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August 21, 2011 1:05:06 AM

Are there any really awesome value 27" monitors out there? I'm beginning the search and would appreciate some advice. I'd be using mainly for LotRO and Guild Wars 2 type MMO games along with some web surfing.

I see a few on Newegg, but I'm not opposed to looking elsewhere.

The Planar PX2710MW for $259.99 after promo. Seems to have good reviews.

The ViewSonic VA2702w for $269.99.

The Asus VK278Q for $279.99 after promo.

The promo monitors only last until midnight tonight though...so if that is your suggestion, I need to act fast. :o 

Is it better to have 1900 x 1080, or 1900 x 1200? Or does it not really matter? What are some of the other things I should be paying attention to? Is there any way to tell if these monitors have a mounting system in place (like screw-holes to use with a adjustable arm mount)? I don't really see that info.

Thanks,
-TG

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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2011 1:47:54 AM

1920x1080 is 16:9
1920x1200 is 16:10

16:10 gives more screen real estate and less scrolling if you lots of text like this forum for example.
1920x1080 is due to HD content like Blu-Ray where it's supports a max of 1920x1080. Manufacture market this strongly
and people that don't do research falls in this this thinking 1080P is the best because it's "HD"

Real 27" monitors will have resolutions of 2560x1440
http://www.amazon.com/NEC-PA271w-bk-27-Inch-2560-1440/d...
http://tvcalculator.com/index.html?8996aa1ff10cbcd959f9...
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August 21, 2011 1:56:44 AM

Yeah 16:10 ratio is my prefered one since I'm doing a lot of programmation and it makes my life easier. ^^ But they're rare to find compared to 16:9 models...
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August 21, 2011 5:56:32 AM

Haha, ya...there's no way I'm spending $1400 on a 27" monitor at this time. I'm looking in the $300ish range please.

What does a game generally look best on?...a 1080, or a 1200?...and does it make that much difference?
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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2011 6:04:34 AM

The Dell is the best I have seen .

Keep in mind that more pixels , means more calculations for the graphics card to make .... and lower frame rates .
A 1080p screen has 11% less pixels than a 1920 x 1200 screen so you can expect games to run roughly that much slower .

With the higher resolution 27 inch screens you had better have a powerful graphics set up
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August 21, 2011 2:55:27 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The Dell is the best I have seen .

Keep in mind that more pixels , means more calculations for the graphics card to make .... and lower frame rates .
A 1080p screen has 11% less pixels than a 1920 x 1200 screen so you can expect games to run roughly that much slower .

With the higher resolution 27 inch screens you had better have a powerful graphics set up


What Dell are you talking about?

Planning on a 6950 or 560ti for graphics and possibly later SLI or Xfire...so, I should be OK on GPU muscle I think. I'm guessing the x1200's are more expensive then? Are they worth the premium, or would a 1080 be fine?

Any specific monitors people like?
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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2011 9:28:41 PM

Dell only make one 27 inch monitor [ as far as I can tell ]. Its an awesome IPS panel and costs $1100 .

You are going to get good performance and quality settings on a 1080p panel with either of those graphics cards .
The 27 inch 1080p panels start to look a little grainy though .

Have a look at a few and see what looks good to you
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August 21, 2011 9:54:45 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Dell only make one 27 inch monitor [ as far as I can tell ]. Its an awesome IPS panel and costs $1100 .

You are going to get good performance and quality settings on a 1080p panel with either of those graphics cards .
The 27 inch 1080p panels start to look a little grainy though .

Have a look at a few and see what looks good to you


Again...no way I'm spending $1100 on a 27' monitor...please remove anything above $300ish from future suggestions. :non: 

So, are you suggesting I shouldn't go with a 27" monitor at 1080p? I don't want grainy. :( 
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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2011 11:56:07 PM

Its not THAT grainy , but it is a little more noticeable than with a 24 inch monitor which is why most 27 inch screens now use the higher resolution .

I'd say with your graphics card you should stick to 1080p so you get much better frame rates .
But I also think theres nothing like actually seeing a monitor so you can make a good judgement of it for yourself [ if you can ]
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August 22, 2011 12:11:13 AM

Maybe I'll try to check out a Best Buy or PC shop before I decide then.

