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VGA vs. DVI Monitors

Thursday, March 25th, 2004 · 5 Comments

Update (4.14.2005): I ended up getting the DVI monitor (I actually use two side-by-side 17″ DVIs now) and it makes a WORLD of difference. If you’re debating whether or not to go DVI, do your eyes a favor and do it.

I have a new Dell E172FP 17-inch Flat Panel Color Monitor. For about $130 out of pocket, I could return said monitor and get the Dell UltraSharp 1703FP 17-inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand. The latter monitor supports DVI.

My question: Is it worth $130 for the DVI monitor? Is there a substantial difference in quality?

Thanks in advance for any input (ha).

Tags: technology

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jordan // Mar 25, 2004 at 12:52 pm

    If it’s not a DVI monitor than you need to use a really nasty DVI-to-VGA adapter when plugging into a high quality Mac. Who would want to do that?

  • 2 gabe // Mar 25, 2004 at 12:54 pm

    That’s the thing: My new computer HAS support for DVI via NVidia graphics card!

  • 3 b3 // Mar 26, 2004 at 1:47 pm

    Short answer: *Yes*! (emphatically, no less!)

    Longer answer: I’ve got a Viewsonic VX900 19″ LCD that supports both VGA and DVI input. I use both regularly, as I’m too cheap to fork out for a DVI-capable KVM switch, but need to support two comps on the one display. Simply put, the difference in clarity between the two is *very* noticable. DVI is much clearer, and a little brighter, than the VGA input. Your eyes will thank you.

  • 4 Gary // May 22, 2004 at 6:53 pm

    Yes, I’ve had the same questions as I’m in the market for a LCD Monitor (my card has DVI out).
    Thanks. BTW, how do you like your Viewsonic VX900? I’m considering that one as well….

  • 5 amister // Oct 12, 2004 at 2:09 pm

    I have a Philips 170B4 which supports both VGA and DVI. Image quality wise I am unable to tell the difference. I think some monitors are better at locking onto the vga signal then others. The only problem with using vga with this monitor is that you can not see the first bit of the boot sequence.