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Best 24" monitor for under $500

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I'm in the market for a new 24" monitor. Because my eyes aren't what they used to be, and frankly I'm not all that educated on LCD technology, I'm relying on the unlimited wisdom of atomicans to point me in the right direction. I see several options from our suppliers in this range. I'll use it for gaming some, everyday computing mostly (8-14 hrs/day), and occasional (HD and not) movie watching. I need to see a lot of pictures for the latest computer components, but couldn't care less about photo editing.

Here's the choices I have:

 

Samsung: 2443BW and 2443BWX, both $391

http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/detail/...=LS24MYKRBQ/XSA

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/...=LS24MYKKFV/XAA

 

Dell: (It hurts to consider Dell anything as a system builder but I've never seen a bad review of their monitors): S2409W $499 and G2410 $469

http://www1.ap.dell.com/au/en/home/monitor...s&cs=audhs1

http://www1.ap.dell.com/au/en/home/monitor...s&cs=audhs1

 

AOC: 416V $366

http://www.aocmonitor-anz.com/lcd_monitor/416v.php

 

Viewsonic: 2413WM-2 $330

http://www.viewsonic.com.au/products/productspecs.php?id=375

 

LG: LG-L246WHX $385

http://au.lge.com/products/model/detail/it...l246whxbn.jhtml

 

Asus: VK246H $456 and VW246H $506 and MK246H $501

http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=10&amp...amp;modelmenu=2

http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=10&amp...amp;modelmenu=2

http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=10&amp...amp;modelmenu=2

 

Benq: G2400WD $329

http://www.benq.com.au/products/LCD/?produ...=specifications

 

Now the Benq seems the best value to me with 2ms, 4000:1, 1920x1200 resolution, and price.

 

The Samsung 2443BWX has decent specs and low power consumption, but only 5ms and 1920x1080 (if that matters)?

 

The Asus prices are really pushing what I want to spend, but if the quality is that good they're definitely worth considering.

 

Is there a specific advantage to 16:9 or 16:10 ratio?

 

I intentionally left Acer monitors off the list as the wife uses 24" Acer monitors (AL2416WD) as an IT admin at an aged care facility and has had nothing but problems with them. 14 failures in the last year, no thanx.

 

What am I missing here?

 

Any and all input is appreciated. :-)

Edited by darklife41

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Thanx for the replies.

 

I have a 5.1 500 RMS watt sound system, sound is not needed, but won't count something out just because it has it and I'll never use it.

 

Will be hooking up to the vid card in profile via DVI.

 

No consoles. No special inputs needed.

 

Just after the best picture, gaming screen, and contrast for the money.

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Hmm where to start...

 

There are a few panel types, but the main thing is that TN is the cheapest, and most 'responsive'. If you want to photo edit however, it's not so grand as the colour reproduction can be a bit off - however not enough to bother movie watchers and gamers - here's a good page if you're interested in the different panel types. Another issue that might affect you if you play online shooters is input lag, which is a very rare spec to find anywhere (let along in manufacturers pages - here's a good resource though) - however I wouldn't worry too much about that if you're not a hardcore gamer.

 

Onto aspect ratios. Firstly, there is a difference between pixels and size (I'm sure you know this it just helps clarify) - the aspect ratio is the ratio of how wide the screen is compared to how tall and is, and is notated like this: WIDTH:HEIGHT The standard ratio for 'television widescreen' is 16:9 - i.e. 16 units wide by 9 units tall (this ratio holds for all screen sizes - which are measured from the diagonal). What this means is that for any screen with a given diagonal size to gain more height, it has to lose some width - for example a 16:10 screen (16:10 is the wXGA standard for 'computer widescreen') is taller than a 16:9, but not as wide. Basically between monitors of a given size (e.g. 24") you're trading width for height as you move between the two common ratios of 16:9 and 16:10. As you do so the resolution changes - a 16:10 24" monitor will have 1920 x 1200 pixels (1920 wide by 1200 high, which is in the ratio 16:10), whilst a 16:9 24" will be 1920 pixels wide, by 1080 pixels high - and either each of the pixels will also be a bit bigger, or the monitor will be a bit smaller (which is why a lot of 24" 16:9 monitors are actually 23.5-23.6" diagonally).

