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Was just searching through the options and kept finding myself disappointed. Unless you pay $600 it's hard to get a fully featured 1440p monitor (ips/VA, high refresh, free/gsync, SRGB coverage, good stand, vesa, slim bezel, good array of inputs etc etc.) and even those ones seem to have a really bad defect rate.

With high refresh ips just starting to become a thing and with free/gsync still gaining traction, not to mention upcoming stuff like OLED, HDR, more afforable 4K, etc. it seems like a very awkward time to invest in a high end monitor that you may want to use for 5++ years. Of course I know if you want top end products you have to pay top end dollar, and I know there's always going to be new better tech just around the corner, but it seems like an especially turbulent time to buy which I find kind of interesting.

What do you think?
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I think you said it in the last sentence, new/better tech is always around the corner.

If you want a new monitor now, get one, just find the best deal for the money you have and commit tongue.gif
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1440p never went mainstream so unlike 1080p I don't expect to see quality monitor for cheap at that resolution. I am also shopping for a monitor and everything nice is above 600$.

I know that some folks here buy Korean monitor from ebay at a decent price (around 350$). The thing is that you can forget about the warranty. I am eyeing a couple of Dell. They are expensive AF but over a couple of years, it's not too bad. I just don't have the money at the moment for a new one.

As for the timing, I don't think it is bad. Like I said, I don't think it's going to be much cheaper even with 4k. Keep in mind that computer able to push 4k are very rare (even 1440p). So maybe in 2-3 graphic card generation we might get a mainstream beast able to push 4k (I doubt) and you could see more 4k monitors on the market. But at this point it's just pure speculation. If you need a new monitor, just get a new one now.
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Ermmm.... 2515H or 2516D are only 350. (Amazon) O_o Both are good QHD IPS monitors with good stands.

Yes it is a crapshoot if you keep trying for those new Uber 144Hz 27 inch IPS panels. Yes, it;s also a crapshoot for some of the new VA stuff, too. (Though I think that's less a panel issue and more QC.)
Edited by DVLux - 10/4/16 at 6:45pm
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It's even worse when you go to the niche market of Ultrawide monitors. A few years back I bought a Qnix 2710 and it's treated me well for 1440p 120Hz and now I'm enjoying my LG 34UC88-B. I don't intend to change monitors until affordable OLED options come out.

My opinion is that Freesync/G-sync isn't a necessary feature. It's nice to have but shouldn't be a priority. 4K needs expensive GPUs to really drive the resolution and OLED is far too expensive and will probably take about 3-4 years to be "affordable". If you want/need an upgrade, just go for what you can afford now, otherwise you'll be stuck in the waiting game since technology is always moving.
    
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Originally Posted by DVLux View Post

Ermmm.... 2515H or 2516D are only 350. (Amazon) O_o Both are good QHD IPS monitors with good stands.

Yes it is a crapshoot if you keep trying for those new Uber 144Hz 27 inch IPS panels. Yes, it;s also a crapshoot for some of the new VA stuff, too. (Though I think that's less a panel issue and more QC.)

Yeah there are some pretty decent well priced options if you just want 1440p ips, the Acer G257HU is a pretty well known option. But then it begs the question if it's worth the upgrade if you already have a decent 1080p monitor, at least for me. Guess I'm just having trouble deciding how much money to spend vs what features I should get. (though personally I at least want a 27 inch to make the most of the upgrade of 1080p and my current monitor)

Also thanks for all the feedback, interesting points made!
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Originally Posted by Firionhope View Post

Yeah there are some pretty decent well priced options if you just want 1440p ips, the Acer G257HU is a pretty well known option. But then it begs the question if it's worth the upgrade if you already have a decent 1080p monitor, at least for me. Guess I'm just having trouble deciding how much money to spend vs what features I should get. (though personally I at least want a 27 inch to make the most of the upgrade of 1080p and my current monitor)

Also thanks for all the feedback, interesting points made!

Well, I went from a 21.5" TN 1080P...and I found it worth moving to a 2515H. Mostly because the 4k 24" panels at that point weren't enticing. tongue.gif

Do be aware that price goes up exorbitantly as panel size goes up. It may not make sense, price wise, unless what you want only exists in one size. (You could buy a new GPU with the money you save from sizing down.)

Ultimately, you just need to decide on what features are worth settling for.
Edited by DVLux - 10/5/16 at 9:04am
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