Looking for 30" (or more) UHD with good contrast and viewing angles

apertotes

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I am looking to buy a new monitor. I already have a gaming monitor, so I want a general usage one, for spreadsheets, a bit of CAD, etc.

This is what I want:
1. 3840x2160
2. 2000:1 contrast or better
3. Good viewing angles
4. 30" or larger
5. Color and brightness uniformity

Thing I do not care about:
1. Refresh rate or input lag
2. Color accuracy
3. Extras (speakers, g-sync, HDR, usb connections)

After several hours researching, I haven't been able to find a display that meets requirements 2 and 3 at the same time. It seems that to have deep blacks you need a VA panel, and those have weak viewing angles. On the other hand, IPS panels have great viewing angles and uniformity but suffer from not so good contrast.

So, it seems that I am looking for the VA display with the best viewing angles and uniformity or the IPS display with the best contrast. Anybody knows which are those by heart?

Thank you!
 

nukemaster

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This depends on the person.

In order to make a monitor faster, manufacturers use something called overdrive. When pushed too far, it can lead to
inverted/inverse ghosting(this is also called overshoot). This may be distracting to some users. Even fast TN panels can have overshoot(but it generally lasts a shorter time with higher refresh rates and TN panels are generally much faster than V/A) to begin with.

It will be best to check out some reviews. I like TFT central reviews for this, but clearly no website can review every monitor on the market. Checking monitors in a local store is also a good option if you can do that.

I am not making a direct recommendation because I simply have not owned enough monitors to give you a good recommendation. For that reason I am sticking to the details about panel types.
 

nukemaster

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VA panel viewing angles are not that bad. They are still much better than TN panels and are the best option for higher contrast.

Some will say VA panels crush blacks. I like to think off angle expands dark colors making head on viewing look crushed.

I am not saying VA have no color shift(even IPS does have some), but it is not that bad. I know you do not care about refresh rate, but VA response times can be rather slow leading to more ghosting at times.

It would be best to try to fine a monitor in store to look at.
 

apertotes

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Thanks a lot! Can ghosting be a problem even when not playing? Like scrolling fast on an online newspaper or moving items in the desktop? Or watching YouTube videos?
 

nukemaster

Titan
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This depends on the person.

In order to make a monitor faster, manufacturers use something called overdrive. When pushed too far, it can lead to
inverted/inverse ghosting(this is also called overshoot). This may be distracting to some users. Even fast TN panels can have overshoot(but it generally lasts a shorter time with higher refresh rates and TN panels are generally much faster than V/A) to begin with.

It will be best to check out some reviews. I like TFT central reviews for this, but clearly no website can review every monitor on the market. Checking monitors in a local store is also a good option if you can do that.

I am not making a direct recommendation because I simply have not owned enough monitors to give you a good recommendation. For that reason I am sticking to the details about panel types.
 

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