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I'm currently running a Samsung 226BW with a native resolution of 1680x1050. Although I don't have any complaints with the monitor other than it being 60Hz (actually that sounds like a big problem), I think it's kind of stupid to be running at 1680x1050 with my sig rig.

It seems like even though the AW2310 is a bit dated it is still the best gaming monitor at 120Hz. My question is should I buy it now, or is something better on the horizon? Also, does Dell release coupons that apply to monitors frequently?
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You should probably read this thread, it should have all the info you need. There's tons of other informative threads, but that one is basically the cliff-notes. The new Samsung s23a950d is the best 120hz monitor if you like glossy monitors, the Alienware would be the best Matte. Dell has specials on monitors all the time but it's been at least ~4 months since they put the Alienware on sale. I was waiting to buy the AW when it finally did go on sale (but it never has) and then the samsung came out -- and it turns out it's better anyways.

You might want to just go with the Planar 120hz monitor if you can't stand glossy screens. It's $100 cheaper than the Alienware and not that much worse. I couldn't really justify spending $450 for the Alienware honestly.
Edited by SeanPoe - 9/21/11 at 7:24pm
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You should probably read this thread, it should have all the info you need. There's tons of other informative threads, but that one is basically the cliff-notes. The new Samsung s23a950d is the best 120hz monitor if you like glossy monitors, the Alienware would be the best Matte. Dell has specials on monitors all the time but it's been at least ~4 months since they put the Alienware on sale. I was waiting to buy the AW when it finally did go on sale (but it never has) and then the samsung came out -- and it turns out it's better anyways.

You might want to just go with the Planar 120hz monitor if you can't stand glossy screens. It's $100 cheaper than the Alienware and not that much worse. I couldn't really justify spending $450 for the Alienware honestly.

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at that thread earlier and it did have some very good information. I'm a little confused on what a glossy screen really means...

And yeah I really don't think I could justify spending $450 on single monitor solution given that my monitor is "fine". I'd probably wait around for a deal on the alienware or just buy the samsung.
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Glossy just means it doesn't have an anti-glare coating over the panel. So with improper lighting you can see reflections in it (like a mirror) and it also has light flares. Monitors with anti-glare (typically marketed as matte) don't have those problems BUT instead they have this grainy/dirty look as if the screen is covered with a thin layer of water or something. It's hard to describe exactly. I personally think glossy screens are MUCH better if you take the time to fix the ambient lighting (covering windows, using standing lights instead of overhead, etc).

Here's an extreme example (bright overhead lights with solid black image) of the samsung. I'd take reflections over grain any day.
post #5 of 11
I went for the AW2310 because of the matte coating. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference, but be aware that glossy monitors bounce off a lot of light, specially when displaying darker images. My laptop has a glossy panel and I can almost always see my own reflection on the monitor. I don't really know what SeanPoe means by "grainy/dirty look".

Also, if you want 120Hz, and are close to the monitor, don't go above 23/24 inches. 1080p looks pretty bad in 27" monitors.
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He means that AG monitors look as if there was a rough grainy plastic on top of the image, as there is, and glossy monitors look nice and smooth, but have reflections.

I personally prefer glossy, since I can control the lighting of my room easily. That should be something you have to take into account, if you can eliminate all light sources behind you, glossy monitor will probably look a bit better. If you can't, AG is required.
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Just realized what he meant when I was staring at Winamp. Somewhat noticeable on solid dark colors, but undetectable otherwise.

Regardless, you should evaluate your room's lighting and decide based on that.
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Solid colors period. Be it any color, or black or white. It will be noticeable. Less so when the stuff on the screen is less of a solid color.
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Reviving this....

It's really sad for me to gaming on anything less than 1080p with this hardware.

Should I get a cheaper 1080p monitor around 200 dollars to hold me over until better monitors come out (I heard there are a lot of better monitors coming out in a few months?) If so, which one?

Should I get a 120Hz monitor? If so, which one?

Should I just stick with my Samsung SyncMaster228BW for now and wait for better?

Should I just kill myself?
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I just picked up a AW2310 about 2 hours ago on Dell's site, it is $50 off so $399, and the member purchase (MPP/EPP) plan also had it for $399 so i demanded that they honor the $50 off the already $399 standard sale price. I was able to get it for $350 and they have a special for free shipping so $370.81 after tax.
     
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