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Well I've been lurking the monitor forum for the past few days/weeks now trying to decide on which monitor (if any) i would like to replace my current one with.
I've managed to learn a small amount from my days lurking but I still can't really see the huge difference between a 24" monitor for less than £150 and 24" monitors for £300.
I've always in the past bought the generally quite cheap level of monitors however the draw backs such as poor viewing angles and TERRIBLE screen glare are pushing me towards spending more to get a monitor I'll be very happy with.

I do like the sound of the 120hz monitors however from what I can tell they're all 3D which is something I'm not really interested (especially as I'm currently using an nvidia graphics card )


Just really looking for some clarification on whether it's worth the investment or if I should save the money and get something cheaper? I'm using it for pretty much everything from films, to gaming, to video editing.


Sorry if this has been asked countless times before, I have tried to find answers to it and as I've said I've lurked for a while. Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 11
You don't need to use 3D with 120hz displays - the higher frequency yields smoother video that is also very noticeable in 2D by most who have used them.

Another thing that contributes to the price increase is the panel type. IPS displays like Dell's UltraSharp line have better, richer, colors than your standard LCD monitor. Whether it's worth it or not for you... I can't really say.
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like t-ramp said, the price difference is really on justifiable if you really need to have accurate colors like if you do any kind of print work or graphic/video editing where color correctness really matters. Generally a more expensive monitor with a nicer panel will yield better visual quality via higher contrast ratio and viewing angle. Don't believe advertised contrast ratio, look up 3rd party reviews of the the monitors your interested in to see the true measured numbers. 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio's simply don't exist
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My monitor only cost $260 shipped and it not only has much better picture quality the than any TN panel, it also has an awesome stand and build quality.

Whatever you do.. just don't buy an LG TN, probably the worst build and picture quality I've ever seen. A lot of people like the Asus TN monitors and they actually have a really cheap IPS model for not much more than the TN version. I'm not sure how the response time is on it but it would be worth checking out.
post #5 of 11
For me, I'll spend more for more pixels.
Everything else is less important to me.
Energy usage & size come next.
Then warranty, brightness & looks.
Then Hz, contrast, color accuracy, etc.
I still prefer the light text on a dark background normally seen on ancient monochrome CRT monitors. I wish changing this worked better; I've found a features to enable light-on-dark in Windows, iOS, Mac OS, Thunderbird, M$ Word, and on Wikipedia, but they're all buggy enough that I find 'em unusable.
    
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Thanks for replies - I think I am willing to take the plunge on it, just have to sort between what I want, need and can afford. And I'm very indecisive between want + need

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My monitor only cost $260 shipped and it not only has much better picture quality the than any TN panel, it also has an awesome stand and build quality.

Whatever you do.. just don't buy an LG TN, probably the worst build and picture quality I've ever seen. A lot of people like the Asus TN monitors and they actually have a really cheap IPS model for not much more than the TN version. I'm not sure how the response time is on it but it would be worth checking out.
Thanks for the recommendation, I was looking at the U2311H although as 120hz is only a lil bit more I was thinking of the Asus VG236HE or the BenQ XL2410T.


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I would recommend trying to find a local distributor of somthing like the samsung 120hz monitor because its pretty common, and go see it for yourself before considering a 120hz screen. It seems like its not for everyone, plus it would make your decision easier.
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re: 120Hz, do you play FPS games a lot and have a powerful rig? You can add your system specs here http://www.overclock.net/specs.php?do=addsystem

Your monitor is something you use 100% of the time you are on your computer so getting what is right for you is a wise investment.
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re: 120Hz, do you play FPS games a lot and have a powerful rig? You can add your system specs here http://www.overclock.net/specs.php?do=addsystem

Your monitor is something you use 100% of the time you are on your computer so getting what is right for you is a wise investment.
Yeah I've been meaning to add system info however I'm in the slow process of upgrading my PC (right upto Ivy Bridge next year). I'm starting to get into proper PC gaming so happy to pay more to get something I'll be happiest with. It's just the huge range of monitors out there
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Well I have just upgraded from a bad NT type monitor(Samsungbw2253) to a Fujitsu P24W-6 IPS(not available in US), and it is probably the best IPS for Gaming(prad.de review only in German).

However I game mostly in the dark so to get black dark enough I have to use all sort of strange setting in different games, like:

Brightness=0, contrast=100, Black Level=20-50 and max contrast in game setting.

But I knew that, I was just afraid to loose the 16:10 aspect ration. It is still much better than the old one.

I will probably buy a 32 inch TV later(2-3y) to get a real contrast of 3000-5000, unless there are monitor that can compete with that.

Anyway it depend how your brain are wired, so you really need to see for your self. E.g. Friends family computer clubs LAN parties. And don't rush into it.

Less attractive games like some of the graphic in FSX look more dated so if you play dark gritting games it is probably not worth it.

Note: On Fujitsu P24W-6 IPS some of the features such as Dynamic Contrast,
Other scaling than full screen doesn't work. Not suitable for connecting DVD player and yes it has strong AG coating.

EDIT: I play mostly pretty games like GTA 4+ENB, Crysis warhead, Metro 2033 nice swiveling smoke!
Edited by G woodlogger - 8/18/11 at 6:25am
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