Three-Way 23" LED LCD Roundup: Dell, HP, And Samsung

Final Words

If you're buying a monitor for grandma, there isn't anything wrong with purchasing one of the many budget LCD options available. Be aware, though, that the Dell SR2320L and HP 2311x are not likely to be what you'd want as a gamer. If you're a gamer, wider gamuts should be your preference because the gamut required to adequately represent the colors in titles like Just Cause 2 is much larger than what's needed to watch an episode of House (which usually uses a smaller and darker color palette). This also goes for anyone that seriously cares about content creation. For example, if you're a photographer, accurate representation of a color space may be your livelihood. 

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Market Price$229.99$229.99$299.99

For many, the biggest factor in play is the default performance of a monitor. Manufacturers tend to calibrate displays toward a setting that looks good in dim environments. This is why monitors often look better on the showroom floor than they do in a well-lit home office.

Many people have a false impression of what monitor calibration can actually accomplish. We want to point out that calibration can help achieve better color accuracy and better representation of the sRGB color gamut, but it will not increase the numbers of colors a monitor can represent. This is what you pay for in the $70 dollar price difference (besides the warranty) between Samsung's premium 23" LCD and the more budget-oriented options from Dell and HP.

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  • jimslaid2
    Ummmm LG! How Could you have left out LG?
  • taso11
    I think you mean DVI-D not DVD-D on your front page chart.
  • pirateboy
    hey where did my comment go?

    please review 16:10 monitors next time
  • sleeper52
    where's the NEC EA231wmi or EA232WMI? that's around $300 as well and it's an IPS
  • aznshinobi
    Hmmm.... Could've added an LG, I love my LG W2286L
  • Eggrenade
    Input lag!!
  • fstrthnu
    I'd actually rather see a 24 & 25.5" monitor shootout, they tend to be the higher-end displays of the brands (like Dell's super-duper Ultrasharp U2410).
  • Assmar
    A certain retailer has the samsung monitor listed for 280 with free shipping. If you don't live in CA, that's tax free, i'm pretty sure.
  • sleeper52
    fstrthnuI'd actually rather see a 24 & 25.5" monitor shootout, they tend to be the higher-end displays of the brands (like Dell's super-duper Ultrasharp U2410).
    +1 I'd like to see that. HP LP2475w (rev 2.0) vs Dell U2410 (rev 2.0) vs ASUS PA246Q
  • LuckyDucky7
    Why would you bother buying one of these monitors when you can get an IPS one for the same price?

    How about reviewing something like the ASUS ML239H and give us a useful review, rather than going over which one of these junk TN panels is the best? 100% sRGB is useless if you can't see it unless you're straight inline with the screen (any sometimes not even then).