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Need a good monitor for gaming, movies etc. But it need to have good contrast and excellent black levels, as I intend to connect my blu ray player to it.

Connections needed HDMI, DVI

I would'nt mind either of the following panel types TV, PVA, IPS. Im only willing to spend up to £300.00.

I would be grateful if you could give me some suggestions
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dell u2410 is perdy

edit: not sure how much it is for you, but you can find it for $450ish in US which is around your price point
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dell u2410 is perdy

edit: not sure how much it is for you, but you can find it for $450ish in US which is around your price point
Yes the Dell Ultrasharp u2410 is great monitor from what I heard, but I am only willing to spend £300 / $465 max. In uk you cant find it anywhere that price, unless you wont one with a defect tinting issues
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You won't find the U2410 for £300, unless it's 2nd hand or refurbished. The step down from that is the HP ZR24w which does cost around £300 and is a 24" 1920x1200 e-IPS monitor, however it doesn't have a HDMI port (has DisplayPort instead). It's black levels and contrast aren't particularly outstanding either, although they are marginally better than the U2410.

If you want very good blacks and contrast, you'll need a VA panel (i.e. BenQ EW2420), however they tend to be quite slow so aren't particularly suited for gaming. Although some have said the ghosting/blurring on the EW2420, whilst noticeable, isn't too distracting - it depends on how sensitive you are to it.

Black level and contrast ratio comparison (includes the EW2420 (AMVA), U2410 (H-IPS) and ZR24w (e-IPS)):

Lower is better.


Higher is better.

Eizo have the FS2331 which is a VA panel made for gaming, however it's Eizo so costs the Earth (about £450).

You're going to have to compromise a bit and weigh up what's more important, a fast screen for gaming or very good blacks/contrast. Having both is currently not an option, particularly with a £300 budget.

Of the current line of IPS monitors, the Dell U2311H offers the best blacks and contrast ratio (see above graphs) and costs about £250, however it's only 23" and doesn't have HMDI (has DisplayPort), but gaming on it is completely adequate.

It's possible to get HDMI to DisplayPort adapter cables but they cost a lot. It's much cheaper to go with HDMI > DVI cables coupled with a HDMI switch.
Edited by cracker - 12/20/10 at 2:23pm
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Eizo have the FS2331 which is a VA panel made for gaming, however it's Eizo so costs the Earth (about £450).
That screen sounds amazing.
post #6 of 9
i have this one and i LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-102-_-Product
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Would a Display port to HDMI adaptor limit the effectiveness of a HDMI connection, in terms picture quality / hdcp.

I might give the EW2420 as reviewers have been impressed with the rich blacks. As for gaming on occasion I play PES 2011.

Will the ghosting of the EW2420 effect high definition videos, or is it more predominate in games.

P.S Thanks for the help REP +1
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You won't see any quality loss with DisplayPort to HDMI as they're both digital, however I'm not sure if HDCP works. Monitors like the ZR24w and the U2311H specifically state the DVI port is HDCP compliant so they assume people will use that. Again, using a HDMI > DVI and HDMI switch would be the easiest and cheapest workaround.

The other thing you have to consider is audio (assuming you're using HDMI audio). A lot of monitors don't have speakers, which leaves the problem as to how to split the audio out. The U2311H or U2410 for example have the option to buy and install a separate Dell Soundbar, although monitor speakers in general are usually very bad.

The EW2420 is quite difficult to recommend as whilst it's reasonably good for it's price, there are a lot of users who have reported defects such as dark smears and the LED backlighting showing through (usually along the bottom) creating a ripple effect - i.e. this. This is down to poor quality control at BenQ, so unless you're willing to send the monitor back several times (usually at your cost) until you get a good one, it may not be worth it.

I should also add, whilst the EW2420 does have HDMI ports and speakers, people have complained that the HDMI audio completely lacks bass.
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Ive heard this monitor is good for a TN Panel,

Dell SP2309W - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mon...nitor-review/1

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The blend of vivid colours and tight pixel pitch gave us a lot of joy during our image-quality tests. The HD Serenity trailer had all the visual punch of a much more expensive monitor, with the deep black level and generous contrast giving shadows great depth, and the image in general plenty of vitality and realism.
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This screen is certainly different, with its unusual size, resolution and stand. The visuals it’s capable of displaying are also extraordinary – the deep black level is hugely impressive, while the colour saturation makes for strong and engaging images. The reflectivity of the screen might put some off, but it’s the high (and atypical) 2,048 x 1,152 resolution that could cause issues with sub-HD quality video and in terms of your PC's performance in games.
4 Stars Excellent on CNET

It costs around £250.00 aswell, shall I go for it?
Edited by mulkman - 12/21/10 at 5:05am
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