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General Category => Best Reviewed Flicker Free Monitor Buying Guides => Topic started by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:40:05 pm

Title: Best 25" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS Monitors
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:40:05 pm
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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 25" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS

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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/monitor-advice-by-ncx/best-monitor-review-sites/msg61/#msg61)

Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

Recommendations are PWM or Flicker Free:

I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity (https://flic.kr/p/qSbVjo) and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects (http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/pulse_width_modulation.htm#side_effects).
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:42:24 pm
Table Of Content

Best Monitors (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=98)
Correct Display Height=Reduced IPS/PLS Glow (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=99)
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=100)
Acer (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=150)
AOC (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=151)
Asus (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=152)
BenQ (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=153)
Dell (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=154)
Philips (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-25'-2560x1440p-monitors-ahvaipspls/?message=155)
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:43:15 pm
Best Monitors

The BenQ PD2500Q, Dell U2515H, Dell U2518D, Dell U2520D and Philips 258B6QUEB are the best, and are all very similar, but Dell offers the best warranty service.  All have height adjustable stands, USB ports, very accurate color presets, fast (for a 60hz display) pixel response times and negligible input lag.  Choosing the best option out of these mainly comes down to availability, aesthetic or design preference and considering the fact that the U2518D suffers from screen tearing when connected to the PS4.  Here's video proof (https://bit.ly/2FJNL5N) and a post about the issue in the Dell forums (https://www.dell.com/community/Monitors/U2518D-PS4-1080p-Gaming-Screen-Tearing/td-p/6186641).

The U2518D is more accurate, suffers from less gradient banding and less overshoot ghosting, but has slower over-all pixel response times than the U2520D.
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:43:40 pm
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read The Article (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/ips-vs-tn-right-wrong-ways-to-use-or-view-how-to-vastly-reduce-ahvaipspls-glow-i/) and/or watch The Extended YouTube Version (http://tinyurl.com/y98akyte)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAQ4Toxt9U
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 10:45:30 pm
Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

Read the Steemit Article (https://steemit.com/displays/@ncx/high-display-brightness-and-room-lighting-the-importance-of-light) and/or watch it on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Dnp7RTZWs
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 11:13:00 pm
Acer

Acer H257HU

Review by Daywalker (http://prohardver.hu/teszt/acer_h257hu_wqhd_jokepu_monitor/bevezeto_kulso.html)

Acer G257HU

Added Review by Rtings (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/acer/g257hu-g7-series)
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 11:14:03 pm
AOC

AOC Q2577PWQ

Review by Hardware.Info (https://nl.hardware.info/product/313693/aoc-q2577pwq/testresultaten)
Review by IT Hardware PL (https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje/test_monitora_aoc_q2577pwq_1440p_za_rozsadne_pieniadze-699.html)
Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-q2577pwq/)
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 11:48:04 pm
Asus


Asus PB258Q

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (https://4k-monitor.ru/reviews/usrednyennyy_variant_obzor_i_testirovanie_wqhd_monitora_asus_pb258q/) (=DEAD=)
Title: Re: Best 25" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on May 19, 2018, 11:51:19 pm
BenQ

BenQ PD2500Q

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (https://3dnews.ru/958968) (=DEAD=)
Review by Playwares (http://playwares.com/dpreview/56482656)
Title: Re: Best Reviewed Flicker Free 25" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on June 26, 2018, 07:15:26 pm
Dell

Dell U2515H

Review by Extrahardware CZ (http://www.cnews.cz/recenze/dell-u2515h-sympatickych-2560-x-1440-bodu-na-25-ips-uz-za-8800-kc)
Review by Hardware Info (http://be.hardware.info/reviews/6596/dell-ultrasharp-u2515h-review-fameuze-pionier)
Review by PRAD (http://www.prad.de/new/monitore/test/2015/test-dell-u2515h.html)
Review by Sweclockers (https://www.sweclockers.com/test/21606-dell-ultrasharp-u2515h-qhd-ips-panel-och-lagt-pris)
Review by TFT Central (http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2515h.htm)

Dell U2516D

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (http://www.3dnews.ru/932775) (=DEAD=)
Review by Hardware Info (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/6888/dell-ultrasharp-up2516d-review-beter-dan-de-u2515h)

The Dell UP2516D is a wide gamut monitor made for those who use color managed programs to work with the Adobe RGB color space. It should not be purchased for gaming.

Dell U2518D

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (https://3dnews.ru/969234) (=DEAD=)
Review by PC Monitors (https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/dell-u2518d/)
Review by Rtings (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/u2518d)

Matte 2560x1440, 8 bit LG AH-IPS panel with Displayport, Displayport Out (for MST daisy chaining), HDMI 2.0, Mini-Displayport, 3.5mm Audio Out and 4x USB 3.0.  The U2518D suffers from screen tearing when connected to the PS4.  Here's video proof (https://bit.ly/2FJNL5N) and a post about the issue in the Dell forums (https://www.dell.com/community/Monitors/U2518D-PS4-1080p-Gaming-Screen-Tearing/td-p/6186641).


Dell U2520D

Review by Rtings (https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/ultrasharp-u2520d)

Fully adjust-able, matte, 2560x1440 IPS panel with Displayport, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-C, 3x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The U2520D has 1000:1 contrast, accurate colors aside from marginally too high preset gamma (https://i.rtings.com/images/reviews/monitor/dell/ultrasharp-u2520d/ultrasharp-u2520d-pre-gamma-small.jpg), full (99.6% measured) sRGB color space coverage, negligible input lag and good 60hz pixel response times aside from a bit of overshoot.

The older U2518D is more accurate, suffers from less gradient banding and less overshoot ghosting, but has slower over-all pixel response times.
Title: Re: Best Reviewed Flicker Free 25" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS
Post by: NCX on June 26, 2018, 07:18:56 pm
Philips

Philips 258B6QJEB

Review by Hardware.Info (https://nl.hardware.info/product/321516/philips-258b6qjeb/testresultaten)

The Philips has excellent color presets like the Dell U2515H, but a frame of input lag for no reason.

Philips 258B6QUEB

Test Results (https://be.hardware.info/product/359438/philips-258b6queb/testresultaten) by Belgium Hardware
Review by Les Numeriques (http://www.lesnumeriques.com/moniteur-ecran-lcd/philips-brilliance-258b6queb-p36387/test.html)

The Philips 258B6QUEB has outstanding (extremely accurate) color presets, a fully adjust-able stand, tons of inputs (Displayport, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI min-Displayport, USB-C, 3x USB 3.0, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out), competitive (for a 60hz panel) pixel response times once the overdrive setting is increased (set to Faster), and can be considered delay free. It is an excellent monitor, but it's not really worth paying a premium for unless USB-C is desired.