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Author Topic: What monitor should I use?  (Read 5230 times)
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« on: January 15, 2016, 12:17:04 AM »

My wonderful brother said he was going to help me with my build, so I'm very happy about that. I don't have to worry about soldering or anything that I know I would totally screw up.

However, I need to collect all the pieces needed for him. He said he'd build it if I got the parts. I'm on a very strict budget, so I'm trying to find deals on EBay. However, I don't know what sort of monitors to look for, except for the fact that they have to be 15" EXACTLY (from what I've seen).

The tablet I'm using is the PTZ-930, the Intuos3 9x12". It's a great thing, and it's in perfect shape. However, I want to make sure I get the right monitor.

The one I'm looking at, for the moment, is this one. -->

It looks good, and the price is right. However, I don't know if anyone has had any success with it. I want as good resolution as I can get for my dollar, and I need decent colours as well. Are there any monitors that you guys would recommend? I know there's a whole subject on the monitors, but I don't know how the monitors themselves are colour wise or their sizes. Any help would be AWESOME!

After getting the monitor, I need a special microchip, right? Is there anything else after that I need? He's going to see about keeping it all in the original casing, so I don't want to buy the containment box. I know I'll be needing an external power cord...right? I'm very new at all this, and I just need a little extra help. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2016, 01:21:42 PM »

Firstly, Welcome Bethany! Or perhaps it should be Welcome back!

Because of the tablet you have and the style in which you want to build your DIY Cintiq, I would recommend reading through the K-Jintiq build log found here: if you haven't already.

As for the screen you have linked to (the LQ150U1LW22), this was mentioned in post 43 (here: as being compatible with the RM5451 LVDS controller. As for how good the panel is, or if it will be completely jitter free when placed upon the Wacom I3 tablet I could not tell you, but I would say for the price listed I would probably be tempted to give it a go.

As for getting good colours, I would recommend an IPS based panel such as the LP150E05-A2K1 as used in the K-Jintiq build ( but, I'm sorry to say that although this screen has been around for a while it's price remains fairly high presumably due to it being a decent panel.

Another quick search reveals that the HV150UX2-100 panel might be a good IPS option too, but once again comes at a price, and I would also highly recommend double checking with NJYTouch or other retailer that they can provide an LVDS controller which can drive it before you buy (if you chose to).

As for a power supply - which you will need to drive the screen and the LVDS controller - if you go the RM5451 route then any 12V 4Amp DC (with 2.1mm connector and positive pole in the centre) should do the trick; you can source this from your favourite electronics retailer easily for very little cost.

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