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#11 9 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4985303Personally I wouldn't go with the Samsung just because of the odd resolution it uses. Out of those four I'd go for one of the ASUS screens but check some reviews first because I've never used an ASUS screen tbh.

If anything, I'd imagine the slightly higher resolution being a bonus. The Samsung also has significantly lower power consumption, (45 watts max vs 60 watts max). The ASUS monitors look pretty decent though. I just wonder about their customer service vs. Samsung's costumer service if something goes bad. I know some companies seem to give their employees bonus cash if they can ward people off from returning their broken component, while others seem to pay their employees to help the costumer. I think I've heard Samsung's service is fairly good, but I don't recall Asus having the best service from mobo reviews, though it could have been a different brand.

Either way, at least I should be getting an ok deal. The majority of costumers don't seem to dislike either monitor, though there seems to be more complaints about the ASUS coming partially defective...




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#12 9 years ago

I don't see why it's a bonus when a lot of current and future content is coming out in 1080p resolution. 1:1 pixel mapping on a 1920x1080 (or 1920x1200 with black bars) monitor will give a superior picture to a monitor that is stretching the image to a larger resolution. The increase is so slight that there is no practical reason for it, and yet you risk downgrading the quality of whatever you're watching/playing. Not a bonus in my eyes.

Of course if you want it that's your choice, I tend to game at 1920x1080 and I have quite a bit of 1080p HD content so it could well be that it matters more to me because of that, and it won't actually affect you, as always it depends what you're doing with it.




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#13 9 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4985575...I tend to game at 1920x1080...

On lots of games you can custom set the res via a simple ini or config edit.




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#14 9 years ago
>Omen<;4985665On lots of games you can custom set the res via a simple ini or config edit.

Yes which I have to do with a lot of games to get them to play at that anyway, however more and more games are actually supporting higher resolutions like 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 out of the box, and with some games setting a custom resolution isn't always a perfect solution. Point still remains about the other content though.




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#15 9 years ago

Bs|Archaon;4985575I don't see why it's a bonus when a lot of current and future content is coming out in 1080p resolution. 1:1 pixel mapping on a 1920x1080 (or 1920x1200 with black bars) monitor will give a superior picture to a monitor that is stretching the image to a larger resolution. The increase is so slight that there is no practical reason for it, and yet you risk downgrading the quality of whatever you're watching/playing. Not a bonus in my eyes.

Of course if you want it that's your choice, I tend to game at 1920x1080 and I have quite a bit of 1080p HD content so it could well be that it matters more to me because of that, and it won't actually affect you, as always it depends what you're doing with it.

I thought it would be a stretching issue, I've heard LCD's don't do well on anything but their native resolution. The video resolution will probably be stretching either way though, because I don't see a blu-ray player in the future, unless DVD's become obsolete. I suppose it never hurts to be safe and go with a 1920x1080 though.

I'll see if I can find a different Samsung, or just go with the Acer, depending on price vs. rants/raves.

Edit: it seems this is a pretty good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001314 No free shipping though :(




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#16 9 years ago
I thought it would be a stretching issue, I've heard LCD's don't do well on anything but their native resolution. The video resolution will probably be stretching either way though, because I don't see a blu-ray player in the future, unless DVD's become obsolete. I suppose it never hurts to be safe and go with a 1920x1080 though.

It doesn't do anything bad to the monitor, but in non-native resolutions LCDs try to compensate by allocating multiple pixel lines for every pixel line of output from the GPU. This means the result is especially bad for small changes in resolution like from 1920x1080 to 1920x1200, since some pixel lines will have double the size of others, and some will be broken up as the monitor tries to compensate. This is obviously not good for gaming, but worse for image/video editing and graphics work, when you can't be sure whether the image is at fault, or the monitor.

However, I have to say that when I use my monitor at 1920x1080, for videos and games it's awesome. However, for browsing the web and using Office, it feels far too wide and too short for my taste.




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#17 9 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4985696Yes which I have to do with a lot of games to get them to play at that anyway, however more and more games are actually supporting higher resolutions like 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 out of the box, and with some games setting a custom resolution isn't always a perfect solution. Point still remains about the other content though.

I was talking about custom setting to 2048x1152, which is less commonly supported. 1920x1200/1080 is widely supported now. It would only be older games for the most part that wouldn't support those resolutions.

In fact quite often the games that are lazily ported from console that cannot be res tweaked DO support 1920x1080, as it's a common HDTV res, which is often the display of choice for console gamers.

Anyways, he pretty much mentioned gaming as a last priority and here we are talking as if it's priority one. For the primary uses he mentioned, 2048x1152 wouldn't be a hindrance at all.

Soleutator, if you want to learn a lot about what to expect with LCD widescreen res options concerning gaming, visit WideScreenGamingForum.com. They have a master games list of known workarounds for everything from FOV fixes to custom res options.




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#18 9 years ago

I would go with the LG, I have the same model, but 22" instead of 23". It's VERY good, very bright, crisp, color. Wide variety of options, HDMI input, 1080p, can't really ask for more. One of the best LCD's I've used. Not to mention a very sleek and sexy LCD :P




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#19 9 years ago

Oblivious;4982917I am a Samsung and Dell fan when it comes to monitors, but my last few Acer (22") purchases have been very satisfying as well. I am partial to my Asus 24" right now, like this one better than the two recent Acers I've purchased. I'm about ready to buy a second one to run dual 24" monitors if that tells you whether I really like it or not.

Here's what I'm using and loving now, another option to consider: 24-236-052-15.jpgASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers (currently $199 & Free Shipping in US)

As far as LG products go (cellphones, TVs, washer/dryers), they look pretty, but there's a reason for the Like Garbage moniker. I'd stick them slightly above Sceptre when it comes to lcd monitor quality.[/QUOTE]

War Hawk;4982052Never heard of LG? They make a ton of cell phones. They make the enV series of phones which are extremely popular by me.

I'm using a 19" widescreen LG monitor and I love it. Good, clear picture and it works very well for gaming.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Babeman;4986515]I would go with the LG, I have the same model, but 22" instead of 23". It's VERY good, very bright, crisp, color. Wide variety of options, HDMI input, 1080p, can't really ask for more. One of the best LCD's I've used. Not to mention a very sleek and sexy LCD :P

[QUOTE=>Omen<;4981907]Of those 3 I would say the Samy is the best. Response times can be misleading because in reality, an LCD at the typical 60Hz takes 8ms to refresh.

I feel like flipping a coin twice...




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#20 9 years ago

Bump:

I got the Asus, and it arrived today. It looks amazing when it comes to pictures, but is not quite as sharp as my 17" CRT @ 1280x1024 with text and lines (yes, I put it at 1600x1080, the native resolution). I'm not sure if I can do anything about this, but I flipped through all of the controls, and the only thing that made a big difference was the sharpness control, which was already set almost as good as it would get, though fine-tuning it may help. The onboard speakers were actually louder than expected though.

I also got a new $15 pair of Rosewill headphones, which didn't make as big of a difference as I was hoping (sound quality almost seems lower than my old $5 sony headphones at low volumes, with the exception of improved bass). The other pro is fairly good sound damping, which will help drown out background noise during school. It was a bit less than I expected for $15, but my expectations were probably too high in the first place. I suppose they are still worth it for school, since my old headphones are faded and horribly ugly. Next time I'll spend a bit more, aiming low only wastes money in cases like this.