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The title says it all. I'm looking for around a 24'', preferably LED backlight. This will purely be used for PC gaming. 16:9 vs 16:10 doesn't bother me too much, I guess; I've been using 16:10 for the past several years, however. I don't know too much about monitors and displays, but color accuracy/clarity would probably be most important, I'd imagine. Preferably I'm looking to spend around $150ish-$200 tops, unless there's something extraordinary better an extra $20-30.
Edited by Ratooth - 2/15/13 at 8:45pm
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The ASUS VS248H-P is a solid sub-200 dollar choice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153

At just over 200 dollars you'll find versions of the same monitor with speakers or with speakers and a webcam if those are things that interest you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236261
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That Asus gets recommended a lot, I see. I'm also eyeing some dell monitors.

Dell S2340M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260109

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260055

These don't have quite the response times as the Asus, but I've read that their picture quality is pretty good for the price. Any thoughts on the them?
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I'm currently using a Dell U2312HM, and it's a great monitor. The response time is plenty good enough for me for gaming. The one thing to keep in mind about it though is that it has pretty thick anti glare coating on it. I don't mind it but others have complained about it. The S2340M appears to have a very similar, if not identical, panel to the U2312HM except that it's glossy, so no anti glare coating. Also, the monitor lacks height adjust if you find that important.

Both Dell monitors will give you better colors and viewing angles than the Asus. Again, I find the response time of the U2312HM to be plenty good enough for gaming even in fast paced titles like BF3 where I don't notice any ghosting, but you'll find other people who disagree. That's the realm where monitors unfortunately become subjective and depend on the person. It's why we constantly have 1440p vs 120hz threads going on with people firmly on both sides of the camp.

I would suggest getting either the U2312HM or the S2340M depending on whether you prefer a glossy display or a matte one. The glossy will have more vibrant colors because of the lack of anti glare coating, but in turn obviously will suffer under direct sunlight and you'll be able to see your reflection in dark movie or game scenes. The matte one will perform fine under direct sunlight and won't have any reflections, but the colors will be less vibrant and light colors such as a white background in a web page will appear grainy as the coating is noticeable.

Whichever one you pick, try it out for a bit and see whether the response time is good enough for you, and if you're one of those people that are extremely sensitive to ghosting you can always return it and get the Asus.
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post #5 of 16
For color accuracy/clarity you want an IPS display. Dell UltraSharp U2312HM is the way to go.
LED backlighting is actually only good at reducing power consumption nowadays, I would avoid it...

If you want a purely gaming display then you should strongly consider a 120Hz panel.
post #6 of 16
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Thanks for your informative reply!

I don't think I'm sensitive to ghosting effects. I don't really play a lot of high paced FPS titles anyway. I've never been fortunate enough to have a monitor with adjustable height, but I can see myself using that feature. I used to place thick textbooks under my current Acer monitor that I'm using right now, but it'd sometimes get in the way so I've learned to just adjust to whatever I have.

In retrospect, I don't think I'm actually after a pure gaming display. I don't have the eyes to really notice any acute image lag nor do I have the rig to consistently take advantage of a 120 hz display. I'd say I'm primarily after color accuracy while still performing well in gaming.

I'd go for the U2312HM, but the S2340M is currently $50 cheaper on newegg. Plus the glossy finish on the S2340M may bother me. Extra features aside, based on pure picture/color quality how do the U2312HM and S2340M compare? Is the U2312HM worth the extra $50 premium?
Edited by Ratooth - 2/16/13 at 6:51pm
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It really just comes down to matte vs glossy since the rest of their specs are nearly identical (color, contrast, etc). They quite possibly could be using the exact same panel, just one has the anti glare coating. The S2340M will appear to have more vibrant colors than the U2312HM because it's glossy, but that goes along with the cons I mentioned in my previous post. Glossy vs matte is another one of those subjective topics that you have decide for yourself. Some people can't stand anti glare coating because it makes the image look grainy, especially the thick one that is applied on the U2312HM. It doesn't bother me personally, but it definitely is noticeable at all times.

If your Acer monitor is glossy and you haven't been bothered by sunlight or reflections, then maybe you should go glossy since that's what you're used to. Anti glare coating is not something to take lightly, especially if you haven't experienced it before as the graininess will be quite noticeable on the U2312HM.
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post #8 of 16
Ultrasharp is worth every penny if you want color accuracy... S2340M has a crap stand (w/ no VESA mount) so that's $30-50 already thumb.gif

Some things you gain:
6+2 bit color (via AFRC)
DVI/Displayport
USB hub
Half decent stand with VESA mount
Pivot mode for documents
antiglare (may be bad, but in a windowed room you want a light AG ideally like the U2413 or U2713H)

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2312hm.htm
http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/review/2011/review-dell-u2312hm.html
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post #9 of 16
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My current Acer monitor is not glossy. In fact, aside from viewing them in store, I know of no one personally that owns a glossy display. So I guess you can say that I'm used to AG coatings, though I've read that U2312HM uses a particularly heavy coating.
post #10 of 16
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I went to my local local Best Buy hoping they'll have both Dell monitors on display, but they only had the S2340M. To me, I found the color quality to be pretty good, and probably among the best versus all that they had on display. However, in the long run I'm just not sure about a glossy screen since I've always used a matte. For me, the main advantage the S2340M has is that it's $50 less than the U2312HM.
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