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2018: HP 25f Review: Almost-Glossy 75hz IPS with AMD Free-Sync: 25er & 25es successor with AMD Free-Sync, native 75hz, the fastest pixel response times, but worse color accuracy than the 25er & 25es, and lower color space coverage than the older models.

2017: HP 24 Envy Review: Semi-Glossy 1080p IPS with 75hz & AMD Free-Sync: The 24 Envy natively supports 75hz (no overclock required), can cover more of the HDTV/REC 709 color space than the 25-27" HP monitors, but is less accurate than the HP 25er and 25es.

2016: HP 25er/es Review: Non-overclock-able 2016 Almost-Glossy/Low Haze Monitors with slightly more accurate color presets, 2x HDMI and 1x VGA.

2015: HP 27CW, 25XW and 27XW Review: Overclock-able 2015 monitors with worse preset color accuracy than the 25er and 25es.

The 25" and 27" HP CW/er/es/XW series monitors all use the same almost-glossy (Low Haze) coating which HP describes as:

"The reflective-ness typical with glossy screen surface is appreciably reduced with the Low Haze Screen enhancement, without losing clarity and contrast of screen imagery."

HP 25-27VX: These monitors use LED PWM Dimming or Flicker which ruins motion clarity and makes some people suffer from health issues like headaches and/or eyestrain. The VX monitors have less vibrant colors since they have a smaller and less accurate color gamut capable of covering up to 92% of the sRGB color space versus the 25-27CW & XW monitors 97%, and use a pure glossy coating while the 25-27 CW & XW monitors use a treated glossy or almost-glossy coating with some ant-reflective properties.


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NCX Live Streams & Videos / NCX Live
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / About NCX
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:27:04 pm »
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I live in Canada and am a 28 year old European mutt whose ancestors are from multiple European countries such as England, Germany, and Scotland.  I post recommendations frequently on Reddit's r/Monitors. Check out my post history.

My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  I started reading monitor reviews frequently in 2009 and quickly realized that most reviewers kept their content in a bubble, or did not account for competing reviews of the same, or very similar monitors.  Without reading multiple reviews one may miss obvious flaws, and the fact that the same panels can vary greatly, such as the contrast of IPS panels which often varied by 30% between the same panels, and the gamma which may be 1.8 on one unit and 2.2 on another.

One must read multiple reviews since no reviewer tests everything, myself included, since doing so requires thousands of dollars worth of testing gear, and vast amounts of time.  One must read multiple reviews to account for panel variance, see oscilloscope measurements of pixel responses times, in-depth perceptual analysis of pixel response times or overdrive performance, resolution scaling, judder, uniformity, and multiple other areas of performance which no single reviewer covers.  Reading multiple reviews also subjects one to the different ways reviewers prioritize certain areas of performance, and expose a reader to important testing methods and aspects of performance the reader was previously unaware of.  One reviewer may have an oscilloscope for measuring pixel response times, but ignore how clear or grainy a coating is, and not test a monitor with external devices such as consoles to ensure that a monitor display their signals properly. 

I try to account for everything in my analysis, but can't always do so since most monitors are not reviewed by multiple in-depth reviewers.  I do not have an oscilloscope or signal processor, but I provide unique analysis of the perceived black depth and contrast of a display, explain how to properly view (display height and viewing distance) each panel type, and test monitors with consoles.  Reviewer priorities vary based on their own knowledge, access to equipment, priorities, and time they're willing to put into a review.

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Samsung 55NU7100 Review by Rtings
Sony 55X750F Review by Rtings
Best TV Review Sites; TV Review Resource Center

The best monitor reviewers are significantly superior to the best TV reviews, and the best monitors without HDR are vastly superior to most TV's available under 1000$ since TV's tend to be very inaccurate compared to monitors, and use LED PWM Dimming or flickering back-lights which ruin motion clarity and make some people suffer from health issues like headaches and/or eyestrain.

