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    New monitor for home? too many choices

    My wife broke the power button on one of my monitors last night, so it's time to look for a new one! It's served me well for 5-6 years, but has a line on the LCD now, it's brightness isn't what it used to be, it's only 1280x1024, and now has a broken power button.

    I'm looking to upgrade this significantly, but there's just so many damned choices out there.
    Monitor will primarily be for gaming (FPS games, LOTRO, or Eve online), but I do watch some movies/TV on it from the sofa I have behind my chair, so I need reasonable viewing angles, AND/OR decent tilt/swivel options.

    What I want:
    -22" to 27" max, preferably around the 24" mark.
    -1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolution.
    -Decent refresh rate for FPS gaming
    -Enough colour range to be decent for Full 1080p HD/blue ray movies (I have a BR drive in my PC)
    -HDMI and DVI connection

    What I'd like if I can:
    -Tilt/Swivel/height adjustment stand
    -VGA, DVI and HDMI input for using with any PC/input

    And budget wise, Absolute roof of £300, but would prefer the £200-250 mark.

    Anyone got any suggestions from experience?

    PC wise I have an I7 950 with a Sapphire Radeon 5870 graphics card, 6GB memory, BR drive and running windows 7 in case this affects the choice.

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    Iiyama Pro Lite 24" Widescreen 1920 x 1080 2ms HDMI DVI-D VGA LCD Monitor with Speakers (PLB2409HDS-1) - dabs.com

    EDIT: that one covers all your bases I believe, only thing I'd maybe look out for is one with DisplayPort connections (although I imagine it'll be a good many years before HDMI is redundant yet!)

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    i looked into tilt/swivel stuff, the ones that clamp onto the desk and are gas adjsutable. look good but you're talking £150 for a decent one unfortunately.

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    ViewSonic VP2365wb Review | bit-tech.net

    IPS panel, cheap, win. No HDMI though - the NEC screen mentioned in the review has this.

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    The downside to most IPS panels is it's response times. 14ms response time is pretty bad, and my 5 year old monitor beat this.

    The viewsonic screens are OK, I have an older 22" screen currently as my main monitor, but they just don't cut it on image quality. Yes it's an IPS panel, but the amount of corners they've cut to fit it into that price bracket mean it's a no go for me.

    Iiyama I've heard mixed reviews on, and seems to depend on the exact model, and they are more commercial use than home use nowadays it seems. That certainly looks interesting, i've read some good reviews on it.

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    I bought a couple of Benq G2420HDBL's a while ago. You ideally need them on a dual display mount to get them high enough because the stands are short (there was a £50 one with swivel kicking around Amazon when I got mine). Used for Eve, massive diagrams and gaming. For the price, I'm happy with them.

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    Honestly if your going to be watching movies and things on it and playing some games scrap monitors, and just buy a 32" 1080p TV, Samsung and Toshiba are particulary good, and around the £300 mark these days.

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    just to add i use a 32" JVC TV for my PC/PS3/xbox, the refresh rate is 60Hz however there is no ghosting and the quality of the screen is perfect, if you search around im sure you could get one with a higher refresh rate. remember though to look for 1:1 Pixel mapping(called different things for different makes) so your screen is displayed correctly from your PC.
    Last edited by Flakes; 26th January 2011 at 09:13 AM.

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    I have an LG 22in TV supplied by CP-Ltd for my monitor. Serves as dual purpose which I love!

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    monitor
    24"
    1920x1080
    2ms
    HDMI + DVI
    LED

    £170 - bargin

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    more to the end of your budget, but really nice monitor...

    - Screen Size: 27.5" Widescreen
    - Resolution: 1920x1200
    - Contrast Ratio: 15000:1
    - Brightness: 400cd/m²
    - Response Time: 3ms
    - Colours: 16.7 Million
    - Inputs: 1x Analogue, 1x DVI-D & 1x HDMI

    £260

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    I bought one of these

    Acer Aspire GD245HQ 120Hz 3D Vision-ready Monitor Review - 3D Vision Blog

    I'm very happy with it and Half Life 2 in 3d is amazing !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flakes View Post
    Honestly if your going to be watching movies and things on it and playing some games scrap monitors, and just buy a 32" 1080p TV, Samsung and Toshiba are particulary good, and around the £300 mark these days.
    EDIT
    just to add i use a 32" JVC TV for my PC/PS3/xbox, the refresh rate is 60Hz however there is no ghosting and the quality of the screen is perfect, if you search around im sure you could get one with a higher refresh rate. remember though to look for 1:1 Pixel mapping(called different things for different makes) so your screen is displayed correctly from your PC.
    32" monitor on a desk is overkill, especially as I dual screen; size of the monitor is almost irrelevant, but bigger than 24" starts to get too big to sit at the desk with. 27" is just about doable, but even that's pushing it. I need a large desktop area, not a monitor i can see from outer space!

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBloggs View Post
    monitor
    24"
    1920x1080
    2ms
    HDMI + DVI
    LED

    £170 - bargin
    Looks about the same as the other Iiyama, but LED, higher contrast and no adjustable stand. Might take a look at that one too.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBloggs View Post
    more to the end of your budget, but really nice monitor...

    - Screen Size: 27.5" Widescreen
    - Resolution: 1920x1200
    - Contrast Ratio: 15000:1
    - Brightness: 400cd/m²
    - Response Time: 3ms
    - Colours: 16.7 Million
    - Inputs: 1x Analogue, 1x DVI-D & 1x HDMI

    £260
    There's nothing really special about it, it's just huge. I think having 1-2 of these on the desk will dominate too much, so not sure on it really. 27" monitor would have to be something special to warrant it over a 24".

    Quote Originally Posted by Brpilot99 View Post
    I bought one of these
    Acer Aspire GD245HQ 120Hz 3D Vision-ready Monitor Review - 3D Vision Blog
    I'm very happy with it and Half Life 2 in 3d is amazing !!!!
    I have an ATI radeon card, so 3d capability is useless to me, and I wont be buying 3d Bluerays as my TV in my living doesn't support it. I hear 120Hz 2d gaming is meant to be good, but from what i've seen the 3d capable monitors come with a dozen little niggles and issues that affect 2d performance.

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    HP ZR24W 24" LCD MONITOR - 1920X1200 1000:1 DVI-D.. | Ebuyer.com is, annoyingly, just out your price range, but the HP IPS monitors nearly always end up being the top recommendation from most tech sites. Has DVI, VAG & DisplayPort, all the adjustments, 7ms response which is pretty good as IPS goes, lots of colour range. Downside is no HDMI, and I can't tell quickly if it's 16:9 or 16:10 because eBuyer contradict themselves between the product name and the spec.

    HP and Dell IPS monitors generally seem to be considered best, though, and make sure you're happy with 16:9, personally I much prefer a 16:10, but that may be from habit as my home monitor is a 16:10 22".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Has DVI, VAG & DisplayPort
    Handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Handy
    Well now I can't correct the spelling can I, it'd ruin everyone's fun.

    Although let's be honest, it won't be too long anyway will it!

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