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30" LCD monitor round-up

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by newconroer, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. newconroer


    Jun 20, 2007
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    To my knowledge seven exist:

    DELL 3008WFP - Uses scaler. Has had dead pixel issues. Also Uses LG panel, however the LGs don't seem to suffer the same fate.

    HP LP 3065 - Uses scaler. Apparently no OSD or even basic manual controls.

    LG W300H - No scaler, virtually elimintating input lag issues* Cheapest 30" available.

    Samsung 305T
    - Uses scaler. PVA panel instead of S-IPS, not common amongst the big screens, but apparently still does an ok job.

    NEC 3090WQXi - Uses scaler. Considered the best available at the moment. Though price tag is a major ouch.

    Gateway XHD3000 - Uses scaler. Panel is apparently good, quality like the LG, but also comes with A LOT of inputs that the others fail to have: HDMI, Composite, RCAs, multiple DVI-D etcetc.

    Apple 30" (model?) - Uses scaler. Apparently the worst of the lot, with pixel issues and lack of control.

    *(LG) Seems to be the winner at the moment for 'gamers.'

    There might be a few others in circulation, but not from any major manufacturers that I know of.

    I'd go for the Gateway, but as far as I can see it's US/Canada only.
    I'm not interested in the Dell/HP/Apple.
    NEC is a bit too rich at this time.

    It leaves me with Samsung vs LG. Both are available in the U.K. They both compete a bit on price, though the LG is less expensive.
    My only dislike of the Samsung in this case would be the scaler used, and that it's not S-IPS.

    It's a shame that S-PVA and/or S-IPS has become old technology now, yet still retains such a premium price tag.

    If you've followed monitors for the last few years, you can see that many vendors are going to 1080p in their 24" or larger, rather than WUXGA 16:10 1920x1200. I am fairly confident it's due to 1080p being such a 'unique' and trendy selling point. So rather than build a WUXGA panel, that requires 1:1 pixel mapping and/or scaling, they can just build a native 16:9 1080p panel and that's that.

    This pattern is cutting into the gaming enthusiasts market, limiting us to few models at those screen sizes, that give us what we've become accustomed to.

    Having said that, I do support Iiyama heavily. They've done wonders with TN film, and it's impressive that they've gotten 1080p all the way down to their 20"s.
    The new 2712 from Iiyama is great; tried one out a while back in the offices. It(like it's little brother 2710) is very slim for that size (around 260-270mm front to back of stand), and very good quality for a TN film. But! it's max resolution is..you guessed it, 1080p.

    2712 [​IMG] 2710 [​IMG]

    For me, going from 24" 1920X1200, to 27" 1080p just seems like a step backwards, thus I said screw it, I'm going BIG.
    I'm heavily leaning towards the LG W3000H, but am getting more fearful that by end of this year, a lot of S-IPS panels will be pulled from market, and vendors will start making cheaper panels at 28" or greater, like Hanns G has been trying to do.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010
  2. Nosada


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    Dell 2711!!!

    IPS, loads of inputs and 2560x1400. IIRC has lowest pixel pitch available.
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  3. newconroer


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    Isn't the Dell 2711 the new 27" with 2560X1440?

    I have seen one like that, bit undecided at the price, around £500+ ex taxes?

    Odd resolution too; do games support it?

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