute it to a television. The quality isn't the same thou.

You can always look on ebay for a used monitor. I think theres also some filters that enlarge the screen too. I remember that was popular in the early 90s when computers were hazardous to your health.
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I think I'm going to wing it and get the Dell. I've found a couple on Ebay delivered for about $850. If he doesn't like it, I'll take it.

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