Originally Posted by Manishmanny
Tator tot, you with all the dell monitor praise is starting to seem a bit biased. The dell and korean monitor use the same panel and look virtually indifferent sitting side by side.
They don't though.
I have the Monoprice 27", as well as a U2212HM, U2410, & U2711.
If you take into consideration the U2713H being better in all regards to the U2711. As well as the U2713HM being mostly better, besides the wider color gammut, then please listen to what I'm about to say.
The Monoprice monitor isn't accurate. The panel may be the same, but that does not mean it's had the same level of care & attention put into the final product.
Dell calibrates their monitors so they all look good
The Monoprice monitor is a good value, but with a 1 Year warranty, and a good but not great dead-pixel warranty; you're still getting what you pay for. The stand is rubbish, the built in speakers sound like they came off the back of a smartphone, and the overall panel is neither consistent or accurate.
The reason these 27" monitors are so much cheaper compared to what Dell & other brands offer, is that they are the rejects from those brands. They did not meet or exceed the quality standards required by those brands.
If you have the $650 to drop on a monitor, the U2713H is definitely the way to go. If you only have $400 to drop on a monitor and you're not looking into a 120hz option, then the Monoprice is arguably the best value out of all of the inexpensive 27" / 1440p monitors out there.
Trust me when I say, they are not bad products. They just do not live up to the hype that they are given. Folks adore them because they're used to awful TN panels and low 1080p resolutions. With also 1.5x the displayable pixels, and picture quality that even in the "reject" state can trump most >$200 monitors; you're easily finding yourself something worth using.
The easiest way to put it, is someone going from an old 1990's beater car, to a relatively new & inexpensive sadan like the Nissan Versa. Sure it's a good car, but there are brands making luxury sadans which are just better in all regards.
They'll also cost you a few grand more. So you just need to make an educated decision on how much money you can feasibly spend.
The HD7950 is another good example. It's an excellent GPU with some stellar value; but if you can the cash to pick up a GTX 680, why wouldn't you?
The only difference between monitors & GPU's are (which is why cars work better) is that these monitors will last you more than 3 years. Like wise, in 3 years, we're most likely not going to have affordable 4k displays. They'll be in that $2-3k price range.