Originally Posted by Ifandbut
Well...boo. My monitor got back to Newegg finally (took a week for shipping) and ended up getting a refund instead of a replacement. It looks like it is because Newegg is sold out.
So now I debate. Do I find another website to buy one from (is it even available anywhere else right now?) and enter the lottery again? Or do I just cut my losses and just get a TN monitor instead. I really like my 2 year old 60Hz IPS monitor vs my 4 year old 120Hz TN but from everything in this thread and other places it seems the tech is not quite there for 144Hz 1440p IPS. I wonder if TN screens have improved significantly in quality in the past 4 years to narrow the gap between TN and IPS.
Time for RESEARCH
I ordered mine from Frys online, but they also have physical stores if you happen to live close to one. You can also wait for Viewsonic to release its gaming IPS monitor, but initial rumors say it'll cost over $1000.
I went from a 144hz AOC TN to the XB1. Now that I have a good one and have actually spent time gaming on it instead of packing them back up for return, I do notice a pretty nice difference in color pop. The IPS is also easier on my eyes, I find the text just sharper overall. It may be that my TN had a more aggressive anti-glare coating. My viewing is straight on so I don't really care about poor viewing angles of the TN.
As great as modern TN's can be, i.e., the Dell, you will still suffer from gamma shift. Some people have also reported pixel inversion. My AOC didn't have any pixel inversion. But gamma shift really bothers me. As much as I love the AOC, I can't stand it. If you're used to IPS you'll notice it, especially on a 27" TN.
So you have to figure out what type of gamer you are. If you are all about FPS and fast paced twitch shooters and play on a competitive level, TN is for you. If you appreciate better color vibrancy, uniformity, and don't really care about a minuscule amount of increased overall lag, you would stick with IPS 165 hz.
For the average Joe gamer / normal gamers (myself included) these new IPS 165hz monitors do have the best tech out there at the moment (aside from OLED). My favorite games are racing games. I notice right away a better looking sky (that doesn't change color when I sit back in my chair), clouds, bright colors of cars popping off the screen from sunlight, and overall atmosphere with the XB1 compared to my TN.
If you are willing to be patient and go through possibly multiple exchanges to get a good one (either PG279Q or XB1) it is very much worth it.