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I'm back in the market for a new monitor.

I currently have a U2410:



which I think is awesome and has done an incredible job. I'm upping my budget a bit for this next one, but I am not counting out another U2410 just to make things simple and looking symmetrical. I'm OCD like that.

I have been looking heavily at NEC, particularly the 2490WUXi:



which is now discontinued and has been replaced by an inferior 2490WUXi2:



I was wondering if there is something better out there (REGARDLESS of price) and if so, what is it so that I can compare?

Nowadays, I have a tendency to use my computer for about 45% browsing, 45% RPG games, and 10% FPS games. Essentially what I am saying is that the "lowest" response time, or 120Hz refresh rate really doesn't come too much into play here, as I will be mostly playing HoN (and DotA2 on release), so colors would be nice over ghosting (I notice ghosting on my U2410 in FPS games - I haven't found an LCD I haven't noticed it on since I used my CRT for 10 years - but I don't care).

Any suggestions for:

Best monitor in the world (this will help me compare)?
Best monitor in my price range?
Edited by xyeLz - 10/5/11 at 7:40am
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If you want accurate colors and high resolution, Dell U3011 will fit in your price range. If response time and ghosting aren't your top priorities, U3011 is a pretty easy winner.
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If you want accurate colors and high resolution, Dell U3011 will fit in your price range. If response time and ghosting aren't your top priorities, U3011 is a pretty easy winner.
If colors aren't the only consideration. If you value image clarity in games and available browsing / work space with the high resolution as well, this would IMO be a much wiser option.


You asked about the best monitor in the world. There isn't one. There are a few top examples of all depending on what attributes you seek in a monitor, but as far as everything goes, there is no "top" model.


For topping the u3011, regardless of price, the nec PA301w does that just fine.
Edited by De-Zant - 10/5/11 at 8:27am
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Great help so far.

I forgot to mention that I would like to stay at about the 24" range if possible. The 30" monitors are just too big for my needs.

What makes the U3011 so much better than the U2410? Are there any monitors such as the PA301w in the 24" range? That's a beautiful monitor...

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You asked about the best monitor in the world. There isn't one. There are a few top examples of all depending on what attributes you seek in a monitor, but as far as everything goes, there is no "top" model.
Which ones are those if you don't mind helping?
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The u3011 is considered superior to the u2410 due to the 2560x1600 resolution. That's most of it. For detailed explonations of differences, you can check TFTcentral reviews of both regarding color accuracy, differences in ghosting, input lag, contrast, etc.

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Which ones are those if you don't mind helping?
If you stay in the consumer market, it goes like this in general.

-High end IPS panels for color accuracy
-Higher end VA panels for accurate dark level production and high contrast
-High end AG CRT for speed (though, even there you have to compromise between aspect ratios and size to get the combination you are the most satisfied with, no single best top model)

Was just an off hand remark, but since you asked, that's roughly how it goes.
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I would def consider an Apple Cinema Display, Simply put, its the most beautiful monitor you will ever put your eyes on. I had an ACD and the 30" dell ips and needless to say, I used the dell as my email monitor.
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I would def consider an Apple Cinema Display, Simply put, its the most beautiful monitor you will ever put your eyes on. I had an ACD and the 30" dell ips and needless to say, I used the dell as my email monitor.
I was looking into the ACD, but as I mentioned I am looking for a 24" monitor. I am planning on eventually having three monitors, so 30" would be too big for my needs. Plus, I enjoy the small pixels and high resolutions that smaller monitors have to offer (over other 30" monitors with 1920x1200 resolutions - though I know most higher end ones offer 25xx).

From what I read, everyone said the NEC I mentioned was the best you could get. That's why I'm hoping those "media junkies" here would be able to prove them wrong.

Either way, what would be the reigning king or the holy grail of 24" monitors nowadays, price disregarded?
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