During the holiday shopping season, I’ve decided to purchase a new monitor. I’ve been looking for two days now and I really could use some guidance. I’m kinda confused as well as to why 23” and 24” are made?
1. ASUS VH242H
2. ASUS VW246H
3. Dell U2412M
i. anti-glare screen shows specs
ii. 8ms Response Time
iii. No HDMI
Max Budget: $300
Monitor Size: 23-24”
Response Time: 5ms – 8ms
Display Colors: 16.7 Million
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
TV Tuner: No
Things I would like:
Pivot and height adjustment
Speaker bar included OR the ability to add a speaker bar (I mostly use headphones)
I currently own:
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW
23" - 24" monitors; simply price differences. For example, the Dell U2312HM can be bought as low as $220 (before shipping and taxes) from Provantage.com; Newegg sells it for $260. The cheapest I recall seeing the Dell U2412m is $299 (before shipping & taxes). I saw those prices yesterday.
Both Asus monitors are 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1920x1080. The Dell U2412M is a 16:10 aspect ratio monitor with a resolution of 1920x1200; you get more pixels. The Dell U2312HM I mentioned above is a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor; meaning 1920x1080.
Both Asus monitors use TN panels which are as fast as 2ms response time. The Dells use e-IPS panels and are both 8ms response time, but people seem to be fine playing games with them. The most dramatic difference when looking at TN vs e-IPS panels is that colors shift a lot if are you move your head around or look at the monitor from various angles like sitting down / standing up. e-IPS has much less color shifting than TN panels, but not as good as more expensive VA panel or H-IPS, S-IPS, P-IPS panel monitors.
All the monitors have anti-glare (a.k.a. matte finish). The Asus monitors are a bit older than the Dells. I bought the Asus VK246H back in December 2008; it is the "sister" monitor to the Asus VW246H. The difference is the built-in webcam. While the Asus monitors have built-in speaker, they basically suck like all internal monitor speakers. I remember Dell used to sell a speaker bar for their monitor a few years ago, but not sure if they still do so now.
Of the three, I would buy the Dell U2412HM. If you wanna spend less money then get the Dell U2312m from Provantage.com. Like many online sites, you may need to pay taxes if you live in a state where they are headquartered or have a warehouse.