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Krisnatharok
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AURIA EQ276W 27" Monitor

Am handing down my Samsung 23" 2343BWX to my stepson, and would like to upgrade to a 27" monitor to be used primarily for gaming. I am gravitating towards an IPS, but would also consider a TN with really good color.

Don't really want to spend more than $400.

Since I know next to nothing about monitors beyond resolution and TN vs. IPS, I thought I'd ask here for suggestions.

Alternatively, I'd like to look at a 3D-capable monitor as well (I have a GTX 580), but don't know what to look for. Does it need to be 120 Hz? Newegg only has four, all 27", and all above $500-600.
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Re: Suggestions Needed for a 27" monitor

For my budget, so far I've found...

27" TN pick: ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor - $330

24" 120Hz, 3D-ready pick: BenQ XL2420T Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) HDMI Widescreen Height & Pivot Adjustable LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor - $391

27" IPS pick: AURIA EQ276W 27" IPS LED Monitor - $400

I don't really see a 120 Hz panel in my price range at 27" (like I said, they are $500+), so I may be left with picking between these three.

Any input, DSLR, or do none of us really track monitors like we do PCs?
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I love my 27" Asus but, sadly, it refuses to emulate 3D. I blame it on the wife.


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3D isn't worth it at this point in time. 120Hz isn't worth it either, unless you do competition gaming or have the money floating around. Any particular features your looking for such as a certain resolution?

Oh, and here's a better monitor than all of the above imo:

»www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Yamakasi-Ca···7965f124


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Re: Suggestions Needed for a 27" monitor

This probably isn't an uber-fast gaming monitor, but the price seems decent: »slickdeals.net/f/4998536-Dell-27···210-w-FS I remembered seeing it when I saw the title of your post.



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Re: Suggestions Needed for a 27" monitor

said by kingdome74:

I love my 27" Asus but, sadly, it refuses to emulate 3D. I blame it on the wife.

What all hardware is required for 3D?


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A 3D capable monitor (120 Hz), a 3D capable GPU (any Nvidia 560Ti/570/580/670/680) and the glasses kit.

And a game. I think the Batman games are 3D. Would love to play them in 3D with all their DX11 glory.
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said by Krisnatharok:

For my budget, so far I've found...

27" TN pick: ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor - $330

24" 120Hz, 3D-ready pick: BenQ XL2420T Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) HDMI Widescreen Height & Pivot Adjustable LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor - $391

27" IPS pick: AURIA EQ276W 27" IPS LED Monitor - $400

I don't really see a 120 Hz panel in my price range at 27" (like I said, they are $500+), so I may be left with picking between these three.

Any input, DSLR, or do none of us really track monitors like we do PCs?

For anyone else interested, there is also another budget IPS coming out on August 21:

NIXEUS VUE WQHD 27" S-IPS ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION 2560X1440 MONITOR - $430

I think I am leaning towards the Auria, however.
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So I ended up going with the AURIA EQ276W IPS from Microcenter. Picking it up tomorrow!



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I was going to suggest the Auria EQ276W as I really think highly of my unit. However, I have not specifically tested it with games. Therefore I couldn't say what kind experience you might expect with that type of usage model.

It was my understanding the more inputs you have on the monitor the more likely you'll experience lag and the Auria EQ276W has DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort.

I think I have steam installed on the system I am using it on so I can test it out.

***Edit***

OK, tried Half Life 2 and its smooth as butter,....IMO.

Tournament gaming, not sure but general use no problem.



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said by Octavean:

It was my understanding the more inputs you have on the monitor the more likely you'll experience lag and the Auria EQ276W has DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort.

Ther number of inputs sholdn't have anything to do with lag.
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said by aurgathor:

said by Octavean:

It was my understanding the more inputs you have on the monitor the more likely you'll experience lag and the Auria EQ276W has DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort.

Ther number of inputs sholdn't have anything to do with lag.

Let me clarify.

Typically, the number of ports wouldn't even be a consideration for me with respect to any kind of lag. However, I am only going on some user reports of some of the typical low cost Korean 2560x1440 IPS displays often found on eBay. Generally speaking, many of these monitors often only have one connection option. The ones that cost more may have more connection options and there have been user reports of increased input lag for what would otherwise be the same model.