 

Of course, I just realised all this is pretty much superfluous and possibly incomprehensible lol... I just didn't really feel like deleting it in case I'm wrong. However here's what you actually need to know about aspect ratios.

 

As far as 24" monitors goes 16:10 (1920 x 1200) will run better with some older games which won't support 16:9 resolutions (instead the image will stretch and look fuzzy), whilst 16:9 monitors will be too tall for widescreen TV, and thus leave small black bars above and below the image. As most 16:9 monitors are almost the same physical width as a 16:10 monitor, just less tall, you're not really losing much screen with either though. In short, either you get black bars during TV (16:10) - or some fuzziness on older games (16:9). If neither really bothers you, it doesn't matter which aspect ratio 24" you go for.

 

Given you don't want to have 'sound' from integrated speakers or need HDMI, my pick for 24" 16:10 (and my personal pick for overall 24" greatness) would be the BenQ G2400WD - as it has a good subjective panel quality, low input lag, good build quality and is incomprehensibly cheap, with the similar LG-L246WHX coming second due to higher input lag and price. For 16:9 monitors, I'd go with the LG W2343T-PF or BenQ G2410HD, both of which have good build, input lag and image quality.

Edited by philo-sofa

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Philo-sofa,

I understood about half of that, but really appreciate the input. lol

 

Let me throw into the mix the Benq M2400HD $366. Any advantages over the G2400HD? It's more expensive but seems to have lower specs.

 

I think I'm looking for that elusive dot to dot image translation to get the best of both worlds (16:9 and 16:10), but only see it on a few Benq models?

 

I've obviously got some more reading to do. :-s

Edited by darklife41

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So I'm ordering the Benq M2400HD because the full line of Benq 16:9 monitors includes the dot to dot full image translation, which I'm hoping eliminates problems with 16:10 formats stretching images. Too bad it's a white monitor. :-s

 

Thanx for all the input. Should have it all up and running sometime Thursday. :-)

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Just to let anyone interested know, I got my Benq M2400HD today. Couldn't be happier.. well, not sure if I like the white or not yet. Color, sharpness, various resolutions, and gaming are fantastic. Had to turn brightness and contrast almost off because it was too bright for my eyes, but it's perfect for me now. Don't know how I lived so long with a 20" monitor.

 

I compared to a 24" Samsung 2443BWX (set up in one of our supplier's shop) and Asus 22" MK221 (we've sold quite a few of those). Both nice monitors as well, but I think I got the best deal for the money. Roughly the same price as the 24" Samsung and a bit more than the 22" Asus.

 

Thanx again for the help. :-)

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Sorry on two counts - firstly I didn't check back here for days, secondly I reread my OP and that second paragraph...... well it actually confused me lol. Yeah the M2400HD is a good monitor - am glad to hear you're happy with it dude.

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i has a BenQ G2412HD

 

picked it up for $279 :)

 

very nice monitor.. considering im used to squinting at my 15" xps 1530 screen :D

 

but yeh considering what i paid for it, it is a beautiful monitor, im no expert but it looks great!

esp with blueray movies

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Apparently MSY in Sydney is going to get the BenQ G2412HD in about 2 weeks time. Hope it doesn't get too expensive.

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Good price. I paid $340 for the M2400HD, and could have gotten the G2400WD for $299. I've seen the G2412WD for as low as $265 incl GST (GoComp, and Umart for $268).

 

I'm glad I went with the bigger monitor, even if it is white. The M2400HD is considerably bigger and heavier, and of course includes the webcam that I've used a lot already and love the monitoring feature, and speakers which I'll never use. :-)

http://www.benq.com.au/products/LCD/?produ...=specifications

 

Best 23.6" monitor for under $300 might be the G2412HD. :-)

http://www.benq.com.au/products/LCD/?produ...=specifications

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