Haha, I knew you would say that! Dont worry we are not going to go there. No one wants to watch us go round and round for another 5 pages about displays that do or do not have internal scalers, post-processing, peripheral pooling rates, ect. I think this is just a good place to call it a day and say that anyone reading this thread should have a really good idea on what to consider when buying a monitor.
That said one last thing before I leave this thread alone. For the best picture possible you do need to PROPERLY break in your monitor and do a good color calibration.
WHAT IS A PROPER MONITOR/TV BREAK IN PROCESS and COLOR CALIBRATION FOR LESS THAN $30:BREAK IN
1) Get a cheap UBS thumb drive if you dont have one lying around. You can usually get a 8GB one from BestBuy for less than $10
2) Load thumb drive with about 50-100 photos in the resolution of our monitor. Use solid colors, patterns, random shapes, light, dark a whole mix.
3) Locate a good pixel flipper program or video (More on this in color tuning)
Run photos on monitor to change every 10 seconds as a screen saver set to random or photo album and leave it running for the first 48-72 hours.
Run pixel flipper for 6-12 hours
MOVE ON TO COLOR CALIBRATION AT THIS TIME
After color calibration repeat pixel flipper once a week for 2-3 hours for the first month. The time you are cooking dinner or going to church
is a great opportunity.COLOR CALIBRATION
There are many ways to color tune your monitor. Some can also be used for your TV's as well. This should be done after the above listed monitor break in, the 1st month of ownership and once every 3-6 months after that to retain the best and most accurate picture. LED, Plasma, IPS LED, OLED even good old CRT picture will change over time due to use. Color saturation fades, brightness dims, phosphorescent pixels burn ect. Its the reason why your 6mo old light bulb is not as bright as the new one you put in 5min ago.
You can buy an automatic device like the Datacolor Spyder4Elite but those are expensive and the automatic one for PC runs $250. It connects through USB and does the work for you. http://spyder.datacolor.com/portfolio-view/spyder4elite/
While this can be used for your TV by hooking up your computer through HDMI. Most people are happy with the result....... Well other than spending $250 on another electronic gizmo. Also DataColor does NOT
have a pixel flipper.My personal favorite option for the money is Disney's WOW (World of Wonder)
. Its a bluray disk that is designed not only as a color calibration tool but also an informative video for kids on how a TV works. Best of all its $20
. It contains a Bluray disk and a blue light filter (dont throw this away by mistake). This is about the only reason I have a bluray in every one of my computers. It takes you through step by step on how to tune the color, brightness, contrast ect. It also DOES have a pixel flipper. Pixel flippers are not only good for breaking in a monitor or TV but also a repair tool for a stuck pixel or LIGHT image burn in.
I hope you enjoy your new monitor which ever you choose to purchase. I further wish you good gaming and a happy fruitful life....
P.S. If you feel I have been helpful a +1Rep would be great seeing as I am relatively new to OCN.Edited by ChiTownButcher - 9/8/13 at 5:49pm