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Hey Everyone. It has been a very long time since I have posted on this forum, but glad im back.

Alright, so to keep things a bit short, Im looking for a new Monitor upgrade. Currently I have a Benq HD2200, I have had it for a few years, and its a TN panel. -_-

Im in the market for either a larger 27 inch IPS monitor, or maybe dual 24s. I have a 6870 if im not mistaken, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI and DP so it should run 2 fine if need be.

The reason for the upgrade is that, I am a photography student, working on my Bachelors degree, and I also do video on the side. So im looking for a monitor that has some good real estate for space in video editing as well as photo editing

What im looking for in more detail is a good, wide color gamut coverage. Nothing really lower than 80 percent. Adobe RGB would be nice, but sRGB coverage (if good) is fine.

Also would like HDMi and DVI and a headphone jack as my xbox is connected to the monitor as well.

My budget is 400 Canadian max. Even then thats pushing it a wee bit. Resolution for this price im sure i couldnt find anything greater than 1920 by 1080 unfortunately.

Here are my options are:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4302480&CatId=5469

or the 2753 as well.

http://ap.viewsonic.com/in/products/lcd/VX2703mh-LED.php?f_cat=lcd&f_size=&f_series=&f_features%5B%5D=10

and this

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7674735&CatId=5469



The Viewsonic VX series say its 100 percent sRGB coverage which is pretty good imo. IPS panels, got headphone jacks etc, it really does have everything I need. But the only thing I question is the lack of a VESA mount... i cant say if its a deal breaker, for future needs or to add my Benq with a stand. not sure yet. I have a small desk, so having the dual vesa stand would be easier.

The asus one seems pretty good, does 97.1 sRGB coverage, and I have seen it in person. pretty slick no vesa though once more.


So currently from my three options only 1 is vesa compatible but aside from that i cannot figure out any real color differenc, on paper at least. what would be the difference between the three?


Aside from this, I am open to any ideas, opinions etc etc. Also, would TN ... should it still be in the race?

Hope I covered what I needed.

Ps. I have done tons and tons of research etc viewing all my options, panel types etc so please avoid the just google it approach.
    
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Have you considered the CrossOver 27Q Led-P?

I have three of them and I am amazed.
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Have you considered the CrossOver 27Q Led-P?

I have three of them and I am amazed.

oh man I would love those, but they are basically 500 a piece and after shipping etc it would be way out of my budget. But I have heard real good things about em.
    
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The MX279H and VX2770 are essentially the same monitor, as is the LG IPS277L, which your local Best Buy should have.

The Samsung S24A850 may also be a good option, it uses a PLS panel and is 1920x1200, Amazon has it for 405$ and they have the VX2770 for 312$.

Use shopbot and pricebat.ca to find better prices. Memory Express has the best price matching policy in Canada and a good return policy, but Amazon Canada is definitely the best place to get things online.
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The MX279H and VX2770 are essentially the same monitor, as is the LG IPS277L, which your local Best Buy should have.

The Samsung S24A850 may also be a good option, it uses a PLS panel and is 1920x1200, Amazon has it for 405$ and they have the VX2770 for 312$.

Use shopbot and pricebat.ca to find better prices. Memory Express has the best price matching policy in Canada and a good return policy, but Amazon Canada is definitely the best place to get things online.

The LG one looks great but it only seems to have a 72 percent coverage in the color gamut. Couldnt seem to find which gamut range though. Probably sRGB. And with only one HDMI i would have to swap cables for the xbox.. which I guess isnt a big deal, but if the LG, viewsonic and the asus one are the same, may as well go viewsonic.

the samsung sounds great but i dunno if the extra res is worth it for a 2 inch upgrade from my current 22. unless I had two of them of course but my budget is nowhere near that.

The crossover ones, and Qnix etc look real cool but they seem to really advertise that either they will be pixel perfect or that their may be a dead pixel here and there. even then, its a 1 pixel in the center region policy or 5 overall so i dunno.. i rather not risk that. I would just hate to have something from Korea ordered and then find out that its defective. Plus they mostly only have one input connection, to reduce input lag but im not looking for that.

any other thoughts or suggestions? I will forsure use shopbot etc to check out prices. didnt know about these much thanks.
    
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The LG one looks great but it only seems to have a 72 percent coverage in the color gamut. Couldnt seem to find which gamut range though. Probably sRGB.
It looks like the 72% number generally refers to NTSC. 72% NTSC is ~ 100% sRGB. I've never seen an IPS panel that isn't at least 98% sRGB. I would stay away from wide gamut / aRGB, it will just lead to more headaches than anything.

Personally I don't see the value in a 1080p 27" display, when you can get the same number of pixels in a 22"-24" screen. Maybe if it is going to be your main entertainment device. But the jump up to 1440 is so worth it if you can swing it.
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It looks like the 72% number generally refers to NTSC. 72% NTSC is ~ 100% sRGB. I've never seen an IPS panel that isn't at least 98% sRGB. I would stay away from wide gamut / aRGB, it will just lead to more headaches than anything.

Personally I don't see the value in a 1080p 27" display, when you can get the same number of pixels in a 22"-24" screen. Maybe if it is going to be your main entertainment device. But the jump up to 1440 is so worth it if you can swing it.

Really? I wasnt aware of that. Its only been recently that I have done a bunch of research on monitors. aRGB would be nice because we use pro photo at school... but then again we use Eizo monitors. which cost more than too much. at least atm.

the Reason why id like the 27 inch, even though its the same amount of pixels, is because visually, id like to see more when I edit videos. especially videos. In premiere pro, having a larger preview and timeline would be a nice bonus. But I guess at the same time I could run dual monitors and use the benq for previews. But Im no fan of having two separate brands land models. But this is why I am leaning to one nice big 27 inch. for the visual appeal of my workflow. Not unless 1080p is really that bad on a 27 inch maybe id have to go to a 24 inch.

the extra pixels I would love, but they just seem out of my budget. Ill do more research and I guess the final verdict would def. be to see these in person.
    
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... aRGB would be nice because we use pro photo at school... but then again we use Eizo monitors.
If you are shooting raw/pro and can make use of the extended gamut, that's cool... I think a lot of people end up buying wide gamut because they think 10bit (1.07 billion colors) is inherently better than 8 bit (16.7 million colors.) But for the most part when you view sRGB content (games, web browsers, the OS, pretty much anything besides photoshop) on a wide gamut display, everything is going to look over-saturated. Since digital video is designed to BT.709 (essentially sRGB) you wouldn't really want wide gamut for that either. Unless the monitor has an effective sRGB emulation mode. From what I understand, the sRGB emulation on, say, the Dell wide gamut panels isn't all that great... I expect (hope) it would be better on something like an Eizo. Sounds like with your budget you'd be better off with a good sRGB screen versus a cheaper wide gamut screen.
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