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Old February 4, 2013, 12:21 AM
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Hey Guys,

Looking for advice on purchasing my first 2560x1440 monitor. So far I have looked at the Asus PB278Q and Dell Ultra Sharp U2711.

There is a $300 price difference between the two and I am just looking for input from anybody who is currently using a 2560x1440 monitor and if there are others I should consider?

I do lots of video editing and gaming on my machine, i7 970 with a GTX660ti

Any input or hands on experience would be greatly appreciated!
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U2713HM..

Much cheaper than the 11h.

Infact I just got one... very very nice indeed. :)

Play games at 1080, my 670 with it's balls burning from the OC (and 100% fan) can JUST manage the res with all the candy turned up in NS2 (not tried BF3 etc yet), whats the point of high res if things aren't very pretty.

Will be awesome for editing. :)
Soo much more screen to work with not to mention the colour reproduction..

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Well we have reviews of all the major brands:

Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27 PLS Monitor Review
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...or-review.html
ASUS PB278Q 27 PLS Monitor Review

While the U2711 is likely the best, unless you plan to do some serious graphics work, you likely don't need it.

And there's always the $300-400 Korean-brand models too that you can get from eBay.
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I'd go with the Dell U2713HM and a second GTX 660ti. The Dell goes on sale regularly for under $700.00. If you're doing video editing I'm assuming you use the REC.709 color space, so a regular, non-wide gamut or sRGB screen should be good.

If you need the wide gamut, the U2713H (no "M") is a GBr-LED back-lit screen that can do standard (sRGB) and wide gamut and can be hardware calibrated. This monitor is a replacement for the U2711, and in my opinion, a big upgrade.

The Samsung is nice, but it's flimsy, and expensive compared to the Asus, and generally is getting a bit long in the tooth.

The Asus is also nice, but marred with inconsistent quality.

I'd personally go with the Dell due to their excellent customer service.
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Well we have reviews of all the major brands:

Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27 PLS Monitor Review
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...or-review.html
ASUS PB278Q 27 PLS Monitor Review

While the U2711 is likely the best, unless you plan to do some serious graphics work, you likely don't need it.

And there's always the $300-400 Korean-brand models too that you can get from eBay.
Which monoprice is now apparently carrying if a person wasn't all that keen on ebay purchases.
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27" IPS 2560x1440 LED backlit displays selling for $300 to $400 are real. Documentation will be in Korean, and there will be risks. Best to do is read customer feedback on every model. Most of them have only a single dual link DVI port. No HDMI or DP, or height adjustment, or OSD, or HDCP if you plan on watching commercial BD. Problems with uniformity in white levels for the experienced eye.

However the pay off is HUGE. Paying less than half for the same experience is like winning the lottery.

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I'd pass on the U2711. The anti-glare coating is way too aggressive. It gives fonts a fuzziness. I'd likely go w/ the Monoprice display if you are able to wait till it in stock. Otherwise the U2713.
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I created an account just to make this post. I figured that this would be a perfect opportunity to help spread the word.

There is a new company called Overlord Computers that makes 27" 2560x1440 displays that are capable of being overclocked up to ~120Hz. This display uses the same color accurate LG panel used in the $999 Apple Cinema display but with a different PCB (for overclocking)@ $529.99. They are first company to actually market panels at this resolution, at this refresh rate and soon they will even offer a 24" 1920x1200 panel for those interested.

I use a Overlord Tempest x270OC (currently running at 120Hz) and it looks absolutely stunning. My games (new and old, some config file modifications are needed on older games) now have that ridiculously smooth "PIXAR movie on a plasma" feeling. Not only do I twice as many refreshes as my competition, I also see 1.6million more pixels (compared to 1080p).

I regret to mention that they are currently out of stock but even if you decide to purchase a 60Hz panel, you won't find a better price than their X270SE. There should be some stock coming in March using their new bezel design.

Here is their sales page
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I made a huge thread here if you would like to do more reading, overclocking takes approx. 2 minutes and the instructions are at the bottom:
Meet your Overlord, the future of enthusiast monitors is here.

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The Tempest comes with a 1yr warranty and the S-IPS panels are made by LG. The 120Hz capable monitors only support DVI so that input lag is reduced compared to other 2560x1440 panels. Typically a bloated internal PCB with HDMI, DP, USB, VGA etc etc just causes input lag, this is not true for the Tempest as it was originally designed this way.

This monitor is the ultimate gaming monitor.

Just a fan of innovation in the stagnant panel market,
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I'd pass on the U2711. The anti-glare coating is way too aggressive. It gives fonts a fuzziness. I'd likely go w/ the Monoprice display if you are able to wait till it in stock. Otherwise the U2713.
I have to go with lowfat on the U2711, I could not get used to the AG coating.
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I have to go with lowfat on the U2711, I could not get used to the AG coating.
The only way I got use to mine was by selling off my other displays. It looked really bad when I had it next to my iMac.
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