I'd be weary of PVA panels, since it's generally older tech (if I'm correct). It DOES look good, and has the color depth and viewing angles of IPS. However, the refresh rates plague it compared to IPS. Keep that in mind for gaming and action movies.
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VA panels have THE best contrast......nice blacks, dark scene DETAIL in games or movies is superior. Photographs look fantastic.
VA panels have better viewing angles then TN types but inferior to IPS.
VA panels usually are slowest responding.....not good at all for gaming.
I might go with the Asus. I currently have a TN panel, my wife has an TN panel, bith Acer in this case) my two monitors at work are TN panels, my 3 laptops are TN panels, so I guess a TN panel really wont effect me that much.
Yes I know if I had an IPS and a TN right next to each other, it would be night and day, but this way, I get the bigger monitor, faster response time, and it wont look any worse then I already have, that's for sure.
Thanks much for all the info, and if anyone else has any they want to throw in, go ahead, it will still be 1 -2 weeks before I order.
Should match a monitor for the user. Seems you require a balanced monitor instead of one that specializes in something particular. Maybe there is something particular that is more important for you in a monitor. Mostly for me I think is about doing it work properly/reliably, not annoying me and beyond that is image quality and performance. Monitors vary. I'd research reviews and user opinions online by searching for a monitor. Google or whatever else is friendly.
OK, I got to borrow a monitor from a frien to try out. 27" Samsung P2770FH.
Wow, 27 is big. So for on the desktop it's been working great, started a game of portal and as I move around fast, vertical lines seem to clip in multiple places.
I'll be trying some l4d2 and maybe some ut and see how those go. Movies are very nice to watch though compared to a 17" 4.3!
OK, I've noticed some artifacts while playing games, not sure if it's the monitor or my vid card or a combo of the two.
during portal and UT3, If I move my cursor around, I get vertical lines that cause zig zag patterns
Here is a link to a video, but the video does not quit capture what I see, for some reason it captures more blocky stuff.
Hard to describe, but very annoying!
The 27" is great for movies though
I have one of the Dell U2412Ms mentioned above, I got it on special from Dell for USD$289 (converted from NZD). The extra pixel height is really nice (1920x1200) and as others have stated, it uses a slightly different technology than the U2410. The U2410 uses true IPS technology for the best colour accuracy and contrast (and comes with the respective higher price). The U2412 is a compromise, it uses what they call e-IPS, for economical I guess. It has the viewing angles (needed for a larger monitor otherwise the colours change in the corners if you sit close to it, i.e. at a desk), and the majority of the colour reproduction/contrast of an IPS panel, but has the fast response time of a TN panel. All at a reasonable price.
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OK, I have it down now to either of these two. I can pick up both local.
Samsung is hdmi only, so I would have to buy a hdmi cable and dvi > hdmi adapter or use the vga connection, but it is cheaper.
what say ye
So I picked up the Samsung S27A350H. I do believe I will like this very much. Still getting some settings set, but I'm loving watching movies on it.
Just using VGA so far. Once I get a new vid card with built in HDMI port, then I will use that.
Thanks to everyone for all the input.