I do not make buying guides for TV's, but I do read TV reviews as well as have tested and/or owned a few mid range and high end models such as the , Panasonic 42PZ80, Pioneer Kuro, Samsung LN46A950 (my first TV; purchased in 2009), Samsung PN51F8500 (father's TV) and Sony 49X900E (current TV).

The Sony 43X750F is one of very few LCD panel using televisions made in the past few years which has both accurate color presets and PWM free back-lighting, however it has a 27ms delay (Game & Graphics mode) which is around 12ms higher than the fastest TV's, and 24ms slower than most monitors which can be considered delay free.

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With performance summaries and dozens of review links.

This is a restoration of my review originally posted on the now defunct WeCraveGamesToo, which just became available through the archive.org way back machine.



Monprice advertises this monitor as a glass IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (not tested: I own a 980 ti); it uses a matte coated AHVA panel made by AUO:
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In this review the Monoprice (purchases and returned October 2017) is compared to the Acer XB321HK (2015 monitor; tested one made in 2016 November 2017), Qnix UHD3216R (purchased August 2016) and Viewsonic VP2780-4K (2015 monitor purchased March 2017) which I have reviewed. Colorimeter measurements and photos of these monitors are included in this review, but I have not created reviews for the Acer and Viewsonic yet.

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Best Reviewed Flicker Free Monitor Buying Guides / Best 144hz 1080p Monitors
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:20:59 pm »
Last Update=February 14th 2019

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Always purchase from retailers with hassle free return and exchange policies.  Read retailers return and exchange policies before buying.

My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  This is a restoration and updated version of my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-240hz Monitors Version 2.0 buying guide originally hosted on wecravegamestoo which was shut down in spring 2018.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center

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 and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.

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Dell S2719DGF Review

DSC_0366 by Deepinthesky Teslastorm, on Flickr

The Dell S2719DGF uses a matte 2560x1440 AUO TN panel with 40-155hz AMD Free-Sync.  I do not have an AMD graphics card to test Free-Sync.


With performance summaries and dozens of review links.

Product Page and AMD Free-Sync Compatible GPU List.

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Last Update=February 11th 2019

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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors

Always purchase from retailers with hassle free return and exchange policies.  Read retailers return and exchange policies before buying.

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

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 and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.

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Both monitors were tested in 2016, the C32F391 during the summer and the S32F351 during December of 2016.  This is a restoration of my original review posted on wecravegamestoo.  Both monitors are still sold, and the S32F351 is an excellent budget 1080p VA panel for 60hz gaming and movie watching.

Both monitors use the same Low Haze (name used by HP) or Almost-Glossy glossy-type coating which provides an equally clear and vibrant picture as a glossy coating while also being slightly less reflection. Click here to see multiple detailed coating comparisons with multiple kinds of monitors.


Curved Samsung C32F2391 (LC32F391FWNXZA) Product PageReview by Les Numeriques.

Samsung S32F351 (LS32F351FUNXZA) Product Page



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Last Update=February 19th 2019

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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS

Always purchase from retailers with hassle free return and exchange policies.  Read retailers return and exchange policies before buying.

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

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 and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.

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144hz Washout: Not Vegas

DSC_0051 by Deepinthesky Teslastorm, on Flickr


Acer XF240H product page and Viewsonic XG2402 product pageAMD Free-Sync Compatible GPU List.

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Viewsonic XG4202 Reviews

Measurements by Magical Chicken (significantly more accurate than the unit I tested)
Review by NCX
Review by PC Monitors
Review by Rtings

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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Site Update Log
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:32:54 am »
New content, review links and summaries, and important site updates are posted in here, along with links to the Best Reviewed Flicker Free Monitor buying guides I put the reviews I source from these 15+ sites across the realm.

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Product Page.

The Qnix UHD32R uses a glossy 3840x2160 or 4K resolution AHVA panel (AUO's version of IPS) with a glossy coating, and 40-60hz AMD Free-Sync (not tested since I have a Nvidia graphics card).  Check out my Qnix UHD32R Photo Album with over 100 photos.


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