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HP Refurbished monitor for $130 or New Sceptre/Asus monitor for $180+?

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I am trying to choose which monitor to get for my new build that I'll be doing soon. I want to get a 23-24 inch monitor that has really vibrant colors and stuff.

I have seen this monitor in person. It has amazing color quality and it look nice on the desk as well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824176211
HOWEVER, this monitor is a refurbished product. It has been de-branded and is no longer HP. From reading reviews, the refurbish really doesn't affect the viewing quality at all and it still looks amazing. For $130, this 23 inch 1080p monitor seems like a great deal.

I'm still skeptical though, and I am wondering if I should get that monitor or one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112020
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-059-_-Product

What should I do? I want the HP one due to the price but I'm not sure if I should get it since it's refurbished. The Sceptre one is really slim and looks promising, and I've heard a ton of positive comments about the Asus one. The Asus one is apparently so good that it's used at gaming tournaments.
Edited by XHolyPuffX - 5/28/11 at 10:20am
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Just gonna bump this once to see if anyone has an answer. I just need at least one person to give their opinion.

Edit: Thank you for the replies.
Edited by XHolyPuffX - 5/28/11 at 7:59pm
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I bought an 18.5" HP debranded monitor a couple days ago for $80ish. It's decent for the price, but the colors are a LITTLE off. It might be because I haven't calibrated it right, but that's just my experience with an HP debranded
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See if you can find out which one of the LCD panel manufacturers actually made the panel in the units you are reviewing. It is not easy to find this info sometimes.

If the HP Unit was originally $300, it puts it in a category above the other two in terms of who actually made the panel and its corresponding quality/performance. There are only 4-5 top tier LCD panel manufacturers. The rest are ~lower quality.

I have 2 HP LCDs, 22" and 24":
1) w2207h - purchased new in Apr-08 for $280 from Tiger Direct
2) w2408h - purchased 'refurbished' in June-09 for $219 from PC Connection as a "Famous Brand" (aka De-branded)

Only difference is FB/DB has the two front panel HP logos over-labeled with a 'globe' insignia and a "HD Color Display" label instead of the HP stuff. Underneath is the original HP labels.

At 60Hz:
1) running constantly at 1680 x 1050
2) running constantly at 1920 x 1200

Both have outstanding clarity/balance for text (Office apps, on-line news and forums, etc.) and for pics, vids, etc, BUT I am not a gamer.

Both are a bit bright esp the 24" but only requires one-time, front-panel adjustment using presets to accommodate surrounding light changes. In auto-mode, neither make the best adjustment for my tastes when lighting changes. I almost always leave mine on one setting: custom.

Monitor software from monitor manufacturers have always been ~lame, day-late/dollar-short. If needed (likely not), use your GPU software.

Both of these stay AC-ON, toggling active/sleep mode for ~24/7/365. I turn them off ever few weeks for an overnight or two, but that's it.

I luv my HPs (lotsa of extra features + performance) and my 20+ yrs PC build expeience is that 'refurb' aspect is only as good as the company that made it originally* and the company selling it as refurb. NewEgg and Amazon (if direct from them) are tops.

If $$s are a big factor, I'd go for the $130 HP. Even if $$s were not that important, I personally would still go with the HP. HPs are solidly built and at an original retail price of $300 (HP) vs $200 (Sceptre) and $240 (ASUS), the HP is a higher quality panel. Allot of new LCDs are flimsy!

If by some outside chance it's a lemon, you've got NE for quick RMA, but test ALL of its aspects and settings (manual and via GPU software) before the RMA expires.
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