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UltraSharps from DELL have zero bright defective pixel policy, however, I must point out that they are not glossy but have relatively strong matte finish usually. You should be able to get 23'' U2312HM fro approx 200$ if you feel like going that route. At least in here I have seen them for sale for 185 euros and that is with 20% tax slapped into it so 200$ in the US where competition is higher does not sound too far fetched.
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UltraSharps from DELL have zero bright defective pixel policy, however, I must point out that they are not glossy but have relatively strong matte finish usually. You should be able to get 23'' U2312HM fro approx 200$ if you feel like going that route. At least in here I have seen them for sale for 185 euros and that is with 20% tax slapped into it so 200$ in the US where competition is higher does not sound too far fetched.

So the anti-glare on it isn't that bad? I've heard it's pretty gruesome, and I don't have the guts to mod it to take the AG off. Even so, I am between three monitors now, unless somebody shows me something better.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S23A700D-Class-Backlit-Monitor/dp/B006WAGLGO
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S23A950D-23-Inch-Monitor--Silver/dp/B0059033U0/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330689297&sr=1-2 -way over budget, but if it's worth it... I can save up a little more
or The Ultrasharp 23inch
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I'm personally quite fine with DELL's but I have also heard that some people do not like the matte finish on these DELL's. If you have a store somewhere nearby where you could actually take a look at them yourself it might ease up the decision process for you. TBH I dont see any "graininess" on mine.

I have three DELL U2311H's (older model, has cathodes instead of LEDS for backlight) and two U2312HM's (newer model, some features dropped, LED's for backlight a bit cheaper and takes half the power) and I'm personally quite happy with them. Using them in 5x1 portrait Eyefinity at 5400x1920 resolution. Started small - first got couple of them and later on added monitors when I was able to afford the additional displays. Thats why I have three of the "old" model and two of the "new" model. Took me approx a year to get altogether five of them.

As far as the second display you linked goes - in my opinion its a way overpriced although its probably good display. At that price range, however, you should be starting to think about 2560x1440 resolution in my opinion. Or throw in extra 50$ and get 3x U2312HM's for eyefinity for 3240x1920 16:10 IPS screen. If you can stand their matte finish and bezels that is.

Some people seem to love 120 Hz screeens over anything else. And to be honest, TN screen is fine as long as you use it strictly in landscape orientation. I personally are a bit biased and prefer IPS over 120 Hz if I have to pick between the two.

Edit: let me throw up two heavily zoomed in photos of my display - in case it helps you decide either way. This is DELL U2312HM, Pentax K-x with 200 mm macro lens, 6 MP best quality jpg.

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I've been looking for a bigger monitor too. Except I'm thinking 24" and above. Pretty much at your same price point too. It's giving me a headache... I've mostly been considering Asus stuff, mostly based on price. But I've read so many reviews that at this point I think we should count our blessings if we get one ( of any brand) without any dead pixels... I however would really like it to have a Display port connection. I'm using 3 monitors here (Dell 20" 1680 x 1050) and have to use a active display port adapter for the third monitor. A DP would eliminate that, plus I think it'll add some future proofing to it.

With all that in mind, my number one pick right now for 24" is the ASUS VE248Q Black 24" 2ms LED $214.99 with free shipping with promo code till 3/4/12.

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For 27" is the ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD $279.99 plus $8.99 shipping.

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Of course I might would jump all over a 23" LG at walmart for $115 bucks ( as mentioned below) if I could find it...tongue.gif

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Samsung has a pretty decent 27" 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.

Couldn't find that model number?
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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.

Can't find that model on walmart's site...
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Samsung s23a750D or Samsung s23a700D if you go120hz. Should be around $299 for either.

The 700D is $299 plus $8.99 shipping and out of stock at NE

The 750D is $449.99 plus $8.99 shipping at NE...

