Deciding on a monitor. Suggestions?

March 22, 2010 at 09:33:04
Specs: Windows 7, E7500 @ 3.2Ghz / 4GB
Hi, I need a bit of help choosing a new monitor. At the moment I'm using a 22" LG W2252TQ monitor. It does the job OK but I'm now looking for a good 25"-26" monitior.

Basically I decided 26" the ideal size since it isnt too big as a computer monitor and not too small for watching movies and TV. I'm looking for high quality screens not so worried about budget. I'll be using it for a lot of things like general PC use, games and TV/Movies but dont need to worry about professional colour accuracy.

I'd prefer one with:
* A decent stand that has both height and tilt adjustments.
*DVI and HDMI inputs
* Must have reasonable veiwing angles, not at the same level as TV's but adequate for most viewing scenarios.
* Is 25 to 26" and dosen't exceed $700(AUD) ~$640(USD) Most monitors of this size that I've seen have been about $460 so the budget shouldent be a problem.

* Webcam and Speakers are not needed/wanted.

Can anyone make any suggestions? I've been looking but haven't found much. Thanks.

Mattwizz3
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#1
March 22, 2010 at 09:47:54
If you are willing to make room for a 28" monitor you might try the HannsĀ·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers. It is only $310 delivered from Newegg. It is a really good value. I've had one for several months and it works fine. The built in speakers aren't great so I don't use them. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#2
March 22, 2010 at 10:09:35
Usd 640? bugdet of brand new system. Just make sure u have gpu that can run games 1920x1200. Oh 1gb of vram is required.

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#3
March 22, 2010 at 11:02:25
Go for a major, quality brand - it's worth the extra money . E.g. From what I've seen, I recommend Samsung LCD monitors, or Samsung LCD TVs with monitor inputs. A friend has both, now about 4 and 5 years old, she uses both every day most of the time she's awake, they were on 24/7 till recently (they still are but she's using a screen saver now) , and their LCD displays are still fine.
You can get either a monitor, or a TV with monitor inputs.
Plasma displays and the recent LCD LED displays ( leds provide the white light rather than (a) backlight(s) ) have the longest expected display life, much better than the typical LCD backlight (CCFL) displays, but the Plasma displays are probably more costly than your budget allows for unless you get a 720p (TV) one, and the LCD LED displays are still quite expensive.

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#4
March 22, 2010 at 11:29:17
I've had a 17" Samsung 4:3 monitor for several years & it looks as good now as the day I bought it. I tried a Hanns-G 23" widescreen a little over a year ago & was very unhappy with it. I didn't like the picture quality & it seemed a bit "jittery". The manual said that's to be expected & that it would settle in after a short time. I tried both the VGA & DVI but saw no difference. I returned it about a week later for a refund. About 6 months ago I picked up an eMachines 21.5" widescreen LCD (rebranded Acer) & I'm really happy with it, especially considering that I got it for less than $90 thanks to the coupon instructions at Slickdeals.net. :)

Anyhow, I suggest you go to a site such as newegg.com & use their 'power search' to narrow down the options you want. Check the customer reviews then google up some "real" reviews done by reputable hardware sites. Then see if you can find that model in your country.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Power...

As a suggestion, check out the 27" Acer B273HU.


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#5
March 22, 2010 at 13:44:46
If you want quality, avoid the 27/28" monitors mentioned above. They're all built around twisted nematic (TN) panels. TN monitors are fast (down to 2ms) and cheap, but they're just horrible for any kind of work that requires color accuracy. Viewing angles are also quite bad.

You want an in-plane switching (IPS) monitor. They're a bit slower (around 6ms) and more expensive, but the color accuracy and viewing angles are well worth the price. Dell, Samsung, and HP make great IPS monitors. You can get a 24" IPS monitor for $500-600; the 27" models go for $800-1000 (all USD).

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#6
March 22, 2010 at 20:04:21
I got a really good deal($210) a few months ago on the ASUS VH242HL-P 24 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor. It swivels, titls, and is also height adjustable. I didn't used to like wide screen monitors, but I've grown to really like them. You can fit a lot of icons on the bottom of the screen.

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#7
March 22, 2010 at 20:21:03
Thanks for the advice and suggestions guys. I'm going to start trawling through websites now that I have an idea on what I need to look for : P

Mattwizz3
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#8
March 22, 2010 at 22:46:51
Hmmm, a dell U2410 looks nice, Although 24". IPS monitors dont seem to be very common.

Mattwizz3
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#9
March 23, 2010 at 09:36:39
The monitor I suggested yesterday, went on sale today. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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