Or maybe I'll just go with a 24" for a good price. Is that basically how it goes then?...22", 24", 27", 30"?...or is it something else? What res. should I look for on a 24" if I don't like how the 27" looks?
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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 12:17:43 AM

You should buy what looks good to you and what you can afford .
With your graphics card choices then stick to the 1080p or 1920 x 1200 screens

I remember I used to think my 24 inch looked big . but since my friend got a 30 inch Dell I definitely have monitor envy . LOL
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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 2:09:05 AM

Not totally grainy ... just a bit more than most people would want for a computer monitor . Remember a 32 inch 1080 p TV has the same resolution and thats ok for movies . Text would suck though because if would not be smooth .

Check out 1080p televisions to see the difference if you can see the monitor you are thinking of


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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 2:50:00 AM

I have a 27.5" Hanns-G 1920X1200 monitor, and the text is not grainy at all when run on the right input. Since I'm using VGA now, it's a little fuzzier, but that's the connection.
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August 22, 2011 2:47:12 PM

I wouldn't think a 24" at 1920x1200 would be grainy at all...or a 24" at 1920x1080 either.

I think the concern is with a 27" at 1920x1080 or maybe even at 1920x1200.

That 32" you linked at 1920x1080 I think would be very grainy.

I plan to try looking at some tonight after work.
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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 4:15:17 PM

Not grainy, just fatter pixels. Of course if you plaster your face against the screen then
all screens will be grainy.
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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 4:22:49 PM

runswindows95 said:
I have a 27.5" Hanns-G 1920X1200 monitor, and the text is not grainy at all when run on the right input. Since I'm using VGA now, it's a little fuzzier, but that's the connection.


^ +1

I also have a 27.5" Hanns-G @ 1920x1200 it all looks crisp and clean.

-Wolf sends
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August 22, 2011 10:52:31 PM

Is your Hanns-G this one by any chance?

Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5''

It says 1080p in the name, but then recommended 1200...what gives with that?

Also, I have my monitor mounted on an arm above my recliner and I'm probably 2-3 feet away normally.

I tried looking at some monitors today, but not much in choices. The 27" 1080 I looked at seemed maybe a little less crisp than the 23" ones that were near it. I did like the size though...can really tell it's bigger than my 22". The 23-24"ers looked only a little bigger.
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a b C Monitor
August 22, 2011 11:23:37 PM

Actually, I have the previous model: Hanns-G HG-281DPB. The native resolution is 1920x1200, but will certainly display 1080p content (black bars above and below)

-Wolf sends
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August 22, 2011 11:54:28 PM

Do you guys have any good sites that I could learn about contrast ratio, brightness, led backlit, response time, refresh rates, pixel pitch, etc., etc.? Like a videophile type site or something?

I just saw this while trying to do a little research...

SOLD OUT - Hanns-G HZ281HPB 28in LCD Monitor (1920x1200) $239.99 Free Shipping
Newegg has the Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5" LCD Monitor for a low $239.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: EMCKCJH55 (Exp 7/18). Tax in CA, NJ, TN. [Compare Prices]

1920x1200 @ 1080p; 3ms; 800:1 contrast; 400nits; HDMI/DVI/VGA; 3yr warranty

What does that mean 1920x1200@ 1080p? I thought it would be 1200p? Are all monitors 1080p then?
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2011 3:30:50 AM

Here is a place to start
Warning! You may get even more confused. :p 

1920x1200 @1080p means the this monitor can also play 1080P movies. All you get is
as Wolfshadw mentioned, 2 black bars on the top and bottom.
A monitor at 1920x1080 will not give you those black bars when you play a 1080p movie.
A link posted before shows you a comparison, maybe you have missed it?
http://tvcalculator.com/index.html?6b560f819b6cf8d1754b...
The screen on the left is 1920x1080 16:9, screen on right is 1920x1200 16:10.
Both are 27", notice the 2 black bars with the screens on the right.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2011 1:34:47 PM

Well, I'd hate to recommend it; only to have you get one with a bunch of dead pixels. Comparing the reviews of this model to the previous model (the one I have), they look to be trending towards more 1 egg reviews. The issue with the newer stand is also of concern.

It was tough for me to pull the trigger when I purchased mine ($300), so I know you're looking for any help, but I'm afraid I can't offer any here.

