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Postby se99paj » 04 Apr 2018, 17:08

So I've done a few upgrades on my desktop PC over the last few years, but completely neglected the monitor (Which might be a bit stupid after splashing out on a nice Gfx card last year but using a 10+ year old monitor)

My current monitor is 24" and I use it mainly for browsing the internet and gaming (Some FPS) - I was looking at a simple 25" flat screen monitor with 1ms response time, but I've been sucked into the world of curved screens, for a TV curved screens seemed to be a bit of a gimmick, is it the same for PC Monitors?

As far as I can tell you need to go bigger to get the most out of curved screens - But prices start to get expensive.

So I'm interested to hear what you're all using and opinions on curved screens - Are they a waste of time or amazing?
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Postby EviL Ras » 04 Apr 2018, 17:12

For TV's its a waste of time unless its huge and you're sat 4 ft from it.

monitors are different. You sit closer. And an ultrawide starts to look like 2 monitors but without a bezel in the middle. and as you sit close to it, curved looks better as it wraps around your vision.
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Postby se99paj » 05 Apr 2018, 08:24

EviL Ras wrote:Source of the post For TV's its a waste of time unless its huge and you're sat 4 ft from it.

monitors are different. You sit closer. And an ultrawide starts to look like 2 monitors but without a bezel in the middle. and as you sit close to it, curved looks better as it wraps around your vision.


This is exactly what I'm thinking, do you have one yourself?

I think the biggest issue is justifying the cost, I looked at the Samsung 27" curved C27FG70FQU but it's £360 whist a 25" flat Samsung S25HG50F is just over £200. The curved does come in a 24" but think that might be too small.

Although it depends how you look at it, the monitor is probably the most important interface to your PC so makes sense to not go cheap
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Postby EviL Ras » 05 Apr 2018, 16:29

One of my team has one. he loves it! As some games like PUBG actually handle the resolution!

Otherwise you run stuff in it windowed.

Pricey, but thats the cost of no bezel!



I dont have any external monitor! as a laptop gamer i just stick with the onboard 15.6" screen!
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Postby EviL Ras » 05 Apr 2018, 16:59

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MSI Optix G27C2 27-Inch 1920x1080 VA FREESYNC 144Hz 1ms Curved Widescreen Gaming Monitor - 269.99
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 06 Apr 2018, 02:09

I agree about not skimping on monitors but I'm not sure about curved monitors, if my current monitor died I'd probably go for a 34in 21:9 3440x1440 monitors but a lot of them are curved which I don't know if I want or not. I've looked the curved monitors but don't really see the benefit at least for normal sizes and for around 25in, I'd be focusing on just getting the best monitor and not worry about it being curved.

My desktop monitor is a Dell U2711 (27in 1440p monitor) which I've had approaching eight years now and quite happy with it flat.

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Postby se99paj » 06 Apr 2018, 13:14

So I've been doing a bit more research on this, think I might have jumped the gun a bit and didn't appreciate the range of options available.

Resolution - I think I've blissfully ignored the differences in resolution, my current resolution is 1680 x 1050 and it seems the most common resolution is 1080p but 1440p is becoming more affordable. 4K is also an option but you'll need a high spec PC to power this. Would you agree with this?
From what I can tell a jump from 1050 to 1080 isn't going to be significant, so it would make sense to go with 1440p to see the most benefit.

Flat v Curved - I've checked out a few curved monitors in store and I'm convinced that they would provide a much better experience, but I can only afford so much and it might be better to go flat instead of curved.

Response time - I've generally always gone for 1ms, but is that a bit excessive? there seems to be a few manufacturers marketing gaming laptops with 4-6ms.

Size - I'm thinking 25-27" seems to be a sweet spot for cost.

I spotted the Acer KS271U (https://www.acerdisplay.com/monitor/gaming/kg271u.html) for £250 which seems like a fairly good deal and ticks most of the boxes. But think I still need to look around
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 06 Apr 2018, 16:22

27in 1440p is a sweet spot for me as you get a decent resolution but it's not too high that it needs scaling to actually use it plus for similar amounts of money you can usually get a better quality 1440p monitor.

I don't generally take note of response time as like contrast ratio it seems to be something that's just become silly and the figures given are not very accurate, I'd check reviews and see how the monitor actually behaves. I think my monitor has a fairly poor response time but been happy with it as a gaming monitor.

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Postby csteff » 07 Apr 2018, 00:20

my current monitor is a Benq 32" flat 1440p and I am happy with it (2+ years) but I also have same as John's but 2015 version which is also great
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Postby se99paj » 10 Apr 2018, 12:55

Thanks for all the comments guys - Think I'm going to get my geek on with a good spreadsheet and start comparing options available.

At the moment my initial options are:

AOC Q2778VQE - http://eu.aoc.com/en/products/q2778vqe?redirected=true
Iiyama Silver Crow G-Master - http://gmaster.iiyama.com/gl_en/product ... 730qsu-b1/
Asus PB277Q - https://www.asus.com/uk/Monitors/PB277Q/

These are 27" 1440p monitors that are sub £300

I had a look at Dell & HP but couldn't find anything that fits the budget - I've skimmed over the reviews on Amazon but tend to take them with a pinch of salt, need to find a few product reviews as well.

At the moment the AOC seems to be getting great reviews and it works out cheaper than the rest - There are some comments on input lag but I'm more of a casual gamer so hoping that isn't going to be a major problem.

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