I need to save for another monitor. (UPDATE)

This crap of copy-minimize-maximize-paste between documents is driving me insane.  Last night just to figure which committees are dealing with gun issues (18) and find out who are the members of each (only 4 committees) took me an hour and a half.

And I have not started with the email addresses. Found a source, but it requires me to click each name to get the email.

I need to go out so I will take that up again later. I should get some Excedrin while I am out there.


UPDATE

Readers have kindly asked for a monitor and price to help but I want to double check so I don’t screw up. This is the back of my machine and I see an HDMI which I presume is an output.

I figure I need a monitor with an HDMI input, right? And you can see the model of the puter and it is just as it came out of the box.

Cheapest and available in my local Walmart is ELEMENT 24″ Full HD (1080P) LED Monitor at $118.

Cheapest and available at my local Best Buy is LG – 24″ IPS LED FHD FreeSync Monitor – Black at $129.99.

I know I have readers that know this stuff, so I will defer to your advice.

10 Replies to “I need to save for another monitor. (UPDATE)”

  1. Pick one out that you’d like. Put the price up in a post. Hint. Hint.

    You have a fundraiser on the right side of your blog.

    I am guessing I am not the only one for whom this is a daily read (usually, multiple times in a day). Let us help you out.

    Good monitors aren’t cheap, but that they ain’t that expensive either. Just saying.

  2. If you want an older flat screen model, I have one takin space in my closet. Still works, no need for it. If you want it, you can have it for free.

  3. Looks like yer ‘puter has an old style VGA video output as well as HDMI. Recommend you switch to HDMI, as it has better resolution and the prices of them monitors have dropped a lot (most come with both options of video input).
    Windoze *should* allow you to use both video outputs, so keep yer old monitor on the VGA and the new-hotness monitor on HDMI and make the new monitor your primary.

  4. Checked the specs on Dell for your 3668, and double checked multiple monitor capabilities. Per Dell:
    “Yes, the Inspiron 3668 comes with VGA and HDMI ports on the integrated card and since this model is configured with a NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 1050, there will be additional connectivity ports like Display port, HDMI and DVI on the extended video card.”

    The easiest way to get more than one monitor is via the HDMI port, other methods may provide better quality, or better response times, but will mean you have to open the computer and add an adapter cable. And, unless you are a gamer, or do a lot of photoshop type work, the added performance is not worth the added expense and hassle.

    Get a 2nd monitor that has a HDMI input and you are good.

    As to make/model, I would actually go with the Sceptre for a few dollars less:
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sceptre-24-Inch-Ultra-Thin-Ultra-Slim-1080P-75Hz-LED-Monitor-HDMI-VGA-Metal-Black-E248W-1920R/54317087?athcpid=54317087&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=f4c44693-4b8-1697cda3cb46ac&athena=true

    It may not be available at your local Walletmart, but it is worth the shipping delay/cost.

  5. I confirm MiniMe’s procedure. That’s how I rig machines for duals at work, unless they do heavy graphics loads. For those we put in expansion video cards, but the process is roughly the same.

    If you’re an AZ Prime member, these are good options:

    https://www.amazon.com/Acer-R240HY-bidx-23-8-Inch-Widescreen/dp/B0148NNKTC — Similar to what we use as standard at work. $110.

    https://www.amazon.com/Dell-LED-Lit-Monitor-D3218HN-1920×1080/dp/B07767YLNC — Dell 32″ monitor. We’ve just started rolling some of these out to select users, they work extremely well and are very clear to see. $165

  6. You can also look at a 32 or 40in 1080p TV as a monitor. My wife has been using a cheap 32in tv for years. The resolution is low (1024×768) If you are a member @ Sams, they have a 29 ultra wide for ~170 and a 32 curved for $200 on sale. Bigger is better esp. for these old eyes.

  7. Phenicks has a good point. Just about any HDTV is likely to have a computer input. You’d want to fiddle with the display settings a bit; normal TV settings tweak the color and especially the fine detail to compensate for the limitations of TV material and digital transmission schemes. For computer use you’d want to turn all that stuff off so you’re getting (as close as possible) the exact pixels the computer generated.
    I have a 10 year old 1080 TV that has DVI and HDMI inputs, and a shiny new 4K TV that has HDMI only. But you can convert a bunch of different ways, with adapters that are inexpensive. DVI to HDMI is no problem (in either direction); ditto DisplayPort to others though depending on the exact connectors involved that may take a bit more searching. Mini-displayport is the most difficult to adapt to others because the adapters just aren’t as common. All these are “no quality lost” conversions, pretty much just a change in connector shape.

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