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Hey everyone,

I'd like to buy a new monitor but I've been confused between models. I know I want an IPS monitor. So far I'm look at 24" or 27". For 24" I've narrowed it down to Dell S2415H and Dell U2414H. I'm wondering what are the differences between these two models since the U costs more yet the S has a lower refresh rate. I see that the U series is Dell's premium line while the S is their entertainment.

I am open to recommendations for other IPS monitors from 23" to 27".

My price limit is $250.

Thanks!
Edited by myresolution_72 - 10/30/15 at 10:13am
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What will you be using your monitor for exactly? For most usage scenarios, you can do a lot better for 250 than a 1080p 60hz IPS.
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What will you be using your monitor for exactly? For most usage scenarios, you can do a lot better for 250 than a 1080p 60hz IPS.

School work such as researching and typing papers as well as playing games. I play racing games and FPS. I currently have a 19" LED and I've just heard that TN panels have washed out colors and I love the IPS display on my MacBook and iPhone.
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You would probably be better off with a quality VA panel than an IPS. The IPS's color accuracy isn't super important if you aren't working with art or photography, and that is really the only benefit of IPS panels.

Well made VA panels will give you similarly vibrant looking colors (if a bit less accurate), deeper blacks (which are super noticeable and much appreciated in games and videos), better response times (good for gaming) and depending on the model may also give you higher refresh rates (good for gaming and general desktop movement smoothness).

Ideally I'd suggest an OLED panel, but finding one worth using within your budget is simply impossible.

I'd also suggest a higher resolution than 1080 if you are primarily doing things other than gaming, as the additional screen real-estate is very useful for things like having MS office open on one half the screen and your browser on the other half without having to scale things down or horizontal-scroll. The increased pixel pitch that comes with higher resolution at the same size will also help text look a lot cleaner on screen.

If you really have your heart set on an IPS panel though, I'd suggest a korean panel. You really can't beat their value/dollar, and they tend to perform much better in games than other IPS panels (other than the few super expensive gaming-specific IPS panels being put out by ASUS and ACER). The Qnix QX2710 / X-Star DP 2710 are pretty safe choices. There may be better ones now (I haven't checked recently), but at the very least you will know you are getting a 27 inch 2560x1440 PLS (Samsung's version of IPS) panel that has been proven to reliably overclock by just about everyone who owns one without any long term issues.
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You would probably be better off with a quality VA panel than an IPS. The IPS's color accuracy isn't super important if you aren't working with art or photography, and that is really the only benefit of IPS panels.

Well made VA panels will give you similarly vibrant looking colors (if a bit less accurate), deeper blacks (which are super noticeable and much appreciated in games and videos), better response times (good for gaming) and depending on the model may also give you higher refresh rates (good for gaming and general desktop movement smoothness).

Ideally I'd suggest an OLED panel, but finding one worth using within your budget is simply impossible.

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If you really have your heart set on an IPS panel though, I'd suggest a korean panel. You really can't beat their value/dollar, and they tend to perform much better in games than other IPS panels (other than the few super expensive gaming-specific IPS panels being put out by ASUS and ACER). The Qnix QX2710 / X-Star DP 2710 are pretty safe choices. There may be better ones now (I haven't checked recently), but at the very least you will know you are getting a 27 inch 2560x1440 PLS (Samsung's version of IPS) panel that has been proven to reliably overclock by just about everyone who owns one without any long term issues.

Thank you!

I definitely see what you're saying as far as a higher resolution for screen real-estate. I find myself having two things open side by side on my current computer a lot.

The Qnix QX2710 looks great! Seeing that it's $199 on Newegg, what VA panels would trump it for that price? 1440p 27" and overclockable seems to be a good buy for that price.
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Thank you!

I definitely see what you're saying as far as a higher resolution for screen real-estate. I find myself having two things open side by side on my current computer a lot.

The Qnix QX2710 looks great! Seeing that it's $199 on Newegg, what VA panels would trump it for that price? 1440p 27" and overclockable seems to be a good buy for that price.

I'll have to defer to other users here when it comes to cheaper VA panels. The only ones I've personally used are the very expensive ones from Ezio.

I personally do color sensitive work on my system, as well as gaming, so the X-Star with it's accurate colors (once properly calibrated) at 60hz and its ability to overclock up to 120hz for gaming was a natural choice for me. It is currently my primary monitor. The Qnix and X-Star QX/DP 2710 panels are 100% identical other than the brand logos and the boxes they come in BTW, so if you are going to pick one up, go with the cheaper option.
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Thanks! 4ms is good and that's a good price.

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I'll have to defer to other users here when it comes to cheaper VA panels. The only ones I've personally used are the very expensive ones from Ezio.

I personally do color sensitive work on my system, as well as gaming, so the X-Star with it's accurate colors (once properly calibrated) at 60hz and its ability to overclock up to 120hz for gaming was a natural choice for me. It is currently my primary monitor. The Qnix and X-Star QX/DP 2710 panels are 100% identical other than the brand logos and the boxes they come in BTW, so if you are going to pick one up, go with the cheaper option.

Definitely understand. IPS 1440p 120hz monitor for $200 sounds amazing. I think this is what I'll get.
Are the color calibration settings universal? If so could you send them to me?
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Thanks! 4ms is good and that's a good price.
Definitely understand. IPS 1440p 120hz monitor for $200 sounds amazing. I think this is what I'll get.
Are the color calibration settings universal? If so could you send them to me?

They unfortunately are not universal. That said, the korean PLS thread here on OCN has several profiles made by many users, so you could try several and see which one works best. There are enough that you are likely to get one that is a pretty close match for your panel (especially considering all the 1440 PLS monitors use the same panel.

Alternatively, you could try to rent/borrow a colorimeter. Perhaps if you are a student you could check with your school's graphic art department.

You could also try to calibrate by eye, using this website. http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/



PS - the 4ms response time cited by samsung is with overdrive enabled, and not the true response time of the panel itself. The true time is going to be more like 6-8ms, which is very similar to the Qnix and X-Star. I personally do not like to use overdrive (the halo effect it creates is super annoying to me), so at least for me, I'd take the Korean panel's higher resolution and refresh rate over the brand name's extra software goodies.
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They unfortunately are not universal. That said, the korean PLS thread here on OCN has several profiles made by many users, so you could try several and see which one works best. There are enough that you are likely to get one that is a pretty close match for your panel (especially considering all the 1440 PLS monitors use the same panel.

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You could also try to calibrate by eye, using this website. http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/



PS - the 4ms response time cited by samsung is with overdrive enabled, and not the true response time of the panel itself. The true time is going to be more like 6-8ms, which is very similar to the Qnix and X-Star. I personally do not like to use overdrive (the halo effect it creates is super annoying to me), so at least for me, I'd take the Korean panel's higher resolution and refresh rate over the brand name's extra software goodies.

I think all in all the Qnix and X-Star is a good deal for the cost of it. I'm going with that.
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