What Brands Of Monitors Are Good

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  1. EDLIU macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I'm planning to get myself a "27 inch or 32 inch" monitor(Full HD 1080p). Basically for daily uses.

    I've checked brands like "LG, HP, DELL, SAMSUNG, and VIEWSONIC".

    Which brand has the best quality?

    What about ViewSonic? They used to be pretty good, but some said that they're not as good as before because of the declining sales.

    BTW, should I get a "curved" display if I'm looking for a 27 inch monitor? What about 32 inch monitor?

    Thanks in advacnce.

    Ed
     
  2. Patcell macrumors 6502

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    I happen to like Dell monitors... I have used many of them over the last ten or so years and I have had nothing but good experiences with them. Truth be told however, I don't really have any experience with other brands, so I'm not the best to answer the quality question.

    Just my two cents though, at 27-32" why not take a look at something higher resolution than 1080p? 1440p displays have really come down in price, and I think you'll really appreciate the added workspace at that resolution. Something to consider anyway... Good luck!
     
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  4. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, Pat,

    I have checked Dell monitors at their website.

    Two models seem to be okay.

    Dell SE2717H & Dell P2717H

    Which one would you prefer?

    BTW, how do I know if a monitor is 1440p?

    Thanks.

    Ed
     
  5. kryten42 macrumors 6502

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    1440p will have 2560x1440 resolution (native)

    The SE2717H is 1920x1080 and a standard consumer/everyday screen.

    The P2717H is also 1920x1080 but a pro series so will be a better screen.

    Not sure I would go for either, there are better 27" displays out there. I have a Dell P2715Q which is their 4k display, good but also a lot more expensive. The U series are their best (ultrasharp) but very expensive (you get what you pay for).

    Not got any specific recommendations right now, but read around some of the review sites for sure. Also keep an eye on the Dell Refurbished site (http://dellrefurbished.com/computer-monitors), if in no rush there can be great deals there and often a 50% off coupon kicking around! Unfortunately now 27's on there right now.
     
  6. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, Kry,

    What about Samsung S27F350FHE?

    Dell SE2717H or Samsung S27F350FHE?

    Thanks.

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  7. kryten42 macrumors 6502

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    Those are both 27" 1920x1080 screens. I am not familiar with the Samsung or that specific Dell. The Samsung seems to be a PLS panel (basically Samsung's version of IPS) where the Dell is a TN panel, so in theory on specs alone the Samsung should have better viewing angles and colours etc. Not read any reviews though.
     
  8. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Thanks.

    BTW, I'm going to use the monitor with my old 17-inch mid 2010 MacBook Pro.

    Is there anything I need to know for using the display with the laptop?

    And, since the MBP is 17-inch, it's quit big, do I need to get a "monitor with a stand that can raise the display higher(like the Dell P2717H)", so I would have more viewing space of the monitor?

    Ed
     
  9. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, Kry,

    I'll be using the monitor mainly for web surfing or watching videos. Should I get a IPS or TN panel monitor?

    Thanks.

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  10. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, Kry,

    I think Dell uses IPS too. But not sure.

    Dell SE2717H

    Panel Type: In-Plane switching Technology

    Ed
     
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  12. mickeydean macrumors 6502

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    I used a Dell U2713H and quality is fine in terms of the screen.

    USB hub stopped working 1-2months in... now it's been 2-3 years I haven't been bothered to send it in (bit late now).

    It's fine but for the price... Maybe I'd go for something cheaper see how that goes...

    I read from reviews that NEC are the best for professionals.
     
  13. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, Pat,

    1440p displays seem still pretty expansive compared to 1080p monitors.

    1080P MONITORS ($100-$200)

    1440P MONITORS ($200-$500)

    Do I need a 1440p monitor if I only use it for web surfing and watching videos?

    BTW, do you recommend any 1440p displays?

    Thanks.

    Ed
     
  14. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    In US prices a good 1440p monitor will run you right about $300. Here I am thinking of the Dell UltraSharp U2515H.
    A 1920 x 1080/1200 you can get for $200-250. That would be Dell UltraSharp U2415 or U2414H.

