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So, I'm bickering with myself regarding which choice of monitor(s) I should purchase although my opinions are fragile opposed to you experts as I've never possessed any previous experience with monitors, I'm the type of guy that thinks 'the monitor with the higher resolution and screen size is better, every time.' but after speaking with some experts I realized that's completely invalid.

Basically, I'm a graphics designer (specifically web designer so larger dimensions are required) and my current monitor is extremely difficult to work on; due to its bunk screen resolution and even the screen size isn't ideal.
I'm also a gamer occasionally so I'm exploring for a monitor which is ideal for both but mainly graphic design.

I'm looking for a monitor where a lot of dimensions cover the screen which saves me time from panning around the document/page. Aesthetics are also very decisive as I want a very sleek and glossy monitor to show off my set up. Speakers on the monitor would also be very beneficial and at least a screen resolution of 1920x1080 and a minimum screen size of 21.5".

Recently I was considering a dual monitor although after speaking to some people, they informed that it's not ideal for graphic design, having one big monitor is more convenient. I'm not sure if that's true so I hope some graphic designers who possess some knowledge in this area cruise through this thread.

I have a few minds at the moment, someone recommended to me this monitor: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-D2343P-BN-23-inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B009OL063C
I thought that this was great as it fulfills my request AND it has 3D with speakers which is worth the money! Although I won't really make use of the 3D.

I'm debating which screen size to get, I was leaning towards 27" although the price is out of my bounds, I'm willing to spend up to £180.

So if someone could recommend me a monitor which is beneficial for graphics and maybe gaming and give me some feedback on different size monitors that'd be great, I think I should also mention that I sit approximately 90cm away from my monitor and that my GPU is an AMD Radeon 6570.

Thank you!
post #2 of 10
Yeah, I would not use dual monitor for artwork or programming. I would just get something like this:

http://www.necdisplay.com/p/desktop-monitors/ea294wmi-bk

IMO, the screen space is worth it if you need it for reference. I have had my NEC for 6 years so far and no problems and I don't have problems with backlight bleeding though it came at a premium it was worth it. I'm glad I spent the extra money for it. Couldn't be more glad to have a Photoshop grade monitor. I never used Photoshop the first few years I had the monitor but now I do things in Illustrator and Photoshop and some artwork on the side. I'd much rather have the horizontal screen space than have the monitor for gaming. Gaming only really matters mostly for FPS snapshot aiming where you need fast refresh rate that's if you're competitive. Otherwise every game works fine without the fast response times. I.E. my response time is 16ms, it's not that bad. I can still play FPS games fine though I don't play that much anymore.

It would probably be worth the time to find the widest screen monitor you can get. You have to really choose one or the other, either IPS or TN. Some people have opted to get those Korean monitors and overclock them to like 120hz, it's a gamble but it might pay off in the end if you want speed and screen quality. I'm still waiting for the next big thing in monitors to come out.
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Yeah, I would not use dual monitor for artwork or programming. I would just get something like this:

http://www.necdisplay.com/p/desktop-monitors/ea294wmi-bk

IMO, the screen space is worth it if you need it for reference. I have had my NEC for 6 years so far and no problems and I don't have problems with backlight bleeding though it came at a premium it was worth it. I'm glad I spent the extra money for it. Couldn't be more glad to have a Photoshop grade monitor. I never used Photoshop the first few years I had the monitor but now I do things in Illustrator and Photoshop and some artwork on the side. I'd much rather have the horizontal screen space than have the monitor for gaming. Gaming only really matters mostly for FPS snapshot aiming where you need fast refresh rate that's if you're competitive. Otherwise every game works fine without the fast response times. I.E. my response time is 16ms, it's not that bad. I can still play FPS games fine though I don't play that much anymore.

It would probably be worth the time to find the widest screen monitor you can get. You have to really choose one or the other, either IPS or TN. Some people have opted to get those Korean monitors and overclock them to like 120hz, it's a gamble but it might pay off in the end if you want speed and screen quality. I'm still waiting for the next big thing in monitors to come out.

Thank you, that was very informative although that price is way out of my league, I was looking to spend something around £200 ($330).
People say 29" is too big considering I'm sitting approx 90cm away from my monitor. Would it be fine or would I need to move my head a lot?
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Thank you, that was very informative although that price is way out of my league, I was looking to spend something around £200 ($330).
People say 29" is too big considering I'm sitting approx 90cm away from my monitor. Would it be fine or would I need to move my head a lot?

Yeah but those people probably only play games. At 24" it's not enough space for me to do work. I can barely fit two application screens on my 24" and that's still not enough space. If you're going to do any serious work the wider it is the better. But for gaming I find 19" - 24" is much better for FPS type games. Can't really have it all unless you pay a premium. I'd say save up some more and get something good it will be worth it in the long run if you spend a lot of time staring at your screen.
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post #5 of 10
The HP Z24i / Eizo EV2336W / Dell P2414H are all good monitors.
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That monitor's a TN and TNs suffer from awful image quality and gamma shift. They are much better for gaming than most IPS monitors though assuming it runs at 120Hz.
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It's a TN panel, it won't produce colors like an IPS would. If you don't need color accuracy and can stand the inferior image quality then go for it.

TN = Good for games cause fast response times, poor viewing angles, poor color reproduction
VA = In the middle of TN and IPS, slightly better color reproduction, viewing angles, and contrast ratio than TN panels
IPS = bad for FPS games cause of slow response time, best image quality, best color reproduction, best viewing angles

Just depends on what you really want more of, gaming or work related? or balance of both?
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TN = Good for games cause fast response times, poor viewing angles, poor color reproduction
VA = In the middle of TN and IPS, slightly better color reproduction, viewing angles, and contrast ratio than TN panels
IPS = bad for FPS games cause of slow response time, best image quality, best color reproduction, best viewing angles

Color reproduction is more about the backlighting (so colorspace coverage), bit depth and processing, factory calibration or lack of it, and so on (maybe even the panel coating / antiglare, if you want to go there too), than the panel tech. At least at a straight-on viewing angle. On TNs at reasonable viewing distance, you get noticeable gamma shifting between top and bottom of the screen, so yeah, hence worse colors effectively, but you can't really pan that as a separate category if you already mention the poor viewing angles.

You may also want to add that IPS and TN contrast is similar, with VA being better. And VA generally has worse response times than IPS. And there are a variety of VA variants and multiple IPS versions and IPS-like variants from companies other than LG.

Up to a frugal £180 budget for a monitor for anything resembling professional or even prosumer work in this field... that's really not ideal, but I'd say the Dell P2414H as mentioned earlier:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-P2414H-23-8-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B00EQAG3VA

even though like IPS monitors in this range, it's just a 6 bit + AFRC model... Actually, I wonder if I could be forgetting some IPS model that's at least 8 bits native. Is Asus PB238Q? The older and more expensive PA238Q was advertised as 10 bits.
post #10 of 10
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In fact, I can spend up to £240.
This monitor has really caught my eye: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-27-inch-Flat-Panel-Display-black/dp/B008968O0U
Can I get anything near as good for slightly cheaper?
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