After having tried a 1080p 27', I am satisfied with the looks of things at 1080p. Games just look goddamn fantastic at 27' 1080p for me and run silky smooth (not honestly sure if that's the 120hz kicking in or not). Still, enough people sing the praises of 1440p that I have to wonder if I'm going to be missing out...
The monitor I'm looking into right now is the Samsung S27A950D. It is a 120hz TN display, but person after person keeps saying to not judge it by that in the reviews I'm reading. The general consensus is that it features fantastic image quality, especially considering its a TN. The 3D is nothing to write home about, but I am liking all the things I'm reading about the 2D picture quality when it comes to movies and games, plus its got 120hz.
My uses are as follows: gaming>movies>television/anime>college work (writing essays, research, etc). Although gaming is at the top of that, the other things are weighted pretty evenly, I basically need something that performs well in all those areas (yes, I may be asking too much). I am pretty picky about image quality when it comes to movies, because I watch a ton of blu-rays. This basically has to serve as my home entertainment center and college workplace for the next few years, so I want to be happy with it.
Another thing worth mentioning is that I have some pretty bad problems with eye strain. The extra inches at 1080p seems to make things noticeably easier on my eyes as compared to my old 1080p 16 inch screen, which was killing my eyes. If I'm going to be squinting and rubbing my eyes again at 1440p, then I'd rather forget it.
I don't know if its just because I've never seen a 1440p 27' screen before, but I really don't mind 1080p at 27 inches. People complain about the pixel density and stuff... I think it looks alright. Plus, I like the fact that my video-card can demolish anything on the market and am not particularly a fan of drop-kicking my FPS by heading to 1440p. It'll still be playable, but not as smooth as I might like. Still, I don't want to be kicking myself in 6 months for not making the jump.
Before anyone states the obvious, I don't really have an easy way of comparing 1080p and 1440p in person. I am not aware of any stores in my area that carry 1440p screens in store, and the more specialized electronic stores are an ungodly ways away and even then I have my doubts they'd carry them.
Price-wise, $700 is my absolute max. I'm cringing just spending that much. Any advice for my situation and particular needs would be very much appreciated.
My basic system specs for anyone who is curious as to how I'll perform at 1080p and 1440p respectively.
NZXT Phantom 410 Case
Asus PG-Z77-V Pro Motherboard
EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB
Intel I5 3570-K
8 GB G-Skill Ripjaw RAM
Thanks in advance for any help given.