EDIT: I missed this one, it's a Refurbished ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD ( same as above) for $249.99 and free shipping...
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If you act quickly, tigerdirect has a s23a750d for $269. I ordered one this morning.
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I'm personally quite fine with DELL's but I have also heard that some people do not like the matte finish on these DELL's. If you have a store somewhere nearby where you could actually take a look at them yourself it might ease up the decision process for you. TBH I dont see any "graininess" on mine.
I have three DELL U2311H's (older model, has cathodes instead of LEDS for backlight) and two U2312HM's (newer model, some features dropped, LED's for backlight a bit cheaper and takes half the power) and I'm personally quite happy with them. Using them in 5x1 portrait Eyefinity at 5400x1920 resolution. Started small - first got couple of them and later on added monitors when I was able to afford the additional displays. Thats why I have three of the "old" model and two of the "new" model. Took me approx a year to get altogether five of them.
As far as the second display you linked goes - in my opinion its a way overpriced although its probably good display. At that price range, however, you should be starting to think about 2560x1440 resolution in my opinion. Or throw in extra 50$ and get 3x U2312HM's for eyefinity for 3240x1920 16:10 IPS screen. If you can stand their matte finish and bezels that is.
Some people seem to love 120 Hz screeens over anything else. And to be honest, TN screen is fine as long as you use it strictly in landscape orientation. I personally are a bit biased and prefer IPS over 120 Hz if I have to pick between the two.
Edit: let me throw up two heavily zoomed in photos of my display - in case it helps you decide either way. This is DELL U2312HM, Pentax K-x with 200 mm macro lens, 6 MP best quality jpg.
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I've been looking for a bigger monitor too. Except I'm thinking 24" and above. Pretty much at your same price point too. It's giving me a headache... I've mostly been considering Asus stuff, mostly based on price. But I've read so many reviews that at this point I think we should count our blessings if we get one ( of any brand) without any dead pixels... I however would really like it to have a Display port connection. I'm using 3 monitors here (Dell 20" 1680 x 1050) and have to use a active display port adapter for the third monitor. A DP would eliminate that, plus I think it'll add some future proofing to it.
With all that in mind, my number one pick right now for 24" is the ASUS VE248Q Black 24" 2ms LED $214.99 with free shipping with promo code till 3/4/12.
225
For 27" is the ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD $279.99 plus $8.99 shipping.
225
Of course I might would jump all over a 23" LG at walmart for $115 bucks ( as mentioned below) if I could find it...tongue.gif
Couldn't find that model number?
Can't find that model on walmart's site...
The 700D is $299 plus $8.99 shipping and out of stock at NE
The 750D is $449.99 plus $8.99 shipping at NE...
EDIT: I missed this one, it's a Refurbished ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD ( same as above) for $249.99 and free shipping...

Two most helpful posts so far smile.gif

It's too bad there is no "real" electronics store near me... (BB, and HHGregg) I would love to see if I thought the Ultrasharp was "grainy". If it wasn't for the AG, I would be all over it. Do you use it in an environment where AG is needed? I'm still strongly considering the Ultrasharp, especially at it's price point. I think 27inch would be too big for my workspace.

Basically it boils down to me wanting a good monitor. I'm now almost set on the Ultrasharp...

BTW, I might have a Microcenter near me. I think there is one in Fairfax Va. I'm assuming they sell monitors? Any Ultrasharp's? If so, I might be able to get down there, but I'm not sure.
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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!

LoL its split really, either you like it or you hate it there's no in between hahaha
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I think any UltraSharp DELL should do the trick if you want to just check out the AG coating. I have heard that 30'' and 27'' ones have it a bit more aggressive but cant comment from personal experience as I don't have any of these (a bit outside my budgetary means, unfortunately). Would make sense I guess bcos on larger screen it might be easier to get reflections bcos of viewing angles.

The eIPS screens (21.5'' and 23'') are said to be a bit better for gaming as they have stronger compensation mechanisms against ghosting while the "true" IPS screens at 27'' and 30'' have said to have display delays as high as ~20 ms. However these are true IPS with 8 bit color and as such more oriented at professional work. eIPS is 6 bit color (basically same as TN screens) but considerably better viewing angles.

