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Dell U2311h vs BenQ EW2420

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Hi there,
Looking for a new monitor to replace an ancient IBM P202 21" CRT that just died. The main uses will be movies, amateur photos, and the web. I've kind of narrowed it down to a couple monitors:

Dell U2311h - 23" e-IPS
BenQ EW2420 - 24" MVA

I'd kind of be inclined to get the Dell, but I've heard that an IPS is likely to have inferior black levels compared to a CRT, and I watch a lot of movies where that is very important (think Blade Runner or film noir). The Benq is supposed to have some of the darkest blacks of any LCD, so that is part of the appeal there. On the other hand it gets decidedly uneven reviews.

I've also heard of the Samsung 2333t, a 23" c-PVA monitor that is supposed to be almost as good as the Benq. There's also the Asus ML249H, which uses the same MVA panel as the Benq, but hasn't had many reviews.

It would really help if I could just look at one in action, but I live in the boonies...

Also, what about quality? Are any of those brands especially better in that regard?
post #2 of 5
I have a U2311H myself and the blacks are very good. I would go with Dell.

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Look at the black areas of the picture for reference.
Edited by aerieth - 6/9/11 at 4:52am
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The U2311H is a great monitor and you can't go wrong quality wise.

Here's a review of the BenQ http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_ew2420.htm

Black depth and contrast ratio are fantastic and the best we have seen. Detail in darker scenes should not be lost


and the Dell http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2311h.htm

Black depth and contrast ratio are excellent and some of the best we have seen. Detail in darker scenes should not be lost
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post #4 of 5
dell is my vote.
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Thanks for the replies. It occurred to me it might be good to throw in some screen shots of dark scenes so one can see what I'm talking about. How do these look on a U2311h?

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