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My 7-year-old Samsung SyncMaster 213T (21", 1600x1200) monitor's backlight is finally dying, so it's time to look at replacements.

I basically want a 21-24" monitor that is 1920 by either 1080 or 1200 (fuck 1080p for causing the resolution on most big monitors to be lowered), and has good color reproduction. I don't play games on my desktop, and I don't watch many movies, so having the fastest pixel change isn't important, but I don't want it to be noticeably bad either. It needs to have either HDMI or DVI, but I don't care what other connections it has. I won't be using built-in speakers, so not having them would be a plus (less plastic around the edges of the monitor), but it's not a big deal either way.

I would really love it if I could get a good monitor for under $250, or even better, under $200, because then I could afford to get two and replace my little 19" Hanns-G secondary monitor, but if a good monitor costs $500, then I want to know that too.

I'm currently looking at the ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED, which is 21.5", 1920x1080, LED backlight, with 5ms response time or the LG E2250T-PN, which has almost the exact same specs. Both are essentially $160 after Newegg sale discounts.

Thoughts/recommendations?
 

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I'd go for whatever Dell's premium 24" monitor is.

This.

When I bought my current 27" Dell I almost bought its 24" counterpart, it was basically the same thing with smaller pixels. Luckily I noticed a deal on the 27" one for 25? more than the 24" one :D color reproduction and angular image stability are awesome on mine. Both were 1920x1200.
 

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Can also vouch for Dell, my laptop monitor (not really relevant, I know) is amazing as far as colour, resolution (1920x1200 on a 17" monitor!), etc goes- I'll often choose towatch movies on it over the 32" LCD in the living room. And my dad's Dell 15" monitor that is a bog standrad one included with the PC (and is 6-ish years old) is yet to show a single fault and is better than comparable sized new monitors IMO. Honestly, monitors seem to be the only decent thing Dell can make nowadays!
 

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Yeah, both my old and new Dell laptops have great screens, and since my old monitor is a high-end 21" IPS display (cost ~ over $1000 in 2003 when I bought it), I guess going to a TN film display might be a noticeable downgrade. The only unfortunate thing about the Dell is that it costs $400 for a refurbished monitor, which pretty much rules out getting two. I haven't decided yet. More thoughts?
 

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Ultra thin, LED backlit, no built-in speakers, HDMI, 21.5". :)

I had a MS226H (which is essentially the same, but doesn't have the LED backlight) since January and it's been brilliant! :D

Edit: Newegg has the 23" version (with built-in speakers) for the same price as the 21.5"...:blink:
 
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TN panels really aren't that bad, well they can be, but not by definition. With monitors I tend to just shop around and buy cheap, but not as cheap as possible. There's a large middle ground where spending a little more money won't make much difference, though spending a lot more might.
 

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My impression is that if the money is available, I could not do better than a pair of Dell 24" monitors. 1920x1200, IPS, huge numbers of inputs, picture-in-picture, and god-knows what else. On the other hand, one refurbished one costs the same as two mid-range 1920x1080 TN monitors, and I would really like to have matching ones finally. I think I will probably go with two of the less expensive ones, test them out, and if the quality isn't what I expect, return them and get one Dell, then save up and get another one at some later date.
 

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TN's are utter shit. I'll never buy another again.
 

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95% sure I'm going to go with two of the LGs. I am going to drive out to Fry's and see what it looks like in person before I commit though, since newegg offers only replacement, not return, with these monitors. With the discount and a price drop today, I can get two of them for $330, and that's including the absurdly-high $25 in CA taxes.
 
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