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  • faux_carnation 18 Apr 2013 18:33:22 8,502 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    Spend 90 more and get this Asus MX239H which is what I went with recently. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Great picture quality (IPS panel and all that).

    http://www.ebuyer.com/466418-mx239h-23-led-ips-1920x1080-vga-hdmi-speakers-3-year-warranty-mx239h
    Heh, thanks. If I had 90 more to spend, I'd consider it :-P
  • DrStrangelove 13 May 2013 17:40:19 2,566 posts
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    Just bought a 22" BenQ GW2250 three days ago for EUR 130 in a local shop, and I love it. I was pretty sure to spend EUR 200+ on a Dell Ultrasharp 2312, until I saw this one in the shop.

    What makes it different is that it's a VA panel. A not very widespread technology, but BenQ seems to be enthusiastic about it, and I'm too now. I was tired mostly of the awful viewing angles of traditional TN displays, and IPS displays like that of the iMac (or the Dell) showed me that it can be so much better.

    The main advantage of VA is the contrast/black levels. I'm someone who's incredibly annoyed by the glowing "black" even on my Panny plasma, and even on the iMac screen. I want black to be black. This VA screen fixes that. In numbers: the (great) iMac screen has a native contrast ratio of about 1,000:1, this one has 5,000:1, and it shows. It's almost impossible to tell black on screen from the screen being actually turned off.

    Its picture has a somewhat glassy tendency, and its colours fall slightly short of the iMac's, but for me personally, contrast/blackness/gamma is more important. And for EUR 130 it's an incredible bargain. I couldn't believe such a cheap panel could perform like that.

    I have absolutely no ghosting problems, even if they're sometimes mentioned as VA disadvantages, and gaming works perfectly well (I'm no 10,000p120 hardcore gamer though).

    It's not perfect, but again, what a bargain. I'm a VA fan now, and if I should buy a better, more expensive screen some day, it shall be a VA display again.
  • ibenam 13 May 2013 19:05:54 1,279 posts
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    Awesome story, what is the voxel capacity of that monitor?
  • DrStrangelove 13 May 2013 19:25:09 2,566 posts
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    3,560 per inch
  • INSOMANiAC 24 Jun 2013 01:52:42 3,788 posts
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    @Cannon_Fodder

    Any idea what the difference is between that and the U2412m which seem a lot cheaper? I cant spot the difference?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-Ultrasharp-U2412M-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B005LNDPPS/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1372035009&sr=1-2&keywords=U2410

    also does it have built in speakers? cheers

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  • DodgyPast 24 Jun 2013 04:34:17 8,337 posts
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    My main monitor is 1900x1200 but then it's a 27" Dell.

    2nd is a 1080p Samsung ( manufactured locally in Thailand so was pretty cheap).

    Biggest advantage of the 2nd monitor being 1080p is that it's cloned with the TV in the living room.
  • THFourteen 24 Jun 2013 08:02:42 31,818 posts
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    I was a pioneer of 24" monitors amongst my friends. And my Samsung is still going strong, never had any problems with it.
  • yegon 24 Jun 2013 10:21:01 4,909 posts
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    I bought a 24" 1080p 120hz BenQ recently (not for 3D purposes) for gaming. . It's a TN panel (IPS at 120hz don't exist yet) and is actually a slight step down from the 27" Dell IPS 1440p panel I used previously (now used for mac duties) but I don't regret the change in the slightest. My gtx580 was showing the strain at 1440p, at 1080p it'll be good for another 12 months.

    The best bit is completely disabling vsync, saying bye bye to tearing for 95% of the time and hello 100+ fps in loads of games except the very latest and greatest.

    Edited by yegon at 10:21:38 24-06-2013
  • Cannon_Fodder 24 Jun 2013 10:47:48 210 posts
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    @INSOMANiAC I believe the U2412m has less input ports. The U2410 comes with 2x DVI, HDMI, Display Port, Component, Composite. I think the U2412 only has DVI, VGA and Display Port (no HDMI). Neither have in built speakers, but the U2410 has a 3.5mm audio output so speakers can be connected directly to the monitor if you wish.

    I believe both use different IPS panels, but without seeing the U2412 I couldn't comment on whether there is a noticeable difference. I suspect the U2410 has a better contrast ratio, but again whether it's noticeable is another question.

