Im looking into getting a new moniter. Im tossing up between the Samsung 2494HS 23.6in (Samsung 2494HS 23.6in Widescreen LCD Monitor Samsung 2493HS 23.6 Widescreen LCD Monitor [2494HS] - $359.00 : PC Case Gear, Quality case accessories and components) And the BenQ G2411HD 24 inch (BenQ G2411HD 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor BenQ G2411HD 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor [G2411HD] - $299.00 : PC Case Gear, Quality case accessories and components) The Samsung looks better but the BenQ is currently a bit over $50 cheaper. I am currently using the V7 R19w12 19 inch (V7 R19W12 Specifications - 19" LCD Monitor, Monitor) From what i can tell both of the 24 inch's have better specs then my current screen so it should be all right with me still seeing a improvment. I game a fair bit and watch movies from time to time. Also the standard stuff like surfing the web etc.. If you can point out a screen thats 23.6 or bigger, is better and that costs about $350 Australian (or less :rolleyes:) then please do so. Oh and dont bother posting "super great mega Newegg deals" becouse, at last check, they dont post to Australia. Thanks, Kais246
I'm not sure if Zipzoomfly ships to Australlia, but allow me to use their site to give an example of the common pricing of this monitor ASUS VW246H 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 1000:1 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail at ZipZoomfly If buying a 23"-24" monitor that isn't the proper resolution (1920 x 1200 - Not sure why this higher resolution standard has been dropped in favor of 1920 x 1080 but it seems as such the case). I wouldn't read too much into the specs on a lot of these monitors as I found when doing intensive searches on LCD monitors the lower cost LCDs generally tend to have specs that are largely unbelievable and not on any unified testing system to make it accurate to compare to another one. I have heard others speak well for that Asus monitor though and for the price I suppose one would have a hard time doing much better. Do a search for that Asus VW246H and see if you can't find a retailer who offers it in Australlia. I did a quick conversion and that price is obviously $209.99 USD but that's only $248 AUD which is well under the budget you posted. Here is a Newegg link for you if you want to read some reviews: Newegg.com - ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors It has D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connectors, HDCP supported, etc. Most people rave about the quality on it, so again something to consider. That Asus seems to be one of the better TN panels out there.
Yeah, I was going to ask, if you're going for a monitor that large, why aren't you going with 1920x1200? Why 1080p? My 22" monitor has that resolution...
But the ASUS that Shintsu linked to looks very good. Cheap, lots of features, (apparently) good picture quality, high response time, good contrast ratios, both dynamic and normal, it looks good.
Ped, I am not sure what has sparked the change but a lot of 24" monitors offered nowadays seem to be 1920 x 1080 instead of 1920 x 1200. What's even sillier is that they are more prominent about saying it's 1080p than when a monitor is just 1920 x 1200 (Presumably trying to interest the people who might be buying the monitors as gaming displays for their consoles who would be looking for 1080p LCD TVs - just my guess here). Me personally I wouldn't own a 24" that wasn't at least 1920 x 1200 but I have seen the 1920 x 1080 monitors and they look fine - not sure how much real estate you lose by having a slightly lower resolution in the vertical. Although if you want to see a really strange resolution, simply look to this Samsung: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001317 2048 x 1152! I've never heard of that one before...but it's not too expensive at $199 USD. I'll put one other monitor to your consideration as it was one I had contemplated when searching for one for myself when I was still looking at TN panels. The following Gateway (Well not this exact one but a very similar model): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824113019 But I must warn from what I've found their quality is very hit and miss - some people get a great display where some other people will get a terrible one. Someone might get a great one, another might get severe backlight bleeding. Their QA is all over the place, but it seems that they look fantastic when they're done right. Kinda like the Dell 2407 and 2408s as well. Just another monitor for your consideration, it is a bit more though at $299 USD (Around $350 AUD I'm thinking without doing the conversion).
