I see a few people expressing opinions in a way that other people is reacting strongly at, so....
To calm this conversation down, let's remember a few things; that everybody is different:
-- Even a person can't feel 5ms of input lag, some competitive gamers reacting at the same time, 200ms vs 200ms, the extra 5ms may give you a reaction-time edge (e.g. being the first person to frag during shoot-simultaneously situations). It's like the 100 meter race -- the one with a few milliseconds less lag can be the one more likely to get the frag, when evenly matched against a human with the same reaction time.
-- Some people are more sensitive to colors than others. LightBoost also has some nasty color degradation issues too, which must be weighed against the Eizo pros/cons, etc. Certain attributes are more important to some people than others. (Particularly noteworthy is that, statistically, up to ~8% of human population is color blind, however, a bigger percentage than that has "less-than-aveage" sensitivity to color)
-- Other people are more sensitive to motion. These people are the ones that use LightBoost 24/7, even at desktop, despite color quality degradation.
-- Everybody earns a different level of money, which can turn an expensive Eizo into a simple spending impulse, or a cheap used VG248QE into a expensive "deal-with-soul" purchase. Other times, it's still expensive but you might have a good ability to resell, such as resell before it devalues too much (e.g. buy at $600, resell at $500). This can raise/lower a person's comfort level to do a specific hardware purchase. Let's remember that high-end monitors used to cost >$1000. Twenty years ago, I saved up for few months & paid $1250 for a Samsung Syncmaster 17GLSi when everyone was still using 13" and 14" CRT monitors. Even now, Eizo FG2421, size-wise and resolution-wise, can even be a preferable monitor to own today (if $250 LightBoost monitors did not exist and $100 IPS monitors didn't exist). Today we consider anything $300+ as a high-end monitor. It's all relative.
-- Landscape versus portrait. Let's remember three portrait is still wider than one landscape, and let's remember flight simulators and racing games work great with multi monitor -- the bezel lines are just like airplane window bezels, or windowpane frames, or car's frame or roll cage. So the bezel lines actually doesn't wreck realism for these specific use cases. Even TN color shift could be dismissable as simulated window refraction issues. Etc. For person "A" rather than person "B", a zero-motion-blur bezelled setup can be preferable to a heavily-motion-blurred bezel-free bigger screen setup. It could be vice-versa. Some of us don't use one-size-fits-all monitors but own two. Sometimes we use a 1440p IPS QNIX monitor for PhotoShop/Visual Studio, and then switch to our 1080p LightBoost for our FPS games. It's all a matter of perspective and how you look at everything.
-- The flaws of a monitor have different importances to different people. There's panel-lottery issues on all monitors. The corner scanlines-issue on VG248QE's is another example of a common panel-lottery issue afflicting that monitor (affecting probably more than half of them, apparently). TN versus IPS contains a lot of well known things (e.g. viewing angles versus response/strobing ability). It can be less major than other types of flaws of a monitor. The low-IRE non-uniformities of VA panels may be a lesser evil to a specific person, than the overall colorfulness and contrast-ratio of the panel itself. The viewing angles can be more important or less important than the motion quality (e.g. motion blur, ghosting). Etc.
So let's respect individual preferences. For a long time (ever since my Arduino Scanning Backlight
in mid-2012), I've been thumping my chest about the importance of motion blur to some people, and industry is only finally addressing this problem (LightBoost, EIZO Turbo240, BENQ Blur Reduction, NVIDIA G-Sync optional strobe mode) -- by providing options to people like me and others who find this to be a very important attribute. This is what makes FG2421 so impressive -- it brings you LightBoost quality motion blur reduction (at least comparable to LightBoost=70% with less ghosting than an older XL2420T's but more ghosting than a newer VG248QE's) -- in a non-TN panel for the first time in today's industry. Despite whatever flaws there is, this is a commendable move by EIZO to break out of "TN hell" (despite whatever VA flaws and all). Happy people do usually fewer posts than complaining people, as the statistics show about people posting on forums.Edited by mdrejhon - 11/12/13 at 9:42am