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So through my experience in gaming, I have come to realize that almost everything "gaming" is always a cheap piece of junk. Now that doesn't hold true for ALL things. Mouse pads are great and Logitech mice really gets the job done, but when it comes to headphones (LOL really?) and keyboards (please...) then there are clearly better options out there unless you like to macro every key to a new button.

So now comes the epic time of choosing a new monitor. And the question arises once again, go with "gaming" gear, or a proven monitor.

Dell U2311H has proven itself over and over again in daily use, quality, as well as being a great overall monitor for gaming.

The Dell U2410 is an unbelievable monitor that competes with $1k+ high quality business monitors.

Now we have the option of gaming monitors. The new BenQ XL2410 that I've heard nothing but bad things about. The Asus VG236H apparently has a "green" tint problem according to CNET. The Alienware OptX from what I've heard is the highest rated overall "gaming" monitor out there. How convenient it is created by Dell wink.gif.

So which monitor would any of you select as "the best monitor" and which would you select as "the best gaming monitor"?

I'm in the market for a new monitor and I would really like a quality monitor that is great for every day activities, has great viewing angles, and is awesome for gaming.

I never had any experience with Dell UltraSharp models, only gaming monitors. Any input? Are there any better Dell models than what I mentioned for around the same price? About $700 is my limit for a monitor.

Not to mention I would like to keep the size at or below 24"
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If you want a mid-high-quality monitor that's good for gaming, you can also consider the HP ZR24w; it's got lower input lag than the U2410 and is calibrated out of the box better; otherwise, I'd go with either of those Dells you mentioned.
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As long as you don't plan on doing 3d gaming, go with the higher quality IPS like the u2411 or zr24w. thumb.gif If u must have 3d capabilities then you have to go 120 hz. frown.gif
    
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post #4 of 19
A buddy of mine has the dell 21" ips, and it's definitely a top shelf display.

you bring up some good points, but I would still choose the Dell U2311H IPS panel.
$700 would easily get you two.
    
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I had the same question as you just a little while ago. I decided to go for the u2410. I love my monitor, I mean I really do. The extra resolution, the awesome colors. Very nice and all if you plan to go for a single monitor set up. BUT, I really wish I would have gotton something like a u2311h. This is because I always have an upgrade itch, and the next thing on my list is triple screens. As you can see, a u2410 is $500, while the u2311h , is about $250-$300 (correct me if I'm wrong). For me to get two more monitors, it's $1000, while two more u2311h's would be onlt like $600. So thats $900 for three u2311h's and $1500 for three u2410's, for what? An extra 120 vertical pixels, and one more inch of size? Not worth it imo if you don't want to go for triple screen. But if you just want a single monitor, U2410 is an amazing choice that you won't be disipointed with thumb.gif
    
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by stuiees;12158967 
As long as you don't plan on doing 3d gaming, go with the higher quality IPS like the u2411 or zr24w. thumb.gif If u must have 3d capabilities then you have to go 120 hz. frown.gif

I certainly don't plan on doing 3D gaming, though I do game more than anything else.

I dont believe Dell has released an UltraSharp verison of the 2411. Right now its a P2411 I believe? I could be wrong but I believe it's an LED version and it's not that great. It's also only about $200 but I'm definitely looking more into the U2410 smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard;12159036 
I had the same question as you just a little while ago. I decided to go for the u2410. I love my monitor, I mean I really do. The extra resolution, the awesome colors. Very nice and all if you plan to go for a single monitor set up. BUT, I really wish I would have gotton something like a u2311h. This is because I always have an upgrade itch, and the next thing on my list is triple screens. As you can see, a u2410 is $500, while the u2311h , is about $250-$300 (correct me if I'm wrong). For me to get two more monitors, it's $1000, while two more u2311h's would be onlt like $600. So thats $900 for three u2311h's and $1500 for three u2410's, for what? An extra 120 vertical pixels, and one more inch of size? Not worth it imo if you don't want to go for triple screen. But if you just want a single monitor, U2410 is an amazing choice that you won't be disipointed with thumb.gif

Definitely just a single monitor. My desk doesn't allow for any more unfortunately. I DO want the best quality though.

Anyone have experience with a monitor better than the U2410? Perhaps any NEC monitors?

Even if they're above $1000, let me know just so I can compare smile.gif
post #9 of 19
I'd give up 120Hz for IPS any day of the week. But that's just me. And as such, my recommendation is the same as Chunky_Chimp's.

That being said, I also highly recommend picking up a calibrator with some of the extra cash in your budget, such as the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/X-Rite-EODIS2-Eye-One-Display-2/dp/B000JLO31M"]i1D2[/ame]. Calibration is the difference between a good monitor and a great monitor, and allows you to see games/media exactly as the developers intended. And since it works on any and all monitors you own and will own, it's a very good investment.
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to hopefully help your decsion, you can pickup a U2410 for <$500 shipped right now.

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