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Hi guys,

Im looking for a good quality 120Hz monitor with good colors.

Right now i have a IPS DELL U3011 2560x1600 monitor which i love but it just misses the smoothness and it has a 7ms response time.

I used to have a ASUS VG278HE 144Hz monitor which i returned after a week because it had aweful backlight bleeding and i just couldn't calibrate the colors to my preferences.

Could anyone recommend me some monitors?
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Hi guys,
Im looking for a good quality 120Hz monitor with good colors.
You mention you used the VG278HE, but it wasn't good enough.
Most 120Hz monitors have worse picture quality than the VG278HE. (VG248QE has less contrast ratio after calibration). I assume you've never tried LightBoost 2D motion blur reduction, but if colors are important, you might not be interested in LightBoost unless you wanted CRT motion quality (LightBoost reduces motion blur by an order of magnitude relative to 60Hz). If you hated the non-LightBoost VG278HE colors, your choices become extremely limited.

Some possible options to consider:
* Samsung S27A950D, which has much better color quality for a 120Hz monitor. Has a very slight more input lag, though.
* ASUS VG278H original. which was reported to have slightly better picture than VG278HE
* BENQ XL2720T but it is hard to calibrate.

For better color quality and 120Hz, consider Korean 2560x1440p IPS/PLS overclockables such as:
* QNIX QX2710 (cheapest)
* XStar DP2710
* Overlrd X270OC
* Catleap 2B (hard to find)

Also consider calibrating using a colorimeter such as Spyder4 or i1 Pro, to improve the colors the best you can. In addition, there is also a great listing of 120Hz computer monitors as well.
Edited by mdrejhon - 8/22/13 at 2:39pm
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Thanks!

Yes i am actually looking for a Samsung S27A950D but they are EOL. but i might find a second hand though.

As for the lightboost, i have tried the lightboost hack on the VG278HE but somehow my brightness was way too low for some reason. Dont know if i've done something wrong.
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As for the lightboost, i have tried the lightboost hack on the VG278HE but somehow my brightness was way too low for some reason. Dont know if i've done something wrong.
That's normal -- LightBoost, designed to be brighter for 3D glasses use, can reduce brightness for 2D usage. More info is found in the LightBoost FAQ. If raw image brightness is important, LightBoost won't benefit you much, unless the clarity improvements of panning motion (such as www.testufo.com/#test=photo ) outweighs the tradeoffs for you in particular. Personally, I find monitors too bright, so the LightBoost 2D brightness isn't a problem for me. One could also use a 27" LightBoost monitor converted to glossy too (dematting service by CallSignVega), recalibrated with a colorimeter, to get better image quality, too.
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Yes i am actually looking for a Samsung S27A950D but they are EOL. but i might find a second hand though.
Yes, if you want better looking 120Hz color but don't care very much about LightBoost, the S27A950D is fairly hard to beat. There's a smidgen more input lag than both ASUS and BENQ, but that may not be a problem when adjusted. It's still available through some Amazon sellers. In addition, it also supports the Samsung Zero Motion Blur method, too (but that will dim the brightness too).
Edited by mdrejhon - 8/22/13 at 6:21pm
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