Tom's Hardware on the AURIA EQ276W 27" IPS Display
said by Tom's Hardware :I'm glad to see Tom's review the Auria--when they looked at budget IPS panels last month there was an uproar in the comments section about the lack of consideration for the Auria. They have now remedied that by including an entire review dedicated to just the Auria.
Auria EQ276W 27" IPS Monitor Review: QHD For $400
Although QHD screens are nothing new, they remain atop the desktop monitor price ladder. Auria broke the $400 barrier with its new EQ276W 27 IPS panel. Today, we run it through our display benchmarks to see how it compares to far pricier competition.
While were all used to the prices on our favorite technology dropping as new and better products hit the market, what you pay for an LCD panel falls a little more slowly than most other components. QHD (2560x1440) is one of the highest resolutions available on the desktop. And even though QHD monitors have been available for several years, their prices remain grossly higher than equally-sized FHD (1920x1080) screens.
CONCLUSION: Too Good To Be True, Or Just Good Value?
After running Auria's EQ276W through our test suite, the obvious conclusion is that this monitor is an excellent value. Considering most other 27-inch QHD screens are selling for north of $800, Auria delivers a lot for the money. Its color is among the most accurate of any monitor weve tested. The grayscale tracks nicely at all signal levels, and is easily calibrated to D65 (or any other standard the user might wish). Its only real performance flaws are gamma that rides too low and below-average contrast. The addition of gamma presets and a better brightness control could fix these problems easily.
In practical use, the image looks great, whether you're involved in productivity, video, or gaming. While the EQ276Ws response time and input lag are a bit slower than others, we had no problem playing fast-moving first-person shooters. Those who look to wring every last drop of performance from their gaming rig will want to look elsewhere. But for the vast majority of players, the Auria will do just fine.
Ergonomically, the screens lack of anti-glare was a small problem. Any sunlight or harsh reflections show up in dark areas of the image. And if you set the screen just right, it can even sub as a mirror! While this issue is not insurmountable, it could impact some users. The low-mounted stand is a bit strange as well. For the typical desktop, an upward tilt is necessary, making it more difficult to get the angle just right. Its very important for the keyboard, screen, and chair to have the right positional relationship to avoid fatigue and repetitive stress injury. We recommend the strong consideration of a bracket or alternative mounting system to bring the panel up to a proper height above the desks surface.
These issues aside, Auria delivers a solid product with great performance at a presently-unmatched value. If you can overcome a few ergonomic challenges, the EQ276W might be the monitor for you. Plus, at just $400 a piece, you can buy two for the price of most competing 27 QHD screens.
I've had mine for a while now (about a year), and am very pleased with it, even though my primary use of the computer is gaming.
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signmeuptooThank you YankeesPremium
What are the most noticable differences to the inexperienced eye to IPS over TN? Is it something that can take side by sides to really see, or is it immediately obvious?
The most obvious is viewing angles. TN panels wash out and/or distort colours at pretty small angles from straight on. IPS panels have very wide viewing angles and also better colour reproduction.
The viewing angles something that even the most untrained eye can see, just look from angle (especially high or low) and see if the image gets messed up stays the same.
IPS used to have inferior response time and black levels/contrast but these are getting better (at least on most units, those black levels and contrast on the cheap Auria in the review are hideous).
signmeuptooThank you YankeesPremium
Yeah, I notice on my laptop that tilted up or down even a little and the screen doesn't look right. This leads me to ask, do expensive laptops have IPS panels? How do you go about finding out which ones do? What about MVA panels?
Yeah I hate the TN panel on my laptop but IPS in laptops are few and far between. Retina Macbook I think a few models from Lenovo or HP are the only ones. Hopefully things improve in this area soon, I'm spoiled because they only buy IPS panels for our desktops at work. They also pay a pretty penny for these Latitude laptops, but the displays in them aren't even good for TN panels.
For myself I'm looking for a 2560x1440 27" IPS like this Auria but I'll wait for the Dell U2713hm to go on sale. It's unlikely to get down the $400 of the Auria anytime soon, but it may get down to $550 or so during the sales next year (regular $800).
For 24" and 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, the Dell U2312 or U2412 are a good choice and can be had for about $250 or $300 or less on sale.
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Quoting myself from a different thread:»27" Ultra Resolution Monitors
That sale didn't last long though,......