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Hey everyone.

Okay, I currently have a Samsung 2232GW 22" LCD monitor. Now this monitor is decent, just a bit old and bulky-ish. I am looking to do a upgrade soon, but I just don't know what to go for. There are so many damn monitors out there, I'm completely out of options.

I was thinking of going for this one:

LG E2341T-bn 23" LED Monitor, 17.5mm Slim Design, Full HD 1920x1080 (WUGA+) ; brightness- 250cd/m2 ; DFC contrast ratio- 5000000:1 , response time - 5ms

Now to me this looks like a pretty good monitor, considering I can pick it up for around 220$ (1550 South African Rand). I am looking to spend around the same amount, up to 260$ I'm guessing (things are a bit cheaper there than it is here).

What other monitors would you recommend? I was thinking of getting two 21.5" LED's (with 1920x1080 res.), and then a projector for movies and so on in a month or two.

Thanks. =)
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The LG should be a pretty good monitor, that would be my recommended one of the listed - I would definitely go for LED vs. LCD - it has a much higher contrast ratio, they are usually more color accurate and draw far less power.

I would also go for the 23" vs two 21.5" monitors as using two monitors isn't really all that useful unless you are doing a lot of documents or have a lot of windows open. I personally prefer the larger screen size, and then just get the projector for movies, but thats just me
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LED monitors are LCD monitors with a LED backlight. It's not a huge upgrade, and sometimes not even an upgrade at all.


How much does the U2211h sell there for? It's the bare minimum of a monitor upgrade I would ever recommend for anyone. It's not LED, it's IPS. In IPS monitors, the tradiutional backlight is better, and it's brigther than most LED monitors and beats the colors of most LED monitors by a thousand miles.

Recommending because it's 260 - 280 dollars in america.
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I'd probably stick with normal LCD backlighting, I have a PX2370 LED (TN) and 2333T (PVA) side by side, they both have good image quality (the PVA has much deeper black levels tho but thats not related to the backlight), I noticed on darker scenes in games / movies or a solid black screen you can see a slight blue influence on the LED monitor, im told this is because LED backlighting isnt a pure white like a standard backlit LCD.

On the minor plus side the LED model does run cooler and is instantly at full brightness on a cold power up, the other monitor turns on with a dim picture and slowly gets to full brightness after around 2 minutes.
Edited by mathesar - 5/19/11 at 5:17am
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I can't seem to find Dell monitors anywhere here... Hmh. Where can I see if a monitor is TN or that other words (IPS or PVA)?
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I can't seem to find Dell monitors anywhere here... Hmh. Where can I see if a monitor is TN or that other words (IPS or PVA)?
More than 99% of monitors are TN, and therefore quite low quality.

If you are unsure if a monitor is TN or not, it pretty much surely is.
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The LG should be a pretty good monitor, that would be my recommended one of the listed - I would definitely go for LED vs. LCD - it has a much higher contrast ratio, they are usually more color accurate and draw far less power.
It's LED LCD and CCFL LCD.... not LED vs LCD.

True contrast ratios have to do with the screen itself, not the backlighting.

CCFL also provide more accurate color, not single color LED backlighting. If you want accurate color from a LED display, it needs to be one with different color LEDs (RGB or I foroget there's another type as well ). These are more expensive.
Edited by DuckieHo - 5/19/11 at 5:22am
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Lol, thanks for the info guys, but it still does not answer my question... What screens should I be looking for? Any brand or range specifically? Which is still kind of affordable?
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For low quality screens, acer, asus, and samsung are great manufacturers. LG is meh, and the rest are on average worse than the ones I mentioned.

For higher quality screens, the likes of dell IPS monitors and NEC monitors are much better.
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Lol, thanks for the info guys, but it still does not answer my question... What screens should I be looking for? Any brand or range specifically? Which is still kind of affordable?
It depends. You can not choose a good display from manufacturer "specs". They lie or provide useless information.


Unfortunately, you need to find independent reviews by people with proper testing equipment if you want to know what a good or bad display is. This if far and few between.
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