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30" Monitor - Economical Choices?

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October 29, 2011 8:59:37 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm looking for an economical 30" monitor for under $1000 and am having a tough time finding one. Can someone please point me to the right direction?

I'm working with AVCHD footage from a GH2 and export with H.264 for final output mainly for the web.

Thank you!
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October 29, 2011 9:25:15 AM

This is the reason Eyefinity exists. Just grab an AMD Eyefinity capable card, and three 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitors. Should be much less then $1000. Don't forget to buy a monitor that supports Display Port (DP) or the correct adapter.
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October 29, 2011 12:36:58 PM

Cool technology. Any recommendations for a specific monitor? Maybe 27" if 30" is too limited?
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October 29, 2011 1:00:06 PM

umm grab a large tv and use it as your monitor?
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October 29, 2011 1:10:47 PM

maybe is not the same but I use my 42" plasma as my second monitor.
(I used it mostly to watch movies or TV shows recorded on my PC)

I have used it sometimes online....

It was more than 1K when I bought it a few years back, but now you can easily get a large screen for way under a 1K.
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October 29, 2011 1:46:22 PM

you guys and your TV's. You can't sit 12 - 18 inches away and work when you use a TV vs using a PC monitor.

OP, don't know where you're from but if you can find an "open box" item you can save a lot. I would like to have a 30" monitor too but refuse to pay what they want for them. I did buy a HANNS.G 28" model. It isn't the greatest thing going but I will never buy a smaller sized monitor after sitting in front of this. It"s 16x10 vs 16x9 like the 1080p stuff and really brings back the pleasure of gaming...... not having things stretched out so to speak. And for $220 bucks it's a steal. Great to use for "work" related things to.
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October 29, 2011 1:58:34 PM

You are looking for a 30" monitor at 2560 x 1600 I presume. A 30" TV or monitor at 1920 x 1080 would be grainy as hell at normal PC viewing distances.

Try this

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/selector.htm
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October 29, 2011 2:17:29 PM

I sit here laughing....... made my selections and it came up blank.... LOL

not bashing you jack.......
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October 29, 2011 2:29:55 PM

Resolution not screen size
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October 29, 2011 2:33:37 PM

ipokeunow said:
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for an economical 30" monitor for under $1000 and am having a tough time finding one. Can someone please point me to the right direction?

I'm working with AVCHD footage from a GH2 and export with H.264 for final output mainly for the web.

Thank you!


I presume the 30" monitor you are looking for is a 2560 x 1600 resolution monitor.

I have a pair of Samsung 305T monitors which are outstanding. Unfortunately they are no longer made.
But, you can find them on e-bay refurbished by the manufacturer and perhaps some other sites for about $900 with free shipping. They are heavy.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-305T-30in-Black-LCD-Mon...
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October 29, 2011 3:38:43 PM

Last night there was an open box HP 2560x1600 S-IPS on Newegg for $630, but before I could add it to cart, it was deactivated. As of right now, its still there with that price listing, deactivated. Looks like someone got an absolute steal of a deal, just goes to show that the deals are out there with a little effort and luck.
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October 29, 2011 4:26:51 PM

I've never used either, but I would think you'd be better off buying three 1920x1080 monitors, "landscaping" them, and running 3240x1920 rather then 2560x1600. The only way this is bad is if you want to be watching movies all the time. In that case I second the large screen LCD/plasma as you won't be close to it then. Buying the three screens is cheaper, easier to find, and bigger.
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October 29, 2011 5:56:41 PM

4745454b said:
I've never used either, but I would think you'd be better off buying three 1920x1080 monitors, "landscaping" them, and running 3240x1920 rather then 2560x1600. The only way this is bad is if you want to be watching movies all the time. In that case I second the large screen LCD/plasma as you won't be close to it then. Buying the three screens is cheaper, easier to find, and bigger.


isint 1900x1200 > 1080?
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October 29, 2011 6:55:22 PM

Mid-highgfx said:
isint 1900x1200 > 1080?

