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Good gaming monitor for cheap! Suggestions?

Last response: in Computer Peripherals
December 27, 2009 7:21:58 AM

So, I'm looking for a good GAMING monitor.

-size: 24" is the sweet spot, any more is usually too expensive. I would settle for as low as ~21"
-resolution: FULL HD IS A MUST! 1920x1200 is preferred (I'm hooking up my laptop which is 1920x1200), but I would settle for 1920x1080 (they seem to be cheaper and more abundant).
-price: preferably under $200, but absolutely no more $300.
-vesa mounts are a must (the Samsung Syncmaster T240HD looked sooo good!)
-high contrast ratio would be nice
-WIDE viewing angle (my laptop's is terrible)
-HDMI IS A MUST! (i will be hooking up a my PS3 as well)

I think that's everything...sorry for being so picky. I guess I just know what I want. I tend to look at the numbers (contrast ratio, viewing angle, etc) to determine how good monitor is. I know that it's a bad way to do it, so I'm reaching out to the awesome people @ Tom's Hardware.
Besides the the resolution and HDMI port, price is probably my main concern.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

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a b 4 Gaming
a c 195 C Monitor
December 28, 2009 2:51:46 AM

The best I can recommend is the Asus VW246H for $220:

The following is my review of the Asus VK246H. It is the same as the VM model, but with a webcam.

Not sure how much "wide angle" you want, but monitors using TN panels such as the Asus are limited to "160/170 degrees". If you truly want a monitor with "178/178 degrees", then you'll need to dish out around $600+ for monitors using better panel techs.
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a b 4 Gaming
a c 195 C Monitor
December 28, 2009 4:54:57 PM

The 28" Hanns·G HH-281HPB sounds like a great deal but in actuality Hanns·G generally has a shotty reputation.

The 22" LG W2286L does seem to be a decent monitor, but it's resolution is 1680 x 1050 and costs more (with shipping) than the 24" Asus VW246H (1920 x 1080) which I recommended. LED backlight is the current trend so if you really want a thin monitor with lower resolution at a higher price then go for it.
December 28, 2009 5:31:48 PM

Oops. I didn't notice that I pasted the Hanns-G twice, or that the LG was only 1680x1050.

LED backlighting isn't a priority for me, extra thinness is something I could care less about.

I knew that Asus made awesome motherboards, I didn't know what their other endeavors looked like (quality-wise). I saw this Asus: What do think? I just like the extra HDMI port (2 total) so I can plug in my laptop and PS3 at the same time. Would you say any Asus monitor is a safe bet?