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post #1 of 18
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I'm looking at the following:

Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 - 23''
LCD display / TFT active matrix - LED backlight
1080p (1920x1080 resolution)
2ms response time
HDMI input
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 / 5000000:1 (dynamic)
250 cd/m2 brightness

I'll be using it for games and watching videos. It's roughly from $220 (refurb) to $290 (new). Reviews looked good from what I could tell cnet review

Does anyone have any opinions about this monitor, or one with similar specs for my purposes? Maybe one with 16:10 aspect ratio?
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post #2 of 18
I have an ASUS VVH236H myself
1080p
2ms response time,
HDMI, VGA DVI
300cd/m^2
20000:1 (dynamic) (Clearly bows to the syncmaster lol )

abt 160-170 (i think)
if you don't desire the higher (dynamic) contrast ratio, you could look into that
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post #3 of 18
I was just in the market for a new 23" monitor myself. I was looking at other monitors and did find that a lot of the time reviews from cnet were very different from those of other reviewer sites. I would only suggest you research a monitor purchase from more than one angle. Specifically in the light of the use you have for it. Upon looking at just a few reviews for this specific monitor I have not come across any reviews that scream out OMG GHOSTING!! or terrible for gaming.

Just be diligent, you will have to look at this thing everyday and you should not have to be pissed every time you play a game.

Edit:
I have the Monitor the Above poster has. I just recently purchased it last month. I am quite happy with it thus far.

Dynamic Contrast Ratio is a marketing gimmick. Bigger is not better in this situation.
Note: I actually turned off this feature off due to it seriously making me trip out in TF2. Whenever I would go into a shaded area of the map, the screen would get very dim and then bright.
It sure does look nice on the desktop though.

Also, 1920x1200 is very hard to come by in this price range.
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 3/16/11 at 11:29am
post #4 of 18
I don't think I've ever seen a bad Samsung monitor.

Solid choice if you're looking for a slim monitor. Otherwise, it might not be worth the money.
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post #6 of 18
That's an absurd price for a TN panel.

If you're going to spend in the neighbourhood of 300 USD, then get the U2311H.

If you're set on a TN panel, spend a little more and at least get one of the 120hz models. Don't spend more than ~200 for a normal, 1080p 60hz TN 23" screen.

A few things: LED: Not bad, but also not important. Contrast ratio: Marketing, and meaningless.
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Go for the dell!
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That's an absurd price for a TN panel.

If you're going to spend in the neighbourhood of 300 USD, then get the U2311H.

If you're set on a TN panel, spend a little more and at least get one of the 120hz models. Don't spend more than ~200 for a normal, 1080p 60hz TN 23" screen.

A few things: LED: Not bad, but also not important. Contrast ratio: Marketing, and meaningless.
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Go for the dell!
U2311H looks so tempting... I hear great things about IPS. I'll have to wait and find a deal
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post #9 of 18
The Dell when it is on sale. I got mine for $240 each. Best bang for your buck monitor at that price.
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This might be a silly question... but the U2311H has DVI-D, VGA and a DisplayPort as input. My video card has a DVI, MiniPort, and HDMI outputs. The best connection for the two is DVI to DVI? I don't know the specific differences between DVI/HDMI, but would that connection between the two be better with HDMI->adapter->DVI? Or is it essentially the same thing as DVI to DVI?

Bottom line, I'm looking for the best connection between the two.
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