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September 17, 2011 2:21:02 PM

Hi, as the name suggests i'm looking for a new 24" monitor. it'll be for general use, some gaming, films and work etc.

I've been looking through and found a few with relatively good prices and reviews and i was wondering if some of you could help me choose?

they are:
the asus ml239h:

the Samsung SyncMaster F2380M (cant find link)


24" BenQ EW2420

or the Samsung B2430H:

are there any better samsung monitors than that? i cant afford the Dell UltraSharp U2311H

Thanks in advance for any help!

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September 17, 2011 4:20:21 PM

thanks for the replies! any monitors recommended from outside these few? samsung dynamic cr is lower than the others isnt it? the lg one for example is 50,000,000:1. the LG and Asus have ids panels, does that make a huge difference?
September 17, 2011 4:54:26 PM

Contrast ratio figures are fudgable - don't go by them.

Yes, IPS panels make a difference. If you're at all in to graphic arts (photoshop, processing photos) or if you watch a lot of movies, or if you just appreciate image quality, you should strongly consider it. Conversely, some gamers will tell you that "slow" IPS panels are bad for gaming. Whatever - my BenQ IPS panel (8ms g-t-g, 16ms (?) black-to-white) doesn't exhibit ghosting.
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September 17, 2011 5:00:40 PM

Debatable, but is the OP looking at 37" screens? No? Okay then.
September 17, 2011 5:27:46 PM

It was an irrelevant point, at best, and if there was anything not calm about it, it was your interpretation, nothing else.

OP - don't worry about the response time, so much, 'specially if this is for general use. See if you can find more in-depth review on them. If you're going to use it for video, which I would assume you are, I would worry more about black level than contrast ratio (big CR numbers are often attained by juicing things on the brightness (white) end of the scale, but this is often meaningless as it is beyond the point where the whites will bloom) and I would see what they have to say about color rendition, 'specially in regard to dithering.
September 17, 2011 8:25:10 PM

well tft reviews is quite good but is too much detail for me. perhaps one of you could help me a little bit by looking at them? dumb it down so to speak :p

or theres these 2

sorry if this is asking too much, i just feel a bit out of my depth. thanks in advance
September 30, 2011 10:57:26 PM

ASUS is great, you can't go wrong with their monitors but if you want my personal recommendation, go with ViewSonic's VX2450wm-LED. It's around $185. We reviewed it on our site so check it out if you have the time.

BTW TFT Reviews is a fantastic website. Best reviews around.

Andy H.