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Bargain 24" monitor

Thought I'd share my experience with a new monitor that was hard to resist

It's a Digimate L-2442WD, and it cost a few pence under 200. For that you get a 24 inch wide screen wide viewing angle panel, 1920x1200 resolution, DVI and VGA inputs (and a DVI lead included in the box). It's had a good number of positive buyer reviews, with the only complaint that the DVI interface is not HDCP compatible, which means it won't work with some HD devices (BluRay players, for example) and full resolution.

I bought mine from Dabs.com and here are a couple of competitors via the DPNow PriceGrabber price comparison shopping service:

http://dpnow.pricegrabber.co.uk/sear...ate%20L-2442WD

I've only been using the monitor for a short while, but I'm impressed so far. There are no hot/stuck pixels that I can see and the contrast and clarity look very good. I haven't adjusted the colour yet and I will profile the monitor with an i1 Pro asap. The default colour is a bit over-saturated and luminous!

I have been using a 20" iiyama 1680x1050 panel, but that has now gone to Julia's Mum - and she is very pleased with it, recovering a large area of desk space now that her old Lacie 19" CRT has been re-allocated... to Julia's Dad

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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

Thats what I like to here re-cycle, sounds like you got a bargain too, cheapest 24" Ive found recently was about 250.
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

Would be interested to see how it compared with my 24" iMac screen Ian
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

I am glad I hung on. I shall be taking the plunge shortly, but there have been one or two other things needing replacing first and mine hasn't quite "Gone" yet.

It sounds really super and I fancied a 24" from the start. Keep us posted.
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

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I am glad I hung on. I shall be taking the plunge shortly, but there have been one or two other things needing replacing first and mine hasn't quite "Gone" yet.

It sounds really super and I fancied a 24" from the start. Keep us posted.
I have just calibrated the screen and it's a lot better The default brightness and contrast were way too high. The colours are now much less lurid and fluorescent. The i1 calibration software wanted the brightness to go lower than it would go, but the screen's black density is very good, so there are no signs of glowing darkness in images. Most LCD monitor backlights can't be lowered low enough for ideal photography usage. The iiyama that I replaced (an excellent budget monitor too) had the same problem.

The on screen display (OSD) is well thought out, too.

By the way, the panel has a glossy black style of finish, which can pick up reflections easily, but it's the trend in monitors now.

Vertical viewing angle range is very good, and although horizontally the brightness is maintained well at extreme angles, the colour gets progressively warmer off-angle.

I forgot to mention that a VGA cable as well as a DVI cable are included, as is an audio lead. I haven't tried the speakers, but I'm not expecting much.

There is a blue power-on LED below the on/off button and it's too bright, so I will be covering that as soon as I can.

Overall, so far - I'm still very impressed. My trusty iiyama Vision Master Pro 514 22 inch CRT is next to the new LCD, so it will be interesting to compare the two side by side

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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

I was going to order one of these monitors from here:

http://dpnow.pricegrabber.co.uk/sear...mate%20L2442WD

but when I go to Checkout, it adds on 11 ish for shipping.

I have looked for promo codes but they say go to site for free delivery.

What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

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I was going to order one of these monitors from here:

http://dpnow.pricegrabber.co.uk/sear...mate%20L2442WD

but when I go to Checkout, it adds on 11 ish for shipping.

I have looked for promo codes but they say go to site for free delivery.

What am I doing wrong?
Change the delivery method to Supersaver or up to 5 days, this the free option, come on Audrey now, get a grip ............... Personally I'd pay the extra and get it next day
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Change the delivery method to Supersaver or up to 5 days, this the free option, come on Audrey now, get a grip ............... Personally I'd pay the extra and get it next day
Get it from Dabs - where I got mine. See:

http://www.dabs.com/ProductList.aspx...SearchMode=All

You get free delivery and mine came the next day.

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Get it from Dabs - where I got mine. See:

http://www.dabs.com/ProductList.aspx...SearchMode=All

You get free delivery and mine came the next day.

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Ian I did go to Dabs initially, but they don't have any.

They have an Acer which is more expensive 229, I think, but 1 less from Ebuyer.

I thought the Acer and the Digitron appeared to be the same thing, just a different colour. What do you think?

Anyway I have now ordered mine and it will be here on Monday the 1st September, if not before. What a paradox ... ... but that is what it said on my e mail.
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Ian I did go to Dabs initially, but they don't have any.

They have an Acer which is more expensive 229, I think, but 1 less from Ebuyer.

I thought the Acer and the Digitron appeared to be the same thing, just a different colour. What do you think?

Anyway I have now ordered mine and it will be here on Monday the 1st September, if not before. What a paradox ... ... but that is what it said on my e mail.
Oh well, it said 'in stock' this morning - and just now when I checked again

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Oh well, it said 'in stock' this morning - and just now when I checked again

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I have searched and searched this site and still can only see the Dabs value 24" at 198 ish.

I need to be taken by the hand, because I really would like to see why I can't see it.

I know I have already ordered one through Ebuyer, but it's annoying me that I can't even find one even though they are there.

Show me Ian or anybody please!
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I have searched and searched this site and still can only see the Dabs value 24" at 198 ish.

I need to be taken by the hand, because I really would like to see why I can't see it.

I know I have already ordered one through Ebuyer, but it's annoying me that I can't even find one even though they are there.

Show me Ian or anybody please!
Ah I think I see where the confusion is - the Dabs Value item is the same as the DigiMate That's what I bought - Dabs categorise it as an own-brand item, but the box and product didn't actually have any Dabs branding on it.

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Ah I think I see where the confusion is - the Dabs Value item is the same as the DigiMate That's what I bought - Dabs categorise it as an own-brand item, but the box and product didn't actually have any Dabs branding on it.

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Well I think that is what I did 5 years ago. I have a GNR 19" TFT monitor (which was a Dabs value then). I did a pixel test this morning, (after reading about everyone testing the DigiMate) and there are no dead or stuck pixels on my monitor. So Dabs was OK for me. Roy can have it now I have ordered mine.

BTW, is the Acer 24"Wide the same model in a different case. Some people seem to think it might be?
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

Back to this thread again.

I got my 24" monitor and am thrilled with it. However, when I look at the refresh rate, it is set to 60 Hertz.

If I uncheck the box I can set it to 75 Hertz, but my monitor wont accept it. I think it says "Out of Range" or something like that.

Can you set your Refresh Rate higher than 60 Hertz Ian, or does it not matter with a 24" screen?

What determines the rate at which the monitor can be refreshed - is it the computer or the monitor?

I could always get a refresh rate of 75 Hertz with my old GNR monitor with Vista.
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Re: Bargain 24" monitor

I don't know the answer to your particular problem, but I remember with the old CRT monitors, the refresh rate seemed to be down to the graphics card installed. However with my laptop its fixed at iirc 60hertz, and I suspect this is the native refresh rate of your setup.

The old adage springs to mind though Audrey, that if it ain't broke, don't try to mend it
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