I'm not super knowledgeable on such things, but when I bought my display in September, the best deal I found was the Acer H233H. I paid $180 USD at Fry's a couple months ago, and it's a 23" 1080p display. My only complaint is that the menu, input, etc. buttons are touch sensitive; they look nice, but for functionality and to avoid the occasional accidental input switch I would prefer traditional buttons.
Thanks, that looks just like another one to add to my list.
The problem Im finding with choosing one, is that I dont like to choose a monitor based on its consumer specs, e.g "dynamic contrast ratio". Id rather see it for myself, but my computer stores dont stock any of the ones ive mentioned.
Can anyone tell me whether one brand is more reliable than another at all?
Also how much difference does the LED backlight technology make a difference? Does anyone have experience using a monitor with it?
thanks for help so far.
p.s maybe I should just pick one out of a hat.....
I checked out your insanely thorough review, which was great! I just wish I could find similar reviews that good so I could at least make a comparison.
I would love to get a more expensive panel such as the Dell ultrasharp 2408wfp or maybe even a lovely NEC, but money is an issue at the moment.
So I guess Im just looking for the best TN panel on the market.
Are there any brands I should avoid or some which have reliability issues? I like the look of the new Acer S243HL with its "dynamic contrast" of 8,000,000:1, but I have no idea what the typical contrast is on this and can find no reviews since it is so new. It also has LED backlighting, which is supposed to give the panel a better contrast ratio if im not mistaken, but I dont have any experience of using an LED panel. Any of you guys have an LED backlight monitor?
Personally, brand names that I would avoid are DoubleSight, Hanns-G, Acer (they just look cheap to me).
Forget the BS "dynamic contrast" it's mostly marketing especially when they quote such outrageous numbers. In my Asus review, Splendid Mode sets different "dynamic contrasts" for different viewing modes. Yes, it does affect colors and in my review it was mostly done poorly. Don't let that number wow you.
I believe LEDs allows for better contrast ratio since it is probably easier to control their voltages, but come on 8,000,000:1? LEDs allows for thinner monitors and lower power consumption.
My 47" LG 47LH90 HDTV uses LED backlighting with "dynamic contrast" of 2,000,000:1. It uses better components than the Acer. I'm looking at it and it does look nice, but the picture quality of my NEC LCD2690WUXi which does not have dynamic ratio looks nearly as nice. Is there a difference? Yes, but it is minor.