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24 or 27 inch gaming monitor; what to buy?

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May 17, 2012 1:11:26 AM

Hey Guys, I am looking at buying either a 27 or a 24 inch monitor for gaming. A few questions i have are
1. What size should i choose and why
2. What Monitor and why
3. What makes said monitor so great

a few criteria I have is
1. Lowest possible response time
2. Highest Contrast
3. Reliable not likely to break, or have problems
4. good brightness
5. has HDMI
6. all around good graphics
7. under $350

I do not need any bells and whistles. I already have great speakers, plenty of USB ports,and i will only plug this into my PC so i do not need lots of connections. I really don't give a flying F*** about how it looks, or the adjust-ability. Brand is not an issue, as long as it is quality made.

And yes i know this article is not about graphics cards, there is no subcategory for monitors.

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May 17, 2012 2:07:30 AM

1. Both sizes will usualy be 1080P(1920 x 1080) resolution.
The larger monitor will have larger pixels(dots). If you have trouble with seeing small text, then the larger monitor will help. For gaming, size makes no difference.


2. You get what you pay for. The better monitors will have 178/178 viewing angles. Cheaper units will be 170 x160 or so. A lower viewing angle makes the monitor look washed out if seen from an angle. That is my #1 criteria.

3. With no budget, I suggest this 27" HP 2560 x 1440 monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung makes panels for many other vendors, I suspect they keep the best samples for themselves. I have never had a dead pixel from them.

As to the other factors you listed, they all will have adequate response time to maintain 60fps.

Best thing is to go to a store and see what you like.

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May 17, 2012 2:12:11 AM

The two most important criteria are missing: Intended Usage and Resolution.

For photo editing, I'd recommend an IPS panel, for gaming a 120 Hz TN panel.

Eietehr way, if you sit at normal viewing distances, you'll want a PPI not much below 96....at less than 96 pixels per inch, the image will start to look grainy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_pitch

For 1920 x 1080 a 23.6" monitor has a PPI of 93.3
For 1920 x 1080 a 27.0" monitor has a PPI of 81.6

For 1920 x 1200 a 24.0" monitor has a PPI of 94.0
For 1920 x 1200 a 27.0" monitor has a PPI of 83.8

Id recommend an Asus 120 Hz model for gaming and a Dell U2311 for photo work

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2311H-Widescreen...
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May 17, 2012 2:47:25 AM

As far as vision goes, mine is pretty terrible. The larger pixels would help me see small texts, and hopefully small details in my work. I really hold firm on the $350 price, i cannot go any higher than that. to answer the
"The two most important criteria are missing: Intended Usage and Resolution." comment. I intend to use it for Graphics editing, and gaming. I want the best possible resolution for the price
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May 17, 2012 3:50:38 AM

geofelt said:

2. You get what you pay for. The better monitors will have 178/178 viewing angles. Cheaper units will be 170 x160 or so. A lower viewing angle makes the monitor look washed out if seen from an angle. That is my #1 criteria.


I curious as to why viewing angle would be the most important thing when it comes to a monitor? I thought most people always sat directly in front of their monitors.
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May 17, 2012 3:52:29 AM

the monitor in the link has a 1ms response time, 16.7 million colors, 30,000,000 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and best of all it is $330

with those specs it is in many ways better that the dell ultrasharp three times its price
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May 17, 2012 3:54:51 AM

for me viewing angle is not a major problem, at work i am the only person who will be viewing this monitor. When I go to LAN parties (still tired from diablo 3 party) i use a friends screen.
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May 17, 2012 4:54:42 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just bought this monitor and it is out of control amazing man.

But to address Your questions first, the real difference to take into account between a 24 and 27 is the pixel size difference. Think about this, your gonna want a 1920x1080 resolution, maybe 1920x1200. But either way if Your coming off a 19" or 21" monitor and You have a legit resolution, 1680x1050, or 1336x768 for example You need to understand how much 'larger' the physical pixels are going to be on the 24" or 27" screen.

What I mean by this is, You hear larger resolution than You currently have so your brain thinks better clarity. Understand that if You make a minute jump, 1680x1050 to 1920x1080 in resolution Your only picking up 178,200 pixels going from 1,895,400 to 2,073,600 pixels. In short term, Your only 'physically' gaining 8.6% more workspace on Your screen.

So figure out the resolution You really want and so forth. Take it from me someone who went from a 1680x1050 w/e screen at 19" to a 27" 1920x1080 resolution and only picked up that 8.6%, Your eyes will adjust to the 'new' size of everything quickly and I mean within a week.

The monitor You have picked out is a solid build but this is my personal advice as a Monitor guy. The Contrast Ratio's are scraps dude and can be tossed out the window. Every developer, measures it differently, they're all weird as hell, some claim 30mil:1 yet produce a poor image quality by comparison to a 5k:1 it makes no sense, different brands and so forth.

I do and forever will trust these 3 though, Dell, Veiwsonic, Samsung. They make superior products in the monitor field, bottom line. Acer produces technology bleeding products that usually rifle down, Hanns-G produces a product that is not up to par period. and so forth. Personal opinion.

What I will tell You about the monitor I linked at the top of this post is it works beautifully, and I mean BEAUTIFULLY. I'm a world class gamer with a Warcraft account that has multi gladiators of different classes, I have my own hosted server for BF 3 that we hold G-Skill tourney's on for instance and this monitor delivers enough response time for me.

There is no such thing as ghosting even in Crysis 2 with 32xAA. The Samsung 'Intellighten Color' feature makes Your image setting fiasco as easy an on switch. Their lab professionally developed these settings, and while every human eye is unique I will conceed, for me personally, I play Tera online for instance, I've never seen colors this well and digitally vibrant before on any Asus/Viewsonic I've owned previously. I am in love with this product, I've never owned a Samsung monitor before, but after this 27" buy it's really hard for me to want to trust another company.

Best of luck mate and good hunting.
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May 17, 2012 5:16:18 AM

Personally I've been looking at this. Also would like to get some opinions on it. Looks like it JUST came out, which is nice I imagine, must have resolved some issues with older sammy panels. Any pseudo experts wanna lend their opinion on this one, really want it but would like input.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 31, 2012 5:56:37 AM

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May 31, 2012 11:17:30 AM

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