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Tygerwoody
04-30-07, 09:24 AM
Spending up to $700. What are the best 24 inch monitors out there for this price? Are there any monitors in the horizon that i maybe should wait for?

Jon
04-30-07, 09:46 AM
Don't know what it equals in $$$ ... but I've recently bought a Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP and I love it so much I hug it every night before bed.

Native res of 1920x1200... use it mostly for games and watching HD-DVD... also made sure it was the revision A04 cause the earlier versions weren't so good apparently.

ViN86
04-30-07, 09:50 AM
heres some:

Dell 2407WFP
BenQ FP241W (has an HDMI port)
Samsung 244t

all three have a lot of inputs and excellent picture with good response times.

DRen72
04-30-07, 12:47 PM
I have the BenQ FP241WZ, but the regular "W" version is basically just as nice. I have enjoyed mine and this is my first LCD having come from a widescreen CRT. If you are going to spend $700, then I'd highly suggest you go that extra little bit for the top contenders. Also, some Best Buys are selling 24" Gateways now too.

kevJ420
04-30-07, 12:54 PM
Don't know what it equals in $$$ ... but I've recently bought a Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP and I love it so much I hug it every night before bed.

Native res of 1920x1200... use it mostly for games and watching HD-DVD... also made sure it was the revision A04 cause the earlier versions weren't so good apparently.

what panel does the A04 version use?

I want one if it has an excellent black level.

Blackcat
04-30-07, 12:56 PM
I have the BenQ FP241WZ, but the regular "W" version is basically just as nice. I have enjoyed mine and this is my first LCD having come from a widescreen CRT. If you are going to spend $700, then I'd highly suggest you go that extra little bit for the top contenders. Also, some Best Buys are selling 24" Gateways now too.

I was at Best Buy the other day and I saw the 24" Gateway, man if I had the money I would buy that one. You can rotate the monitor 90 degrees too, I am not sure why I would need to do this but it is a cool feature.

Tygerwoody
04-30-07, 01:02 PM
I have the BenQ FP241WZ, but the regular "W" version is basically just as nice. I have enjoyed mine and this is my first LCD having come from a widescreen CRT. If you are going to spend $700, then I'd highly suggest you go that extra little bit for the top contenders. Also, some Best Buys are selling 24" Gateways now too.
What are exactly the "top contenders" and how does the 24" Gateway compare to the Dell 2407 or your BenQ?

I can spend more than $700 if need be, if the improvement in quality is worth it that is.

stncttr908
04-30-07, 01:03 PM
I was at Best Buy the other day and I saw the 24" Gateway, man if I had the money I would buy that one. You can rotate the monitor 90 degrees too, I am not sure why I would need to do this but it is a cool feature.
You personally I'm not sure, but it's really handy for large documents, writing code, etc. :D

I can vouch for the newest revision 2407FPW. My roommate had two (!) for a while, but got rid of one.

Bearclaw
04-30-07, 01:22 PM
Dell 2407WFP FTW.

MrSavoy
04-30-07, 01:22 PM
I had an A02 which I exchanged about 2 months ago for an A04. I can tell you for a fact the A04 is superior in alot of ways, most notably the vert banding is nearly all gone and is MUCH better than my A02. It's so good now I never see any. :) Black levels are nice the monitor is crisp and clean. I run games on this guy and its awesome.

I suggest you read a few of the numerous reviews on alot of the hardware sites floating around. I reccomend the 2407wfp without question.

Tyr-Sog
04-30-07, 01:45 PM
I would have to suggest Dell becasue of the CS and warrenty. I know I pitched a bitch about there CS in one post but after looking back I may have been a bit anal and in the end, all my concerns and complaints were taken care of.

Also, with the Revision A04, the Dell has everything you need(well no hdmi) and more for probably the best price by far.

The only one I wouldn't recommend becasue of experience and reading about countless of complaints from other users is the gateway .

Tyr-Sog
04-30-07, 01:45 PM
what panel does the A04 version use?

I want one if it has an excellent black level.


S-PVA

Black levels are good imo but to be fair, I'm no expert in determining whats excellent and whats just good lol.

Tr1cK
04-30-07, 01:55 PM
Dell.

Bman212121
04-30-07, 02:40 PM
cough *sig* cough

The only downfall of the 2407 is screen tearing, my last monitor didn't have that problem. Some games it doesn't really happen because there just isn't that much updating going on, but some of the fast paced fps / racing games tear. If you don't notice it, it isn't a big deal, otherwise you'll have to get used to using vsync and keeping it at 60fps.

I'm not sure how the competition stacks up in this area, but IIRC the dell is actually 8ms gray to gray, and 16ms typical. Color saturation, contrast, etc seems to be pretty good on this monitor, and it definitely has a sharp image. Oh btw, mine is an A03 panel, so the A04 might have improved in some ways.

Tr1cK
04-30-07, 02:46 PM
Just thought about your spending limit. You can get two Dell E228WFPs for that. Hehehe

Tygerwoody
04-30-07, 08:34 PM
Just thought about your spending limit. You can get two Dell E228WFPs for that. Hehehe
I don't like dual monitor setups unless i'm working. This would be strictly for gaming.

Sazar
04-30-07, 08:44 PM
Also, you can go to a higher resolution than with 2 22" displays (vertically)

I suggest the Dell monitor too, but I may be a little biased.

Amuro
04-30-07, 09:08 PM
Get the dell. If you get problems you can keep exchanging to your heart's content. And sometimes they might even forget to pick up the faulty part so you would end up with 2 monitors. Happened to my 2005FPW two years ago, and now again with the 2707WFP.

Arioch
04-30-07, 10:22 PM
Another vote for Dell.

Jon
05-01-07, 03:06 AM
what panel does the A04 version use?

I believe its a samsung panel.

Oh btw, mine is an A03 panel, so the A04 might have improved in some ways.

As far as I am aware, the only difference is that the A04 fixes 1:1 pixel mapping.

Tygerwoody
05-03-07, 01:55 PM
just bought a 2407 monitor for $567 before tax(607 after tax).

I'd say it was a good deal. :)

Tygerwoody
05-08-07, 03:59 PM
I just looked up my tracking number and my Dell 2407FPW is at my house right now! (nana2)

Can't wait to get off work and try it out. :)

Tygerwoody
05-08-07, 06:50 PM
I am on my monitor as we speak. VERY nice. Couldn't be happier. Perfect size. Perfect Picture. Not a single dead pixil. :thumbsup:

Amuro
05-08-07, 08:19 PM
Congrats! What tools do you use to check bad pixels? I use UDPixel.

Tygerwoody
05-09-07, 08:10 AM
Congrats! What tools do you use to check bad pixels? I use UDPixel.
My eyes. :thumbsup:

you don't need a tool to check for bad pixels. All you need to do is make your screen background different colors and look. My last job I had, I had to check hundreds upon hundreds of LCDs for bad pixels. This bad boy definitely has 0 bad pixels. :thumbsup: