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Suggestions for good 1440p or 1600p monitors?

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I've had my basic, ASUS 21.5" 1080p TN panel monitor for 3 years now. I recently got an HP Spectre Ultrabook with an IPS panel and was blown away by how much better it looked than my desktop monitor, so I decided now is the time to buy a new one.

I use my desktop monitor mostly for watching movies/TV (both streaming and stored locally), a lot of productivity like documents and power points during the semester, and a lot of gaming. I don't play a lot of twitchy shooters, and when I do, not too seriously. So I think I would prefer something with a slower response time and maybe not 120hz if it has better color reproduction, contrast ratios, etc. (correct me if I'm wrong). I play games like Diablo III, Civ 5, The Walking Dead, Dishonored & BioShock Infinite.

The definite thing I want is an IPS panel to get all those delicious colors. I was thinking of upgrading to a 2K resolution, either 1600p or 1440p, but those monitors seem a little more mysterious to me. When I search for them on either Amazon or Newegg, most are from brands I don't recognize, and even those are $400+. Is there a better place to shop for a 2K monitor? Can I really not get a quality one for around $300? Or is that resolution just not necessary for my uses?

Would this Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" be good for my purposes? Is that 8 MS response time too slow for even someone like me?

How about this Acer H236HL bid 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor? 5ms response time and a nice looking glass glossy display.
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    If you want 1440p/1600p expect to pay quite a bit (~$500 for a good one) and you'll need a decent GPU, I have a R9 290X Gigabyte Winforce 3X and going to go to 2 1440p screens, mind you it's going to be struggling at 5120x1440p for sure.

    1920x1080 will suit your needs fine or even I'll suggest Ultra Wide 2560x1080, which you can get monitors for under $380 for that, which is a pretty good buy for the size of the screen (29" 21:9 ratio)

    Just remember 5ms is a good response time, 8ms is also fine and won;t be very noticeable, it's not a huge deal and more about input lag. If you see 1/2 ms response time monitors there going to be a TN display as they have fast response times, 5ms-8ms will most often be an IPS display but you need to check before you make that verdict.

    I'd look into this, even though it's $380
    AOC q2963Pm Black 29" 5ms HDMI UltraWide Monitor

    -IPS screen
    -29" IPS Panel 5ms
    -21:9 aspect ratio
    -Thin bezel (border)
    -2560x1080 resolution

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824160162
  2. unknownofprob said:
    If you want 1440p/1600p expect to pay quite a bit (~$500 for a good one) and you'll need a decent GPU, I have a R9 290X Gigabyte Winforce 3X and going to go to 2 1440p screens, mind you it's going to be struggling at 5120x1440p for sure.

    1920x1080 will suit your needs fine or even I'll suggest Ultra Wide 2560x1080, which you can get monitors for under $380 for that, which is a pretty good buy for the size of the screen (29" 21:9 ratio)

    Just remember 5ms is a good response time, 8ms is also fine and won;t be very noticeable, it's not a huge deal and more about input lag. If you see 1/2 ms response time monitors there going to be a TN display as they have fast response times, 5ms-8ms will most often be an IPS display but you need to check before you make that verdict.

    I'd look into this, even though it's $380
    AOC q2963Pm Black 29" 5ms HDMI UltraWide Monitor

    -IPS screen
    -29" IPS Panel 5ms
    -21:9 aspect ratio
    -Thin bezel (border)
    -2560x1080 resolution

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824160162


    That looks like a pretty good option, and I like the idea of all that extra real estate for productivity, but how would that affect watching movies and playing games? Maybe not so much games, since I'm guessing they could be played at the native 2560x1080 resolution without any issue, but with movie files that are at 16:9 aspect ratio, how could that work?
  3. games it'll be fine, movies it'll just fit in how it would 16:9, as you don't want a stretched movie. You can force movies in 21:9 but it looks stretched, so having 16:9 looks best.
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