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Hi OCN! I just thought I'd ask everyone's opinion on this. My old 23" monitor died recently, and that gives me a nice excuse to blow about $300 on a monitor. I decided I'd go into the 27" range. Eventually I whittled it down to these two monitors:

ASUS VE276Q
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236091

or Hanns-G HL272HPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254093

Both are similar price, one is LCD and one is LED backlit. Personally I like the look of the Hanns-G one more, but on the other hand I'm not all that familiar with the brand and the lack of reviews for that particular product makes me think twice. I know ASUS has a pretty good reputation among component vendors and I'd trust an ASUS motherboard with my life, but I'm not sure about their displays, I see a substantial amount of reviews saying that it is cheaply made and leaks light from around the edges of the screen.

My video card is an HD5850, if that makes a difference. It's not fantastic for this day and age, but it eats up everything I play at 1920x1080, no problem.

I don't need anything ridiculous or fancy, for the most part when I'm on my PC I'm programming. I occasionally play some light PC games (Skyrim, TF2, Rift, Halo) and also use my monitor as the screen for my xbox. I don't need insane image quality or anything, I just want something of decent quality that won't break on me.

Suggestions?
    
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Personally I think 1080p on a 27" isn't that great, a slightly smaller monitor would be better. But if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the asus.

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How about a Catleap?
    
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yeah check out this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1215866/reviewed-400-2560x1440-ips-no-ag-90hz-achieva-shimian-qh270-and-catleap-q270/3290

I was the first to get the Achieva Shimian IPSB with the tempered glass... it's VERY risky as many reported dust underneath the screen, but the catleaps have leaped past the shimians (excuse the pun, it's late)
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First of all, really appreciate the feedback everyone.

Catleap's a little out of my price range, and there seems to be a real lack of information (and a lack of any actual distributors) for the product. Not to mention the fact that they seem like more of a "specialty" display, which is not really what I'm looking for. Just want a general purpose LED/LCD for some decent gaming, and these two displays were what it came down to, although I am open to other suggestions.
    
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I bought an Acer 27'' LED and liked it so much that I bought a second Acer 24'' LED. I would definitely recommend either one of my monitors. The second I have in Portrait mode and my main (27'') is in 'normal' or landscape configuration aka what most monitors look like.

I wrote a review on newegg about them giving them 5 stars and so far so good they have treated me well. If you haven't considered an acer monitor I have had good experience with them (also the 24'' was under $300.)
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I bought an Acer 27'' LED and liked it so much that I bought a second Acer 24'' LED. I would definitely recommend either one of my monitors. The second I have in Portrait mode and my main (27'') is in 'normal' or landscape configuration aka what most monitors look like.
I wrote a review on newegg about them giving them 5 stars and so far so good they have treated me well. If you haven't considered an acer monitor I have had good experience with them (also the 24'' was under $300.)

Thanks for the reply, I'll go check out some Acers. If you don't mind my asking, do you find that there's a noticeable difference between "LED backlit" and regular LCD displays, all other specs being roughly equal? I have only ever used LCDs and I would just like to know if I'm missing out on anything.
    
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Thanks for the reply, I'll go check out some Acers. If you don't mind my asking, do you find that there's a noticeable difference between "LED backlit" and regular LCD displays, all other specs being roughly equal? I have only ever used LCDs and I would just like to know if I'm missing out on anything.

I want you to keep in mind that a few years ago I was using a macbook black 13''. My first PC build (which im currently running) I originally was using an LCD 37'' TV as a monitor. I had done so because I had that TV available and my roommate at the time had a TV also (basically I was trying to save money on buying an LCD monitor).. Anyway now I use the two LED monitors previously mentioned and they are *much* better than my LCD TV. It was like having a totally different experiance with HD videos and playing games (a much better experiance). I think that if you notice things like increased quality sound or video it will make a difference to you. If you don't really care about quality as much then there is no point. ya know? just grab an lcd because generally I notice they are cheaper. Personally I notice the difference and I would not go back to an LCD.

My best advice is head over to Fry's electronics (or whatever electronics dealer you have near you) and do a side by side comparison of the LED backlights vs the LCD monitors, also keep in mind once you get it home you won't have anything to compare it too like in the store so the difference may not be as obvious... Yeah I'd recommend an LED. biggrin.gif
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Last thing LED monitors have a reputation for using less power than LCD's if that is something that is relevant to your decision.
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And now that I think about it... The difference I saw may have been between a high quality monitor VS an HDTV. Perhaps I am not the best suited to answer your question. I will say though that I <3 my LED's and that they do consume less power, and would still recommend them.
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