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February 7, 2014 9:26:19 AM

Well, I am sick of my LG IPS 237 LED monitor.
I have it for less than a year, and it is already making problems with colors: grid behind bright colors, especially blue. Like the blue color found in Win8 mail, or in Tom's Hardware tabs when you pick topics for the forums etc..

Also, I have recently started having turn-off and turn on issues. Mostly it just turns off out of the blue, as if an invisible hand touched the clunky touch surface to turn it off. You even hear the beeping sound *ti-no-ni-no* - indicating "someone" just clicked on the button.
When I have this auto-turn-off feature - the red led light beneath the power-button either dims, or flickers in a buggy way. So this is definitely a power related issue.

Further, I often get up in the morning, or after a period of time when the monitor was off, try to turn it on - and...nothing. The button won't work. I can try pressing it many times, no effect.
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Enough of that.
This is the monitor I think about buying from Amazon:
http://www.asus.com/us/Monitors_Projectors/VG248QE/

http://www.amazon.com/VG248QE-24-Inch-Screen-LED-lit-Mo...

I also know there is one BenQ 144hz monitor that's out there... but I tend toward Asus this time.

What I am looking for are:
Great refresh rate and smoothness 144hz.
Response times: 2ms or 1ms (like in the Asus) g2g.
awesome vivid colors.
Best Contrast.
Wanted an ips, but realized you won't find any decent ips monitors with game specs. So I will go with TN I guess.
LED - of course.
Good resolution for gaming and size. 24 Inches 1920x1080 sounds right.

What do you guys think about the ASUS VG248QE?
Also, is it a new model?

I know that Gsync monitors are coming sometime in the future, but it's going to be a while before that happens, its a new and untested technology, don't know the price, and might not be worth it in the first few years.

Also, why no just buying a big SAMSUN LED SMART TV (for instance 36" or 40") - they cost more or less like the good gaming pc-monitors. And some say they have 400mhz - does it mean 400 refresh rate? so is it really better than 144mhz refresh rate of pc monitors? or is it just a lie?

Thank you.



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February 7, 2014 9:56:13 AM

The Samsung TV you are talking about has "fake" 400Hz I dont really know why they call it 400Hz but its definitely not the same as the Asus monitor. The 144Hz one will definitely be a lot smoother. The BenQ monitor you are talking about is the BenQ XL2411T I have one of these and the difference in smoothness is HUGE. The Asus monitor uses the same panel as the BenQ, the only difference is that the Asus one has a few more options like displaying a crosshair in the middle of the screen. The Asus one tends to be cheaper in the US and the BenQ- in EU. I would say, get the one which costs less where you lvie.
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February 7, 2014 12:44:27 PM

Elendrill said:
The Samsung TV you are talking about has "fake" 400Hz I dont really know why they call it 400Hz but its definitely not the same as the Asus monitor. The 144Hz one will definitely be a lot smoother. The BenQ monitor you are talking about is the BenQ XL2411T I have one of these and the difference in smoothness is HUGE. The Asus monitor uses the same panel as the BenQ, the only difference is that the Asus one has a few more options like displaying a crosshair in the middle of the screen. The Asus one tends to be cheaper in the US and the BenQ- in EU. I would say, get the one which costs less where you lvie.


Thank you for the reply friend.
The only issue I have with the Asus VG248QE is some peoples "cons" complaints about its colors.
I am not sure about the BenQ XL2411T since I haven't made much research about it, but reading in Newegg Amazon.uk and Amazon.com about the VG248QE, I noticed that most people complain about it being a TN panel, with inferior and underwhelming colors.

I love a damn vivid color when I get one, but I really want the ultra low response times (especially since I have sensitive eyes) 1ms, the 144hz, high contrast etc.

How bad is the fact it's a TN panel and not IPS?
Is the BenQ XL2411T also a TN panel?
If you consider colors + contrast + response times + other features - who wins? or is it a draw?

I always use Digital Vibrance in Nvidia (or "Saturation" if I have ATI) - to boost my colors to 175% or even 180%. I wonder if that will work good enough with the Asus. What do you think?

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February 7, 2014 12:49:42 PM

Oh also, I forgot to mention: I would be buying this from abroad: international shipment from Amazon.com (US). I live in Israel, we have barely any new models, and the price of lousy mointors, is as high as the best monitors in the market and HIGHER.
So I rather pay more for taxes + shipment, and buy a high end monitor, than buy an overpriced, dated, piece of junk.

I know I will not have any warranty. Since I can't ever really ship it back if there is an issue. But the service in Israel and "warranty" is just B.S, and I can't really recall a time I was able to replace a broken hardware.

So I think I go high risk with this monitor and buy it online, that's how I bought my PS4.

EDIT: I went through some reviews about this monitor:
http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-XL2420TE-Performance-24-Inch...
It is not exactly the model you talked about, I think it is a newer version.
unfortunately, I think AMAZON.com don't ship it to Israel, but it ships this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/BenQ-XL2420T-Widescreen-Multime...

I don't think it's the same monitor: the first link is XL2420TE and the second is XL2420T. Which I think is an older version from 2011, that is only 120 hz and only 2 ms..
I am not sure..
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February 7, 2014 1:39:42 PM

I dont think there is a noticable difference between 144Hz and 120Hz. You should get the samsung TV if you are going to be using it with the PS4 because consoles can only play games at 60FPS so the monitor wont make any difference. If you are going to use it on a PC there are 2 options:
-If you are mainly using it for movies and not that much for gaming get an IPS panel, its colours are great but the response times are slower and there is motion blur in fast paced games.
-If you are mainly gaming get the 120 or 144Hz one, you definitely wont regret it. Games look much smoother if your video card is good enough to run them with 100+FPS
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February 7, 2014 2:04:45 PM

Elendrill said:
I dont think there is a noticable difference between 144Hz and 120Hz. You should get the samsung TV if you are going to be using it with the PS4 because consoles can only play games at 60FPS so the monitor wont make any difference. If you are going to use it on a PC there are 2 options:
-If you are mainly using it for movies and not that much for gaming get an IPS panel, its colours are great but the response times are slower and there is motion blur in fast paced games.
-If you are mainly gaming get the 120 or 144Hz one, you definitely wont regret it. Games look much smoother if your video card is good enough to run them with 100+FPS


My rig is i5-3570K CPU, and Asus 670 GTX, 16 GB of Corsair DDR3 RAM 1600mhz. I also have an SSD for system and games + HD.
I plan on buying the next Nvidia card - hopefully 880ti GTX with the new Maxwell chips. But for now that's what I have.

I am having hard time to decide. I already have my PS4+PS3 located in my living room (a separate room) with a big LED TV, that I am happy about.

As for my PC, I tend to go toward Asus, although many in Amazon bad name its colors, while others also say the color reproduction and depth with BenQ is superior to all other high refresh rate monitors.
But there are also those who swear by Asus.
I have also heard that some say Asus have deeper blacks (true black), while other say its colors are washed out. Some say BenQ colors are too bright... etc etc..

Worse yet - there are those who say wait for new Gsync built-in monitors.
Other say, buy Asus now, and buy Gsync kit-something later to apply it for 130-170$....

Well.. that makes my decisions even harder! Gsync sounds awesome for games!
I checked now in Amazon.com, and both monitors mentioned above (asus and benq) are sold by some merchants in Amazon, and not by Amazon themselves. Which wouldn't make any difference - only that those merchants DON'T SHIP TO ISRAEL.

So for now, I have no choice but to wait for the Asus/BenQ to change to "New -Sold by Amazon.com" or wait even longer for the Gsync - which no one knows if it will be worth it...

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