View Full Version : 24" 16:9. What 1 to buy?

17-06-2012, 04:27 PM
Hey so ive done some looking around and found these monitors which are low in price and was wondering if you guys could help to decide what to buy, or any other models you think are good.

All 24" 16:9 1920x1080

ViewSonic VA2448m-LED $226.55

Samsung S24B350H $258.95

LG E2441V $254.94

Asus VE248H $298.00

Philips 244E2S $254.94

AOC 2436Vwh $251.85

Dell ST2420L $328.00

The view sonic one is really cheap but I don't know, my first impressions of view sonic to me looks really tacky and cheap. We've got a 18.5" view sonic monitor and the colours look really bad and you can see the screen flickering if you look closely.

And the Samsung S24B350H one says it only has a HDMI and VGA connection and no DVI. Would it be possible to hook it up to a HD 4850 ATI card?

Thanks for your help.

17-06-2012, 05:23 PM
Re: the Sumsung, I have just bought a DVI to VGA adapter from DSE for $20.00. That should work for you.

I have a Samsung SyncMaster B2430HD and I am very happy with it!

17-06-2012, 05:39 PM
yea but doesnt DVI>VGA by alot?

I thought u could like DVI to HDMI or some thing. Theres a black circle output on the ATI 4850, what is that?

17-06-2012, 07:32 PM
I got a cheap asus one from CL

17-06-2012, 09:49 PM
So after reading reviews I think im gonna get the Samsung S24B350H for $258 but ill have to buy an HDMI cable, any links?

You can still give me recommendations/ persuade me to get some thing else. :)

17-06-2012, 10:04 PM
screen: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14747
cable: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14835

18-06-2012, 01:06 PM
The main spec to look for in a LCD monitor is the Panel type. There are three type of panels out there
1. TN (most cheap monitors)
2. PVA (most mid range and some professional monitors)
3. IPS (Professional monitors and all Apple products)

The thing with TN panel is, it is 6 bit per primary colour display so technically can only display 256000 colours, so if you are watching movies and playing games, you don't care, but if you are working with photographs, you will notice the skin tones are not smooth as the panel has to resort to dithering to display the 16million colours normally required for photographs. Also the panel is orientation specific, it can only be landscape mode and cannot be rotated to Portrait mode (e.g. for reading documents)

PVA is a better technology as it is true 8 bit per primary colour display so can display 16 million colours without dithering. However the technology is more suited for fairly static displays such as photographs, 3D Modelling, CAD, etc. The movement in games and movies may be a bit jerky depending on the panel quality

IPS is the best of both worlds as it can display razor sharp documents and photos as well as handle movement smoothly.

So your decision should be based on your application and not brand/price. The monitor you have chosen Samsung S24B350H is as per specs, Panel Type: TN; Resolution: 1920x1080

As far as HDMI input is considered, you need to buy a DVI-HDMI adapter such as this (http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=ADPHMD1004&name=Dynamix-HDMI-Female-to-DVI-D-(24+1)-Male-Swivel-Ad) one for about $10. This will give you a full Digital experience rather than converting DVI to Analog VGA and then turning it back to digital display on the monitor.

18-06-2012, 02:14 PM
I wouldn't buy the $30 cable from computerlounge, waste of money. PBtech and Jaycar have them in the $10-$20 range depending on length if you have one of those stores near you, or you can get them online cheaply. Generally expensive high quality cables only make a difference on long runs of more than 3M, a 1-2M cable is far less critical and the cheap ones work fine.

If you look around rather than an adapter and a cable you can get a cable with HDMI on one end and DVI on the other.

18-06-2012, 04:54 PM
Look for a 3 year zero pixel defect warranty
eg Viewsonic & Samsung (or at least they were)

Some DVI connections are Digital only, ie they wont accept analogue/vga at all .
It would pay to check this.

18-06-2012, 05:43 PM
Go into a shop and see if you can compare TN/PVA/IPS panel types. You may find you don't really care for the difference too much and would probably save a bit going TN. TN are generally better for games (you can even get 120Hz TN panels but not IPS or PVA I believe). However even TN panels can vary quite a bit - eg my current laptop is quite old, and has poor viewing angles, but I like the colour temperature (CFL backlight) and deeper black levels more than a lot of newer laptop screens, which seem to be quite poor to me. (Apple is the exception of course)

And about the HD4850...
Get a DVI -> HDMI connector. Both standards use the same protocol for data transmission. HDMI just has a different connector, plus room for extra features such as sound throughput and content protection.

Good luck

18-06-2012, 05:44 PM
But yeah sorry can't help you too much with the models you listed