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    Monitor 1
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    Monitor 2
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Well a few days ago my very old Dell monitor I've been using as a second screen stopped working. Its gotten to the point where it feels like I'm being constantly restricted on one screen so I went from 0 knowledge on monitors to having a general idea of what I want, and have narrowed it down to 2 different screens. For ease of reference I'll just label them as 1 and 2.

1. ASUS PB Series PB238Q
  • 23" Screen
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 6ms Refresh Rate (Gray to Gray)
  • IPS Screen
  • 80,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

2. ASUS VG248QE
  • 24" Screen
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 1ms Refresh Rate (144Hz) (Gray to Gray)
  • TN Screen (I believe)
  • 80,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 3D Monitor
  • Nifty Screen Effects

If you've picked up on it, I'll primarily be getting this monitor for gaming. Although with saying that, color is very important to me. I've mainly heard IPS type screens are better with handling color, which Monitor 1 is. If anything I'd prefer getting an IPS monitor, but the refresh rate and high response time on Monitor 2 interests me as well. Right next to the importance of color is the importance of refresh rate, but I'm not sure if it should be as big of a worry as I'm making it. It might of been propaganda, but I was told you can't even tell difference between refresh rates under 12ms. If that's so refresh rate wouldn't mean much to me and I'd probably go with Monitor 1. Any feedback would be nice on which screen is the best buy for my buck, Thanks!
(Just a side note, I'm not totally sure if the contrast ratio deals with color or not and since they're the same ratio on both monitors, I'm not totally sure if that means the colors both monitors put out are near equal.)
Edited by xeeu - 6/18/13 at 12:56pm
post #2 of 4
I recommend that you just go nuts and get a Qnix 2560x1440 PLS monitor (PLS is slightly better than IPS). They are Korean monitors, and there is a thread probably on the same page as this post in the monitor thread. I would have a look at it. You can even OC your screen up to 144hz (if you are lucky). The only downsides are that there is very little warranty, it is more expensive (but almost 1/3rd the price of a comparable monitor from samsung), and they can sometimes have back light bleed issue (although several members have figured out ways to fix the issue). The positive is that it has a super high resolution with VERY accurate color.

Aside from that screen, I would look at this one here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236288

It is very similar to option 1. The contrast ratio is different, but I can tell you that it will not matter. It is going to look way better than your dell monitor one way or another and this way you save a bit of cash. thumb.gif

I would NOT go for option 2. You are paying a lot of money for features that you probably won't use.
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

I recommend that you just go nuts and get a Qnix 2560x1440 PLS monitor (PLS is slightly better than IPS). They are Korean monitors, and there is a thread probably on the same page as this post in the monitor thread. I would have a look at it. You can even OC your screen up to 144hz (if you are lucky). The only downsides are that there is very little warranty, it is more expensive (but almost 1/3rd the price of a comparable monitor from samsung), and they can sometimes have back light bleed issue (although several members have figured out ways to fix the issue). The positive is that it has a super high resolution with VERY accurate color.

Aside from that screen, I would look at this one here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236288

It is very similar to option 1. The contrast ratio is different, but I can tell you that it will not matter. It is going to look way better than your dell monitor one way or another and this way you save a bit of cash. thumb.gif

I would NOT go for option 2. You are paying a lot of money for features that you probably won't use.
I'm willing to throw in the extra amount if it's worth it. Is the screen you'd be talking about this?
Edited by xeeu - 6/18/13 at 1:33pm
post #4 of 4
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Originally Posted by xeeu View Post

I'm willing to throw in the extra amount if it's worth it. Is the screen you'd be talking about this?

Or you can just get it from eBay and select the seller that you want.

Check: HuluStar, BigClothCraft, Green-Sum, and there is another can't remember...

Here's my post re the Qnix QX2710 if you wanna look at it (also has link to one of the seller's page with the monitor)
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Originally Posted by Remmib 
27" 2560x1440 120Hz PLS for $310

How you may ask? Qnix QX2710 (Pixel Perfect )


It's a PLS panel (which is just Samsung's version of IPS), though the pixels are different from IPS monitors. Some also think PLS has better colors than IPS.

From what I've seen most people easily hit 110Hz, if not 120Hz, as long as you don't have a garbage graphics card.

The bezel is of reasonable size, too bad it's glossy though, I'll be painting mine matte black. Also the anti-glare coating on the monitor is quite light and doesn't degrade the picture quality. Sooo much better than glossy if you ask me, and many others will agree.

Mine came with 1 dead pixel and 1 stuck pixel (likely the stuck pixel can be fixed), I ain't even mad though...the pixels are so god damn small it's quite hard to notice it. I don't have any backlight bleed on mine, some people have experienced bleed, but there is an easy fix.

The downside of the monitor is that the casing is cheap, which ain't that big of a deal to me. Although it is kind of annoying that you have to remove the back panel to take off the stem of the mount (if you want to put this monitor on a monitor stand with arms).

All in all, I'm really happy with mine. Definitely recommend it if you're in the market for basically the best bang for the buck/performance monitor you can buy right now. Also, the shipping from South Korea is so stupidly fast...48 hours, how is that possible? If you're worried about a warranty or it dying you can get a warranty from Square Trade for $50 for 3 year coverage.

Feel free to read user's opinions in the huge Overclock.net threads:
- Original Thread
- Overclock Results
- Monitor Club w/ Optimization Guides

TL;DR
Pros:
-27"
-1440p
-overclockable to 120Hz
-amazing colors
-cheap

Cons:
-cheap casing
-possible backlight bleed (though you can fix on your own)
-cheap monitor stand
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