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oh MenacingTuba had recommended the S236, not G236. I'm not sure where I got that from. I guess both the s236 and g236 are brand new and I dunno, s236 didnt come up in search or something.

So I need to get a monitor like now for black friday deals and stuff. I'm not sure what to really get exactly. MenacingTuba said get the S236 or H226, I think I'll probably go for the S236 or H236, since PWM doesnt seem to affect me.

It also seems that PWM is only an issue below 100% brightness, and these monitors all look better with 100% brightness, right? I have ambient lighting to make sure no eye strain:


Anyways, I have my Dell U2312HM, my S2340L, and a friend's Asus VS238 hooked up to my PC, all on digital connections. I'm going to try to see which look the best.

And how does stuff like ghosting and input lag, are these ever noticeable? I saw them on that synthetic alienship test on the u2312hm/s2340l but Ive never seen them in anything else.
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Okay I've been testing the U2312hm, S2340L, and Asus VS238H-P extensively using the lagom: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/ tests and just youtube videos. I've pretty much set them all to 100 brightness, 75 contrast (asus 50, it has bad contrast though in general), and to recommended TFT colors.

In short, the asus sucks (its just duller, its just not as bright or something. The only aspect it's good is that it appears to have very, very little ghosting, almost completely unnoticeable on blurbusters: http://testufo.com/#test=ghosting&background=004040&separation=1000&pps=960&pursuit=0&ff=1 .

The U2312Hm has very little negative ghosting on 2nd and 3rd, and s2340l has more ghosting. I havent noticed ghosting in anything else, real world, etc, at all though. As for respone times using lagom's response time test, the Asus did awful and more than half the blocks spazzing out. The s2340l had only 3 barely buzzing, and the u2312hm had a little less buzzing, having the best response times, on the test.

Asus had really bad contrast in the contrast test, really bad blacks and whites in those tests (like couldnt see half of them...), its really obviously a much lower quality monitor. The S2340L and U2312hm were pretty even, with u2312hm sometimes winning i guess. Oh, the asus had really weird viewing angles, colors just change dramatically at different angles.

The U2312hm has by far the best stand and connections, the s2340l has the best thin invisible/black bezel. Asus bezel is glossy, u2312hm is matte bezel, toerhwise pretty similar bezel.

The U2312HM has deeper blacks than S2340L, the S2340L has slightly more vibrant colors. I guess watching videos I'd say the S2340L is slightly more attractive, but as I understand other thingsl ike input lag, response time, make the U2312HM slightly better?

Anyways, I guess I'm leaning towards buying the H236HL. The S236 is super ugly and awful base and connections, the H226 is 22'and despite no PWM, i dont seem to be affected by PWM so i dont care (if i do, just return it, no big deal). The H236HL is super cheap at $120 shipped right now, so I'm probably going to just buy that and compare to u2312hm and see what's best there...
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post #23 of 23
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Heres a youtube review I did of the U2312HM, S2340L, Asus vS238h-p : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__dUafwe1bM

I tried to be quite authoritative and stuff, I did lagom and blurbuster tests, showed 2 HD videos, really try to get into every detail of the monitors.

I mean the U2312Hm it seems to me is by far better than anything else anywhere close in price, but the matte coating kinda is lame and makes less vibrant. Which isn't even that bad, really. I asked the folks in the remove-ag-coating thread about how it's looking 1 year later and they say not good ;/

I heard about an LG IPS234 and the Asus VG23AH being recommendable, so ill look into those, but otherwise h236 seems to be best bet. sale ends tonight so i guess ill get that.
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