I currently have a triple monitor setup with three 1080 23" monitors. The side monitors have IPS panels and the center one has a TN panel. The monitors were purchased in 2011 for a budget price ($100-200 each). I have a good performing PC (Skylake i7, nVidia 1080 GTX, 32GB DDR4 RAM) and I play videogames of all genres (including first person shooters) <10% of the time and spend the rest mostly with my word processor, IDE, web browser etc.
Since I spend a lot of time on my computer and I would like to not bottleneck the experience with an old budget monitor, I think it's worth it to upgrade my old center TN-panel monitor.
- Since the side monitors are 23", I'd like to not deviate too much from their size. *
- Since there could be driver issues and inconsistencies for UI's across the monitors, I prefer 1080p resolution over 4k or 1440p. *
- As I have a nice machine to enjoy good gaming visuals, I would like to experience at least one noticeable differentiating feature from my old monitor: In particular a refresh rate of >100Hz. Based on my research, I'm able to operate the center monitor at a greater refresh rate than the side monitors in Windows 10.
- With regard to strobing, the monitor should support something similar to ULMB for high frame rates.
* If it's strongly suggested that I get rid off all three monitors for some good reason, I'm also willing to upgrade to a single, "ultrawide" monitor with a high resolution.
- Low reaction time, high contrast, good color accuracy and range + (maybe automatically adjustable) brightness (doesn't have to be HDR)
- G-SYNC (or the successor) would be nice since I have a new nVidia card. However, I doubt that many games on my machine will drop into the low framerates where this feature can shine.
Minor Preferences and Notes
- I prefer it to be around $300, but I'm willing to spend more if there is a great one out there.
- I'd also like to go with a reputable brand (e.g., ViewSonic, NEC, Philips) and a relatively new model.
- Inbuilt speakers would be nice
- Thin bezel and depth, fully adjustable (pivot, tilt, swivel) are nice to have
- Eye care technology if it is not just marketing junk (have not looked into whether that is the case)
- Modern connectivity (DP/HDMI, maybe even USB-C)
- No strong preference for curved or flat, 3D, VESA wall-mounting abilities.
- Not sure what panel (IPS, VA, TN) is the best for my needs.
- Samsung C24FG70: My current favorite because VA and Quantum Dot technology seems like a great compromise for my demands. It's also a very new model ($325)
- ASUS VG248QE or ASUS MG248Q: Not that new but seems popular and solid, uses TN I believe, no G-Sync ($280, $300)
- Acer Predator XB241H: Has G-Sync, but uses a TN panel & slightly pricier ($400)