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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on December 18, 2019, 11:26:05 pm »
It boasts a 1500:1 contrast ratio.

PC Mag measured 1100:1., and it's normal for professionally oriented monitors to have 10-30% lower contrast than advertised.  Significantly more money buys the Acer X27 or Asus PG27UQ with low glow (when local dimming is enabled) and 384 zone local dimming panels, but they suffer from flash lighting (watch the Lim's Cave review).

I thought you bought a low glow Eizo EV2736W with a Samsung LTM270DL04 or 06 PLS panel in 2013-2014 during the [H]ard Forum days.  No affordable (sub 2,000$) LCD panels compare, yet.  The Acer X27 and Asus PG27UQ have higher contrast, but I prefer the low glow, but sadly discontinued and very rare Samsung panel's lack of flash lighting.
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Thanks NCX.

I just came across this 27" monitor from NEC released last year. It's a wide gamut, but I think the sRGB mode can be adjusted.

https://www.necdisplay.com/p/displays/pa271q-bk

It boasts a 1500:1 contrast ratio.  Do you think the actual contrast is within the ball park of this number?  NEC isn't usually known for over-hyping their specs.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on December 15, 2019, 09:47:34 am »
I'm looking for the best black levels

The non-professional-oriented AHVA/IPS/PLS all have around 1,000:1 contrast, grain free matte coatings, and almost all new monitors have fake bezel/frame-less casings with perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezels (example) which make the potential contrast gains (1300 vs 1000) irrelevant.  The BenQ PD2700Q (very accurate; review links) and Asus MG279Q (144hz but less accurate than the BenQ; review links) have perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezels, but normal contrast.

If you already have a decent 60hz 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS panel the 32" 4K BenQ PD3200U (review links) is a true upgrade since it has has a low-glow AHVA panel and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel. The Asus PG27UQ and Acer X27 with local dimming  are the only 27" monitors which best the BenQ contrast and glow wise, but at double the price.

Have any VA panels caught up to the quality of IPS panels yet?

No and never.

The Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q seemed like good build quality but a little more than I wanted to spend.

The Dell uses PWM flicker despite their Flick Free claims so I can't recommend it, especially since it's significantly less accurate than the Philips and equal to the LG's which are PWM/Flicker Free.  The Philips 276E8VJSB is as accurate as the 500$+ models, PWM/Flicker free, but does not have a height adjustable stand.  The BenQ PD2700Q (very accurate; review links) is a good 1440p alternative with a height adjust-able stand in your price range.

Do you know more about the monoprice? Would you suggest that panel?

No and no since I don't recommend untested monitors.

AHVA IPS or a IPS in my case?

It doesn't matter in this price and panel range, and AHVA/IPS/PLS with above 1,100:1 contrast are very rare, and black uniformity, lack of back-light bleed and perceived black depth(grey, silver or white bezel) are far more important than small contrast differences.

The BenQ PD2720's sRGB mode provides worse image quality than standard gamut monitors (it under saturates sRGB by 5% and locks the color controls) which is normal for wide gamut monitors in this price range.  Wide gamut monitors in this price range are a waste of money and a detriment (more glow and worse sRGB modes with locked color controls) if not needed for work with programs which support color management.

There are many better standard gamut 4K monitors (here) and 1440p monitors than versus the S2719DC which has below average preset RGB level accuracy (S2719DC versus Samsung S27H850QFU) compared to the monitors I recommend here
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Hi everyone.
I'm a designer.
Actually I've just bough a Dell S2719DC and it's quite good, but I'm thinking to go for a better panel overall. Colors are good but there is too much glow in my opinion and I do not like it in the dark of my environment.
I've discovered the Benq PD2720U (99 argb, 96 dci p3) and seems the best choice for me. Just discovered has the same panel of the Monoprice 4k 27 Vivid display (wich costs the half price), an LG LM270WR4.
Do you know more about the monoprice? WOuld you suggest that panel?

Do you think it's better going for a AHVA IPS or a IPS in my case? ( low light enviroment and screen brightness - 10/25% max - high color gamut requested - best contrast possibile)

What do you think of that LG Panel?
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by Dtom on December 11, 2019, 11:22:50 pm »
Best 4K 27" for design, web dev

Hi NCX. I stumbled across your site tonight and I'm really amazed by your dedication to this subject. Thanks.

