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Which of these specs are the most or least important to have on a screen for better gaming (BF3 ftw) performance? Planning to buy a 24-27" screen with 1200p.

-low reaction time (X ms)
-high contrast (XXXXX:1)
-high brightness
-IPS or TN

Any other important specs?
A list of priorities would be handy.

Thx in advance, Pino
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How much are you willing to spend? I see you are using it mostly for gaming. If its for gaming I would much rather have a 16:9 screen for a larger Field of view.
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Originally Posted by PinoJet View Post
Which of these specs are the most or least important to have on a screen for better gaming (BF3 ftw) performance? Planning to buy a 24-27" screen with 1200p.

-low reaction time (X ms)
-high contrast (XXXXX:1)
-high brightness
-IPS or TN

Any other important specs?
A list of priorities would be handy.

Thx in advance, Pino
My recommendation for gaming:

-low reaction time (X ms) Lower is better
-high contrast (XXXXX:1) higher is better, but it doesn't really matter
-high brightness Doesn't matter
-IPS or TN TN will respond faster = better for gaming

However, if you have the budget, and you plan on doing other things with your computer, then I'd definitely look into a high-end IPS panel. They aren't much worse for gaming, but they are great for everything else.
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How much are you willing to spend? I see you are using it mostly for gaming. If its for gaming I would much rather have a 16:9 screen for a larger Field of view.
Something below 300€ and yes I will almost only use it for gaming.
Any good recommendations for screens? I heard Samsung is pretty good, any other good brands/models?
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Something below 300€ and yes I will almost only use it for gaming.
Any good recommendations for screens? I heard Samsung is pretty good, any other good brands/models?
ASUS makes some of the best screens for gaming right now. I have the VK246H, but the model without the webcam is just as good (VW246H I think?) The color isn't the best, but that's what my colorimeter is for
post #6 of 14
I've been looking at a couple. a 120hertz screen is better for smoother gaming. But it also requires a pretty good video card. I am also in the same boat as you. Trying to figure out what I would like ips panel or TN panel.

Noticed that you are looking at 1200p. Those are pretty expensive and I don't think a 120hertz monitor is available at that res. Only 1920x1080. But, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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ASUS makes some of the best screens for gaming right now. I have the VK246H, but the model without the webcam is just as good (VW246H I think?) The color isn't the best, but that's what my colorimeter is for
The VW266H looks pretty awesome. Why aren't the colors that good? Can you read it off somewhere in the specs?

Edit: What do you guys think about the Hanns.G HZ281HPB? It has an awesome price and the stats look good too, except the contrast ration is a bit low compared to others.
Edited by PinoJet - 10/28/11 at 5:13pm
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The VW266H looks pretty awesome. Why aren't the colors that good? Can you read it off somewhere in the specs?
It's not something that you'd really notice as a gamer, but as an amateur graphic artists, I do notice. It basically comes down to the allowed variability during the factory construction and calibration.

EDIT: Just to be clear, this is something all non-enthusiast panel suffer from to one degree or another. Unless you are willing to spend the big bucks for the high-end Dell panels, which are "manually" calibrated at the factory, your monitor will inevitably be "miscalibrated". The ASUS panels, from reviews I read when I first bought it, suffer from this problem more than other panels, but not to large enough degree to matter to non-graphic artists and the like.
Edited by Nick2253 - 10/28/11 at 5:14pm
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My recommendation for gaming:

-low reaction time (X ms) Lower is better
-high contrast (XXXXX:1) higher is better, but it doesn't really matter
-high brightness Doesn't matter
-IPS or TN TN will respond faster = better for gaming

However, if you have the budget, and you plan on doing other things with your computer, then I'd definitely look into a high-end IPS panel. They aren't much worse for gaming, but they are great for everything else.
Response times aren't exactly accurate, you can't say lower is better. One should consult reviews with systematic testing methods where the display is compared with others instead of blindly trusting the ms count the manufacturer gives you. It tells you nothing.

Contrast actually does matter, but the one the manufacturer states is false too, so you can't trust that.

Brigthness specs are usually false too.

IPS / TN. You can't really say TN responds faster. Some monitors in his budget like the u2312hm that are IPS have less ghosting and input lag than some 120hz panels, which are almost all out of his budget. And even if you have a slower IPS panel, it isn't exactly worse for gaming. If fastness was all you cared about, you'd be using a 19" CRT at 220hz @ 640x480. But you aren't doing that. Because speed is not all that matters. You can't simply generalize IPS as slower. Because it's a panel technology, and the speed varies from model to model. As with TN. Because of this, there will be slower TN panels and faster IPS panels quite a bit. Some IPS panels will be impressively fast and some TN panels terribly slow. Though, usually modern IPS is a bit slower than modern TN. Only usually.


Anyway, OP, good cheap choices would be the asus series monitors, quite decent in the low end. However, they are almost all 1080p.
You could also go dell u2312hm for IPS goodness, but not ideal or exactly required for gaming and browsing. Still a fast panel if you're interested in IPS.

If you absolutely require 1200p, u2412m and zr24w are decent choices relatively close to your budget, are IPS and quite fast, though a bit over budget, I think the HP LA24something TN panel would fit in your budget though. Along with some older asus 1200p models, and the cheap-o hanns-G 28" 1200p models.
Not sure about which 1200p panels in the lower end section are for sale anymore.
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I never intended those to be catch-all recommendations. Just back-of-the-envelope starting places. But thank you for clarifying for me.
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