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New monitor suggestions, £200 budget

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  1. NdMk2o1o

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    So I am getting (hopefully) £200 of amazon vouchers from work for Christmaqs and have decided I want to get a new monitor, my current is a 23" Samsung Syncmaster, I believe it's a TN panel and the res is 2048x1152. It really is starting to get on my nerves as the coloring is not very natural so I am thinking an IPS panel would probably be a lot better quality wise so I am open to some suggestions as I really don't have a clue when it comes to monitors.

    Things to note:

    • I do not want to go smaller than 24"
    • Would prefer 27" if possible for the budget
    • If not then perhaps 24" 120hz
    • I currently run 2048x 1152 though 1920 x 1080 is fine
    • Must come in at or around £200-£250 absolute max
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    You know what my friend, I have no idea what you're posting about, because all I can see is a beautiful distraction! :D

    Ok, joking aside, you're not going to like this: there's no definitive answer to your question.

    This is because there's no one LCD monitor technology that has it all. Basically, it boils down to:

    IPS/S-IPS: best colour fidelity (true 8bpp) wide viewing angles. Great for photographic work and if you just can't stand the off-centre visual artefacts you get with a TN. There's significant lag, although it can still be possible to play fast FPS games on these. Sort of. No 120Hz option

    TN: Fast response/very fast response, 120Hz option makes gaming oh so uber-smooth :rockout: less motion smear (zero motion smear when using nvidia's 3D glasses) much lower lag. The (discontinued) LG 120Hz monitor I have is almost as good as a CRT in this respect and works very well for gaming. All the usual off-centre visual artefacts, because it's inherent in the technology. Colour fidelity is only 6-bit + fudge factor for TN.

    Personally, I can't stand lag and motion smear and want the fast response times for gaming, so TN is the best compromise for me. For £200, you can get a quality display using either technology. They will both be 1920x1080 though.

    For a great source of info for all things TFT, go to http://www.tftcentral.co.uk

    Hope this helps! :toast:
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    have you calibrated the Samsung monitor at all?
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    At the £200 price point any IPS screens will most likely be E-IPS, and 6 bit with "advanced frame control"
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    Thanks. Time to look at those specs very carefully...
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    E-IPS is assumed to be awesome because P and S-IPS are

    While they are quite good, certainly better than most TN panels, they are half the price (or less) than proper IPS for a reason.

    VA panels are well worth looking at too in this price range nowadays, and while i haven't seen a review, this looks like a good deal:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/27-i...1080-8ms-300cd-m-30001-speakers-black-monitor


    Edit: ah, already posted :)
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    Thats a good deal above! ^
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    Yes, I agree, it sounds like an excellent buy. You're getting a 1920x1200 (16:10 aspect ratio which is important) IPS screen for £250. I'm tempted to buy it myself and replace my trusty Iiyama 26" monitor with it, but it's too close after Christmas to be spending that kind of money.
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    Anything as long as its not crappy 3D

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