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All I have right now is an off-brand 17" monitor. It's actually quite good, and I have no problem gaming on it (after all, the rig is more than powerful enough to make a little 17 incher work), but I want something bigger. I game, but I'm not so hardcore I need the absolute best response time - especially if the overall quality drops because of the type of panel used. I've seen a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum, so I'm asking you guys - what's the best nice, big monitor I can get with the above in mind for $250-$300?
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You can't go wrong with a Samsung or LG. If you need the best response times, look into the Samsung 226BW; 22" with 2ms response time. Pretty cheap and it's a great monitor.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268

I would buy it if I had the money in a heart beat.

Edit: Maybe even this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001273

Wait shoot, I thought it was $300 after MIR
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Originally Posted by Sonic View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268

I would buy it if I had the money in a heart beat.

Edit: Maybe even this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268

Wait shoot, I thought it was $300 after MIR
They're both the same
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So, I know there's different panel types that affect the response time, overall quality, and cost, right? Samsung seems to always have the super-low response times - are they the cheap panels (TF, I think?), or not?
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Originally Posted by StarComm View Post
So, I know there's different panel types that affect the response time, overall quality, and cost, right? Samsung seems to always have the super-low response times - are they the cheap panels (TF, I think?), or not?
Not sure what you're asking... Are you asking if Samsung uses cheap panels to get a low response time?
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I would go for the 2253BW
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I second the Samsung 226BW. I have it and it is amazing. Also, any Samsung will be great. 5ms and under is fine, and some will tell you 8ms is fine too.

BTW, all of these are TN panels. This is lower quality and therefore lower cost. The better panels are more expensive and not worth it unless you need extreme accuracy for work or something. Just go with any of the Samsung 22s, they are great!
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I thought I saw a 24" HP on sale for $300 recently....
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I second the Samsung 226BW. I have it and it is amazing. Also, any Samsung will be great. 5ms and under is fine, and some will tell you 8ms is fine too.

BTW, all of these are TN panels. This is lower quality and therefore lower cost. The better panels are more expensive and not worth it unless you need extreme accuracy for work or something. Just go with any of the Samsung 22s, they are great!
For that price range you will only be able to get a TN panel. There are also S-IPS, S-PVA/MVA
S-IPS has higher response times but more uniform contrast across the screen and better viewing angles. THey are the high end panels and very expensive. (mainly for graphic artists)

S-PVA/MVA is more middle end and you can get them in the $400 range. panels offer better color reproduction and viewing angles than TN panels, have slightly worse response times than TN or S-IPS, offer the best contrast ratios, may suffer from color shifting or input lag and have higher availability than S-IPS panels.

TN panels are very cheap with fast response times but have inferior color reproduction, contrast ratios and viewing angles but for the normal user they are fine (ie. gaming)

Any of Samsungs products are going to be a win. Check the reviews on Newegg and such. They sell many Samsungs, especially 22in which are in your price range.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
I thought I saw a 24" HP on sale for $300 recently....
You need to decide if you want a glossy panel or not. My laptop screen is glossy and I dont like it because of the light reflectance, especially if you work in a bright environment. THat is a decision for you to make. But if you can find that deal on the HP go for it.
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