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Good inexpensive 27" IPS 1080p monitor

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I currently have a Panasonic 32" 1080p HDTV, the 32LZ800, I got 4-5 years ago, hooked up to my computer. It's done good since I've owned it, but has several annoying quirks since it is an HDTV first and not really a monitor. Text is a bit fuzzy and the pixel arrangement is kind of weird. Blue and red text are butchered and the TV only supports limited RGB. Put I think the image is still amazing, even compared to fancy newer IPS panels on phones and tablets.

However, I think it might be time for an upgrade to a real monitor, one that was made for computers and not forced into the role.

I am looking for a good and inexpensive 27" IPS monitor. The cheaper the better, as long as it doesn't compromise display quality and a semi-decent stand/build. I only need 1080p. Must be glossy, or semi-gloss, as I have yet to find a matte panel that looks good to me. I am not really a gamer so response/refresh rate not important to me. However, sharpness, black levels, contrast, color accuracy and punchiness, viewing angles, uniformity, and minimal light bleed are all very important. The least important is brightness, which I will usually turn down anyway. Must have some form of audio out, which I pipe into my desktop speakers. Since I only use it for my PC and my PS3, two HDMI inputs would be nice, but one HDMI and one DVI+3.5mm audio in would work too.

I also was wondering what specs or special features are creating $100+ price disparities between IPS models. Like for example:

$230 after $20 off:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005419
$330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005407

Both are LG models with 27" 1080p IPS displays. The cheaper one has 50cd/m2 less brightness, but I dunno about the other specs. These are just examples, as I am not planning on buying them since they are matte.


Also a bit apprehensive of buying something new as I've been using my 32" IPS Panasonic HDTV for a while now and dunno if a new display will be much of an upgrade. It's hard to judge monitors at the store as they usually have harsh bright lighting and my room is average to dim with two dinky fluorescent bulbs.
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Id really recommend looking into a Yamakasi 1440p monitor. Some of the bluryness you are seeing on your tv will still be there because of the size. 1440p will be super crisp. I went from a 25.5" 1920x1200 HP to a 30" Yamakasi at 2556 x 1600 and it is so amazing. My buddies 2560 x 1440 Yamakasi 27" is just as amazing. Their stands are not the best but if your not moving the monitor you would be fine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-CATLEAP-Q270-SE-27-LED-2560X1440-WQHD-DVI-D-Dual-Computer-Monitor-/140738200221?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item20c4a6829d

Just make sure you understand you may have one or two dead pixels (my 30" had 0 and my buddies 27" had 1). Also make sure your video card is capable. All this is listed in the add, just make sure you read it all.

Good luck!
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Yes that looks great for the price and the overclockability. But I'm not interested in higher resolutions as it can be problematic for me. I also definitely don't want to deal with ebay.
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