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Best monitor for browsing/reading

post #1 of 7
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Hi all,

I'm currently looking for a monitor to use as setup with my laptop...

I'll be doing quite a fair bit of reading and browsing on this monitor, and maybe some light gaming...oh and quite some movie watching as well...

Im looking at around 22-23" (any bigger and I find it a bit too daunting)

What's good out there? I've looked through most threads here, but they're usually recommendations for gaming...

thanks!
post #2 of 7
What is your budget? What about preferred cost?
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I'm looking at around ~ £150, but if there's a model worth spending more on, I wouldn't mind...
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I don't know about shops in the UK. I found one, but you might want to search for monitors elsewhere too, to get lower prices.

From what I see, the LG IPS23*** (asterix indicate that there are multiple models with different names, but the only the last 3 numbers differ) series monitors are available for that budget. IPS panels usually have much better colors, but they have worse black levels in cheaper panels like these. They also have very very good viewing angles, so no vertical contrast shift like the usual LCD TN panel. Something to consider, since this is just for browsing and movie watching and light gaming.

If you don't want to go there for some reason, you can also go with pretty much any asus monitor. They are all decent for their price. The best manufacturer in the lower end of monitors, quite.

For example,

http://www.ebuyer.com/284104-lg-ips225v-21-5-lcd-led-hdmi-monitor-ips225v-bn
http://www.ebuyer.com/273040-asus-vs228h-lcd-led-full-hd-21-5-hdmi-monitor-vs228h
http://www.ebuyer.com/155987-asus-vh242h-tft-lcd-23-6-hdmi-monitor-vh242h
http://www.ebuyer.com/280958-exdisplay-lg-ips231p-bn-tft-lcd-led-23-dvi-d-monitor-ebr1-ips231p-bn
http://www.ebuyer.com/263928-asus-ml239h-ips-lcd-23-hdmi-monitor-ml239h (this is also an IPS monitor by the way, though most asus monitors aren't)


I'd quite recommend IPS monitors for general browsing, they are more pleasant in many ways. Higher color fidelity and less dithering (google dithering if you don't know what it is in display terms). They are less straining to look at, I say. Just be aware of them having not ideal black levels (though most people would most likely not even realize this before being told), mainly due to IPS glow (youtube IPS glow. Those are way exaggerated because the cameras pick up that easily, but yes, it's still actually visible on IPS monitors in this price range)
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Thanks for the awesome reply!

I was actually looking at the LG IPS226V-PN, but watched a youtube review which mentioned that the monitor was quite disappointing in terms of viewing angles..

Is the 23" much better?
post #6 of 7
The LG IPS line has probably a bit more issues than average with IPS glow (which causes poor black depth too) and ghosting. Ghosting shouldn't be an issue for minor gaming at all, but the point is there if you are interested.

I haven't actually researched into the ml239h myself that much, but I've read some of the most reliable reviews

http://tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_ml239h.htm

The ml239h would be a very good choice for the price, I'd say. It's fast enough to be great for movies, it has good black depth compared to the LG IPS series, and is quite affordable.

The review I linked is among the best sites for monitor reviews. If you really want a detailed explonation, there it is. If you want a simplified explonation, scroll to the summary at the bottom.
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wow, that review site is awesome!

Anyway, I've decided to go with the LG..it's the cheapest of all..does the 1" of 23 over a 22 make much of a difference??
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