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So I've been meaning to get a new monitor for a while now, but the last time I kind of knew what was going on with the world was in like 2011 haha.

My price range is around $300, though I may be able to increase it a little if there's something too tempting just beyond that. I was told to investigate IPS screens at the time and recommended this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

In all honesty, I can't say that I'm aware of all of the factors that need to go into monitor selection. I watch movies and tv, play games, and do a little reading on my computer. I sit decently close to the monitor (there's pretty much just room for my keyboard in between), though I would like to be able to sit on my couch a few feet away and watch a movie occasionally. My monitor now is 23" and I would prefer not to go under that, over if possible, but I suppose priority wise the image itself would come first. Color accuracy, resolution, and input lag seem important, but I won't pretend that I have a heightened sense to be able to detect any deficiencies in any of these departments.

That being said, I would still prefer to get the best for my money as opposed to just getting what is assumed I'll be able to notice (only to realize later that the picture looks worse on the new monitor).

And just in case you're too lazy/unable to look down at my sig, I'm currently using a Samsung SyncMaster 2343 which has a resolution of 2048x1152 (which makes it 16:9 I believe) haha

Thanks!
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Better (27") panel (LG AH-IPS) for $378.49
27" IPS-ZERO-G Slim Monitor WQHD 2560x1440 - Dual Link DVI, VGA
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=114&cp_id=11401&cs_id=1130703&p_id=10509&seq=1&format=2#description

QNIX QX2710 LED EvolutionⅡ2 27" Samsung PLS WQHD Monitor, $289.90,
no tax and price includes shipping (From Korea).
Panel is almost as good as an LG AH-IPS panel
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-QNIX-QX2710-LED-Evolution-2-27-Samsung-PLS-WQHD-Monitor-Tempered-Glass-/121089977041?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c31866ad1

The website Techbargins lists monitors on sale.
http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_10_0
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

Better (27") panel (LG AH-IPS) for $378.49
27" IPS-ZERO-G Slim Monitor WQHD 2560x1440 - Dual Link DVI, VGA
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=114&cp_id=11401&cs_id=1130703&p_id=10509&seq=1&format=2#description

QNIX QX2710 LED EvolutionⅡ2 27" Samsung PLS WQHD Monitor, $289.90,
no tax and price includes shipping (From Korea).
Panel is almost as good as an LG AH-IPS panel
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-QNIX-QX2710-LED-Evolution-2-27-Samsung-PLS-WQHD-Monitor-Tempered-Glass-/121089977041?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c31866ad1

The website Techbargins lists monitors on sale.
http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_10_0
Thanks again

So are LG panels the way to go these days?

Amazon has a sale for the ZERO-G for $300 which is very tempting, though apparently the sale stock has a minor blemish in the bezel. I'll keep my eyes open and see if there's another good deal.

This is kind of a minor point, but any chance there's another model of the same monitor with a DVI port and an HDMI? Or even just two DVI ports? I'd love to be able to attach my PS3 to the monitor as well, but it certainly wouldn't be worth it if that moved the quality or price point drastically.
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So are LG panels the way to go these days?
Amazon has a sale for the ZERO-G for $300 which is very tempting, though apparently the sale stock has a minor blemish in the bezel. I'll keep my eyes open and see if there's another good deal.
This is kind of a minor point, but any chance there's another model of the same monitor with a DVI port and an HDMI? Or even just two DVI ports? I'd love to be able to attach my PS3 to the monitor as well, but it certainly wouldn't be worth it if that moved the quality or price point drastically.[/quote]



The LG AH-IPS seem to be the newest and best.
I would assume you would use a HDMI for the gaming console (PS3) and DVI (with a Dual Link DVI-D cable) for your PC.

27" IPS-Glass Panel Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560x1440- 440cd/m2 - HDMI® 1.4 / DVI / VGA / DisplayPort 1.2 w/Built in Speakers. $460
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=113&cp_id=11307&cs_id=1130703&p_id=10489&seq=1&format=2
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The LG AH-IPS seem to be the newest and best.
I would assume you would use a HDMI for the gaming console (PS3) and DVI (with a Dual Link DVI-D cable) for your PC.

27" IPS-Glass Panel Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560x1440- 440cd/m2 - HDMI® 1.4 / DVI / VGA / DisplayPort 1.2 w/Built in Speakers. $460
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=113&cp_id=11307&cs_id=1130703&p_id=10489&seq=1&format=2

Awesome, glad that there's a clear front runner to choose then.

You know, I feel like an idiot now, but I completely forgot my GPU had an mini HDMI out. My current monitor only has VGA and DVI inputs so I've been using DVI for a long time now, I guess I just forgot the other port was there.. The initial plan was indeed to use the DVI for the PC and the HDMI for the PS3, but really two HDMI ports could do the same job just as easily. Unfortunately, I can't find any other reasonably priced WQHD monitors (I assume that's what one would look for to find the same product with a different brand). Even the Monoprice monitor is hard to swallow at $460 just for an additional port. I guess a deal just ended for it to bring the price down to $340 though so perhaps I'll get lucky with that at some point in the near future.