    Ultimately it comes down to how much you want to spend and whether you find those extra ports worth it (I NEEDED HDMI, so the U2412 was a no go). I'm still happy to this day with my monitors. The only down side is how much heat they produce because of the size.

    Edited by Cannon_Fodder at 10:49:50 24-06-2013

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  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jun 2013 02:24:17 3,788 posts
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    @Cannon_Fodder Cheers but after much deliberating Ive gone with this badboy

    Iiyama G2773HS 27" LED 120Hz Gaming Monitor

    http://www.cclonline.com/product/80205/PLG2773HS-1/Monitors/Iiyama-Prolite-G2773HS-LED-Monitor/MON0910/

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  • PenguinJim 26 Jun 2013 02:30:31 5,470 posts
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    16:9? :( Too late to cancel and upgrade to 16:10? :p
  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jun 2013 02:56:25 3,788 posts
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    @PenguinJim I'll stick to 16:9 for console gaming etc, it'll serve my needs fine, I don't want much out of life, just a screen that doesnt blur like fuck when I play games on it.

    Confused about my audio though. I'll have my PC Via DVI, so I'll obviously have to get a soundbar, I'll have my WiiU, PS3, Xbox 360 via a HDMI switcher, what are my options for plugging those into the sound bar? is there some kind of audio switcher box I can get and were would the soundbar plug into the consoles? I have one of those HDMI audio splitter things for the 360 somewhere but the PS3 and WiiU remain a mystery. Or will I have an audio out on the monitor that I can plug into the sound bar that will automatically be changed when I change the HDMI?

    Is it a case of getting one of these

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001PIBLX6 (expensive!)

    plugging the PC and Monitor into it, then that into the soundbar?

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 03:02:27 26-06-2013

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  • PenguinJim 26 Jun 2013 03:10:11 5,470 posts
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    That monitor has its own speakers, so plug your green PC speaker cable into the monitor's green sound hole. Then your PC, WiiU, PS3 and 360 will all use the monitor's speakers.

    If you get a sound bar with analogue input, just stick that into the monitor's headphone socket.
  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jun 2013 04:00:56 3,788 posts
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    I don't want to use the monitors speakers. They're 2.5 watt and are supposed to be shite. I'm getting some dodgy bush sound bar with a 3.5mm jack so I can plug that into the tv but I'm assuming ill have to plug it into the PC every time I want to use that as the sound is being sent over DVI?

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  • PenguinJim 26 Jun 2013 04:27:17 5,470 posts
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    No, DVI doesn't carry sound. Just plug the green PC speaker cable into the monitor's green sound hole. Then your PC, WiiU, PS3 and 360 will all use the monitor's speakers. If you get some dodgy bush sound bar, stick that into the monitor's black headphone socket, and your PC, WiiU, PS3 and 360 will all pass through the monitor into the dodgy bush sound bar.
  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jun 2013 06:14:36 3,788 posts
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    I'm with you, cheers, just need to collect my dodgy bush sound bar and wait for my monitor now. Cheers

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  • Cannon_Fodder 26 Jun 2013 12:43:41 210 posts
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    How much is the sound bar? If its expensive, you could consider just plugging in a decent pair of PC speakers into the 3.5mm out on the monitor, or grab a 3.5mm male to RCA phono adapter so you could connect it to pretty much anything. I used to run a similar setup and used to connect the phono output to an old Hi-Fi where the only output from the monitor was 3.5mm.

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  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jun 2013 16:03:34 3,788 posts
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    @Cannon_Fodder Its all about space and there is non, i dont even know how ill fit the soundbar on there but definitely no room for speakers, it's 50 quid, probably be cack but whathifi rates them highly and they'll serve my needs just fine so long as theres at least a bit of bass!

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  • Dr.Haggard 5 Nov 2013 18:32:00 4,088 posts
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    Finding myself really torn between a 16:10 IPS panel and a 120/144hz 16:9 LED at the moment, anyone care to weigh in with their preference?

