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Old 10-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Looking to get two monitors

I used to do really good with computer research and all that jazz, but it's gotten away from me... stuff moves too fast.

I haven't bought a monitor since... '06?? So I don't know what a proper budget is. I see single monitors from $130 to nearly a grand
I'm looking to get a pair of monitors for home use.
Mainly for working (I'm a software guy, so I do Visual Studio, SQL, other code monkey chores). Screen real estate is a beautiful thing. If I could afford it, I'd have 3 monitors of slightly smaller size than if I got two, but I'm thinking the cost would be more than I want.
I still game a bit
I have a 52" plasma in the living room, so I really don't need them to double as as a TV.
I'm thinking the 24" - 27" is the sweet spot?

Anyone got some help?
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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I'm running 2 of these right now:
Samsung 22" 1080p LED TV

I bought TVs over actual computer monitors because it was cheaper than monitors that had the same capabilities, plus I use my second monitor for my PS3 and other gaming. I think they cost about $230 each when I bought them. They both do 1920x1080 resolution.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I use two 32" lcd tvs to look at blueprints all day long with no problems.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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I got 2 cheaper 20" Acers. Would have liked a little bigger but at 200 for the both it was a pretty good deal. They're low end but I've had no issues.

I could never go back to having a single monitor after having duals for years both at home and work.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #5
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I found a USB 3.0 dock for about $150. It allows you to add 2 more monitors on your system. Good for Windows 7. Text and low to moderate graphics are excellent. I wouldn't use it for CAD or Extreme games but plenty fast enough for most power users and average gamers.
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Len...n/2717714.aspx
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:46 PM   #6
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You really need to figure out how much you can spend for dual monitors and work from there. Currently I run 4 LG IPS236 monitors sitting on Planar dual monitor stands and can't believe how much they are so useful to me.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #7
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for monitors, 27" is a major price point change, ...getting above 27" and things get expensive quick... for LCD tvs, 32" is a major point, above 32" things get expensive (though much less so than even a few yrs ago).. most of the monitors are going to LED backlighting, ...basically two ways of doing this: 1) "edge-lit", and 2) true "backlit"... IMO, the latter is better than the former,... the edge-lit displays are the most prominent probably because it's cheaper to manuf and makes for very thin-profile and lightweight displays... however, most edge-lit displays i've seen "bleed" light around the interface where the LCD screen meets the bezel..

i still think some of the old CCFL (cold cathode flourescent backlight) LCDs give better colors, event though they supposedly use more power... however my setup is currently this:
1) primary monitor: 32" LG LCD tv (CCFL-backlit)
2) secondary monitor: 27" ASUS LCD monitor (LED backlit, edge-lit)...

the "picture" on the LG looks better, and being a "tv", it has much better sounding speakers than the tiny speakers on the ASUS... IDK, i'm a fan of using LCD tvs as monitors for those reasons, as long as 1920x1080 pixels is what you're after... plus this ASUS monitor came w/ two clusters of dead pixels, but i was too lazy to send it back, and they are located on the peripehery of the LCD display so not too annoying...
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #8
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Based on reviews I'm currently leaning towards the Del U2412m, but they also released the S series... which has no ratings
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:04 AM   #9
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If OP is still in the market. I would check tigerdirect.com for good prices. This is where I buy all my computer items. They seem to have the best deals. Fry's is another place I check. I picked up last christmas, a 24" widescreen for my son for $130.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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I already ended up getting a pair of Dell U2412m from B&H
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Nice. I bet you're loving those.
I just got my first IPS panel monitor (Asus PA248Q) and I can't believe the contrast I was missing with my previous monitors. The color and contrast is beautiful. And having USB 3 ports on the side is a bonus.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #12
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Ha, I watched some Netflix and said, "Well, damn."
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