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Hey guys! I know this question has been asked MANY times, but what is the best monitor I can get for under $350? I will not be doing a lot of gaming, and mainly want something to watch movies and 10 bit anime (I know I know, I'm almost positive 10bit is out of the question). I do Photoshop from time to time, but not too often. I've been looking at some IPS monitors like the Dell U2412m. I don't mind if it is 16:9 or 16:10, as I program very seldom. Gloss or matte is fine. I want a monitor that will handle blacks well, and doesn't have a horrendous back light bleed like the Dell. So I'm looking for something with accurate colors (I'll calibrate it myself), deep black, no huge back light bleed, and I do not care for 3D or touch, and do not mind the refresh rate. Energy consumption is not a factor in the monitor. Inputs do not matter, and the monitor can not have color differentials like the Dell U2410m.

~Mark K.
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Ok. I have the U2412m and love it.
Paid 269.00 last October.

The colors are good for me. I did not want glossy screen so know problems there.
I read why people do not like as you have. The good and the bad.
But I know what I like and if is not what I want I will send it back. You have 30 days.
When you decide on a 16:10 1920x1200 the list gets smaller and the quality and price
go up hopefully smile.gif

I do not by into the 16:9 standard that has been set by the Industry.
After my research 16:10 was my choice. Next what company and Dell kept coming
up and the Ultrasharp series and how much I was willing to spend. 500.00 was my limit.

Dell Ultrasharp monitors have a good warranty. It comes with a free 3 year which is
the basic warranty
Dell will ship you a replacement unit the next business day
Unpack your new unit, ship back the defective unit.

I am going to by another U2412m as soon as they go on sale again through Dell.
I have heard of problems with getting warranty repairs if needed from 3rd party sellers.

Right now through Dells small home business you can get
2x U2412m with a stand made for them for 594.00 free shipping.

Here is Anandtech review:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5550/dell-u2412m-16-10-ips-without-breaking-the-bank

TFT Central review:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

I wanted the U2410 because it had a HDMI input that the U2412m does not.
Also the U2410 is a 10bit you know that and its something I do not need for my daily use.
The U2410 you can get for 399.99 as they go on sale quite often.

When buying a monitor the only way to see what works is in your house under
your conditions..Lighting and such, curtains closed or open southern exposure and
the list does on. You can not get that in a store.

Good Luck with you choice,
and I do not work for Dell just use their products smile.gif
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
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NZXT Phantom White Logitech m570 
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Originally Posted by hyperkite View Post

Ok. I have the U2412m and love it.
Paid 269.00 last October.

The colors are good for me. I did not want glossy screen so know problems there.
I read why people do not like as you have. The good and the bad.
But I know what I like and if is not what I want I will send it back. You have 30 days.
When you decide on a 16:10 1920x1200 the list gets smaller and the quality and price
go up hopefully smile.gif

I do not by into the 16:9 standard that has been set by the Industry.
After my research 16:10 was my choice. Next what company and Dell kept coming
up and the Ultrasharp series and how much I was willing to spend. 500.00 was my limit.

Dell Ultrasharp monitors have a good warranty. It comes with a free 3 year which is
the basic warranty
Dell will ship you a replacement unit the next business day
Unpack your new unit, ship back the defective unit.

I am going to by another U2412m as soon as they go on sale again through Dell.
I have heard of problems with getting warranty repairs if needed from 3rd party sellers.

Right now through Dells small home business you can get
2x U2412m with a stand made for them for 594.00 free shipping.

Here is Anandtech review:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5550/dell-u2412m-16-10-ips-without-breaking-the-bank

TFT Central review:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

I wanted the U2410 because it had a HDMI input that the U2412m does not.
Also the U2410 is a 10bit you know that and its something I do not need for my daily use.
The U2410 you can get for 399.99 as they go on sale quite often.

When buying a monitor the only way to see what works is in your house under
your conditions..Lighting and such, curtains closed or open southern exposure and
the list does on. You can not get that in a store.

Good Luck with you choice,
and I do not work for Dell just use their products smile.gif
Thanks! I just missed out on the deal on the U2412m (Actually, I called Dell and asked to price match Amazon, but they never called back frown.gif ) are black scenes really that bad on it? I've been pretty set on 16:10, until I started watching movies a lot, I agree the standard is STUPID! I'd go with the U2410, but I heard the tint on one side is greenish, and the other is pinkish. frown.gif No HDMI isn't a problem, as I can just use DVI out on my soundcard. wink.gif Also, can you test if the monitor supports 23.972 Hz?

~Mark K.
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