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So, I'm in the stone ages. When I bought my computer, I just bought the componets. I ran Ubuntu, used my brother's old mouse and keyboard, and used my Dad's old 1280x1024 HP 17ms response time monitor. Yes I said 17ms. And did I mention I used my iHome as my speakers?

So, the time has come, and I can tell this monitor is dying. Or I want to upgrade. It flickers on a certain gray tone. Think if the UAC pops up, that gray. I see vertical lines that descend when that pops up. Or for Spotfiy, that gray. I am ready to start fresh!

My monitor needs a couple of things.
  1. Good Color
  2. 21.5inches or bigger
  3. Glossy
  4. Under 300 US Dollars
  5. 1080p or better
  6. Amazon sells it-this one isn't absolutely necessary.
  7. Limited Back-light Bleeding. I know this one is hard, but I am really sensitive to it, it bugs me.

All of these are important to me.
IPS would be great, but Dell's all have that AG coating, which I don't like, and don't need because I can avoid the sun in my house by closing the door behind me.

I will be using it for-
  1. Gaming
  2. Video Editing
  3. Watching Videos
  4. School stuff


Gaming-I only started playing video games in July. I have been playing on a 4:3 monitor, at 17ms. I am by no means a pro, so I'm pretty sure I'll be satisfied no matter what on this one.
Video Editing-This will just be modifying horse clips for my Mom, as she sell's Dartmoor Ponies (An English pony breed)-not that overclocker's care... wink.gif
Watching Movies-Gotta get your entertainment!thumb.gif
School Stuff-It's great to be able to put Word on one side, and Chrome on the other, and still see both...

I will only sit about one foot away from the monitor.


I have done research, and have tried out one monitor, a Samsung bought from Costco, because of a great 90 day return policy, no questions asked. That didn't work out so it is now back in Costco.

A couple of things I've learned.
  1. Asus-Pretty good for the cheap TN panel market
  2. Dell-Ultrasharp. All that's needed to say.
  3. BenQ-Good manufacturer, but hard to aquire in the US
  4. 120hz-I don't want it. With a GTX 460, I don't see it. Besides, I don't want that high of price tag, or 3D. It's good for Pro's though. BTW, what's the point of a 120 or 240hz TV if most shows and movies are 28.8fps or something like that?
  5. 27inch at 1080p is where the sharpness of image starts to drop big time.

I'm debating what to get, TN or IPS. I'm sure I would be fine with TN, but IPS is very appealing. Computers are my hobby, and I spend a fair bit of time in front of it...

Monitor's I'm considering.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009245
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

I would like to buy from Amazon: I have a Prime account (Free 2-day shipping), and because of there great return policy. I know I linked Newegg, but that's because I like their interface better.
None of those monitors really hit my budget. What else should I look at?

Thank you, I love OCN, the community is great.. It will be interesting to see the responses, as this isn't the most active part of this forum...


Oh, and way off topic, but couldn't anyone recommend me a good DAC for Beyerdynaminc Pro DT770 80 Ohm? If not, I'll keep reading, but thought there was a possibility...

Now... I think I'm reading to hit the submit button!
Edited by raptorxrx - 2/29/12 at 7:07pm
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[*] Under 300 US Dollars

Then you need to fix your thread title
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Then you need to fix your thread title
Fixed. Thanks for pointing out my amazing English! tongue.gif

Any suggestions though?
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Samsung has a pretty decent 7" LED out that can be had for around 250 if you look around. I just picked one up for 272 and some change this past weekend at BB. It the SA27550 I think.
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Fixed. Thanks for pointing out my amazing English! tongue.gif
Any suggestions though?

If you've already bought and returned a new Samsung from Costco, then I seriously doubt you'll be happy with any of the ones you've linked to in your first post.


What I suggest you check out is a Samsung PLS panel display. AFAIK there is just the SA850 series out, but the SA950 series is coming out very soon if it's not already available.

Just check out this review:


I've got the 24" version of the same screen (I've got 3 actually), and I wholehearted agree with every statement made in that video about how great PLS is. There is just nothing bad to say about it, it's amazing. It beats TN, beats VA it even beats IPS. The only downside is the cost. But I believe the newer SA950 series is supposed to bring the price down... at least a little...
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If you've already bought and returned a new Samsung from Costco, then I seriously doubt you'll be happy with any of the ones you've linked to in your first post.
What I suggest you check out is a Samsung PLS panel display. AFAIK there is just the SA850 series out, but the SA950 series is coming out very soon if it's not already available.
Just check out this review:I've got the 24" version of the same screen (I've got 3 actually), and I wholehearted agree with every statement made in that video about how great PLS is. There is just nothing bad to say about it, it's amazing. It beats TN, beats VA it even beats IPS. The only downside is the cost. But I believe the newer SA950 series is supposed to bring the price down... at least a little...

I've checked out those monitors, and they are too expensive for me. My maximum is 350$ but less is better. What about the 550 series? Any monitors you would recommend that aren't Samsung? I'm not sure I want to buy them again.

I'd show other ones I'm looking at, but I've gotta get to school... I'll write more later.
Edited by raptorxrx - 3/1/12 at 3:59am
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Bumpy... I feel guilty smile.gif
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I'll be honest and say that I didn't read any reviews on this monitor and haven't really put it through it's paces yet, but Walmart has a 23 in LG EW234 monitor on sale right now for like $115. Not a bad price so I snagged one. Like I said the only reason I bought it was because of the price. I did see that it has a 5 ms response time so not too shabby.

Hope this helps even a little.
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I'll be honest and say that I didn't read any reviews on this monitor and haven't really put it through it's paces yet, but Walmart has a 23 in LG EW234 monitor on sale right now for like $115. Not a bad price so I snagged one. Like I said the only reason I bought it was because of the price. I did see that it has a 5 ms response time so not too shabby.
Hope this helps even a little.

Every post at least gives a bumb! smile.gif But I will say your avatar DRIVES ME INSANE I strongly dislike it. But that's alright, that's why it's not my avatar...

I'll look into the monitor!
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Samsung s23a750D or Samsung s23a700D if you go120hz. Should be around $299 for either.
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