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Alright, I have had this 1680x1050 monitor for years, and now want to get a higher resolution monitor. I'm thinking of one around 24", as I want something a bit bigger but also don't want to haul a massive one up to my dorm (already have a 100" projector anyway).

My main question regards resolution. I am debating between 1920x1200 and 1920x1080. I am leaning towards the 1920x1200 because it gives me more screen to work with, but there are so many more 1920x1080 it makes me wonder if I am missing something. The only thing I have found are the black bars in movies, but I don't really care about that and watch all my movies on my 1080p projector anyway. It will be my primary display for web browsing and gaming.

Of the small selection I found, this one looked decent: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001409
I don't want to go much higher than that pricewise. Oddly enough the lowest priced one is a 27.5". I am open to suggestions, especially if you have owned a similar monitor. Thanks for any help!
Edited by ChIck3n - 6/6/11 at 8:54pm
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post #2 of 38
1080p is mainstream and it allows manufacturers to label their products FULL HD - attractive to the sheep

For general use, you won't really miss the extra 120 pixels, but if you can find a 1200p monitor for a good price, by all means go for it.

Don't worry much about the response times and other marketing copy - just research the monitors you're interested in and see what other consumers and review sites say about them.

One last thing you'll want to consider - TN vs. IPS panels. TN is older tech and thus cheaper, and most monitors use it, but the colors aren't as accurate and the viewing angles are severely limited. It doesn't matter at all if you're just sitting in front of the panel at eye-level, but if you want true colors and ~180 degree viewing angles, IPS is the way to go.
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post #3 of 38
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Thanks! IPS looks nice, but is quite expensive as well. I don't really need to have a wide viewing angle, I use the projector if there are more people over.

Another question is LED backlighting. So far I haven't found many in 1920x1200, but is the image quality really that much better?
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LED backlight, as far I as understand, provides more even brightness and better contrast ratios. But I feel like LED is yet another marketing gimmick - most of those screens do use LED's, but they only use them at the edges instead of "true" LED backlighting, where the entire screen is evenly spaced with them.

But for general usage it won't matter at all. Since you use your projector for movies etc, I would just find a 1200 screen that's in your price range, read up on some online reviews, and as long as there aren't any major complaints I'm sure you'll be happy with the monitor.

(Also do some comparison shopping, usually if you're interested in a Samsung monitor, they'll be available on eBay for a nice discount... they usually are refurbished but I've never had a problem with the couple that I've ordered.)
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Bump for more opinions!

IPS vs TN for gaming? I see some people say IPS has lower response times.

Do you notice the extra screen real estate with 1200 vs 1080?
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Originally Posted by ChIck3n View Post
Another question is LED backlighting. So far I haven't found many in 1920x1200, but is the image quality really that much better?
LED is a marketing gimmick. Unless you are talking full backlit w/ local dimming it doesn't really matter. Check the display's IQ, consistency, and backlight bleed before caring whether it's CCFL or LED.

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IPS vs TN for gaming?
I say choose between 120Hz or IPS. 120Hz is much smoother in FPS games, IPS is much better looking.
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Do you notice the extra screen real estate with 1200 vs 1080?
The 1200's extra vertical space is great for browsing and work. For gaming the 1080 will give a tad more horizontal view, while the 1200 will give a tad more detail for long distance sniping.
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Bump for more opinions!

IPS vs TN for gaming? I see some people say IPS has lower response times.

Do you notice the extra screen real estate with 1200 vs 1080?
Used a 2ms Samsung TN panel to play CSS upwards of 30 hours a week for 2-3 years, recently bought a U2311h (IPS) and i literally cannot tell the difference.

Just my 2c and i cant look at my Samsung anymore cos the whites just look grey :s, makes me sad i didnt get IPS ealier
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A 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS or your money back gauranteed.
    
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A 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS or your money back gauranteed.
Hasnt got the horsepower for that mate
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Hasnt got the horsepower for that mate
Quad SLI GTX 580s ought to cover that.
    
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