    I think I'm leaning towards an IPS, but on the other hand a 144hz monitor (upgradeable to G-Sync no less, and obviously with the option of 3D Vision if I want to bother) is very tempting, I just don't know if it's worth it.
  • BeebleB 5 Nov 2013 19:18:50 778 posts
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    I've had an Asus 120hz 3d vision enabled monitor(VG278) for around 6 months. I've barely gamed in 3d at all, the colour reproduction is pretty poor, its either too bright or too dim.
    120hz is nice though and its a good size but for the money I could have got a 1440p monitor or a big ass HD tv.
  • yegon 5 Nov 2013 20:07:01 4,909 posts
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    @Dr.Haggard

    Unless you're gaga for 3D, don't let 3D Vision factor into your decision. Fun for 5 minutes then you ask yourself.....why bother? 3D has an unreal feeling, and only one game truly impressed me and motivated me to use 3D on it for a while - Arkham Asylum. Even then, I found myself barely noticing the 3D after a while, switched it off and never missed it.

    Myself, I'm totally sold on 120hz purely for the higher framerates and the ability to viably turn vsync off in most games (not all - some go funny with v sync off and fps beyond 60 eg Skyrim), but that's highly dependent on your graphic card. I'm a big fan of 16:10, wish it wasn't so unfashionable these days, but if it's strictly for gaming you're probably better off with 16:9. Same applies to TN v IPS - I can live with TN purely for a gaming monitor as I'm sat in a fairly uniform position. If it's for multi use, prob best skipping the 120hz and getting an IPS. Viewing angles really are shite with TN's.

    Edited by yegon at 20:26:49 05-11-2013
  • Dr.Haggard 6 Nov 2013 14:24:21 4,088 posts
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    Cheers folks, I'm still undecided. When I think about the advantages of 120hz, especially the very appealing lightboost hack, I keep coming back to the fact that these days I don't play fast paced shooters as much as I used to, and never multiplayer these days. Plus I'd rarely be hitting a consistent 100+ fps in newer games as I tend to value visuals over fps, which means the main (or only) advantage of 120hz for me would be the elimination of input lag.

    That's nice, but is it worth sacrificing image quality for?

    I'm actually really leaning towards a Dell U2412M at the moment. 16:10, IPS panel... ideal in every way except that 8ms response time. Reviews and user feedback generally say it's a non issue, but the few people who complain of noticeable ghosting worry me.

    Then again, given I've been using mediocre 1680x1050 TN panels for several years without any real complaints I doubt I'd find myself picking faults with the U2412M.
  • PenguinJim 6 Nov 2013 15:32:05 5,470 posts
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    U2412M looked pretty good to me, and 16:10 is brilliant (of course! Don't be a 16:9 peon!).

    Your timing is awful, though! Is it urgent? Can you wait for a 16:10 Gsync screen?
  • Dr.Haggard 6 Nov 2013 15:54:24 4,088 posts
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    I know, I really ought to wait a few months. If I went the 120hz route I could get the Asus VG248QE which is upgradeable to GSync, but as I said I'm starting to lean towards a 60hz IPS now. The picture quality of that 144hz Asus looks pretty awful despite being well regarded as a gaming monitor.

    If I do wait I'd worry that the choice of 16:10 GSync monitors will be pretty sparse though, if there are any. Options in that aspect ratio are already pretty limited.
  • PenguinJim 6 Nov 2013 16:03:39 5,470 posts
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    Native Gsyncers are scheduled for Q1. Ah, go on, wait eight weeks!

    Or if you do need the shiny (well, in this case the bezel is matte), grab that U2412M. They look lovely. Just having it on your desk will make you smile. It will be a joy to use, and you can pick up a mature Gsync screen in a couple of years. :)
  • PenguinJim 9 Nov 2013 05:25:54 5,470 posts
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    @Dr.Haggard at what price were you tempted by the U2412M? Would it being 199 affect your decision at all? :p
  • Dr.Haggard 9 Nov 2013 11:46:41 4,088 posts
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    I'd probably have jumped on that a few days ago, but I've already settled on the new Dell P2414H which is an improvement over the U2412M and is reviewing well. It's 16:9 unfortunately, but 16:10 options are just too limited.

    Edited by Dr.Haggard at 11:49:01 09-11-2013
  • THFourteen 9 Nov 2013 12:55:24 31,818 posts
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    Was playing Batman Arkham Asylum this morning on my very old samsung TN 1900X1200 panel.

    Still got a fantastic response time and looks ace.
  • Rusty_M 20 Dec 2013 22:16:36 4,353 posts
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    Anyone have any recommendations for a monitor, no bigger than 23/24" and no more expensive than 150, preferably for 130 or less?

    So far I'm looking at the AcerS240HLbid, but I don't really know what makes a good gaming monitor. For me it kinda needs to have DVI connectivity.

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