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February 11, 2014 8:03:48 PM

Hi, I'm looking for a new monitor for gaming and casual photo editing, as I've been using my attached laptop screen (15" 1366x768) and an old LCD flat screen (somewhere around ~13" and 720x480).

I mostly play FPS games such as Counter-Strike, and I have taken up photography as a casual hobby, editing my photos using Adobe Lightroom 4.

At the moment I'm looking at a BenQ 24" RL2455HM Gaming Monitor as I have a friend who can get me one for approx. AU~$140 and IPS displays with a decent response time/input lag for gaming are out of my budget
but I am unsure if a TN display, especially one targeted at a gaming audience, would be any good for my photo editing...

So in short, I'm asking if the color accuracy/reproduction is decent enough for photo editing?
I'd be open to any other suggestions around the same price range.
I have no preference for screen size, as long as it doesn't require me to sit 3 metres away haha
February 16, 2014 12:55:20 AM

I decided to just jump on it since it was cheap and reviews were good. And so far I haven't been disappointed, especially coming from a 1366x768 resolution screen. Gaming is great on it, smooth motions, and the black eQualiser feature does help I believe, although I may not be getting the best out of it as my laptop isn't able to keep a decent framerate at max settings. Photo editing wise, it does the job, but I can tell the colours aren't super accurate (for that you'd need to spend anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand for a reference monitor) and after spending sometime adjusting gamma, brightness, contrast, etc. settings, its more than usable for my purposes.

Thanks for your reply brarboy!
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February 16, 2014 5:41:19 AM

adn-t said:
I decided to just jump on it since it was cheap and reviews were good. And so far I haven't been disappointed, especially coming from a 1366x768 resolution screen. Gaming is great on it, smooth motions, and the black eQualiser feature does help I believe, although I may not be getting the best out of it as my laptop isn't able to keep a decent framerate at max settings. Photo editing wise, it does the job, but I can tell the colours aren't super accurate (for that you'd need to spend anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand for a reference monitor) and after spending sometime adjusting gamma, brightness, contrast, etc. settings, its more than usable for my purposes.

Thanks for your reply brarboy!


glad you have most of the reviews as positive. I found these settings in comments in one of the mention website, just take a look and see if it provides you with anything better?
Picture Mode: RTS 1
Brightness: 100 (controls backlight, depends on room lighting)
Contrast: 50
Sharpness: 1
Black eQualizer: 0
AMA: High
Instant Mode: On
Overscan: OFF
Display Mode: Full
Dynamic Contrast: 0
HDMI RGB PC Range: (0~255)
Smart Focus: Off
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March 27, 2014 8:04:39 AM

There are lots of good monitors for gaming but one that i highly recommend that has lots of positive reviews is the VG248QE by Asus.Here is a full description of the ASUS VG248QE monitor for gaming
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