It's time to start looking for a new monitor and I was wondering what your experiences were with monitors, or if there were any you would recommend. I'm looking at getting a 27-32", high refresh rate, 2560x1440 or x1600 monitor. I'm not sure about whether it should be IPS or if TN is acceptable. I am currently using a 14-year old Apple A1083 behemoth so I've gotten used to the nicety of having an IPS display. I'm not sure how a decent-quality TN display holds up in terms of changes in the display over the range of viewing angles. Any recommendations?
I am a bit split as to whether I should pick up something nice and expensive (in the $500-$600 range) or whether I could get something for $300-$400 of similar quality. I'm mostly looking for recommendations from personal experience or if you happen to run into a great sale, for you to pass it along. Don't really have a deadline for this, though the sooner I do get a monitor the sooner I can try to sell my old GTX 970 (and the sooner I can have *the gaming experience of a lifetime*). Probably in the next 2 months or so would be nice.
Let me also throw in a couple links to some monitors I'm eying if no sale does come up:
I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
I got an LG ultrawide 34" one, I would never go back to 16:9 now;
Really good for immersive gaming, and gives you a bit of an edge in some games too.
Danny King | Editor-in-Chief | GameFront.com
Jeff is a missing boss
28th July 2002
The way I look at monitors is that they are a 10 year investment (baring something going wrong or a major display technology shift) so I think it's better to get something of high quality that'll last instead of something cheaper you replace in 3 years.
That said, I know you have a 1080Ti so if you can budget it I'd say get a monitor with G-Sync because it's a game changer. I cannot go back to gaming on a non VRR monitor.
This is what I have. It's a 35" 3440x1440p G-Sync monitor. It's a VA panel so it comes with VA panel issues but I don't mind them all that much. Whether you want to test your luck on a refurb or not is up to you (currently saves you about $130 off the price of new. When I bought mine it saved me almost $400). It's at the high end of your price range but I personally think it's worth it.
There is a 1080p version avail for $600.
If you're not all that interested in an Ultrawide, this is also a great 1440p 144Hz IPS G-Sync panel.
Taking a look at a few reviews and comparisons, it looks like the main differences between TN and IPS panels are viewing angle, color reproduction, and response time. IPS tends to have increased light bleed and both panel types generally struggle with blacks and black uniformity. Throwing more money at the problem gets you better results.
That said, I'm looking at getting a cheap-ish TN panel with G-sync, such as this one (https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Gaming-S2716DGR-LED-Lit-Monitor/dp/B0149QBOF0?tag=edit-tech-round-up-20&ascsubtag=176c484d-18e7-4122-bede-c530b5e7ce4b&th=1) or the TN version of the 27" Acer Radioactive linked. Given the benefits/drawbacks of the panel types, it looks like TN will be fine for what I'm doing - gaming, non-color essential design work, coding, and web browsing. Within a couple hundred dollars, the quality of panels don't seem to vary too much, so if I want a significant upgrade I would probably be looking a 2x-3x price hike. In a year or two I won't be a poor college pleb anymore and will be able to more easily afford something in that higher price range. If I like the display I purchase now, I'll probably get a second down the road and pick up a high-end ultrawide for my main monitor then for a 3-display setup.
So I was able to pick up the Dell S2716DGR monitor for $300 shipped. So far I am quite happy with it. It's no VA monitor and the blacks are pretty washed out as would be expected, but for my purposes it's perfect considering I didn't blow my wallet on it. When I have a real job and feel like blowing some real money I will probably upgrade to something a bit more ludicrous like an ultrawide. But I think what I have now can work well as a peripheral monitor in a triple monitor setup as long as it's not in the 90 degree configuration (the TN viewing angle issues really mess with the eyes when the monitor is on its side).