Ped, I am not sure what has sparked the change but a lot of 24" monitors offered nowadays seem to be 1920 x 1080 instead of 1920 x 1200. What's even sillier is that they are more prominent about saying it's 1080p than when a monitor is just 1920 x 1200 (Presumably trying to interest the people who might be buying the monitors as gaming displays for their consoles who would be looking for 1080p LCD TVs - just my guess here). Me personally I wouldn't own a 24" that wasn't at least 1920 x 1200 but I have seen the 1920 x 1080 monitors and they look fine - not sure how much real estate you lose by having a slightly lower resolution in the vertical.
As far as the 1080p goes, it is to allow people with negligible technical knowledge to realize that the 1920x1200 will play their Blu-Ray movies, and as an advertising gimmick - everyone knows that 1920x1080 is the pinnacle of TV resolution technology at the moment, and since TVs are generally more expensive than monitors, it allows the vendor to mark the price up ridiculously in physical stores and still expect people to buy them thinking they're getting a really good deal. Except what they don't realize that 1920x1080 is a relatively middle-of-the-road resolution as far as monitors go nowadays.
Also, 1920x1080 compared to 1920x1200? It makes a huge difference. There's another 11% of desktop real estate along the vertical axis there. Of course, for media it's good because you don't get distortion of video and stuff at 1080p resolution, however, for viewing documents and stuff, as I learned, it's a real pain - the 1920 pixel width doesn't allow you to put two pages side by side and still have it easily readable, while being only 1080 pixels high means that you have all these pixels on the side that are a complete waste, while in comparison you have to scroll more to see the same thing, it's harder to keep track of diagrams and annotations if you're looking at scientific/mathematical stuff on computer, and other things like that. Of course, these are only small, niggling things, and coming from my 1280x1024 19" (which I still keep as my secondary) it's really good, but I think that given a choice, I would choose 1920x1200 over 1080 any day, as long as the difference were reasonably priced.
Preaching to the choir Ped, I hate these new 24" monitors that are lower resolution but eh, it's popular enough and enough people buy them so they keep being made. A quick search at Newegg shows 48 results for 1920 x 1080 monitors and only 28 results for 1920 x 1200 monitors - rather sad. Here is a nice Samsung for consideration if you want to get something 1920 x 1200 - again which will require a search for Australlian vendors (shame Newegg doesn't offer their services to you guys) but it's $297 USD: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1 Built in DTV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Speakers - LCD Monitors The Samsung is actually a TV (Built in tuner) so you'd be getting a TV as well if you decided to use it as such. It seems to offer plenty of connectivity just like any other LCD monitor though.
Im liking the ToC T240HD at the moment, only seem to be one online shop i can get it from that i have found so far and that worries me :P Any more suggestions? *edit* Actully i dont seem to be able to find any Australian sites that have that moniter... *edit* Im thinking about the ASUS VW246H at the moment... Can some one tell me how much better it is then the BenQ i posted earlier? Becouse by the looks of it i will be paying 15 dollars more for it then the BenQ.
I haven't heard anything about the BenQ and a search pulled up hardly anything about it. No CNET article, not listed on Newegg or any other retailers except the retailer you already listed. Given the lack of feedback on the BenQ and the high feedback on the Asus and it's good ratings I'd have to stick by the Asus recommendation if you can't get ahold of that Samsung.
16:9 display resolutions aren't so bad. I've been using 16:10 for years (1680x1050 and 1920x1200 desktop monitors, and a 1280x800 laptop), but my most recent laptop is 720p, 1366x768. It's actually quite nice. There's still plenty of viewing space for vertically oriented stuff like documents and forums, and two pages fit quite nicely side by side.
LG is going to be manufacturing a 23" 1920x1080 e-IPS panel that many manufacturers are interested in using. The 22" e-IPS Dells, true to claims of the technology, have sold at TN prices and are superior to them. The Dell e-IPS 2209WA is getting raves of being the best 22" display available now.
This tech once it becomes mass produced will no doubt be popular in anything up to 26" because though there are still options other than TN, many manufacturers are only making TNs now. Many, including myself, are growing tired of waiting on the release of the 23" e-IPS displays though. There's been talk of them for some time now but no actual release dates yet.