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Which Monitor?


Stationery Direct

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#1
Any advice is greatly appreciated, I have been to my local PC World to look at Monitors and to be honest is was a complete waste of time. So I am looking to buy a monitor online and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations? When I find one I think will do the job I then read the reviews both good and bad which makes it difficult to decide.

Size: 27"-29"
Budget: £500 (no more really)
Uses: General day to day internet, Photoshop, Illustrator

Was looking at Dell U2713HM & Dell U2711
 

hankscorpio

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#2
One thing that may seem obvious to you, but maybe not to others, is to make sure your computer can support the resolutions of the monitor. I have one person who commandeered a spare 24 inch Dell monitor, and their computer cannot display at the right resolution, as a result everything is stretched.

As you suspect the Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM is a very fine monitor.

BenQ, Acer and LG all make excellent monitors.

LG are excellent because they use the assembly company as Samsung in Korea, and very similar OEM part numbers.

I'd recommend these

The one you were looking at
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-Ultras...=UTF8&qid=1407753365&sr=1-23&keywords=monitor

Some other choices
BenQ XL2720Z 27-inch LED Gaming Monitor (1000:1, 300 cd/m2, 1920 x 1080, 1 ms, VGA/DVI-DL/HDMI/DP): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-T272HL...e=UTF8&qid=1407753365&sr=1-8&keywords=monitor

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PB278Q-Wide...=UTF8&qid=1407753365&sr=1-15&keywords=monitor

I have to say - I love this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-29EA93-2...=UTF8&qid=1407753365&sr=1-16&keywords=monitor
 

hankscorpio

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#3
Actually forget the last one - it's not as described on Amazon - from what I can garner from online reviews is that you can't use it as a ultrawide desktop with a hdmi cable, you need a display port cable.

Hmm - it's still pretty sweet though.
 

Stationery Direct

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#4
One thing that may seem obvious to you, but maybe not to others, is to make sure your computer can support the resolutions of the monitor. I have one person who commandeered a spare 24 inch Dell monitor, and their computer cannot display at the right resolution, as a result everything is stretched.
Nope I did not know this, so how do I find it if what I have will work? (Dell Vostro 430 - Windows 7)
 

hankscorpio

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Staff member
#5
Do you have a graphics card?

On the start menu type in dxdiag and save the report - scan it and remove anything you don't want to share - and post the finding here.

There is no personal information shared in the dxdiag report but you might just share the System Information and the Display Devices section (as far as shared memory)
 

Stationery Direct

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#12
No brand new but apparently the law (or whoever governs these things) states that 4 dead pixels on this size is acceptable, more as you go bigger! I sent it back under the distance selling act where you get I think 7 days to return (at my cost!), but a return saying it was faulty would not have been allowed.

Just decided as it was for work to pay a premium for the 3 year warranty and no dead pixel guarantee, you get what you pay for...which I should know by now!
 

hankscorpio

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#13
I bet if you got the same one again after your refund it would be fine - it would be a gamble.

Since Dell off a 0 dead pixel guarantee then that's a much better one to buy just for that!
 

Stationery Direct

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#16
Yeah it was, although, the ultra wide is really good if you want to open up documents side by side, which I do, however, in reality this is not all the time and a fraction of what I do in the day, hence I think I will get on better with a normal widescreen monitor.