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Which large monitor for a non-gamer?

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Hi,

My first post here. Could you guys please help me choose the type of monitor or HDTV I need? In particular I would like to know if my usage makes one of the 30" Korean monitors an interesting choice for me. Though, I worry about backlight bleed issues, dead pixels and discolouration etc.

I don't game or photo edit. Sure I flip through photos I take or get sent but more than anything I would like a large monitor because I do translation work, which requires having 2 Word docs open side by side and I watch films and browse the internet. So, long hours reading text and watching films define my usage.

Does a 2560 * 1600 or 1440 make a difference in browser or Office software, or is the difference only visible in games and photos? I understand that as films are shot in 1080p, any screen resolution above that makes no difference.

Until recently, I was hooked up to an early generation HD-ready 32 inch Philips via a DVI cable. It supposedly had a 20ms response time. It died (the screen turns green after 5 minutes and freezes the PC!) Anyway, that is my reference point. I also don't understand why an HDTV isn't an option. Somewhere I saw a Panasonic 32" HDTV with an IPS panel and wondered if that wasn't a great option.

Many thanks. Am writing this looking at a 19 inch (I think!) old BeNQ, which I borrowed from a friend. It's agony.

Regards,
Kolya
post #2 of 24
IPS is nice.

glossy/matte depends on the lighting situation.

More pixels are better. Period. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to make excuses for their buyer's regret / jealousy. In fact, this matters even MORE for office work than it does for gaming.

Size depends on your personal preference, and distance from screen. The closer you are, the smaller you want your screen, as to a) not waste screen real-estate on areas you can't see without turning your head and b) keep the pixel density comfortable relative to your eye's "resolution".

You should avoid HDTVs because the vast majority of them crop and upscale, giving you less effective resolution, and blurry picture, when trying to use it as a computer monitor. This is for legacy TV broadcast reasons. You might be able to bypass this on a few models, but it's not really worth the effort to find out which ones, and they're typically only the very expensive ones.

Refresh rate / response time doesn't mean a damn thing if all you're doing is (2D) movies and office work.


Hope that helps regarding what parameters you should be searching. If you want specific model suggestions, you're better off asking someone else. Not because I couldn't give you a good answer, but because it will involve me asking you a ton of questions and at the end of the day you will probably just go with whatever gets the most fanboy votes anyway (just saying).
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post #3 of 24
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Thanks zero4549, for the really useful reply. I have to say though, you are killing me with your last comment, I love being asked lots of questions. It's more a case of do you have the time/can you be bothered? Point me in the right direction, please.

27" is possible but I think my heart belongs to 30". Yes I had to turn my head when working with the 32" but I got used to it. When I translate, I mostly look at one half of the screen and occasionally turn to the other side to check things. I was wondering though, as the 27" monitors are 16:9 and the 30" are 16:10, would they infact be just as wide as each other?

One other thing, I currently have a Nvidia 9500GS (came with the Packard Bell, Q8200, 4GB) which apart from vga and Hdmi also has a DVI-D output. The sellers of Korean monitors mention the 9500GT as working with their monitors and they recommend a couple in particular. Does that somehow mean my graphic card, if it works, will struggle to feed one of their monitors? I don't understand the concept, I thought either I would have a picture or I wouldn't.

Thanks,
post #4 of 24
They probably recommended those cards aside from yours because they'll be better for gaming at the particular resolution that the monitors allow you to go up to. Your card is good enough for what you'll be doing. thumb.gif
post #5 of 24
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Thanks StayFrosty. Do you agree with what Zero4549 says, more pixels is better regardless? Do you have a favourite 30" panel? I could only afford a Korean, if that's the case. Is there any reason to wait til after Christmas, or should I take the plunge straight away, they seem to have come down in price quite a bit in the last month or so?

Oh, and another question, I have seen some second hand 27" and 30" Apple HD Cinema monitors (2004 and 2006), do these work with PCs, I don't have a display port, for instance? Will they be coming to the end of their lifespan?

Thanks,
post #6 of 24
I do, a monitor with more screen resolution would allow you to be much more productive. thumb.gif

I don't really have a favorite since I'm quite happy with my 24" monitor, you could go with some second hand Dell 30" displays, I heard they're excellent. thumb.gif
post #7 of 24
Zero45: resolution always better? Hmm i heard these monitors dont have build in scaling.
Can all the graphics card handle that scaling on their own? I dont want a super ugly screen or something.

And in some games we need to put down the resolution because our cards may not be able to handle the games.
post #8 of 24
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Borgqueenx, an interesting point. However, we are speaking in a non-gaming scenario initially. What would you suggest I buy given all the parameters I mention above?

Many thanks,
post #9 of 24
Well i guess it indeed doesnt matter. I was replying to the post of that better resolution is always better.
I have no idea how gpu's handle scaling when the monitor cant do that.

My advice on many hours of research(and a monitor on order but a warning: my priorities and uses are only gaming) is that you buy a korean monitor just like everyone else does. But only purchase at reputable sellers like bcc and aw. You need warrenty especially for these monitors.
The colors are very nice compared to others and else you can tweak them with software.

Ofcource resolution is better in browsing. Its better in everything- exept it will ask more of your graphics card by quite alot in 3d apps.

You also dont state your budget. If youre looking at korean stuff my guess is you do not want to spend alot so a korean monitor is also your best bet i guess:)
post #10 of 24
I would say you need more then 1080p above 24". I've seen 1080p on a 27" Samsung monitor and it looked pretty bad.
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