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I have been searching around for a while and I really can't decide what to get. I want something with great response time, great color and crispness but I am not sure if I should go for a large format monitor or a TV. I want to watch blu-rays and play FPS games on the screen with no lag between the game and screen. Any suggestions? Price really doesn't matter I just want to get something that will work extremely well. I don't want anything smaller than 23". LED would be cool but I haven't experienced it on an monitor while playing games.

I bought an NEC LED monitor but it came damaged so I am just getting a refund for that and looking for something else.

Any help would be great! Let me know what is good!
 

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LED backlit is better for games, brighter so it deals better with dark scenes (black on black)


since you're going movies and games, get a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor - 1920x1080, not 1920x1200
 
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looks like the model up from my housemates, which is just a clone of mine.


you should be fine with that.
 
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looks like the model up from my housemates, which is just a clone of mine.


you should be fine with that.
Thanks for the advice. I have an older ASUS 222H 21.5" 1080P that I am using now and have been happy with it to an extent. No real complaints.

I was really looking at it because it still has a 2ms response time that a lot of the more expensive other brands don't.

Other than this samsung : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001439

Tough choice.
 
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Another question I had is : Does having an IPS panel vs the older TN panel really a huge difference?
 

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Another question I had is : Does having an IPS panel vs the older TN panel really a huge difference?
it is quite a difference, but not needed. if it was so fantastically better, companies would be pushing IPS panels much harder and far less people would buy TN.
 

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Here's the one I have:
AOC E2243FW Black / White 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LC...

Be forewarned, no HDMI. So if you're not connecting another device to it other than a pc it would work out. Saw you were already on an rivaling Asus. By far you can ignore my post if needed.
 
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it is quite a difference, but not needed. if it was so fantastically better, companies would be pushing IPS panels much harder and far less people would buy TN.
I see. Well if it is still quite a difference I think I will find a nice ips panel monitor instead. I like the fact of better viewing angles. I won't toss out any really good TN panels in my search, though.

Here's the one I have:
AOC E2243FW Black / White 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LC...

Be forewarned, no HDMI. So if you're not connecting another device to it other than a pc it would work out. Saw you were already on an rivaling Asus. By far you can ignore my post if needed.
It seems to be a good one but I want at least a 23" or else it just looks tiny and odd sitting on my desk. I'll look around. Thanks guys.
 
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Make sure to differentiate between input lag and response time. These terms are often confused and both should be considered.

A real life example is my Samsung 275T. Beautiful colors and overall picture, fine response time, but input lag so bad it's worthless for twitch gaming (related post).

An article explaining both:
Monitor Response Time and Input Lag

Wikipedia articles:
Input lag
Response time
 
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Make sure to differentiate between input lag and response time. These terms are often confused and both should be considered.

A real life example is my Samsung 275T. Beautiful colors and overall picture, fine response time, but input lag so bad it's worthless for twitch gaming (related post).

An article explaining both:
Monitor Response Time and Input Lag

Wikipedia articles:
Input lag
R
esponse time
That is exactly what I was looking for in a monitor. No input lag. Basically that is my main concern. Then picture quality and color vividness. I want vibrant and rich color. Something that looks like I can reach out and touch it. I am talking to a guy about buying one of his alienware optX 2310 monitors but I am not quite sure on it.
 
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AOC 913swl
I really just bought this monitor from a pawn shop, It has a recomended resolution of 1366 by 768 and it is 19inches diagonal and 18.5inches of actual screen space.
It also has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a 5ms response time. It works great with windows vista and windows 7 ( i have only had it for about an hour now IM NOT JOKING!) and with ubuntu10.10 and 10.04 it has a slight color issue you can fix it by using one of this monitors display modes or what ever you call them. :D :D :D
here is it http://www.all-monitors.com/monitors/manufacturers/pos/aoc_931swl
It has a high price there but at the value pawn i went to it was only $89
and i believe there is also a low price on newegg.

And once again I JUST BOUGHT THIS THING !!!!!!!!!11
 
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Not really what I am looking for at all but thanks.
 
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anything above 27", make sure you can sit back.

games need you to sit further back than movies do, or you end up with motion sickness. keep that in mind.
Yeah I am thinking on that. I might have it a little too close for games. Hard to beat value though, as far as going with a high quality monitor that is much smaller but close to the price. I am so torn its not even funny lol.
 

