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July 12, 2013 4:21:37 AM

i am looking to upgrade my samsung b2430h to a led backlit monitor
i will be using it for light gaming and 2d autocad

23-24 inch 16:9 1080p
i like matte displays and cool color settings
i do not like glowy stuff
viewing angle isn't that important since the monitor will be directly in front of me
60 hz is enough,i don't play those crazy fps games

what would be a suitable choice ? i can go as far as 350$

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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 4:24:01 AM

The ASUS PA238Q, PB238Q and PA248Q would be excellent choices for you.
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July 12, 2013 4:35:33 AM

sam_p_lay said:
The ASUS PA238Q, PB238Q and PA248Q would be excellent choices for you.


could you elaborate a little bit ?
from what i've read ips monitors glow and have bad contrast which is the opposite of what i am looking for
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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 5:14:32 AM

The glow is only visible when viewing from the sides unless it's a very poor quality model. And the contrast ratios aren't exceptional, but they're no worse than TN in that regard. If you want exceptional contrast ratio then you need a PVA panel but they're hard to find and against dark backgrounds they compress dark details into the black at the centre of the screen. If excellent contrast ratio is your top priority though, go with PVA - see if you can get an Eizo Foris FS2331.
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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 5:23:23 AM

My family has been pretty impressed by the BenQ MVA panel monitor we have. I'm kind of martial to my IPS panel but we have 4 monitors and everyone else thinks the MVA looks/feels best.

Something like:
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69380&vpn=GW2450HM&man...

It's native contrast is stated as 5000:1, not sure what kind of tricks they are pulling to get that, but it does look really nice for color and motion. Unless you have some specific need for certain features they lack these are a great line of general purpose monitors.
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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 5:28:22 AM

Do you already own that BenQ GW2450HM? I bought one after reading a very positive review and then sent it back for a refund. I have pretty high standards for colour quality and it was a bit of a letdown compared to my PVA - little improvement over TN. And pixel response seemed on par with slower TNs whereas I had read it was more in line with faster TNs. Seemed like a worst-of-both-worlds option. But like I say, I'm pretty demanding when it comes to monitors. It all comes down to your priorities and your standards.
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July 12, 2013 5:51:34 AM

sam_p_lay said:
The glow is only visible when viewing from the sides unless it's a very poor quality model. And the contrast ratios aren't exceptional, but they're no worse than TN in that regard. If you want exceptional contrast ratio then you need a PVA panel but they're hard to find and against dark backgrounds they compress dark details into the black at the centre of the screen. If excellent contrast ratio is your top priority though, go with PVA - see if you can get an Eizo Foris FS2331.


its not a top priority,i just don't want it to be bad
so glow is only from the sides,thats good to hear

so i should be looking for higher end ips monitors then ?,any way to know which are glossy and which are matte before going to check them out in person ?

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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 5:55:40 AM

Best thing for that is reviews. Even customer reviews could tell you, though professional reviews are of course best.
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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 10:16:57 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Do you already own that BenQ GW2450HM? I bought one after reading a very positive review and then sent it back for a refund. I have pretty high standards for colour quality and it was a bit of a letdown compared to my PVA - little improvement over TN. And pixel response seemed on par with slower TNs whereas I had read it was more in line with faster TNs. Seemed like a worst-of-both-worlds option. But like I say, I'm pretty demanding when it comes to monitors. It all comes down to your priorities and your standards.


I own the 22" model, GW2250 I think it is. I've always been pretty impressed by the color and detail you can see in things even as simple as the Windows 7 backgrounds. I'm comparing that to three other monitors, an IPS and 2 cheaper TN panels, one a small acer and one a 24" combo TV/monitor type.

The OP was also concerned about contrast ratios where TFT central describes MVA/PVA they state " . . . offered 8-bit colour depths and the best static contrast ratios of all the technologies discussed here."

I also have a very similar model to what the OP has, I use a samsung T240HD I think it is... going by memory there. The BenQ is leaps and bounds better for overall image quality, contrast, and usability while gaming. I haven't seen any major issues with response times, but my BenQ is on my secondary machine so I don't use it as much as the other family members.
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a b C Monitor
July 12, 2013 1:18:24 PM

It has occurred to me that it wasn't even really an AMVA panel. It was such a disappointment compared to TFT Central's review that I can't help wondering if they sometimes use TN panels. Dell have been guilty of this in the past - using different panel types in the exact same model with no indication that the monitor is actually completely different. People called it the "panel lottery" and it's the reason I'd never buy a Dell now (though I don't know if they still do this). Possible that BenQ are guilty of the same. It was hard to believe it was the same monitor that TFT Central was so positive about (that review is actually what made me buy it).
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