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Windows 7: Hard to pick

29 Jul 2014   #1

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
Hard to pick

Am gogin to treat myself to a decent monitor - not that the 24" BenQ has anything faults but am shortly going to givr iti to my partner as part of a build I ma doing for her.

Now I cannot make up my mind between these two
Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24in IPS LED Monitor [U2412M] - $319.00 : PC Case Gear &

Philips 278C4QHSN 27in Widescreen IPS LED Monitor [278C4QHSN] - $339.00 : PC Case Gear

The Dell is smaller but has DVI whcih I prefer and the Philips (I have a 24" TN panel one which is very good) but it only comes with HDMI and I really don't like the flimsy plugging system but the screen is bigger.

I really am not a gamer - just a surfer and emailer but have started to play with some graphical stuff plus I am limited to around $350 so any ideas??

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29 Jul 2014   #2

windows 7 home 64bit

Hi John ... When it comes to Monitors Dell is hard to beat IMO .. The only down side to it i see is that it does not have an HDMI connection ...
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29 Jul 2014   #3


I'm sat in front of 27" and 24" screens and there is a big difference, I'd go for the bigger screen every time.
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29 Jul 2014   #4

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I would not be afraid of HDMI. While it does not have the positive locking screws that most DVI connectors have there is very little danger of the connectors falling out, unless you are in the habit of moving your monitor around a lot. They connect about the same as a USB connector.
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29 Jul 2014   #5

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hmm still not sure like the resolution on the Dell but the larger screen is tempting and the HDMI stuff well guess you are right TV I don't move them around a lot (monitors).

Suppose if money were no object the high res larger screen would be the choice but I cannot justify anything like $700 (or more) for that choice.

I'll have to reassess again.
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30 Jul 2014   #6

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Still cannot make up my mind I think I might just go with a cheaper choice and wait for the prices of the 27" ones to come down as I spend a lot of time away at my partners place now and use the laptop. But at some stage I might transport my main machine over there (if she will let me) and then I might check out the 27" stuff once again.

But thanks for the input everyone - one last thing I do have other brand choices such AOC, Asus, and Viewsonic and although I use Asus hardware have no real experience with their monitors and see that they are a bit pricier than the rest.

Again any thoughts??
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30 Jul 2014   #7

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

When I was shopping 27" monitors I read up on the Asus monitors and combined with reviews had decided that they were one of my top choices. I ended up with my Acer monitor (S271HL) for 2 reasons: same basic specs, lower price, and no sound bar (the Asus I wanted at that time only came with one). I have not regretted my purchase.

One thing to note: specs on contrast ratios are pretty much BS. The issue is that there is not a defined standard of what is compared to get that ratio. So those numbers tend to be pretty arbitrary. When you start seeing contrast ratios going into the millions then you can definitely file that under marketing hooey.

My main purpose for getting the big monitor was working with AutoCad. I love having the extra real estate so I don't need to pan and zoom so much. Even though this is a TN display I have never had an experience where I say "damn this monitor! I can't see!". The image (to me) is great. I guess it's like fine wine vs boxed wine. You have to decide whether you want to impress people or just get a buzz on.
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30 Jul 2014   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

John, you MUST go look at the quality of the image on the display. I was going for Samsungs by spec and went to the store and saw an LG L227WTG-PF Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 10000:1DCR with HDCP Support - and being the image nut I am I was blown away by this unit. So much so I bought 3 of them over a couple of years at around $300+ each. So it is in the eye of the guy who sits in front of the monitor. You know we all spend time and money on memory, CPU's, fans, different spec SSD and regular hard drives and don't realise to make your machine look its best you need to choose a monitor not by price but by how it looks to you.
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30 Jul 2014   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

I agree that seeing it in person is a real test you can't duplicate by reading specs. I have 2 24" Asus Monitors an a 27" Asus and have never had a problem with any of them. They are all 3 excellent, as far as I'm concerned. But, I will have to say there is a major difference in a 27" and I can almost assure you, you will be pleased with a 27". Asus makes good monitors and are usually among my top choices.

The Dell monitors are among the best and are quite popular, but most are too rich for me. You'll find very few complaints about the Dell monitors, except for price.

Because you are not a gamer, don't shy away from an advertised 'gaming' monitor. They are really not any different than any other monitor except they usually have a preset you can choose for gaming mode. My 27" Asus is a 'gaming' monitor, but even when I game I don't use the gaming mode. But, again, a 27" monitor is a big difference than a 24".
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30 Jul 2014   #10
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Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

ASUS makes beautiful monitors, but they tend to run 10-20% higher in price to a similar Acer. I'm not saying the ASUS isn't worth it, but an Acer will also do the trick if you're trying to keep under a budget. I've had good luck with both brands. I have two Acers at home, and an ASUS on my desk at work. All of them old and fantastic still.
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