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i just sold my dell sp2208wfp 22inch 1680x1050 monitor, it served me very well over the past 4 years. i think it had a tft lcd panel, i'm a real nooob when it comes to monitors. but i have to say, that the colour on the dell is pretty darn good for someone like me who doesn't do anything specific with colours. i used to have a benq (tn panel) 22inch as well, and i ran both of them side by side for better productivity, and the colour on the dell blows away the benq.

what i am trying to say is that i've never had or even seen a better quality panel in va or ips in real life, so i have absolutely no idea how much better they are compared to the normal tn/tft screens. like i said, i don't do anything specific that requires high colour accuracy, not yet anyway. i mean, i am getting into photography, i like shooting with my dslr, but i don't edit my photos, as i don't really know how or why i need to, i might get into that down the years, but i'm certain it will not be at a professional level, probably not even close, but then again who knows? lol

anyway, so as for now, my main usage for the monitor will be work, a lot of it, my work involves hours of proengineer everyday, so matt screen is a must, my old dell was so shiny and reflective, it hurts my eyes after hours of staring. besides that, just general use, movies, games (mainly fps), and ideally i would like it to last about 5 years at least.

as far as my budget goes, my absolute maximum would be a dell u2410, it's a bit of a stretch already! i've read all sorts of good things about that monitor, but then again, it does come with a hefty price tag. and keep asking myself this question - do i really need this? it's easily twice the price of normal monitors, and if i won't benefit from the colour accuracy it offers, i'm basically flushing a good £200 down the toilet, right? i have one alternative tn monitor in mind, it's the samsung p2450h, heard it's ok for a tn panel at about £170, any thoughts on the samsung?

any suggestions are welcome, my requirements are 24inch or higher, 1080p or higher, and an important thing is that i DO NOT like monitors with SMALL ROUND base, for instance this benq. call me old fashioned, but i like monitors with squarish base

thanks in advance!!!!!
Edited by erik257 - 5/26/11 at 6:32am
post #2 of 9
If you can wiggle on the 24"+, the U2311H would actually not be a bad choice. Compromise between gaming refresh/input lag and color accuracy. Only thing is that it's less than 24 inches.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824113024 - not sure if it's matte though

Your alternative isn't bad either, kind of an average TN panel that should suit your needs.
Edited by bfeng91 - 5/26/11 at 12:24pm
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yeah, i noticed the u23111h as well, did a little digging, and some, not a lot, but some said while gaming they experienced ghosting. my old dell had 2ms gtg, the u2311h has 8ms, not sure how much that affects gaming exactly...and i really want a bigger screen than my old 22''. i mean 23'' is of course bigger on paper, but because it's a 16:9, it doesn't feel bigger than my old one (16:10) at all, i've seen some 23'' screen in shops, and they feel somewhat smaller!

thanks for the link on newegg, but i can't find this screen at where i live, so i'll have to pass on that. but the look is spot on though! pretty sweet, deserves a +1 just for this
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16:10 monitors are getting more and more difficult to find as manufacturers switch to 16:9 x.x How about this one? I haven't heard much in the way of gaming on it though.
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interesting, i can actually get this in the czech republic, only missing hdmi, but i guess i can live with that!

i've just noticed you have 3 u2311hs, what do you use them for primarily? any thoughts on how it performs in games? i really like dell as a monitor manufacturer, all their monitors look stunning, built quality is top notch, decent service, so ideally i'd like to stick with dell. my heart still falls for the u2410, but my head is battling against the price tag...

need some convincing on the u2311h
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interesting, i can actually get this in the czech republic, only missing hdmi, but i guess i can live with that!

i've just noticed you have 3 u2311hs, what do you use them for primarily? any thoughts on how it performs in games? i really like dell as a monitor manufacturer, all their monitors look stunning, built quality is top notch, decent service, so ideally i'd like to stick with dell. my heart still falls for the u2410, but my head is battling against the price tag...

need some convincing on the u2311h
I actually use them for gaming and photo editing. I guess, primarily gaming. So far, I haven't noticed anything bad while playing BFBC2, I actually really enjoy the awesome real estate from all 3. The colors on the U2410 are actually a lot better than the U2311H, hence the heftier price tag. The U2311H are actually a good compromise between gaming and color accuracy, in my opinion. The U2311H IPS monitors are still better than a TN ASUS I had before.
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i guess there is no dispute over the fact that any ips is superior over any tn panel, except for response time, but even that doesn't seem to be a big problem as most of them have overdrive function built in [as i've heard ].

besides badcompany2, have you tried any other fps games?

only real downside for me is the missing 120pixels vertically, well not that i had it before, lol, but would be nice to have it though...

i've also heard there is a new line of dell coming out, you think it's worth waiting to see how they compare to the current u-series?
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Blops... and thats pretty much it for FPS's. Yeah, if you don't need a new monitor right away, I think that you could wait for the Dell refresh - word of warning though, the new Dell line will all be 16:9 from what I've read.
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hmmm, i guess i don't desperately need a new monitor right away, it will take a while longer before my graphics card arrive...i'll just have to survive on the lappy for now

so the new dell line will be 16:9 as well, daaaaammmmmmn perhaps they will push the price of the current line down abit? might as well just play the waiting game for now then, since i can't really decide anyway, i hate decisions, sigh...

thanks for your help dfeng, appreciated
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