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May 14, 2014 12:02:07 PM

Dear Tom's Hardware users.

I could use your help me chose a monitor. Here is a bit of info.

I bought a BenQ XL2720Z Link a few days ago. There is no doubt that it is a good monitor and it does what it is built to do.

But the thing is, when I compare it to my TV screen Link (yes i know that TN screens can't bring the same colors and deep black) i sort of miss the colors and deep black and i am more or less at the point where a VA or IPS is the only choice for me.

I do not play FPS's games like BF4 much, only a few times (Borderlands 2 is an exception). I like to play MMORPGs and RPG (Skyrim) games the most.

The question is. What monitor should I pick?
I've been looking on a BenQ BL3200PT Link. But still not sure and I’m unsure how high I can overclock its HZ without damaging it and if its response time is good enough.



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a b C Monitor
May 14, 2014 2:03:44 PM

Essentially, just look for any IPS or PLS panel ... maybe even a *VA panel (MVA, PVA, etc...)

The BenQ model you linked to is a VA panel. There's a review on it here:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_bl3200pt.htm
However, it is a glossy panel, which would probably be bad for your eyes (high gloss panels tend to cause eyestrain from all the reflections).

Here are a range of options to consider:
They are all IPS, PLS, or *VA panels:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

Of course, BenQ might have an alternative for you as well, if you want me to check.
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May 14, 2014 11:51:24 PM

KevinAr18 said:
Essentially, just look for any IPS or PLS panel ... maybe even a *VA panel (MVA, PVA, etc...)

The BenQ model you linked to is a VA panel. There's a review on it here:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_bl3200pt.htm
However, it is a glossy panel, which would probably be bad for your eyes (high gloss panels tend to cause eyestrain from all the reflections).

Here are a range of options to consider:
They are all IPS, PLS, or *VA panels:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

Of course, BenQ might have an alternative for you as well, if you want me to check.


Thanks for the help.
I do not think the glossy surface will be an issue, by the fact that the TV i'm using atm have a glossy surface and is covered by a glass panel.

Any chance you have any experiance with ghosting and this VA panel and do you think I might be able to overclock it to 80hz? instead of 60hz.
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a b C Monitor
May 15, 2014 12:21:59 PM

Doubtful you will be able to overclock it.

Here is a PLS model that overclocks to 96Hz or 120Hz:
http://www.blurbusters.com/overclock/120hz-1440p-ips-mo...
But be warned that it may have not so good response times (since they may not implement overdrive aggressively enough).


As for the BenQ VA panel, if it is MVA, then there are sometimes issues with the response times on a few dark transitions.
If the BenQ model is a different type of VA (like PVA or AHVA) it may not have this issue. However, if it is AHVA, some models of AHVA do not have their overdrive tuned good enough to get good response times. You can pay for that review from tftcentral to read about it today.

If the BenQ model review come out pretty good, it may be a good choice.
MVA is kind of iffy; it *might* have great black levels, but can sometimes have a few response time problems and the edges of the screen might slightly change color from the center of the screen.
AHVA is closer to IPS and PLS, I think. But they sometimes don't tune the overdrive aggressively enough, resulting in bad response times. However, I don't think the colors shift at the edges of the screen.

The alternative is an IPS or PLS at 60Hz. There are lots of models out there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...


Finally, there is a top of the line true 120Hz IPS with low input lag:
http://www.blurbusters.com/got-10k-scientific-quality-v...


P.S. LG TVs actually are often S-IPS panels running at 120Hz. Ironically, all the monitor companies refuse to sell 120Hz IPS or PLS monitors despite the fact LG has made them for years in TVs.
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May 16, 2014 6:38:03 AM

I've been looking at review on Amazon.com and it more or less looks like BenQ BL3200PT is the monitor for me. Thanks for the help KevinAr18
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