I'm referring to user reports in forums not necessarily any formal testing. Having said that I already stated that I didn't notice any serious lag issues on my Auria EQ276W 2560x1440 27" LED IPS display. So I don't really consider it an issue.

quote:
An International Affair
While I, after much deliberation, ordered the Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite monitor, it is by no means the most popular of these Korean displays.

Here's some common information about all of these displays

All of these seem to be using the same LG LM270WQ1 27" panel
Base models will only feature a single Dual-Link DVI input, and power. Higher end models are available with things such as DisplayPort or HDMI, but they may introduce more input lag
Only models with multiple display inputs will feature an On-Screen Display for adjusting things like Contrast and Color.
My display successfully displayed resolutions under 2560x1440 from my MacBook and a Windows 7 Machine, although the image was stretched to fill the entire display. However your mileage may vary, especially with things like HDMI to DVI adapters and noncomputer devices.
These monitors use an external power brick with a Korean plug. Some eBay sellers include power adapters to cope with this, but you can just replace the wall cable with a standard American cable (such as the ones found on powersupplies and other monitors.)

»www.pcper.com/reviews/Displays/A···l-Affair


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Picked it up today. Looks absolutely fantastic, very bright whites and good colors (no dead pixels I can find). It puts my 20" Apple Cinema Display (DVI) to shame with them side by side. I'll have to dig out the camera and take some pictures since a cell phone camera doesn't do it justice.

With the super-high resolution, I went ahead and bought an HIS MultiView II ($44 via Newegg, got it price-matched at Microcenter) to power the Apple display through USB so my GTX 580 isn't taxed further driving the second monitor.

Really happy with this display.

Microcenter also has a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy with no restocking fee, so if you consider the AURIA, pick it up in person.
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I picked my unit up as well although I think Microcenter will actually ship the Auria EQ276W. This means, unlike a number of Microcenter deals, you don’t have to have a store location near you to take advantage of it. I’ve also heard stories of store managers allowing customers to open the box in the store and power it up to look for dead / stuck pixels so there may be a plus to going in-store beyond instant gratification.

Its hard to find any negatives with respect to the Auria EQ276W 2560x1440 LED IPS monitor IMO. I still want to buy another one.

There are a few minor issues though. Apparently changing resolutions can take some time. So during the boot process you might not see the BIOS POST options or you might not see the Windows splash screen (if your running Windows). A very minor issue IMO.

I’ve run the Auria EQ276W 2560x1440 LED IPS monitor in Windows 7 and OS X Lion / Mountain Lion. Its been really great overall.



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Finally beat The Witcher 2 on the new monitor. I don't think there's a better game out there that can show off the IPS's colors and blacks. Absolutely gorgeous, but my GTX 580 is starting to choke from all the pixels. heh
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That resolution will really push the 580 at max detail for any recent game. It's nice for actual work, but I don't think I would ever game at that resolution (even if I could).



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AURIA EQ276W mini review:

»www.overclock.net/t/1288941/enka···o-center

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6W7oRclmD8


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Re: AURIA EQ276W 27" Monitor

There is another monitor with the same specs and pricing entering the US market:

Nixeus Vue 27" : A $430 WQHD (2560x1440) S-IPS LED Monitor

»www.anandtech.com/Show/Index/613···comments

Although in this case it looks to be virtually the exact same monitor as the Auria EQ276W.



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Re: Suggestions Needed for a 27" monitor

How's the build quality?
How good are onscreen menus?
How much and how far can you adjust them?
Did you calibrate it?
What were the results?
Did you calibrate with osm or video drivers?
How uniform is its backlight?
Is it edge-lit led?
Any backlight bleeding?
Is the screen mate or glossy?



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said by MxxCon:

Is it edge-lit led?

Do you even need to ask that question?

I'm looking for a TV, and most deveryone except Sony seem to have discontinued full array backlit models. And there were very few to begin with.
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said by MxxCon:

How's the build quality?

