Hi guys! Decided to buy LCD monitor, anyone who already has it can share opinions, advise some model? It must be widescreen and good for gaming (i.e. low response time, no trails of moving objects etc)
How big? (22" atm has the best prices)
How much do you want to spend?
Glare or normal? Glare has more contrast but is kinda annoying when ANY lightsource is in your back(they get called makeup mirrors)
Gaming only or a allround Panel?
The monitors of choice atm are:
Samsung 226BW with a "S" Panel (2ms)
Samsung 223BW always have "S" Panels but are a tad slower (5ms)
Samsung 2232BW always have a "S" Panel and is the follower of the 226BW(2ms)
These 3 Monitors currently got the best response time available at 22" Screens(measured not just the said time). They all got a normal display.
HP w2207 5ms
Glare Type display, has more comfort functions like height adjustment, Pivot(even though this is quite useless tbh) and cable managment system. Better for watching movies due the Glare Display as it has better colors. Some people see cords in fast Shooter(Quake 3) though...
There are other Panels like the Asus Panels that are quite nice for gaming but currently i would choose between the above 4.
But keep in mind that all 22" atm use a so called TN+Film Panel, these have quite bad colors(nothing for somebody doing prof. graphics design etc.) and arent that great for watching Movies as other Panels. Though they are cheap and the fastest Panels available.
Many people wont even notice diffrences between a good TFT with a MVA/PVA Panel and a TN Panel but well...people even say Onboard Sound is good...
Nuts, I've just seen your edit that you want 20-22". Although this is a 24" I'm on about the advice and feedback below should still be applicable.
I really like my Dell 24" 2405FPW, now superceded by the 2407WFP. If you can afford the 22" equivalent then I'd consider adding it to your options.
Check for resolutions supported, latency, input types, colour and scaling support, do you want panel rotation and so on. Given that there's usually only ever about 3 panels used amongst the major manufacturers you'll find that these criteria are probably more important factors than the name printed on the box. I certainly didn't expect to buy from Dell back when I got my screen, and at the time it was because of the lower price, better functionality and superior logic driving the same panel as Apple's then-flagship 24" Wide.
My Dell has an integrated (powered) USB hub and card reader. Gimmicky to some but I've found it to be very useful. Additional to the standard VGA and DVI (with HDCP) inputs are Component, Composite and S-Video. The latter two can be used for Picture in Picture. I've found it a great way to have a PC monitor and 1080 capable games console display/TV. Dell, Apple and Samsung typically use identical Samsung panels and only differ in the controller logic, casing and extras such as additional input types.
If you are planning on displaying any HD content then you may want to check that your panel of choice supports HDCP over DVI. Most do these days. If you think you'll be upscaling resolutions lower than native be sure the screen you get has a decent interpolator so the full screen image doesn't look awful. This will vary between manufacturers, not the panel used.
Warcraft and other games play just fine on my 2405, and although there's some input lag (not to be confused with ghosting) I've not noticed it enough for it to concern me. FPS games and movies look great on it too, although newer panels show how they've improved when next to it.
Be careful not to fixate on the response times alone. You'll often see that the quoted times are for rise and fall (black to white) response, not intergrey (grey to grey), which is often more relevant to normal use. Samsung panels quote the latter response time. The controller logic will also have an affect on the response of the screen. Input lag (time between signal input and display output) can affect an otherwise decent display. For example my 2 year old panel is rated at 12ms grey to grey and 16ms black to white yet it's the input lag that affects playing FPS games, not the response time. This is caused by the controller not the panel.
Although a bit of a ramble I hope that's given food for thought. I'd like to echo the other recommendations for Samsung. Dell's more for the extras and colour reproduction than the display itself. Also take a look at NEC, LG and Hyundai in case they've put out something decent recently.
Worth to note that it is near impossible to buy a new 226bw with a Samsung panel and when buying you should really stay away from a "A" or "C" panel( really bad panels).
The newest panel type on 226bw is the "R" panel and it is as good as an "S" panel, the "R" panel is made unlike the others in Slovakia, so if your is made in Slovakia, go for it, I got one and I am happy with it.
I've been using a 19inch widescreen from LG. I know that's not in the 20-22 inch range, but it's pretty close. It's got a 2ms response time, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and no dead pixels that I can see. I love it, but I was previously using a 17 inch CRT, so it's not like I'm a monitor expert.
The Samsung 226BW. Be careful though. Samsung monitors have different "letters." Like the previous poster was saying, if you get a C they suck and have broken pixels.
You are quite right here, thing is, Samsung got into big trouble with this because the specs of the Chimei and AOC panels were not the same as the Korean/American produced "S"/Samsung panels. They were using inferior panels because of the massive demand for the 226BW, which was one of the first really high performance 22" WS. They quote 2ms grey2grey, which imo is probably marketing bull.
When I bought mine, I knew full well that it may be an inferior panel in the screen, so I asked if I could 'test' the screen for 7 days before deciding whether I wanted it (The other option was an Acer 2216). There are a few methods to find out what panel is in the screen, I eventually had to very carefully open the back of the monitor and look and the labelling on the panel. Mine is an "s" panel, needless to say I kept it, and I love this screen, small amounts of backlight bleed, but no worse than the acer 1951cs I have and ofc barely noticable. The sreen is utterly lagless. Zero ghosting, even at 150fps+ Quake 3 or Counterstrike. No noticable input lag either. Which I wasn't expecting, I just wanted the screen for WoW.
The crux of all this is basically that lately if you got a 226BW, it is likely to be a samsung panel nowadays, and you can't go wrong. My tip to you is go into a store if you can and look what is available, take down the model numbers of the screen that interest you, then go browse around some of the manufacturers forums, or community forums and see what other users of that screen have to say about it. Don't ask the customer service guys in the store, they likely won't have a clue.
Good luck finding something that suits your eyes and your wallet :)
My tip to you is go into a store if you can and look what is available, take down the model numbers of the screen that interest you, then go browse around some of the manufacturers forums, or community forums and see what other users of that screen have to say about it. Don't ask the customer service guys in the store, they likely won't have a clue.
Some of the best advice I've seen in this thread. Unless you go to some kind of small local store (in which case they probably won't have nearly enough selection), you're going to end up talking to some moron who tries to tell you how dangerous the risk of burn-in will be on your new LCD, in order to sell you a screen saver.