The environment where I use them is not particularly reflection heavy, but as I have many displays I am not sitting perpendicular to all of them so I guess it's good for me to have some AG on these displays. I have some cheaper glossy TN screens as well and they are fine as long as you are looking at them more or less perpendicular. Sometimes in summer when sun is hitting straight into the window its hard to use displays even with AG coating on them, but this is just these 10 days of summer per year we have around here wink.gif

I'm not familiar with these Asus ones you were also considering, but one feature of UltraSharps I have not mentioned so far is the very good stand they have. It's not the usual 10 cm stick but a proper stand with good range of height adjustment and pivot function. Around here just such monitor stand alone would add about 40-50 euros to the price of monitor. Cheaper monitors tend to have at best +5/-20 degree angle adjustment and .. that's about it. The DisplayPort connection and good stand was why I at first started to look into these monitors more closely.

Unfortunately it is rather hard to get good idea of display and its suitability for you based on photos and opinions of others so if you have a electronics store near you with some UltraSharp its probably best idea to go check them out. If not then you can order one online and should you find out that you do not like it return it. Dont know how its in US but in EU you can return stuff bought online during first 14 days after buying it for full refund as a result of relatively strict consumer protection laws.
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Unfortunately it is rather hard to get good idea of display and its suitability for you based on photos and opinions of others so if you have a electronics store near you with some UltraSharp its probably best idea to go check them out. If not then you can order one online and should you find out that you do not like it return it. Dont know how its in US but in EU you can return stuff bought online during first 14 days after buying it for full refund as a result of relatively strict consumer protection laws.

Agreed, need to actually go out side (lol) and look at them. Think I'll do that today. The only problem is controlling that impulse buy thing.....rolleyes.gif

It's generally assumed to be 30 days here in the US. That's the result of free market forces, no laws needed....thumb.gif
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I think any UltraSharp DELL should do the trick if you want to just check out the AG coating. I have heard that 30'' and 27'' ones have it a bit more aggressive but cant comment from personal experience as I don't have any of these (a bit outside my budgetary means, unfortunately). Would make sense I guess bcos on larger screen it might be easier to get reflections bcos of viewing angles.
The eIPS screens (21.5'' and 23'') are said to be a bit better for gaming as they have stronger compensation mechanisms against ghosting while the "true" IPS screens at 27'' and 30'' have said to have display delays as high as ~20 ms. However these are true IPS with 8 bit color and as such more oriented at professional work. eIPS is 6 bit color (basically same as TN screens) but considerably better viewing angles.
The environment where I use them is not particularly reflection heavy, but as I have many displays I am not sitting perpendicular to all of them so I guess it's good for me to have some AG on these displays. I have some cheaper glossy TN screens as well and they are fine as long as you are looking at them more or less perpendicular. Sometimes in summer when sun is hitting straight into the window its hard to use displays even with AG coating on them, but this is just these 10 days of summer per year we have around here wink.gif
I'm not familiar with these Asus ones you were also considering, but one feature of UltraSharps I have not mentioned so far is the very good stand they have. It's not the usual 10 cm stick but a proper stand with good range of height adjustment and pivot function. Around here just such monitor stand alone would add about 40-50 euros to the price of monitor. Cheaper monitors tend to have at best +5/-20 degree angle adjustment and .. that's about it. The DisplayPort connection and good stand was why I at first started to look into these monitors more closely.
Unfortunately it is rather hard to get good idea of display and its suitability for you based on photos and opinions of others so if you have a electronics store near you with some UltraSharp its probably best idea to go check them out. If not then you can order one online and should you find out that you do not like it return it. Dont know how its in US but in EU you can return stuff bought online during first 14 days after buying it for full refund as a result of relatively strict consumer protection laws.

Dell Ultrasharp it is! I understand that it isn't the same as going out and looking at it, but I can't see it, so at least I can get the general consensus. BTW, is there a big difference between 1080 and1200p?
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