If you know the better places to look and two HDMI ports is easier/cheaper than the HDMI/DVI/VGA/DP, let me know!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

The LG AH-IPS seem to be the newest and best.
I would assume you would use a HDMI for the gaming console (PS3) and DVI (with a Dual Link DVI-D cable) for your PC.

27" IPS-Glass Panel Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560x1440- 440cd/m2 - HDMI® 1.4 / DVI / VGA / DisplayPort 1.2 w/Built in Speakers. $460
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=113&cp_id=11307&cs_id=1130703&p_id=10489&seq=1&format=2

Awesome, glad that there's a clear front runner to choose then.

You know, I feel like an idiot now, but I completely forgot my GPU had an mini HDMI out. My current monitor only has VGA and DVI inputs so I've been using DVI for a long time now, I guess I just forgot the other port was there.. The initial plan was indeed to use the DVI for the PC and the HDMI for the PS3, but really two HDMI ports could do the same job just as easily. Unfortunately, I can't find any other reasonably priced WQHD monitors (I assume that's what one would look for to find the same product with a different brand). Even the Monoprice monitor is hard to swallow at $460 just for an additional port. I guess a deal just ended for it to bring the price down to $340 though so perhaps I'll get lucky with that at some point in the near future.

If you know the better places to look and two HDMI ports is easier/cheaper than the HDMI/DVI/VGA/DP, let me know!



With these new 2560X1440 monitors, it's a little easier to use a DVI connection.
As with HDMI I believe both the graphics card and monitor have to have HDMI version 1.4, to take full advantage of 2560X1440.
I believe it's much more common to have a Dual link DVI-D (or DVI-I) ports.

The 27" Korean AH-IPS paneled monitor I paid $330 for two months ago is now selling for $690 and it only come with one port (DVI-D).
http://www.ebay.com/itm/141014647239?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
So during the summer prices may go up for all these type of monitors.
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

With these new 2560X1440 monitors, it's a little easier to use a DVI connection.
As with HDMI I believe both the graphics card and monitor have to have HDMI version 1.4, to take full advantage of 2560X1440.
I believe it's much more common to have a Dual link DVI-D (or DVI-I) ports.

The 27" Korean AH-IPS paneled monitor I paid $330 for two months ago is now selling for $690 and it only come with one port (DVI-D).
http://www.ebay.com/itm/141014647239?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
So during the summer prices may go up for all these type of monitors.

Huh, I guess that could be a factor, but don't most modern GPUs use 1.4? I know my current one does, but I was hoping to upgrade it to be more contemporary a bit later in the year. Not that it matters since it's not like there are any of these monitors with multiple HDMI ports (that are close to being reasonably priced).

Sigh. I guess that's the thing with prices, they can fluctuate in either direction. Still, was that $330 on sale/with coupon/promo code or just normal price? Definitely a nice steal.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

With these new 2560X1440 monitors, it's a little easier to use a DVI connection.
As with HDMI I believe both the graphics card and monitor have to have HDMI version 1.4, to take full advantage of 2560X1440.
I believe it's much more common to have a Dual link DVI-D (or DVI-I) ports.

The 27" Korean AH-IPS paneled monitor I paid $330 for two months ago is now selling for $690 and it only come with one port (DVI-D).
http://www.ebay.com/itm/141014647239?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
So during the summer prices may go up for all these type of monitors.

Huh, I guess that could be a factor, but don't most modern GPUs use 1.4? I know my current one does, but I was hoping to upgrade it to be more contemporary a bit later in the year. Not that it matters since it's not like there are any of these monitors with multiple HDMI ports (that are close to being reasonably priced).

Sigh. I guess that's the thing with prices, they can fluctuate in either direction. Still, was that $330 on sale/with coupon/promo code or just normal price? Definitely a nice steal.

The $330 price was the normal price.
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Just to double check, but is this essentially the same monitor (just made by Acer)?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-009-626

It's 1440p and WQHD. It's also got an HDMI and DVI port as well to fulfill my extraneous desires.
Plus it's about $60 cheaper than the Monoprice monitor.
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Just to double check, but is this essentially the same monitor (just made by Acer)?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-009-626

It's 1440p and WQHD. It's also got an HDMI and DVI port as well to fulfill my extraneous desires.
Plus it's about $60 cheaper than the Monoprice monitor.

The Acer almost matches the Yamakasi DS270.
The Yamakasi brightness is 440 cd/m2. the Acer is 350 cd/m2
But otherwise the specs appear to be the same
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