I'm looking for advice on a 4k 27" to be an external monitor for my MacBook pro.

Currently I have an old 1080 ViewSonic but it's time for an upgrade.

Right now I mostly do web dev and design but I also do print design. No hard core photo editing or color workflows but color accuracy is at least somewhat important.

I don't game at all -- well, I open Cities Skylines once and a while but that's about it -- so I don't care about any of those features.

Usually I work in a fairly well lit office area.

I'd like to keep it under $350.

I bought an LG 27UD68-W but I'm returning it. Picture seemed meh but maybe that's me. Also the stand seemed so so flimsy...

The Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q seemed like good build quality but a little more than I wanted to spend.

Any suggestions?
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Hi NCX,

What is the best 27" 1440p  IPS standard gamut monitor out there right now?

I'm looking for the best black levels, and the lightest anti-glare coating (but not full glossy). I don't do any gaming.

What panels should I look for (e.g. AH-IPS, PLS, AH-VA, etc) ?   Have any VA panels caught up to the quality of IPS panels yet?


Thanks!
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Support NCX, About NCX & Site Update Log / Re: Site Update Log
« Last post by NCX on December 06, 2019, 01:53:27 pm »
Acer Predator XN253QP

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker 240hz TN Panels buying guide.

Matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO TN panel with a fully adjustable stand, Nvidia G-Sync (30-144hz), Displayport, HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XN253QP has mediocre image quality (even for a TN panel) can only cover 90-91% of the sRGB color space, and has low and non linear preset gamma resulting in washed out colors and shades.  At 60hz PRAD measured a 23.2ms signal delay which is high for a 60hz panel, and a negligible 1.5ms at 144hz, and it offers top tier (fast and overshoot free) overdrive performance when the default Normal Over Drive setting is used at both 60hz and 144hz.  The XN253P offers excellent gaming performance at 144hz, but has bad image quality compared to multiple competitors which offer equal gaming performance for a similar price.


Asus CG32UQ

Added the Review by PC Monitors to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte, fully adjust-able, wide gamut (DCI-P3 or HDR capable), 3840x2160 VA panel with 40-60hz Adaptive Sync, Displayport, 3x HDMI 2.0, 2.x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The CG32UQ's default Racing Mode is very accurate, has >3,400:1 contrast, but over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC709 & sRGB) content since it has a wide gamut panel which covers 96% the DCI-P3 color space.  The CG32UQ has  low (8.7ms measured by with the SMT Tool) input lag and decent overdrive for a 60hz VA panel, but it does smear fast transitions of some dark colors and shades, and there's no way to reduce the smearing without introducing obvious overshoot ghosting.


Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q

Added the Review by PC Lab PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte 2560x1440, 165hz wide gamut/HDR IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The FI27Q over-saturates the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) out of the box by over 30% since it has a wide gamut panel which tries to cover the DCI-P3 (HDR) color space, but it is very accurate preset gamma and color (previous 3x hyperlink source=PC Lab PL).  The sRGB emulation mode of the unit IT Hardware tested is good while the FI27Q Belgium Hardware tested significantly reduces the gamma and RGB level color accuracy (Standard versus sRGB), as well as looks washed out since the sRGB mode's gamma is too low.  The FI27Q has negligible input lag and less (2.7%) overshoot ghosting than the AD27Q (20%), but slower pixel response times resulting in more color streaking or ghosting.


Lenovo Y27GQ-25

Added the Review by =DEAD= to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Fully adjust-able matte, 240hz, 2560x1440 TN panel with Displayport, G-Sync (24-240hz range over Displayport), Harmon Kardon 360 Speakers, HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. The Lenovo Y27GQ-2 can fully cover the SDR (HDTV & sRGB) color space and only slightly over-saturates colors, is quite accurate over all, and can be improved by selected the sRGB mode, but has average 800:1 contrast and suffers from obvious dark scene banding.  The Lenovo has very fast pixel response times with no overshoot when the default Normal Over Drive setting is used; =DEAD= does not test display lag.


