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IPS or Regular LCD computer monitor 27"

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Current 24" monitor is quite old and has no clarity/colour and just seems a bit rubbish and outdated compared to great displays available. Looking into gettting either a 27" Inch Full HD or IPS (no… Read More
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7m, 4d agoPosted 7 months, 4 days ago
Current 24" monitor is quite old and has no clarity/colour and just seems a bit rubbish and outdated compared to great displays available.

Looking into gettting either a 27" Inch Full HD or IPS (not sure whats best) Max budget £200, but iv seen a few IPS cheaper

Im on it all day typing emails, some (extremely basic) photo editing and general browsing so want to get one with a nice crisp picture .

The more I read the more confused I become, but im lead to believe IPS is the way to go.
They all seem to have same/very similar specs so not sure which to choose, I'd be grateful for any advice
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7m, 4d agoPosted 7 months, 4 days ago
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#1
Firstly, Full HD is a resolution while IPS is a screen technology. You can have an IPS Full HD display. IPS gives you the richer colours, deeper blacks and better viewing angles, as you'll be going for something that includes a bit of photo editing I would say IPS is something you should seriously be considering.
For resolution, you're looking at 1920x1080 (full HD), there's a lot of people online that will say that once you go from 24 inch to 27 inch you should really be looking past 1920x1080 to something more like 2560x1440, purely because the screen size is larger and the pixel density drops to the point it can become horrible when reading small text.

Your max budget however only gives you room for a 27 inch Full HD IPS display but if you can find the cash, I would recommend spending a little more and getting something that is beyond Full HD. You won't regret it. I personally was in the exact same position as you, owned a 24 inch (was full hd) and then upgraded to a 27 inch 2560x1440 (this).

No regrets at all. It's a bit more than what you're going for but I would advise spending a bit more as it's going to last you a good few years.
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IPS gives you the richer colours, deeper blacks and better viewing angles

IPS gives less colour distortion and less contrast loss when viewed from angles other than straight on, so you get a better consistency between the edge of the screen and the center.

They tend to be very similar to the other common type of LCD Matrix, TN, in terms of measured contrast and colour values. They're far more affected by other factors like panel quality and reflective coating.

Monitor specs in general bear a very tenuous connection to reality, so you generally want to ignore them and stick to reviews.

0BS1D1AN
For resolution, you're looking at 1920x1080 (full HD), there's a lot of people online that will say that once you go from 24 inch to 27 inch you should really be looking past 1920x1080 to something more like 2560x1440, purely because the screen size is larger and the pixel density drops to the point it can become horrible when reading small text.

That's entirely dependant on your workspace, specifically your viewing distance to the screen. I've got the monitor just out of arm's reach and for that viewing distance the situation is the opposite. [email protected]" is a little on the small size, and [email protected]" would just make small text too hard to read. [email protected]" has the same size text as [email protected]".

Ideally you'd pick the resolution depending on how much you wanted to fit on screen (higher fits more) and then the size depending on how far away you wanted the screen (larger screens for further away). Unfortunately monitor manufacturers have taken a leaf out of TV manufacturers' books and charge substantially more for larger screens of the same resolution so it's sometimes worth compromising and sacrificing desk space in front of the monitor.

It's worth looking at the 2560x1080 screens which add extra area onto each side. Being longer and thinner their diagonal measurements make them sound larger than they are, so the 29" models are the wide versions of 24" screens with the same height and the 34" models are the wide versions of 27" screens.

And if you want lots of space then don't discount using two £100 screens, which the vast majority of computers now support.
#3
Thanks for the helpful replies, much appreciated
Is an ultra wide monitor worth considering ?
#4
Sandy1012
Thanks for the helpful replies, much appreciated
Is an ultra wide monitor worth considering ?

Ultrawide = 2560x1080, which I mentioned above.
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Sandy1012
Thanks for the helpful replies, much appreciated
Is an ultra wide monitor worth considering ?
It is worth considering if you feel you would make use of it.
For productivity, very useful if you regularly split screen. Gaming, again very helpful if the game supports it (a lot of them do these days).
If you're going to be spending a lot of time watching youtube videos then maybe not so much.

But as you said, emails and browsing, definitely worth considering having a couple emails on the right hand side and a browser on the left.
It is worth noting however, a 29 inch ultrawide is like a 24 inch in height but with greater width; a 34 inch ultrawide is like a 27 inch in height but with greater width.
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http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/pc-monitors/pc-monitors/lg-ultrawide-29um68-full-hd-29-ips-led-monitor-10146358-pdt.html#srcid=11026

Thanks, Most helpful
This one seems to be the most reasonable value in 29" ultra-wide. Just not sure of the smaller text compared to a 27"

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