Hey guys. I'm in a bit of a pickle. I'm in the market for a new monitor. One like this. And I want some opinions. I've narrowed it down to a few monitors, and I'm having trouble deciding which to choose from.
(NO, I don't want one of those Korean ones. Not going to deal with any possible hassles. I don't have time for that. ;])
Option 1: Dell Ultrasharp U2711 ($700-$850)
I'm sure you're all very familiar with it. It has tons of reviews, and most are positive. I'm REALLY attracted to the inputs it has, along with the four USB's. I'd probably use at least two of them at any given time. Another BIG attraction to this monitor for me is the card reader. As silly as that is, I think it would be VERY convenient. (especially since my USB one is kind of crappy and doesn't always work.) The problem is, I've heard and read some reviews saying the AG is either annoying, or just flat-out headache inducing or "ruins the screen" because it gives it a speckled loo on white backgrounds. But I am also very attracted to the stand on this monitor, and Dell's replacement/warranty policies with it. The stand in my opinion is the most beautiful looking stand I've seen yet. And I've heard great things about returns/replacements with Dell.
Option 2: Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM ("projected" to be at $500-$700)
This is the new, up-coming release version of the U2711. I thought it might be a good idea to keep this into consideration. It will use LED backlighting and be brighter. It will have all of the features of the U2711. But, from what I've heard, it will also use some lower quality components to bring down the cost. (Some internals and stand quality). If it is a bit lower quality, I'd probably just go with a U2711. But maybe they'll use a thinner AG-coating on these and it will take away from the only real complaints people have of the previous U2711 models.
Option 3: Samsung Series 9 S27B970D (~~$1,000)
This monitor has a BEAUTIFUL screen. Edge-to-edge glass. I LOVE how it looks. It also is custom calibrate before being shipped out. If the dells had a glass coating like this instead of their alleged "aggressive" AG coating, I would have just bought one of those. I really have a thing for glass screens. The thing shying me away from this monitor is I haven't heard about it's input lag time. I also really dislike the stand design. And it is does not have a card reader, also. But aside from the ugly stand, and no card reader, it seems to be a nice fit for what I'm looking for.
I recently had a 27" Samsung Syncmaster SA550 (1920 x 1080), and it had a matte screen. The screen made whites look a LITTLE yellowy with the AG, but nothing I found bothersome. I sold it yesterday to a friend (money is helping fund my new 27" monitor!) I'm now currently using a Samsung Syncmaster P2770HD which seems to pretty much have the exact same screen, in a larger bezel with more inputs. (It's one of those monitors that also has a TV tuner. The "older" ones.) It also seems to have pretty much the same AG coating as the SA550 did. This monitor is also 27" 1920 x 1080. Both panels were TN, I believe.
So, which monitor do you guys think I should go with here?
I will use it mostly for gaming. But aside from that, some graphic design. A lot of Lightroom/Photoshop for "professional" photography, and possibly some small amounts of video editing.
U2713HM link(Aus. site):
Samsung S27B970D link:
I also did consider a U3011 for a bit, but couldn't justify trying to shell out an extra $200 or more ($1,000 is pretty much pushing my limit as is) for just an extra 160 lines of pixels from 1440 to 1600.Edited by Sazexa - 8/19/12 at 7:20pm