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    Default Time for a monitor.

    Howdy guys, been a while. Hope you all are doing well.

    First, let me say this, my BenQ E2400HD still works fine. Like any decent TN panel, it is beautiful if you are directly in front of it. I just want something with a better viewing angle, and maybe a little bigger. I am looking at either a 27" (1080p) IPS monitor, or a 32" 1080 LCD TV. I'll be giving the BenQ to my fiance who is on this tiny Gateway TFT1780PS+.

    The main thing is, I would prefer it to be from Walmart. I've been doing the "Savings Catcher" thing for the past year, and have accumulated about $70 in store or website credit.

    Any recommendations?

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    Do you just need a general purpose monitor, or are you looking for something more suited to gaming?

    Any kinda budget restrictions?

    Off the bad, I'd say the Dell P2714H is a pretty good general purpose monitor that seems to fit the bill. It's a Samsung PLS display under the hood, with Dell's solid stand & display calibration tools built into the OSD. Not quite on the same level as an IPS in terms of color accuracy or reproduction but better than just about any TN Panel while giving you the same viewing angles and better pixel response than most IPS panels on the market.

    You can read a pretty in-depth review at TFT Central.

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    I do some gaming, but not as much as I used to, by a long shot. I would like to have VESA mounting capability, as I'd like to be able to get a second monitor at some point in the near future, and a dual monitor arm just makes more sense if I go that route. As for a budget, I need to keep it under $300, with a small amount of wiggle room.

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    If you can fit that extra $20, then the Dell is seems to fit the bill. It does have VESA mounting (100x100mm IIRC, the VESA holes are how the stand attaches to the back.)

    If that stretch isn't possible, then I would go with the Asus PA24Q (review @ TFT Central.) It's only a 24" monitor instead of a 27" but otherwise it's a very respectable offering. Similar in quality to the Dell mentioned above but not a surprise considering they're both of similar stock with the LG IPS panels inside. The Asus is a 16:10 display with a resolution of 1920x1200.

    The only thing to keep in mind with the Asus is that the panel features an RTC Overdrive clock to boost the pixel response time, you can read indepth about it's effects on the TFT Central review but it's best to manually set that value out of the box instead of relying on the preset gaming mode.

    Other than that, a very solid monitor. Asus & Dell are generally the best picks here in the states when it comes to monitor quality, as well as customer service & warranty (both are 3 years.)

    That one is a bit under budget, and the Walmart price is actually cheaper than Amazon / Newegg at the moment.

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    I'm going to check out that Dell, it does look good. I'm also considering a using a 32" 1080p TV, as I have used them as a monitor at normal monitor distance, and didn't have any problems. Does anyone have any experience with this Vizio or this Scepter? I can't find specs on the Vizio, but on paper the Scepter looks good (I think).

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    Personally, I'd pick this one up, if you're mainly looking for a TV, and not just a general-purpose PC display...
    Careful what you wish for... You just might get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk_the_Absent1 View Post
    I'm going to check out that Dell, it does look good. I'm also considering a using a 32" 1080p TV, as I have used them as a monitor at normal monitor distance, and didn't have any problems. Does anyone have any experience with this Vizio or this Scepter? I can't find specs on the Vizio, but on paper the Scepter looks good (I think).

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    I would love to help, but I'm not well versed in TVs. My Bravia is in fact, almost 8 years old now. It's 1080p but not exactly modern by anyone's standards.

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    Not Walmart and 21:9 but good price for a 29" :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824025112

    Note that this offer ends soon.
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    I really do need it to come from Walmart. The $70 in store credit is too much to pass up.

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    Been biding my time, and now I have ~$130 in Walmart/Sam's Club credit, so I'm more ready to act. I saw this curved Samsung monitor at my local Sam's Club and it has a nice picture. I'm not too sure about the panel, as it is simply listed as a VA panel. What are your thoughts, guys?

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