Best LCDs for retrocomputing - Was: Re: New *square* 1:1 26.5" LCD monitor 1920x1920

Ian Finder ian.finder at
Fri May 20 19:05:03 CDT 2016

I mostly use the display for its fantastic handling and scaling of RGB
formats via the VGA connector.
I collect mostly old workstation class hardware and I care a lot about
image quality.

I'm not much of a microcomputer collector, and have used the composite
input very, very sparingly.

However, I have had enough issues in the past with the composite video
"standard" on various non-analog CRT display devices that I keep a timebase
corrector nearby and readily available. I find this a "must" for anyone
relying on composite stuff in this day and age.

I can try a IIgs- the only things I've tried over composite, I listed in
the other post.


- Ian

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 3:16 PM, Adrian Graham <witchy at
> wrote:

> On 16/05/2016 20:13, "Ian Finder" <ian.finder at> wrote:
> > I dunno if it's relevant or not, but my go-to LCD for retro stuff is the
> > Dell 2007FP-
> > There was a panel lottery, some are TN, some IPS. Both are solid.
> >
> > They are 4:3, 1600x1200 native.
> >
> > They have DVI, VGA, Composite and S-Video inputs, and very stellar
> scalers.
> >
> > They sync to SoG, and have no trouble with oddball resolutions like
> > 1152x8-whatever.
> >
> > My SGI stuff can drive it at native resolution. As an added bonus, you
> can
> > disable scaling if you want black bars and native resolution.
> >
> > These are readily available for ~$35, and I have at least 6.
> Hi Ian (and list),
> Quick question, have you ever used a plain ol' composite input on yours?
> Turns out my problem isn't just my problem, people have been having the
> same
> issue since the screens were new - composite input just doesn't work unless
> it's a very specific set of circumstances. That or there's a particular
> setup required that isn't documented anywhere...
> So far I've tried:
> Spectrum (composite)
> ZX81 (composite)
> Raspberry Pi B
> Apple ][GS
> Amiga 1200
> Amiga CD32 (this one *nearly* works, I get the splash screen)
> Playstation 1 (ditto)
> EACA VideoGenie
> Have you got any of those kicking around you could plug in and test for me?
> Cheers,
> --
> Adrian/Witchy
> Binary Dinosaurs creator/curator
> - the UK's biggest private home computer
> collection?

   Ian Finder
   (206) 395-MIPS
   ian.finder at

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