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Old 21-Oct-2011, 16:01
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Best Rotating Monitor?


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I need to find a good LCD monitor that rotates vertically. My husband programs and I'm looking to get him one for christmas since his last monitor was hit by lightning and he's too cheap to get himself a nice one. He's just been using a clunky backup and he's said a few times how nice he thinks it would be to see his code vertically while writing.

But I really am clueless when if comes to computers and I wouldn't want to buy him one that was on the low-end. I need to know the general price range I'm looking at so I can adjust my work hours to get him something really nice he'll like.

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Old 21-Oct-2011, 22:46
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Re: Best Rotating Monitor?


At work, I have a nice Dell [22" or 24" -- can't remember which size] flat panel monitor that I use in vertical mode. I don't have the specific model of this one, as it's probably not available anymore, but I did find two Dell monitors that might be of interest. [I wish my Dell here at home had the same capability, but it does not. I bought this one before knowing how useful the vertical can be.]

I'm not sure of your price range, but these are under $400 [you may be able to find similar at a local retailer to at least save any shipping charge, just make sure about the vertical rotation capability, as these seem to be getting harder to find]

(scroll down on these pages to see an image of each in vertical mode)
24" Widescreen model that rotates [under $400, excluding tax/shipping]

21.5" LED model that rotates [under $220]

Note the prices were current based on the date of this post.

Of course, before deciding on either one, whatever video card/adapter he has [where the monitor is connected to the PC] must be also be capable of display rotation, or there's no need to buy a monitor that can rotate.
[but you've implied that he's had one in the past, so you may be ok]
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Re: Best Rotating Monitor?


Hmm, glad I posted, because I wouldn't have thought of video card compatibility. I'll have to check what kind it is. The budget has to be under $500, because that's what I spent on him last year and he would rather not be lavished upon. (He doesn't want to feel bad in other words.)

Is there anything in particular I should keep my eye out for that is notably useful for the line of work?
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Re: Best Rotating Monitor?


Nothing in particular that I can think of, at the moment.

You have said that he has had a vertical monitor in the past, so the video card may not be a problem, but worth a check.

I think you have the needed info. Whatever monitor you decide to choose, make sure that it can rotate 90-degrees. Heck, if you buy one locally somewhere, have the sales associate demonstrate the capability, if the box or the shelf information doesn't explicitly say that it does. I have done this on more than one occasion, depending on what I'm deciding to buy.

Also, make sure to shop around! This time of year, going into Christmas and companies facing end-of-year inventory-tax considerations, there will surely be many deals available! [hey, black Friday will be here in November!! -- so definitely check the websites and/or your local circulars for deals around that time]

Post another reply if you happen to have other questions.
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