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So my wife decided that she wanted a desktop for her school work. Which means I get to build a new pc. wheee.gif

We want to get her two monitors, since she works a lot with excel and other stats programs that would benefit from the extra monitor/screen space. She won't be doing any gaming on them, but it would be nice to have something that isn't super low end. I'm thinking of having them be around 20"-23". If there are monitors that are better at showing text, those would be preferred. Also, it's not a requirement, but there's a chance she might want to use one vertically to view documents better. Any help/suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Budget? For now..I'll assume you want bang for buck...and are an average Joe with $300 - $500 to spend on dual monitors.

hmm if you got cash to spend ($500)..get dual 24" 1200p (16:10 ratio) IPS monitors..such as the popular Dell/HP models for like $250 each when on sale (often)...however, it's not really necessary...you could grab a pair of decent 23" or 24" 1080p (16:9 ratio) TN monitors (probably can't do portrait view though) for $150 each...like one of those best selling Asus monitors on newegg.

LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%204802&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=20

I'm just not sure if the $100 premium for each monitor ($200 more for a pair) is worth the better viewing angles, better colors, portrait view, and extra vertical real estate that an IPS would offer you. Is it?

In my opinion, the ideal monitor for non-gaming excel users with under $500 to spend...would probably be dual 24" 1920x1200 IPSs (which can go in portrait view as well)...but like I said probably not necessary for your wife.

FYI - I have an IPS and do love it compared to my crappy 4 year old TN panel. However, my 120hz TN panel is just amazing in gaming..hehe..that being said for excel..the extra vertical real estate on the IPS does help..1200p ftw.
Edited by malikq86 - 3/22/12 at 4:55pm
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Hmm.. So are IPS monitors just... Crisper? Im thinking ~23" is probably good. I actually have that ASUS monitor you linked to, and I do like it. And I never thought of 1200p monitors... I may actually have to check the prices on those.. As for budget, $200 per is probably close to max. Thanks! +rep
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IPS monitors have significantly better color reproduction and viewing angles than TN panels, however they are more expensive. For a 23" IPS panel you'll be looking at closer to ~$270 than $200 unfortunately. You may find this 21.5" IPS monitor interesting though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236205 . It would be terrible for gaming with that 14ms refresh rate, but since you aren't concerned about that it could be a good fit. Only $160 at the moment too.
Edited by Akheton - 3/22/12 at 4:26pm
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yea most good 1200p IPSs start around $250. I don't think i've seen them much lower than that. I know they make 24" 1200p...not sure about 23" 1200p though...

FYI - almost all IPSs...if not all are matted screens, which can make colors look a little grainy/dusty/dirty. Thought most say image quality is still better than most TN panels. Personally, I love glossy screens...they make colors more vivid..and give it a "pop". However, matted would be better for sunny/well-lite rooms for sure...glossy do reflect a good amount if you are surrounded by light sources.
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Because of the viewing angle of TN panels, do not use such a monitor in portrait mode (for viewing documents).

The Asus VS229H-P Black 21.5" has IPS panel but unfortunately its adjustability is limited to a tiltable stand. In other words, it cannot be natively rotated vertically.

I propose the Dell U2312HM 23'' which also has IPS panel and it is adjustable in height, swivel and tilt. It goes for US$240, higher than your budget of $200 per monitor. Perhaps you can spend a little more on this one and then spend a little less on the other one. The other one can be a TN-panel monitor which is usually cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monitor/dp/B005LN1JEC
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I've got the Dell U2312HM, great monitor. Wrote a review for it on OCN too. Definitely better than the Asus I linked, but more expensive as well.
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