The Auria EQ276W outer shell is made of plastic. Its construction is fairly sold though. I have three Asus 27” monitors as well as a View sonic (and some others) the build quality is physically just as good IMO. Even better in some cases. Buttons are firm, not mushy and give off an audible click.

said by MxxCon:

How good are onscreen menus?

HP has the HP ZR2740w 2560x1440 monitor in the ~$650 range. It has no onscreen menus at all. Many of the Korean 2560x1440 monitors in this price range (~$300 to ~$400) such as the Yamakasi Catleap and Crossover again have no OSD menu system to speak of.

Having said that the menu system on the Auria EQ276W is fairly good overall IMO. Its responsive, fast and navigation is intuitive. There is an opaque setting as well. I honestly didn’t spend much time in the menu system though because, while not perfect, I was happy enough with the out of the box settings.

said by MxxCon:

How much and how far can you adjust them?

There are a few photos of the menu system in the link I posted earlier:

»www.overclock.net/t/1288941/enka···o-center

said by MxxCon:

Did you calibrate it?

No.

Again, while not perfect it was serviceable out of the box IMO.

said by MxxCon:

What were the results?

NA

said by MxxCon:

Did you calibrate with osm or video drivers?

NA

said by MxxCon:

How uniform is its backlight?

Very uniform, I didn’t notice any inconsistencies.
said by MxxCon:

Is it edge-lit led?

I don’t know. I thought these were rejected by Apple and used whatever technology Apple uses in their Cinema displays but I’m not 100% sure.

said by MxxCon:

Any backlight bleeding?

Not much if any that I could see.

said by MxxCon:

Is the screen mate or glossy?

Glossy, although oddly enough I didn’t find it off putting. I have an older HP Touchsmart 22” All-In-One system with a glossy screen and I did find the reflection annoying at times. Therefore I would concluded that there may be some coating that mitigates the reflective nature of typical glossy screens. In other words it doesn’t seem nearly as reflective as some other screens I’ve seen.

My experience with my Auria EQ276W 27" unit may differ somewhat from Krisnatharok’ s experience with his unit.


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Why wouldn't you calibrate it?!
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As I stated before, the out of the box settings were sufficient. I bought the Auria EQ276W for my Wife and she was quite pleased with it out of the box as well. She isn’t a graphics artiest, photographer, designer or the like but rather a developer / programmer. She needs good sharp text above all and she’s got that and more.

I’d be more inclined to calibrate my Asus VE276Q, VE278Q VK278Q triple monitor setup because side by side you can see that they could really use it.



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Don't know if you had the issue of the Auria not showing the POST screen during boot-up. I upgraded my EVGA GTX 580 to the latest nvidia beta drivers (306) and flashed the FW in it, and I can now see POST no problem.
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Thanks for the heads-up.

I haven't really had much of a problem but it's something to keep in mind if I switch the Auria EQ276W to a different system or try using it with a KVM. BTW I have heard that different inputs on this monitor may have a faster response to resolution change but haven't tested firsthand.

I'm still thinking about getting another Auria EQ276W monitor. If I do it will probably be some time in October, great stuff these monitors,...



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Re: AURIA EQ276W 27" Monitor

They also seem to have more 21:9 ratio WQHD monitors coming to market at 2560x1080. Not sure the price will be reasonable though:

»www.ifa.philips.com/



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I prefer 16:10 monitors but I think I'd still like to get my hands on one of these. 2560x1440 is still more vertical resolution than 1920x1200 that I have now.

I wish they'd show up at somewhere other than microcenter though. They don't ship to Canada.



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Microcenter seems to be out of the AURIA EQ276W in all locations near me (NY Yonkers, NJ Paterson and NY Long Island). I hope they get some more in stock because I was thinking about getting another in October.

I was thinking either a GTX660, iPhone or AURIA EQ276W,...



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They had a giant stack of them at the Northern VA store (Fairfax) if you feel like a road trip. I'll buy beers!



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Interesting,......

Online they are claiming the Northern VA store (Fairfax) store is out of stock. Wonder what is up with that,.....?