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I am looking to buy a new LCD. I've been researching stuff for the past few days, and this is what I THINK I have learned.

1. Brightness between 250 and 350 cd/m2 is what I should aim for.
2. CCFL vs LED backlight: Some LED back lights bleed and produce a horrible image, while others work fine.
3. IPS vs VA vs TN. IPS: Best colors, most crisp image, possible ghosting on cheaper/higher latency models, best viewing angle. VA: darkest blacks, wide viewing angles, ghosting TN: Low latency, low viewing angle.


These are the monitors I have narrowed it down to (in order of what I'm liking the most) :
LG IPS231 (IPS)
Dell U2211 (IPS)
Asus M239 (IPS)
Asus M249 (MVA)
LG E2370 (IPS?)

I have heard the e2370 isn't actually an IPS (its viewing angles are 178/168). Is this true?
I would use the monitor for 40% movies/TV series, 40% gaming, and 20% web browsing/actual work. Any suggestions beyond what is on my list for less than $250 shipped? Anyone have any experience with the 4 I listed? (other than the proven ultrasharp)
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The Dell U2211H is the best of the bunch. However, $19 over your budget is the U2311H, which should be worth it IMO. It shares the same panel as the LG IPS231, but has a better backlight method and connectivity.
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I have the Asus ML239H - it has the same panel as the Dell IPS but is cheaper - absolutely love it, even color, great display angles, etc. For brightness, its not a huge issue, you will most likely turn it way down anyway.

On a different note, make sure to get a calibration device such as a Spyder3 Pro - it will work wonders for your display panel and will show you how absolutely off monitors are when they are not calibrated. I have mine dimmed down to 120 cd/m2 and that is just about the perfect brightness.
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