I want to let everyone know that I also took the plunge yesterday and acquired the ASUS PA248Q - should be getting it sometime next week. If you are in Canada I got it from DirectCanada for $334.21 - free shipping
I made up my mind for several reasons.
I do some graphic designing and a little photo editing.
I've found very positive feedback from the PA248Q mostly.
I plan to get into gaming more, did not do much in the past.
The monitor is new to the market, like most of my recently acquired setup, modern in other words.
I am not inclined towards Dell and HP - the first to me is like comparing AMD and Intel - the second is because HP has been buggy when dealing with some of their hardware in the past, printers specifically. When a company's reputation for finesse is either non-existent (Dell) or damaged (HP) it kinda narrows ones choices for future dealings. I will however be more than happy sometime down the road to see what Samsung has to offer with their new display technology.
The same can be said for any other manufacturer trying to give us, the consumer, what we really need and not what we want or they want just cause its inexpensive or there's more money to make.
TN vs IPS ? Anyone remember VHS vs Betamax ? How about lately with HD DVD vs Blu-ray. Edited by jahcson - 7/13/12 at 1:16am
PA246Q is superior to the PA248Q, that's why 248 is cheaper.
the improvements mentioned by hardware reviewers are design improvements.
the 248Q is a streamlined ver of the the 246 with cheaper parts.
not just the 1.07B color vs 16.7M, but primarily, 246Q uses P-IPS (2010). 248Q uses e-IPS (commonly known as the "cheap IPS"). 246 is designed for professional graphic artists. 248 is for mass market general use.
but yea, if you're not an artist, i would go for the 2560x1440+ korean monitors now. my 246Q is superior to my samsung LED's and i've used the cinemadisplay before. i can't decide which is the bigger improvement: increased resolution or richer color. my gripe with the 246Q though is that at 59/60 Hz, there may be input lag (or just network latency) when playing LOL. no lag on SC2 max settings AA on