    2560 x 1440 is miles better and gives you much more space. I personally wouldn't consider 1080p, but it's also a budget matter.
    All the above mentioned are quality IPS displays.
     
  15. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I searched the web, and all major display brands seem to have only 1080p monitors(2016).

    BTW, what do you mean "much more space"?

    Thanks.

    Ed
     
  16. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - That isn't true. The U2515H I mentioned is 1440p. Many many others exist.

    2560 x 1440 gives you a larger number of pixels on the screen than 1920 x 1080. 78 % more to be exact. That means 78 % more space to arrange windows and have content side by side, etc.
     
  17. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, JTT,

    I'm looking for a 27" 2016 display.

    I know pixels, but what does "78 % more space to arrange windows and have content side by side" mean? Do you mean that the 1440p monitors will be more "clear"?

    BTW, how do I choose a display sRGB?

    Thanks.

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  18. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Why does it matter in which year it was released? If it must specifically be 27" rather than 25" there's the U2715H, but that's much more expensive.
    If you only want 27" and up, 1440p or greater is a must. 1080p will look enormously grainy in a 27" monitor.

    78 % more space means just that. Let's say 1080p is a desk measuring 2 x 1 meters. You can put 2 square meters worth of stuff on it. A 1440p display, then, is a desk measuring 3 x 1.2 meters. You can put 3.6 square meters worth of stuff on it (or 78 % more).

    In addition, yes, 1440p will also be more clear if you hold the monitor size constant. This is because 1440p at any size will have more pixels per inch (and so it will be harder to distinguish the individual pixels) than 1080p will at that same size.

    I did not quite understand the last question. If you meant how you can ensure the display you're looking at conforms to sRGB colour standards, it should be listed in the specifications.
     
  19. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, JTT,

    Thanks.

    One more stupid question. Dell or Samsung? Which brand do you recommend? And, if I get myself a 27" display, I should get a 1440p right? What does "look enormously grainy" mean?

    Thanks again.

    Ed
     
  20. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Dell.

    I think 1440p is the minimum on 27", yes. By enormously grainy I mean a too low PPI (pixels per inch). Individual pixels will be larger and easier to distinguish, which means the picture on screen will more visually appear to be made up of a number of individual blocks (which is always the case, but the lower the PPI the more obvious it is). Text will be more fuzzy and especially round shapes will appear more jagged. Add to that the fact that a lower PPI also means items on screen will be larger. I think 1080p on 27" would result in much too large text and interface items, but it's a matter of preference of course.

    25" 2560 x 1440 is the sweet spot, I think, for value for money, high pixel density, and lots of space.
    (Hence why I opted for one of those in the form of a U2515H myself.)
     
  21. EDLIU, Oct 18, 2016
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    Thanks.

    BTW, if I watch YouTube, which can only be 1080p at most, will 1440p monitors still be better in the case?

    Ed
     
  22. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - YouTube supports content up to 4K. It just depends on the uploader, and a lot of them these days upload in 4K. Even good quality 1080p looks fine on a 1440p display.
    If you do once in a while get a low-quality 1080p video, it can be a bit annoying.
     
  23. c8rlo macrumors 6502

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    i've had no problems with my ASUS displays, i run (3) 23" displays thru my 2012 MM for daily use and console gaming. no lag w/ the 1ms response time when i DO console game. just giving you an option if you've never checked into the ASUS brand. eventually like to run some curved displays in the future, GL w/ whatever you decide.
     
  24. EDLIU thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I have narrowed down my selections to "Samsung, Dell, or ViewSonic".

    I'm looking for a 27 inch display.

    The Dell SE2717H seems okay to me. But it's 1080p. And costs $249.

    I googled for the 1440p monitors prices. And someone posted that:

    " $300-400 gets you a low grade 1440p monitor".

    So, should I get a 27 inch, 1080p Dell monitor, or a 27 inch, 1440p monitor? But I don't want to spend too much money on the display.

    Any piece of advice is appreciated.

    Ed
     

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