LG 27GL850

Added the Review by =DEAD= and the Measurements and Review by NL Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Very accurate and fully adjustable matte 2560x1440 144hz wide gamut LG IPS with G-Sync compatible AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz over Displayport and 48-100hz over HDMI) Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0. RGB Lighting, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out. To prevent the wide gamut (DCI-P3/HDR) panel from over-saturating the color of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, the 27GL850 needs to be set to the sRGB mode (which is fairly accurate and has adjustable brightness, but has a preset pink tint and locked color controls[/url]).  The 27GL850 has quite accurate and nearly full DCI-P3/HDR color space coverage, but has a slight, though easily reduce-able preset blue tint.  The 27GL850 has negligible or very low input lag and very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but the overdrive needs to be set from Normal to Fast at 144hz to provide the fastest pixel response times, and to Normal at 60hz to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting.


LG 32UL950

Added the Pro Hardware PL to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Fully adjustable matte 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz) Displayport, hardware calibration (requires compatible colorimeter), HDMI 2.0, HDR Color*, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C.  The LG needs to be hardware calibrated to be truly competitive, as well as operate as well as possible.

*Belgium Hardware was able to achieve 90% DCI-P3 (HDR) color space coverage through hardware calibrate with an accurate colorimeter (X-Rite i1 Spectrophometer) while Rtings unit was limited to 76% DCI-P3 which is achievable by standard or non-wide gamut panels, and basically fake HDR.

The unit PRAD tested uses high khz PWM (non detect-able flicker), has high DCI-P3 color space coverage (91% before calibration and 95% after) and decent preset color accuracy.  The preset color accuracy of the unit Rtings tested is mediocre for the price, and it uses motion clarity ruining 240hz LED PWM Dimming or flicker.


Philips E-Line 245E1S

Measurements and Review by NL Hardware.

Matte, 75hz 2560x1440 IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (49-75hz), Displayport, HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Philips 245E1S is very accurate both gamma and color wise, can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC709 & sRGB) color spaces and has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a 75hz non-TN panel.  The Philips 245E1S is a great budget monitor for casual gaming and work which requires accurate color.


Samsung U32R59C

Added the Review by Tom's Hardware to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guide.

Matte 3840x2160, curved (1500R) VA panel with Displayport, HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The U32R59C has very skewed and black crush (loss of detail) inducing gamma caused by the incorrectly preset HDMI Black Level setting which is preset to Low for a 16-235 signal while the Samsung outputs a 0-255 signal and needs to have its HDMI Black Level set to Normal.  the U32R59C has negligible input lag (for a 60hz panel) and fast pixel response times for a 60hz VA panel.


ViewSonic XG270QG

Added the Review by PRAD to my Best Reviewed Flicker Free 144-165hz 1440p Monitors and Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS buying guides.

Matte, fully adjust-able, 165hz, HDR/wide gamut, 2560x1440 resolution IPS* panel with G-Sync and 120hz ULMB (back-light strobing) over Displayport.  The ViewSonic XG270QG has Displayport, HDMI 1.4, 3x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The XG270QG is very accurate aside from a slight warm preset green tint, and can fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, but has average contrast (850:1) and over-saturates the color of non DCI-P3 content (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) since it uses a wide gamut and HDR capable panel without a properly functioning sRGB emulation mode.  The ViewSonic XG270QG has negligible input lag and fast pixel response times for a non-TN panel at 144-165hz with the response time is set to the Standard (no overshoot; 60hz measurements by PRAD) and Advanced (faster but with minor overshoot; 165hz measurements by PRAD) settings.  The XG270QG does not support YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:4:4 signals properly when connected via HDMI; read the Unterstützte Farbmodelle und Signallevel (Supported colour models and signal level) section at the bottom of page 8 in PRAD's review for more information.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by NCX on December 04, 2019, 08:38:08 pm »
thanks.  any thoughts on the eizo ev2456?

Great but significantly overpriced versus the Samsung S24E650PL, though if the Samsung is not available then the Eizo is the most accurate 24" 1080p IPS around.
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Post In Here: Ask NCX For Advice and General Discussion Thread / Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Last post by gwng8 on December 03, 2019, 10:42:18 am »
thanks.  any thoughts on the eizo ev2456?
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