I posted a few months ago about needing a new monitor. For a while I put it off because I saw stuff from the CES show and figured, "I'll wait to see what starts hitting the market." Well, I'm starting to get that itch again, but I'm having a hard time finding something.
After getting my tax return, I thought I'd just go all out and get myself the U3011, but the more I think about it, the more I'm realizing that with a monitor like that, my next computer upgrade would also require some major "beefiness", and because there aren't really a lot of 30" monitors available in a lower budget level, I'm bumping back down to my original intentions of a 27".
I've spent a while reading reviews on 27" monitors by ASUS, ViewSonic, LG, Samsung, Dell, HP, Planar, etc. and what I've concluded is that... I can't find one that isn't complained about. Either it doesn't tilt, has ghosting, light bleed, you name it, someone's complaining. I usually buy based on user review and not editors because I usually assume that they'll talk something up because they get incentive from the manufacturer.
I was originally considering an IPS, but that goes back to needing a higher end PC/GPU because of the increased resolution. I'm now willing to settle for a nice 1080 monitor.
I play games (mostly FPS), I watch movies, I don't need 3D, these are my main requirements. I liked some of the ASUS but, I don't necessarily need/want built-in speakers/webcams. Samsung had complaints of wobbly stands... everything had issues.
So I'm back again asking for TH user's opinions on a quality 27" monitor that won't break the bank and doesn't have to have a major GPU to run it at its native resolution.
I don't really have a price point, but I'd say the Dell U2711 at ~$900 would be my max, if I'm spending that much, I mine as well get the IPS.
Area51, you linked me to an article over a year old... thanks? Also, I've read up on the SA550 series, unfortunately, they seem to be frowned upon for minimal adjustability, flimsy stands, and screens that flicker/fail shortly after purchase.
After some more research, I'd like to throw in that I would like one of the features to be that it's a 120Hz monitor. This probably really limits my options. So far all I've seen is the Samsung 950D and the ASUS VG series.
OK, even after reading lots of reviews I'm still torn... here's another question I want to ask everybody.
All costs aside, as a computer gamer, which would be better... the 120Hz refresh rate or the IPS?
Apparently either way, I'm going to have to build a new computer, which is something I wanted to do anyway in order to use the monitor to it's abilities. A 120Hz refresh rate or a higher resolution of an IPS panel both require a better video card. So... which way should I go?
I know the Dell IPS (ultrasharps) always get rave reviews, so I were to get an IPS, I'd probably go with theirs. Doesn't seem like there's a lot of 120Hz monitors available, so I like opinions on which would be best in that department. Too bad no one makes a 120Hz-IPS panel yet.