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Buy new monitor? Or am I wasting my time and money.

Poll Results: What should I do?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 25% of voters (2)
    Keep your current monitor and spend your hard earned cash towards something better!
  • 62% of voters (5)
    Get a newer panel and enjoy the full HD resolution!
  • 12% of voters (1)
    Go to McDonalds and buy a Big Mac!
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Profit!
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 29
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Hey guys, need a bit of help here. I currently have a Samsung 2253BW monitor, its served me well over the past 3 years and I have absolutely no issues with it so far. Ive been looking at 24" monitors, and displays capable of 1920X1080 resolutions (22" and 23" variants included).

1.) Would it be a waste to upgrade from a 22" monitor to another 22" with a higher resolution, or perhaps a 23" or 24" with the same resolution?

2.) Would I be wasting my money by upgrading from a perfectly good monitor in the first place?

I really only spend time on the my PC gaming (WoW and BF3) and surfing the net and stuff. No graphic design, or video editing at all, so an IPS panel isnt really necessary for me. At most im wondering if a monitor size increase of 2" and a texture resolution bump to 1920x1080 is really worth it.
post #2 of 29
I had that monitor a few years ago. Being that its standard resolution is 1680x1050, upgrading to a 24" 1900x1080 (1080p) would be a marked improvement in screen real estate. There are a lot of really good TN-based panels in the $200-$300 range so if it's within your budget, there wouldn't be any downside to picking one up. You can even get a 27" 1920x1080 Asus monitor for $300 with a promo code (EMCNGHA52) at Newegg (and even a 27" would be pretty overkill).
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post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Qubits View Post

I had that monitor a few years ago. Being that its standard resolution is 1680x1050, upgrading to a 24" 1900x1080 (1080p) would be a marked improvement in screen real estate. There are a lot of really good TN-based panels in the $200-$300 range so if it's within your budget, there wouldn't be any downside to picking one up. You can even get a 27" 1920x1080 Asus monitor for $300 with a promo code (EMCNGHA52) at Newegg (and even a 27" would be pretty overkill).

Yeah, I know that there would be the obvious increase in screen real estate, also most of the newer panels have LED backlights, it will make a new monitor much lighter and thinner, but that doesnt really have much bearing on anything.

If I were to buy a new monitor I would want to stay under $250, and I dont think I have enough desk space for a 27" screen at this point. I agree a 27" panel would be a bit overkill at the moment.

Newegg is certainly my main E-Tailer, but If I were to buy a monitor I would prefer to select a B&M store instead. That way, in the event I have dead pixels, or a DOA panel, I can just return it for another. The only problem is that the price is slightly higher, and the selection is greatly reduced.
post #4 of 29
I had the Samsung 2253LW for over 3 years...I recently upgraded to the Samsung S23A750D (120hz 1080p) + HP zr24w (IPS 1200p) in dual screen mode....both monitors are sooo much better. You should def. upgrade! The 120hz is amazing for gaming and the color quality is so much better on both my new monitors. With 1080p or better you will see more of the game as well..which is very important. Those 3+ year old monitor (1680x1050) are missing pixels, image quality, and colors! Full HD 1080p 24" monitor is so cheap now..you can get a decent monitor for as low as $150...I think it's time my friend!
Edited by malikq86 - 3/31/12 at 2:38pm
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post #5 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by malikq86 View Post

I had the Samsung 2253LW for over 3 years...I upgraded to the Samsung S23A750D (120hz 1080p) + HP zr24w (IPS 1200p) in dual screen mode....both are sooo much better. def. upgrade! The 120hz is amazing for gaming and the color quality is so much better on both my new monitors. Those 3+ year old monitor are missing pixels, image quality, and colors! Full HD 1080p 24" monitor is so cheap now..you can get a good monitor for $150...I think it's time my friend!

Thank you for your input.

Locally it seems that LG, Samsung, and Acer are the only in stock available brands, and most of the panels are 23" displays. Not really sure what to get, or what not to get.
post #6 of 29
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I went to all my local B&M stores and didnt find anything that really caught my eye. I will be purchasing through newegg or amazon if I choose to grab a monitor at all. So I need help finding a gaming monitor with a 24" or larger screen size, 5ms or faster refresh rate, and is $300 or under. I have heard nothing but raving about 120hz displays, so if you guys know of one within my price range, I would probably choose that.
post #7 of 29
for under $300..you might want to look into 23" Samsung S23A700D...however, if you really want 24" 120hz you might want to check out the BenQ 2420..but i think it will cost you more than $300.
Edited by malikq86 - 4/1/12 at 7:54pm
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@ OP: See my link for a screenshot of my new monitors and my old Samsung 2253LW: http://www.overclock.net/t/1222585/ips-hp-zr24w-1200p-120hz-samsung-23a750d-1080p-in-dual-monitors-setup-pictures
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post #9 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by malikq86 View Post

@ OP: See my link for a screenshot of my new monitors and my old Samsung 2253LW: http://www.overclock.net/t/1222585/ips-hp-zr24w-1200p-120hz-samsung-23a750d-1080p-in-dual-monitors-setup-pictures

Thank you for that comparison. The monitor you have seems to look much more vibrant than the older Samsung. My Samsung doesnt look as washed out as yours does, but thats because I have the contrast turned down a great deal. For some reason, the contrast is defaulted at a really high level on that monitor.

I cant help but notice the difference in size between the 23" and 24" monitor. The 23" is slightly dwarfed, making me want a 24".
post #10 of 29
I'd say..higher resolution is good..As for larger screen..I made that mistake..Anything over 21-22" and it messes with peripheral vision..I end up reducing screen size for eye comfort.

IMO the ideal monitor would be 2560 X 2048 and 21" :lachen.gif: with 120Hz refresh
Definitely step up to 1920 X 1080..

:eek.gif: They make them! (only $20,000)ph34r-smiley.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 4/2/12 at 5:35am
 
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