Best Computer Monitors: October 2014 (Archive)

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RandomIdiot23

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So is there even a 16:10 screen with a good framerate, barely play games that aren't better at that so would be nice to see...
 

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Monitors are about the most exciting thing right now, with cpu and gpu performance relatively stagnant and moderate game requirements, nothing really exciting is happening, its a good time to look at a new monitor. Weather it larger, higher res, high refresh rate. The only issue i have is the extreme price difference vs performance from a low end screen to a high end one, and the fact that you cant have everything. High refresh rate, ips, uhd don't all exist in one package. What i would really want is an ultra wide 32"+ 120hz ips for around $500......yes i am dreaming.....
 

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Hmmm, the low-budget segment seems to be missing. None of my monitors cost more than $150, and all have even illumination and good response times. They're "only" 60Hz IPS panels. It would be nice if a couple of them had speakers (even cheesy monitor speakers; they're on a secondary PC and my test bench where "any" sound is all I really need), but for the price I paid, I cannot complain.
 

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I'l say it again and again if I have to: this needs a mainstream/budget category! For people that want to watch some movies, work some, play some and not be ripped of.
 

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It's a bit of a disappointment all the "gaming" screens are 16:9. 16:10 is a superior aspect ratio, period. Whats not to like, same width, more height... This is especially true in RTS and MOBA style games, where the enemy comes from the top/bottom of the screen more frequently, not just left/right as in most FPS...
I believe that the masses have never tried a 16:10 panel. 1080p is now the standard, and the manufacturers win here because they are cheaper to produce, and the advertising teams play along as well.
It's a disservice to gamers everywhere for the manufacturers to be allowed to take a turn for the worst. 1080p is sold as the superior media/movie/gaming screen which is simply not true.

If the mainstream gamer comes to the realize that 16:10 aspect ratio is superior, the market will have to follow the trend. That means we could start seeing 16:10 in IPS overclocked to higher refresh rates, GSync, etc.

I encourage anyone reading this to do a little research on the matter. 16:10 is the way to go...
 

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How far away do you think we are from a single monitor that supports both G-Sync and FreeSync (or convergence of the protocols)? Over the years I've moved back and forth between AMD and NVidia, and with a gaming rig buy new video cards more frequently than new monitors. I foresee a bunch of people unwilling to buy too soon for risk of losing nice features if they commit for the next X years and then change video card brands.

Yes, I know fans of one or the other will chime in here, but historically both companies have had their turn at being the best and the worst, and that will continue.
 

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Most people aren't even spending this kind of money on a monitor. Next article should feature a couple of monitors in the $140-170 range. Thanks.
 

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Sad, and a bit ironic, but probably true. People spend 250-500$ + on a graphics card, then buy the cheapest 1080p TN panel they can find for 200$. Talk about looking at a beautiful picture through a glass of muddy water.
 

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Adroid, the people that do thus are chasing frame rates for gaming. Nothing wrong with a quick response TN panel with LED backlighting. Fact is, most people don't see a need for a 1080P panel at over 23" and don't care about perfect color reproduction. Cost is more important to most of us.
 

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One thing I would like to se ncluded these reviews and roundups is the bezel width measurements for those of us looking to put up a 3X1 portrait or landscape setup or a 3 over 3 setup of multiple monitors so we can figure that part out as well.
 
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Tom's,

I really appreciate this article since it helps me sort through monitors for clients fairly quickly. However, the most common question I get asked is "what's the best monitor under $200?". So, it'd be awesome if you guys could do a test of a bunch of sub $200 1080p monitors and then list them here.
 

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It's a bit of a disappointment all the "gaming" screens are 16:9. 16:10 is a superior aspect ratio, period. Whats not to like, same width, more height... This is especially true in RTS and MOBA style games, where the enemy comes from the top/bottom of the screen more frequently, not just left/right as in most FPS...
I believe that the masses have never tried a 16:10 panel. 1080p is now the standard, and the manufacturers win here because they are cheaper to produce, and the advertising teams play along as well.
It's a disservice to gamers everywhere for the manufacturers to be allowed to take a turn for the worst. 1080p is sold as the superior media/movie/gaming screen which is simply not true.

If the mainstream gamer comes to the realize that 16:10 aspect ratio is superior, the market will have to follow the trend. That means we could start seeing 16:10 in IPS overclocked to higher refresh rates, GSync, etc.

I encourage anyone reading this to do a little research on the matter. 16:10 is the way to go...
It might have to do with 16:9 not having any disadvantage when watching movies where as in a 16:10 ratio, your image will be shrunk to fit your screen, with a widescreen movie.

P.S. Where was the ROG Swift in this roundup?
 

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Well 16:9 has the same border. Not really that much a difference. What are you gaining on a 24" monitor anyway, 1/4" back of the 1 1/2" of real estate you lost going from 16:9 to 16:10?

How many people actually watch movies on their TN gaming panel anyway? Movies belong in the living room!
 
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