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April 15, 2011 1:57:06 PM

My old monitor (BenQ, 19", 4:3) is dying and i'm in a need to get a new one.

it's been a while now since it started causing problem (2 weeks or so) and I have made tens of hours of extensive research and have yet to come up with an answer for the best monitor for my needs.

I know my way around hardware but as it turns out that when it comes to monitors specifically I have no clue as to what to do.

I use my computer mainly for gaming purposes so gaming performance is the only thing that matters to me.

I don't know if i'm better off with an IPS monitor (more quality, longer response time) or a TN one (less quality, shorter response time, but NOT cheaper). To my understanding, response time is very important when it comes to gaming.

Considering the fact that i'm on a budget of up to 300$ I have come up with 3 options (1 IPS and 2 TN), they are:
1. Dell U2311H (IPS)
2. LG W2486L (TN)
3. Samsung BX2450 (TN)

A side note: I come from Israel, and here, for some reason, we don't get a lot of the monitors that came out during the last 2-3 years (plus we pay tons for the pre-shipped item) so the choices above is as good as it gets here, unfortunately, we don't have those efficient budget vs performance monitors like the XL2370 or PX2370.

Back on topic, I have read in many places that, although considered slower, modern IPS monitors can give a relatively decent response time (or in the U2311H vs TN case it's 8ms vs 2ms). And the "ghosting" effect is barely noticeable if at all, and don't compare to the image quality i'll be earning from a IPS.

Anyway, I came across multiple topics on the subject (IPS vs TN) but the smallest monitor that was even discussed as a worthy TN replacement is the U2410 (newer monitor with noticeably better performance, image quality and faster response time - 6ms than the U2311H) and my budget does not cover that.

The bottom line is: Which type of monitor will be best for me as a gamer? the U2311H or a TN one? (and besides which TN one is the better of the two?).

I really did not think it will take me so long to get to the dead end i'm at and my monitor can decide to take it's last breath any minute now :p  I'll very much appreciate a fast response.
Thank you.


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April 15, 2011 2:01:17 PM

E_Cartman said:
My old monitor (BenQ, 19", 4:3) is dying and i'm in a need to get a new one.

it's been a while now since it started causing problem (2 weeks or so) and I have made tens of hours of extensive research and have yet to come up with an answer for the best monitor for my needs.

I know my way around hardware but as it turns out that when it comes to monitors specifically I have no clue as to what to do.

I use my computer mainly for gaming purposes so gaming performance is the only thing that matters to me.

I don't know if i'm better off with an IPS monitor (more quality, longer response time) or a TN one (less quality, shorter response time, but NOT cheaper). To my understanding, response time is very important when it comes to gaming.

Considering the fact that i'm on a budget of up to 300$ I have come up with 3 options (1 IPS and 2 TN), they are:
1. Dell U2311H (IPS)
2. LG W2486L (TN)
3. Samsung BX2450 (TN)

A side note: I come from Israel, and here, for some reason, we don't get a lot of the monitors that came out during the last 2-3 years (plus we pay tons for the pre-shipped item) so the choices above is as good as it gets here, unfortunately, we don't have those efficient budget vs performance monitors like the XL2370 or PX2370.

Back on topic, I have read in many places that, although considered slower, modern IPS monitors can give a relatively decent response time (or in the U2311H vs TN case it's 8ms vs 2ms). And the "ghosting" effect is barely noticeable if at all, and don't compare to the image quality i'll be earning from a IPS.

Anyway, I came across multiple topics on the subject (IPS vs TN) but the smallest monitor that was even discussed as a worthy TN replacement is the U2410 (newer monitor with noticeably better performance, image quality and faster response time - 6ms than the U2311H) and my budget does not cover that.

The bottom line is: Which type of monitor will be best for me as a gamer? the U2311H or a TN one? (and besides which TN one is the better of the two?).

I really did not think it will take me so long to get to the dead end i'm at and my monitor can decide to take it's last breath any minute now :p  I'll very much appreciate a fast response.
Thank you.




CRT for the best of both worlds?

I am only half kidding (i still use a 21" CRT, yet to see a flat panel that plays or looks better).

As for your question, i would go with the standard TN panel. Its all about price performance ratio.
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April 15, 2011 2:04:16 PM

Specifically in this case the IPS is 1/4 cheaper than the TN monitors, because the new good monitors today are "LED" and they use this nothing technology (so far) to bump up the prices, but, unfortunately, most good, new monitors are LED today.
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