Monitor recommendations

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  • InfiniteFury 25 Sep 2008 17:02:38 864 posts
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    Hello,

    I've got a new PC arriving at the end of next week but without a monitor as the ones on offer looked god-awful.

    I don't know much about monitors except that it should have a response time below 5ms. But that's about it.

    Willing to spend about £250 and the bigger the better (24" would be nice).

    Can anyone recommend a particular model or even a manufacturer and good supplier - dreading getting a beautiful screen with dead pixels.

    Thanks

    Edit: This one looks quite nice I suppose

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-W2452T-Widescreen-Monitor-Black/dp/B001BB3GG2/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1222358619&sr=1-23
  • faux-C 25 Sep 2008 17:03:39 11,104 posts
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    I found my monitor on the street.
  • Deleted user 25 September 2008 17:04:51
    Ask UncleLou what his one is and get that.
  • InfiniteFury 25 Sep 2008 17:06:02 864 posts
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    Meant to add - will go down to 22" if for the £250 mark I get a much much better monitor
  • InfiniteFury 25 Sep 2008 17:12:47 864 posts
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    "Just make sure it ain't a TN/Film panel they're fucking awful"

    Am too stupid to know what that means :-(
  • myiagros 25 Sep 2008 17:27:30 1,368 posts
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    I was in a computer shop the other day and my eye was instantly drawn to the fantastic colours displayed by the HP Brightview screens.

    I belive they do a 24" one, but not sure of the price, spec or features.
  • PearOfAnguish 25 Sep 2008 17:29:19 7,573 posts
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    I like Dell, had a 20-inch and upgraded to 24-inch last year. Always been reliable and has a great picture.

    However, if I was buying again I would also consider a Samsung 226BW or similar. See review here. They're available for under £200 online. Gorgeous picture and lovely design, they look really slick.
  • Deleted user 25 September 2008 17:33:03
    LGs are good. I've got two (not that specific make, but in that same model line), and I'm very happy with them, no problems whatsoever.
  • Lexx87 25 Sep 2008 17:34:34 20,853 posts
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    The Samsung T220 is very nice, got one of those recently.
  • Psychotext 25 Sep 2008 17:39:07 60,209 posts
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    Lexx87 wrote:
    The Samsung T220 is very nice, got one of those recently.
    Aye. Am using that one right now (chose it over the LG and the older Samsung 22") and it's a really good bit of kit. Nice looking too.
  • InfiniteFury 25 Sep 2008 17:39:23 864 posts
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    "Inspired by the craftsmanship of Venetian glassblowers, the T220 is the embodiment of Samsung's design philosophy - natural beauty that defies standardisation"

    L.O.L.

    Looks good though, thanks for all the recommendations. If anyone has any other advice I'm all ears.
  • Gaol 25 Sep 2008 17:46:09 2,747 posts
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    Best advice I can give is to avoid TN panels. It's getting harder and harder, but once you've used s-pva or s-ips you will never go back. Here is onbe that is currently available:

    review
    product

    Incidently, hard forums is a good place to ask these types of questions :)
  • InfiniteFury 25 Sep 2008 17:47:19 864 posts
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    "films are still letterboxed"

    Is a slight concern for me given that the borders on my Xbox360 played on a 4:3 19" drove me nuts. What are your experiences with that?

    Also, will I notice a difference between 5ms and 2ms response times?
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  • Deleted user 18 February 2009 10:10:19
    /bored

    k I'm bored, so obviously want a new monitor, so, like, whats good? Needs to have HDMI and...be good. And that. Don't really want to pay more than £450-500.


    Oh yea, no Samsung.

    Ed.

    nvm
  • hollowroom 18 Feb 2009 13:51:43 189 posts
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    I bought a T260 last week. 26", 1920 X 1200 native resolution, lovely picture, 5ms refresh.

    I am very happy with it, movies look great, colours are sharp and games look wonderful.
  • hollowroom 18 Feb 2009 13:52:35 189 posts
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    oh, and no dead pixels.

    And I dropped it getting it out of the box becasue I was drunk, and it's still fine.
  • ecu 18 Feb 2009 13:58:59 78,842 posts
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    N@ wrote:
    /bored

    k I'm bored, so obviously want a new monitor, so, like, whats good? Needs to have HDMI and...be good. And that. Don't really want to pay more than £450-500.


    Oh yea, no Samsung.

    Ed.

    nvm

    This
  • Ravenger 21 Feb 2009 09:27:41 190 posts
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    I just got a Dell 2209WA

    It's an E-IPS panel, which basically means very wide viewing angles and true colour reproduction unlike the TN panels which form the majority of the market. Best of all it's under £200!

    Makes my old Samsung 20" widescreen monitor look awful. (Well it was awful, but this makes it obvious).

    Response times and input lag are excellent - was playing L4D last night and noticed no blurring or lagging.
  • coastal 21 Feb 2009 10:01:38 5,411 posts
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    The Acer Orange 24 is fantastic. And not that orange.
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