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I'll be using whichever monitor I buy for gaming and pretty much nothing else, originally I was going to get a 120hz monitor but decided my PC would never be able to keep up with the latest games and that it wasn't worth the sacrifice for colour over IPS. So after doing some research I narrowed it down to this guy.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-dell-u2412m-ips-led-monitor-full-hd-dvi-displayport-vga-1920x1200-300cd-m2-10001-8ms-4xusb-hub-ro

A U2412M is around £200 in the UK and $260 in the US. Is there anything better than this monitor for close to that price? Here's some of the things i'm looking for.

  • A small bezel would be nice, generally it would be good if it looked kinda sleek.
  • Good colours and response time.
  • At least 24' with a resolution of 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

I might be okay with getting a big 27', but it would have to be 1920x1080 as I'm pretty sure I can't find a 1400p for £200. (I know about the korean monitors, but I'm worried about import tax and reliability). I had looked at a Dell S2740l, not sure if the low pixel density would annoy me or not :/

Lastly, is there anything really interesting coming out soon? I could probably wait if theres some magical 120hz IPS 27' cheap display going on sale in a few months biggrin.gif
post #2 of 6
The NEC EA244WMi & Samsung S24A850D do not use a grainy matte coating while the U2412 along with most other 24" IPS do, the NEC has a much higher LED PWM Dimming Frequency (google this) and the Samsung does not use LED PWM Dimming. Both cost a bit more but are worth it if you don't want a monitor with a grainy coating that makes it look like you are viewing colors through a dirty, grainy window.

NEC Reviews (Use Chrome or Google to Translate):
http://www.overclockers.ru/lab/52827/Nakonec-to_dozhdalis._Obzor_i_testirovanie_monitora_NEC_MultiSync_EA244WMi.html
http://extrahardware.cnews.cz/recenze/nec-prekvapil-ea244wmi-je-levny-polomatny-ips-1920-x-1200-px-test
http://extrahardware.cnews.cz/recenze-samsung-s24a850dw-s-pls-review-test
http://www.prad.de/new/monitore/test/2013/test-nec-ea244wmi-bk.html

Samsung S24A850D Reviews:
http://www.overclockers.ru/lab/48426/Luch_sveta_v_temnom_carstve._Obzor_i_testirovanie_monitora_Samsung_S24A850DW.html
http://extrahardware.cnews.cz/recenze-samsung-s24a850dw-s-pls-review-tes

The 850D does not use LED PWM dimming but the stand+casing build quality is worse than the NEC's.

The Dell S2740L has really obvious ghosting issues

http://wecravegamestoo.com/forums/monitor-reviews-discussion/11922-dell-s2740l-review-1920x1080-edge-ege-glass-ips.html

The Qnix & X-Star sell for around 300$, are 2560x1440 and most overclock to 96hz

http://www.overclock.net/t/1384767/official-the-korean-pls-monitor-club-qnix-x-star
Edited by MenacingTuba - 6/21/13 at 1:39am
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post #3 of 6
If you want a 120hz monitor, the Asus VG248QE is the cheapest one that I have seen, and it works with the lightboost hack pretty well.

If you want an IPS screen, the Samsung S24A850DW is better than the U2412M, though more expensive.

You could also see if you can get an overlord or Monoprice 1440p monitor. They are around the same price as the korean ones, but made in north america, so they are easy to RMA.
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Thanks for the replies, both the EA244WMi and the S24A850DW seem to fit the criteria, however they are £270 and £320 respectively while the U2412M is £200. Is the anti-glare coating really going to annoy me that much? And is there something better than the U2412M that's roughly the same price?
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Originally Posted by David164v8 View Post

Thanks for the replies, both the EA244WMi and the S24A850DW seem to fit the criteria, however they are £270 and £320 respectively while the U2412M is £200. Is the anti-glare coating really going to annoy me that much? And is there something better than the U2412M that's roughly the same price?
I was looking at this a few months ago, and the U2412M is the best monitor I could find at that price. I've never found anti glare coatings to be that bad, but semi glossy coatings, like on the samsung, are definitely better.
post #6 of 6
I currently have a pair of U2312HMs, and the AG coating can be pretty bad, but to compensate I have pretty high brightness settings. And while that causes other problems, overall the colors are very good, and unless you're comparing these monitors side by side, you probably won't be disappointed.
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