I need to buy a new monitor today, which one?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sochet, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. sochet macrumors regular

    sochet

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    Hey guys,

    For the life of me monitors are something I know nothing about. I'm a mixing/mastering engineer so as long as it's reliable it's something I pay no attention to!


    Saying that I want to get a second monitor for my home MP setup. (I currently have a Samsung 226BW). I'd like to get a second to have more screen real estate, and something to plug a games console into (so it needs HDMI ports)

    Past that I have no idea what to get, I'd like it to be 22" (to match the size of my other one, I think it'd be weird to have 2 different sizes)

    Price wise I'd like to spend under £150 ($250) and certainly no more than £200 ($300). Colour neutrality doesn't bother me, in fact I'd like a "Larger than life" image for gaming.

    My price range is probably way under everyone here, but do any of you have an idea of what I should look at? (no pun intended)


    Ps. It now turns out my Samsung has died completely :( so I desperately need one now!
     
  2. holyjohn macrumors regular

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    I own Samsung SyncMaster T240. It's 24" widescreen LCD monitor, with 5ms response speed and 20000:1 contrast ratio. It was release few years ago, so I don't know if the price went down but I've been using it for 2 years and it's still wonderful. :D

    If you play alot of games, get ones with low response time, like less than 2ms if possible.
     
  3. borisiii macrumors 6502

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  4. sochet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually I've been looking at the benq range, and ebuyer has a BenQG2420HDBE for £150 (24"). How does it match up to the v222oh?
     
  5. borisiii macrumors 6502

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    The V2220H and V2420H are newer and much thinner (also higher contrast and better general spec). Also, the ebuyer one has no HDMI. In terms of performance comparison I can't comment - I only have the V2220H, but I can tell you that it is really good.
     
  6. slughead macrumors 68040

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    I've always had really good luck with samsungs. I've bought a total of 4 that are all 100% functional. I have a 19" that I bought like 4 years ago that still works great.

    However, I hear that they have crappy specs compared to competitors, and even Acers (which are cheaper) sometimes look a lot better.
     
  7. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    Same here, never had bad luck with Samsung screens. However, I would only recommend them for the use that you're after (gaming and general use).
     
  8. sochet thread starter macrumors regular

    sochet

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for all your help! In the end I just went down to Yo-yo tech in London and picked up a Benq G2420HDBL. It differs from the one I posted before in that it's LED not LCD and doesn't have a HDMI port (although is compliant to run an 1080p signal over DVI). It cost about £20 more than online, but I was in the middle of a big mix project!

    One thing I will say, is straight out of the box it isn't as vibrant as my old Samsung. I need to fiddle around with the colour settings (Or get my gf to do it, 'cus she's a graphic designer :p ) but it defiantly is a lot brighter.


    http://benq.co.uk/products/LCD/index.cfm/product/1157
     

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