1080P is 1920 x 1080. Slightly different shape.
1080P monitors are usually less expensive because they are built onTV panels which are made in much higher volumes.
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October 29, 2011 6:59:09 PM

Buy a monitor that your gpu can power. Simple
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October 29, 2011 7:14:43 PM

swifty_morgan said:
you guys and your TV's. You can't sit 12 - 18 inches away and work when you use a TV vs using a PC monitor.

OP, don't know where you're from but if you can find an "open box" item you can save a lot. I would like to have a 30" monitor too but refuse to pay what they want for them. I did buy a HANNS.G 28" model. It isn't the greatest thing going but I will never buy a smaller sized monitor after sitting in front of this. It"s 16x10 vs 16x9 like the 1080p stuff and really brings back the pleasure of gaming...... not having things stretched out so to speak. And for $220 bucks it's a steal. Great to use for "work" related things to.


I have to agree, I purchased a 28" Hanns-G over a year ago and the 1920x1200 resolution is fantastic! The 16:10 layout is WAY better than 16:9 and you dont have to mess around with mulit-monitor setups and screen bezels*(sp)? that you get from a Eyefinity. And just like swifty says they can be had for very reasonable prices.
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October 29, 2011 7:21:49 PM

cobra5000 said:
I have to agree, I purchased a 28" Hanns-G over a year ago and the 1920x1200 resolution is fantastic! The 16:10 layout is WAY better than 16:9 and you dont have to mess around with mulit-monitor setups and screen bezels*(sp)? that you get from a Eyefinity. And just like swifty says they can be had for very reasonable prices.


I like 16:10 for web pages also.
A 2560 x 1600 is the same dimension, and you can hold two web pages side by side. No bezel issue there either.

If there is a problem with a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor it is that text at max resolution can be a bit small to read.
Fortunately zoom controls are now very good.
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October 29, 2011 8:31:48 PM

geofelt said:
I like 16:10 for web pages also.
A 2560 x 1600 is the same dimension, and you can hold two web pages side by side. No bezel issue there either.

If there is a problem with a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor it is that text at max resolution can be a bit small to read.
Fortunately zoom controls are now very good.


the problem is the price.
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October 29, 2011 8:37:46 PM

There's a acer 19 inch 1080p going for 105 at newegg lol.
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October 29, 2011 11:39:52 PM

Mid-highgfx said:
the problem is the price.


Absolutely true.

My thought is that a great monitor will last for several builds.
I see it and touch it every day.
If you can fit one in your budget, great.
If you can't, I like dual 1920 x 1200 monitors as next best.
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October 30, 2011 12:07:01 AM

HANNS.G 28" model --> is this good enough for video editing for final output to the WEB?
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October 30, 2011 12:48:38 AM

What's your budget? A pc monitor you are sitting close to it so you don't need a big screen right in your face where your going to notice the pixels. Resolution not screen size.
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October 30, 2011 1:39:44 AM

ipokeunow said:
HANNS.G 28" model --> is this good enough for video editing for final output to the WEB?


Virtually all modestly priced monitors will be 1080P which is 1920 x 1080. The diagonal size(inches) may vary, but the number of pixels will be the same.
They are based on TV's, and can come in any size, perhaps as large as 70". You don't want to sit very close to one of those.
1920 x 1200 monitors will have a few more pixels, and are usually more expensive.

For a desktop application, Something 24-30" max is about right.

I like the Samsung monitors. They make the panels for many, if not most others, and I think they keep the best samples for themselves.

Can you provide a link to the HANNS.G 28 monitor? They have several, of differing qualities.
One measure of quality is the viewing angle. 160/160 will look washed out if not viewed from directly in front.
178/178 is about as good as you can do.
I see that Samsung has a 27" 2560 x 1440 monitor for $899.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A samsung 1920 x 1200 24" monitor is $300:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 30, 2011 2:04:51 AM
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October 30, 2011 3:02:54 AM

The HP is probably the best.
Have not heard of Hazro, but the specs are similar to the hp.

Otherwise, either of the samsungs.

Hannes.g would probgably be last.
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