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Hello I currently have a SAMSUNG Series 9 S27B970D monitor and it is absolutely amazing, however I would like to purchase a secondary display. One of the problems I have with the Samsung is when I play the occasional video game I seem to lose track of the mouse cursor allot I assume this is because how large this display is so I would like my secondary monitor to be in the 24 inch range. The second problem I have also relates to video games, it’s when I play a game such as doom 3 or any fps. After about 30-40 min of playing I have a splitting headache and my eyes feel as if they are about to explode. Now I’m not sure if this is just a problem with me or if it can be remedied with let’s say a 120hz monitor. The reason I say this is that I have read from some people who have said that they had the same problem as me when they switched to a 120hz monitor the problem disappeared.

Also I’ve noticed when playing games moving objects seem to blur and even text becomes incredibly difficult to read when being moved around. Now I know this monitor wasn’t designed specifically for playing video games and that is not the reason I purchased it, however I would like my secondary monitor to be more video game orientated and possibly address the issues I have with this one related to video games.

The main problem I am having with finding a secondary monitor is that it has allot to step up to compared to my S27B970D. I was going to purchase the BenQ XL2420T, however I read that it had poor colors, also I would prefer glossy over matte finish. I would like to purchase the absolute best monitor that is available which matches the criteria of things I listed above. If money is not an issue what would your recommendations be? Also the graphics card I’m running is an Asus GTX 680 Top edition I’m unsure if I would need to purchase a new card to deal with a second display on top of the S27B970D.
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I would also look at the finish and brightness of your monitor being what gives you a headache.

I only buy matte screens (less glare), I use a colorimeter to set my brightness at the correct level (if you play in a dark room this is especially important) and I also don't sit too close to a large monitor (about arm's length to a 24" screen is the minimum distance I've found to be usable all day long). The people I've talked to first-hand who made the same claim about "switch to 120Hz saved my eyes" never seemed to have considered these other factors (and at least 2 our of 3 applied to everyone on further questioning).

120Hz vs 60Hz will reduce motion blur (good for fps games), but AFAIK it has no affect on causing headaches. The brightness being too high, a lot of screen glare and sitting too close to the screen (making you have to move your eyes around a lot more to follow motion on the screen) are all well known causes of headaches from monitor use though.
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I would also look at the finish and brightness of your monitor being what gives you a headache.

I only buy matte screens (less glare), I use a colorimeter to set my brightness at the correct level (if you play in a dark room this is especially important) and I also don't sit too close to a large monitor (about arm's length to a 24" screen is the minimum distance I've found to be usable all day long). The people I've talked to first-hand who made the same claim about "switch to 120Hz saved my eyes" never seemed to have considered these other factors (and at least 2 our of 3 applied to everyone on further questioning).

120Hz vs 60Hz will reduce motion blur (good for fps games), but AFAIK it has no affect on causing headaches. The brightness being too high, a lot of screen glare and sitting too close to the screen (making you have to move your eyes around a lot more to follow motion on the screen) are all well known causes of headaches from monitor use though.
I actually haven't played around with any of the settings on this monitor because it has supposedly already been manually calibrated (and from what I read quite well) and I don't possess a colorimeter and I doubt I could adjust anything on it myself without one without losing any of the amazing color quality it currently has. The brightness on it set to 100 percent by default however it doesn't allow me to lower it without switching to a user configured color profile and as I mentioned before I don't want to lose any of the color quality. As for matte vs glossy I have no direct light shining on it from where it is placed so I never have any glare. Also the issue of words being blurred when in motion is a bit irritating.

FPS games are the only ones that give me a headache and I sit a little further than an arms length to the screen. None the less I am still looking to buy a secondary display for the main purpose of just having added screen real estate fixing the problems i mentioned would just be the added bonus im looking for.
Edited by crimsonangel - 1/10/13 at 7:09am
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Yeah - I'm going to bet screen brightness is at least part of your problem then as most monitors come set WAY to bright. My last Samsung had to be turned down to like 75% brightness to actually give correct colors and it supposedly was "factory calibrated" also.

Just as a test, switch to the user profile for a few days and turn the brightness down to like 85% and see if that makes your head hurt less. If it doesn't affect the headaches, put it back on the default profile. At least then you'll know if you're blaming the right problem. If nothing else, the colors will look even better when you switch back. Best case scenario, you'll know it's worth the $150 to buy a colorimeter and calibrate your screens and then you won't have to worry about headaches ever again... also, it'll let you get the color between two different monitors to be an exact match (something that's always bothered me about dual-screening between dis-similar monitors).

As far as your original question goes, I'm not well versed in 120Hz monitors, but I thought I should chip in on the headaches - which is something I'm intimately familiar with.
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Well i Had the brightness lowered to 75 percent for several days and haven't noticed a difference in the headaches it seems that its more of the fast movement on the screen is causing my eyes to strain and give me a headache.

As for the second monitor anyone have any suggestions?
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