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Alright so I'll start off with saying that I currently have a 5 monitor setup.

3x spanned 23" HP monitors Gloss @ 5ms (Surround mode) . A 4th on the side in portrait (Same HP ), and a 46" Samsung LCD (upgrading to a 55" LED later) as an accessory that rests above everything else looking down. I don't have a recent picture of my setup only an old one.

While I love my setup, I'd love to go larger for reasons which I'll explain as well as overkill <3

For the main part I LOVE GLOSS, and with the way I have the light controlled and set up in my room, I have 0 issues with it. I have been debating on matte though for a while due to the lack luster of gloss availability in 27" + monitors that have a VESA mount block.

My biggest issue with matte though is backlight bleed, which I never see on gloss so it easily stands out for me. ALTHOUGH I have heard tales of minimal to no backlight bleed on some monitors.

I was considering Asus, Dell, and a few others atm as far as matte goes, though I do love the look of the 278HE I've seen a few at the store and all share either that oval backlight issue some refer to or just heavy bleeding, and since I'm looking to pick up 3 this worries me.

Anyways its all luck of the draw I guess.²

I recently came across this though http://oakale.com/p/8340/Dell%20UltraSharp%20U3011%2030%20Monitor-%252d%252d-3Q1FO004XXTS1B98.html

Which after seeing it in store for 1300$ makes me really curious to jump at it, especially after reading a thread here about removing the matte film to have the glossy effect. I'm still scared to perform something like this though, and curious if anyones done so with the above monitor or the 278HEs?

Also I had a long debate on 120hz vs 1440p+ and came down to wanting more resolution mainly for workflow and better gaming. I own a Titan and plan on getting a 2nd as I now see new ones selling around the low 800's at stores and now and then high 700's which to me is worth the grab.

I'm looking at either going 1440p or 1600p, I've only seen 1600 on the Dell's though I've heard that there is a 27" Dell that is a 1440p that is considered LIGHT on the gloss, which confuses me a bit, so if anyone can chime in on that one would appreciate it.

Other than that if anyone has input or suggestions, especially for good Gloss displays OR Matte that has good quality and minimal to no backlight bleed would love to hear. If quality justifies the cost then I'm willing.

Before anyone mentions the Korean Displays, I've read through the threads on them, and my main worry is dead pixels or other issues and the issue w/ refunds, especially since I'd be buying a minimal or 3 my chances go down². That + most from what I've seen only have 1 port and I'm looking for additional for hooking in external devices such as my work laptop and or my travel laptop depending on what I'm doing. It's all user preference.

That being said I still welcome recommendations from their line if any.

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Workflow and uses


My main uses are - Gaming (MMO's mostly , and many offline games from Steam such as TR) Also Skyrim, looking forward to BF4 and getting more into some FPS's as I love the graphics in them, but mostly MMO's (newer ones from KR/Japan that require a good deal of power to run them beautifully )

Will use 3 for surround, hopefully once Nvidia fixes their Surround plugin to allow you to choose which displays to use, as I've brought this up and they are aware of it and promised something in upcoming patches ( this was iterated to me as of 1 month ago from an Nvidia tech )

Or do you guys recommend that I get a different type of monitor for the portrait mode? I will be adding a 5th monitor later to go on the opposite side of my surround set up also in portrait mode, upon getting my 2nd / 3rd titan.

Photoshop - I work w/ large canvases for drawings, photo manipulation, photography (posters etc ) and working on a comic

School and work, I tend to always have a minimum of 92 tabs opened so I usually have 3 chrome browsers w/ 30+ tabs each per monitor. For research purposes etc and or studying up.

Web Design - so I have 1 dedicated open for FTP and scripting while another for changes.

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² Based on reviews I've seen from multiple threads and sites.
Edited by LunaP - 10/18/13 at 10:56am
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Corsair  Corsair SSD Samsung BluRay R/W Corsair H90 
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Windows 7 Ultimate HP w2338h HP w2338h HP w2338h 
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