-Wolf sends

P.S.

I'm leery of any Viewsonic monitor. I had a 22" monitor of theirs a while back that developed a violet vertical line about three inches from the right edge. While Viewsonic did eventually repair the monitor, they took the full five (6+ if you include shipping time) weeks they said it could take to repair and ship it back to me.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2011 3:50:10 PM

If you can spend around $300 then you will have more choices.
Out of the 3 you picked in your first post. The Asus will be the one I'll get and with the promo code of $50 off it comes out to $300. That Asus 27" could be cheaper if there isn't a built in webcam, and display port.

For 27" here are more choices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 23, 2011 6:42:41 PM

I'm at work on break and it's not letting me check out your links lp231. I'll check them out when I get home.

I think I'd want to get the 27' one with 1920x1200 resolution if I was going to get a 27" monitor. I'm used to (and like) the 16:10 ratio. The Hanns-G was the only 27" I found that had that resolution. I'd hate to get dead pixels, but most of the reviews are positive, averaging 4 eggs. Getting 1920x1200 in the largest screen (27.5") at the lowest price I think is going to be too hard for me to resist. It seems like a real good value if there are no pixel issues.

I'll probably decide by tomorrow morning, so you have until then to see if you can find something better than this deal.

Thanks for all the help so far.
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a b C Monitor
August 23, 2011 7:12:05 PM

Looks like that Hanns-G is the only 27" at 1920x1200. Others I've listed are only 1920x1080.
There are other 1920x1200 screens, but they're all 24".
Since that is the only 27 at 1920x1200, I guess there is no choice, but to pull that trigger.
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August 24, 2011 7:06:38 AM

OK, here goes...cross your fingers for no dead pixels and still working after a few years.

Wish me luck!
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August 30, 2011 8:28:26 PM

So I got it yesterday and hooked it all up. Overall I think it will be fantastic for gaming...I do think it is a little bit less crisp than my 1680x1050...at least as far as cinematics go.

My only issue is that there is a dead pixel about 3-4 inches to the left of the center. What are my options (got from Newegg)? I'm totally satisfied other than that, but the dead pixel just stares at me...mocking me...knowing if I decide to keep it, it will bother me for the rest of its life.
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August 30, 2011 9:54:14 PM

I have the dell 27inch IPS and its beautiful but a bit too big for gaming imo. A 27+ inch monitor is great for surfing and movies and I love mine for that, but the next monitor I buy will be a highly rated 24 inch with gaming perks like 240Hz refresh.

I also have an older HannsG 28 inch thats native 1080p. Its quality was highly regarded by reviewers for the size and pricepoint, but its obviously lacking compared to smaller models.

OH.. and that dead pixel.. try gently cleaning the screen, I wont name names but I know a newb that thought his new monitor had dead pixels but it was just dust refracting the monitor glow~ :whistle: 
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August 30, 2011 10:19:47 PM

Dell U2711, 2560x1440p and €600
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a b C Monitor
August 30, 2011 11:10:32 PM

TopGun said:
So I got it yesterday and hooked it all up. Overall I think it will be fantastic for gaming...I do think it is a little bit less crisp than my 1680x1050...at least as far as cinematics go.

My only issue is that there is a dead pixel about 3-4 inches to the left of the center. What are my options (got from Newegg)? I'm totally satisfied other than that, but the dead pixel just stares at me...mocking me...knowing if I decide to keep it, it will bother me for the rest of its life.


One thing you can try: Very gently, using the back of your fingernail, tap on the dead pixel.

-Wolf sends
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August 31, 2011 12:59:50 AM

OK, the fingernail thing didn't work...and it's not dust.

It would be dumb to RMA paying for shipping wouldn't it?

I think the 24' 1920x1200 will be my next monitor unless I'm rich and go for the 30" screen.
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a b C Monitor
August 31, 2011 3:34:44 AM

My 24 inch samsung BX 2440 had a stuck red pixel . Just rubbing it very gently through a cloth fixed it . Now its a perfect panel
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August 31, 2011 2:00:19 PM

I tried rubbing with a cloth...did not work.

It shows up as a red dot on white background so maybe it's a stuck, not dead pixel?

lp231...have you used that software? It seems a little sketchy to me. I don't really want to be the guinea pig.
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