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Yeah I am thinking on that. I might have it a little too close for games. Hard to beat value though, as far as going with a high quality monitor that is much smaller but close to the price. I am so torn its not even funny lol.
consider a 32" 1080p then, fits in the middle of HDTV and PC monitor. at least they'll be a VA panel and not TN (dont forget LED backlit tho)
 
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consider a 32" 1080p then, fits in the middle of HDTV and PC monitor. at least they'll be a VA panel and not TN (dont forget LED backlit tho)
I will look into that. Thank you. That actually sounds like a very good idea.
 
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Any other suggestions from first hand use?
 

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Any other suggestions from first hand use?
From first hand use I'd suggest Dell, either the 27" 2560x1440 @ 16:9 or the slightly larger version @ 16:10.

I own the former, so I can give first hand use.:)

LED backlit is better for games, brighter so it deals better with dark scenes (black on black)
The Dell is an LCD with an IPS panel. I can't complain with how the gradients of whites and blacks are displayed (I've run tests and seen all the blacks and whites inbetween-shades clearly) but to be honest I haven't had the occasion to test a LED monitor.

I can't complain for lack of brightness though. Unless I have the sun shining through the window or all the room's lamps lighted up I have to reduce the brightness of this monitor.



since you're going movies and games, get a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor - 1920x1080, not 1920x1200
The Dell U2711 is 16:9,

Another question I had is : Does having an IPS panel vs the older TN panel really a huge difference?
Yes it does.
My prior monitor was a (very good and still pixel-perfect) 22" LG, 1680x1050 TN Panel.
But the colors weren't perfect - mostly depending on vertical angle rather than horizontal. For example I'd be seeing something pink, then if I put my monitor higher up it'd turn purplish-grey.
Also in the horizontal aspect, colors would get weirded up if I got too much to the left or to the right.

The U2711 I got can't be compared for color fidelity.

One final comparison is that my LG was 2ms grey-to-grey and this U2711 I have now is 6ms. From my user-point of view I see no difference neither in g2g nor in input lag at all.

Hope this helps.
 
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From first hand use I'd suggest Dell, either the 27" 2560x1440 @ 16:9 or the slightly larger version @ 16:10.

I own the former, so I can give first hand use.:)



The Dell is an LCD with an IPS panel. I can't complain with how the gradients of whites and blacks are displayed (I've run tests and seen all the blacks and whites inbetween-shades clearly) but to be honest I haven't had the occasion to test a LED monitor.

I can't complain for lack of brightness though. Unless I have the sun shining through the window or all the room's lamps lighted up I have to reduce the brightness of this monitor.




The Dell U2711 is 16:9,



Yes it does.
My prior monitor was a (very good and still pixel-perfect) 22" LG, 1680x1050 TN Panel.
But the colors weren't perfect - mostly depending on vertical angle rather than horizontal. For example I'd be seeing something pink, then if I put my monitor higher up it'd turn purplish-grey.
Also in the horizontal aspect, colors would get weirded up if I got too much to the left or to the right.

The U2711 I got can't be compared for color fidelity.

One final comparison is that my LG was 2ms grey-to-grey and this U2711 I have now is 6ms. From my user-point of view I see no difference neither in g2g nor in input lag at all.

Hope this helps.
Thanks. I was looking into the Dell U2410 actually since it is $449 shipped with a promo code and I think that would do me just fine. The 27" is 899 shipped so idk. I could get 2 24" for that.
 
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I have read around and I see that the u2410 isn't the best for fast paced gaming which is what I will be doing so I think I might not go with that. Lol I hate trying to make up my mind with this sort of thing. I may end up going with the Alienware OptX 2310 Monitor after all, it may have a TN panel but it is perfect for gaming. So I've heard anyway.
 
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Would it be feasible for you to get one monitor for gaming and another for multimedia? I use a trio of P1130 21" CRTs for gaming and a 275T for multimedia. This works well. Finding one monitor that has low input lag, excellent color reproduction, and a size that's good for both gaming and multimedia can be challenging.
That is exactly how I am feeling right now lol.
 
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Would anyone buy a practically new Alienware Optx 2310 23" for $325 shipped with almost 3 years left on the warranty transferred to you?