Need advice on new monitor

Hi all!

I am looking to replace my trusty BenQ G2220HD 21.5" monitor with a new LED one. My BenQ is aging now, being only an LCD/TFT screen and I think it's only 50hz? Thus, I am looking for a new, better monitor. My budget is £150, give or take.

24" is too big for my desk, so I have been trying to find a decent 22" for a couple of weeks, but have had no luck. It seems impossible to find a monitor with a good refresh rate, contrast ratio, colours, etc. They always seem to have something bad about them, which is frustrating.

I play a lot of games, so frames per second/refresh rate/picture quality is very important to me. I did look at 120hz monitors, but apparently they are only worth it if you are going to do 3D gaming.

If any of you guys have recommendations and can help out on good LED 22" monitors, that would be highly appreciated :D


Sidenote:
Is it actually worth upgrading to a newer tech monitor? Some of my friends say I'm best off sticking to my BenQ, and others say I should definitely buy a new one? Finally: how can you tell what hz new monitors run at? They dont say!
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  1. First, contrast and response speed (the ms rating) are often rated in different ways by different vendors, so you can pretty much ignore them.

    Here is an article that sums up monitors technology in not too long of a read http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362046,00.asp

    My favorite models that are good, and prices well for the quality is the Dell UltraSharp series. You can often find them on sale for older models, and even a used one would be good to have. Just make sure the monitor backlight is not fading if used.

    Newegg 22" monitors sorted by rating http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%20600416633%20600030626&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=20

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260055 <-- Dell Ultrasharp 23". May be a bit out of your price range, but worth it. The best thing I have done to my computer system is go from a cheap TN screen to a high-end IPS screen (granted mine is about a $600 model but even a lower end IPS screen can be good).
  2. Okay, TN & IPS make sense now.

    But what about the hz rating? Are most monitors are 60hz now (none seem to specify) I have a dell monitor here at work and I dislike them. Apparently IPS is poor for gaming due to the slow refresh rate.

    Secondly, judging from my current BenQ model, is that actually any good?

    I was looking at these screens:
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-041-AS&groupid=17&catid=949&subcat=

    Or:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/387395-benq-gw2250hm-21-5-led-lcd-hdmi-monitor-9h-l8mlb-qbe

    Or:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/366269-samsung-s22b300h-led-lcd-21-5-hdmi-monitor-ls22b300hs-en

    Any input on those?
  3. IPS is fine for gaming, I use one, never had any issues, and mine is several years old, I think it's a 16ms screen.

    Although those brands are OK, they are all cheaper screens, you can tell because they have cheap looking stands that do not adjust. I don't know specifically about those monitors, just by brand, I'd be split between the ASUS and Samsung, ASUS has 3 input types though, DVI, VGA and HDMI.

    LCD monitors are best left at 60hz, they do not have the same type of refresh rate that the CRT monitors did. With CRTs you'd want a 75mhz setting to prevent flicker.
  4. hang-the-9 said:
    IPS is fine for gaming, I use one, never had any issues, and mine is several years old, I think it's a 16ms screen.

    Although those brands are OK, they are all cheaper screens, you can tell because they have cheap looking stands that do not adjust. I don't know specifically about those monitors, just by brand, I'd be split between the ASUS and Samsung, ASUS has 3 input types though, DVI, VGA and HDMI.

    LCD monitors are best left at 60hz, they do not have the same type of refresh rate that the CRT monitors did. With CRTs you'd want a 75mhz setting to prevent flicker.


    Any other recommendations then?
  5. How about:
    - LG IPS234V
    - HP 23xi
    - ASUS MX239H
    - Dell U2312HM
    - Dell U2412M
    I am ordering U2412M yesterday and it will arrive in the next few days :)
  6. That lg looks promising. Cant find the refresh rate of it though.
  7. Try here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005364

    14ms, but don't worry about it being bad for games, it won't be, mine is this model with a 16ms time http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/NEC-MultiSync-2190UXP-21.3in-LCD/993067.aspx , it's used to play WOW, Skyrim, Diablo III, COD and a bunch of others, no-one that uses it ever said it looked odd.
  8. treboruk said:


    That would be a good pick, as in other cheaper monitors the stand is not very good, but the screen looks to be good which is the important part.
  9. The monitor stand is horrible like LG IPS234V or a bit worse..
    The display itself is good.
    Overall is still a good monitor for the price.

    I would spend a bit higher to get better stand, something like Dell 2312HM for example.
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