November 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm #37165
Hey guys. I have a list of IPS monitors I was checking out and I’d like to get some recommendations as far as which of these would suit my needs the best. I do very little gaming but, I watch a lot of movies, stream videos and go through a lot of photos. I have no budget but, I don’t want to pay for the most expensive monitor just ‘because’ if it’s overkill, although the U2515H looked pretty solid. Also, if you recommend anything other than what’s on the list, feel free to share it.
I’m in the process of putting parts together for a new rig, so when it comes down to what graphics card I have, I don’t have one in mind yet but will be taking that into consideration when choosing a monitor.
ThanksNovember 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm #37174
Just to add, is there anything else worth looking into when choosing an IPS monitor? I don’t know much but, I read a lot about gsync, ms, hz and so on.November 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm #37175
Hi cignig and welcome,
For your uses and with the sort of models you’re considering there is no need to concern yourself with G-SYNC, high refresh rates or specified response times (which are in extremely misleading anyway). I will also quickly narrow your choices down to the 25″ models and the Dell P2416D. I would really only recommend the 1920 x 1080 options (or 1920 x 1200 option in the case of the PA248Q) if you have strict budget restrictions or had an older system that didn’t support the higher resolution – perhaps due to lack of GPU power and you happened to be gaming as well.
The only potential advantage to the Full HD models in particular is that, assuming your movie content is 1920 x 1080, it is displayed without requiring upscaling. This upscaling is something that is mentioned in any of our reviews of WQHD (2560 x 1440) or UHD (3840 x 2160) monitors -and it’s handled by the GPU or software rather than the monitor, assuming you’ve got the monitor running at its native resolution. It leads to a very slight softening, which I honestly don’t think is significant enough to worry about. Furthermore, when considering the 25″ WQHD models in particular, the lighter screen surface could counteract this somewhat. Just thought I’d mention this – but I wouldn’t worry about it.
The 25″ WQHD models also have a number of other advantages over the lower resolution models you’re considering. Especially compared to the Full HD models, they offer a more generous colour gamut, lighter (less grainy, potentially more ‘vibrant-looking’) screen surface and provide true 8-bit colour without dithering. These are all attractive benefits, but it’s really the strong pixel density and extra desktop real-estate that I feel creates the experience. I can’t really provide much assistance in seperating the three 25″ models you’re considering, as I have only used the U2515H and have received limited feedback from users on the PB258Q and G257HU. The panel itself is very capable, though, and I have had 5 people order the Acer after going through to Amazon via our affiliate links these past two months with zero returns.
Really I think you’d be very happy with any of the 25″ choices, but the Dell has the advantage of… Being a Dell! If something did happen to go wrong outside of the retailer return window, you’d likely have a smoother ride than trying to work with either ASUS or Acer. Of course I’m sure you’ll hear horror stories from Dell customers and some good experiences from the others, but that’s just a general point. If you needed any more convincing about these 25″ models I’d also check out our review of the AOC Q2577PWQ. It is a European model that isn’t available in the US, but it again uses the same panel so can give a good indication of what to expect from the size, pixel density, colour processing capabilities etc.
The P2416D is a very interesting choice, largely because it is exceptional value for money. It is not quite as technically accomplished as the 25″ models, as it uses dithering (although as per the review – not something most users should really concern themselves with) and a somewhat grainier matte screen surface. But for the price it’s difficult to grumble about. It can also comfortably run at 75Hz, unlike the 25″ models which seem to skip frames if you try to do that. For your uses this isn’t an advantage really, but if you were into gaming it might be more so. Some users actually like running at 72Hz if they’re watching films that are 24fps so that it divides evenly and reduces judder as well, but I assume you’re used to watching films on a 60Hz monitor and are probably quite used to the experience.
Hope this helps, I know it gives you a lot to think about. 🙂November 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm #37176
Wow thanks for such an informative answer. I’ll definitely read through this once I get home.
Thanks 🙂November 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm #37183
Just read through your post.
There is a pretty significant price different between the two but, I’m still debating between the U2515H and P2416D >.< I’m leaning more towards the 25″ though. I think I’ll have to sit on it for a bit and really think about it. I don’t want to build a rig without picking a monitor first so hopefully I can decide soon lol
Thanks again for the informative post.November 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm #37185
Happy to help. And it is indeed a tough choice. I do feel they’re both excellent monitors that you’d be very happy with in all honesty.November 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm #37187
One more question. To make matters worse, I just recently read about VA panels and how they are supposed to be superior to IPS panels in regards to colors/contrast but fall short in response times. I was under the impression that IPS panels pretty much took the cake, so to speak, in regards to color and picture quality. For my purposes, would I be ok with sticking to an IPS panel or should I shop around for VA panels instead?November 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm #37188
It isn’t true that the colours are superior on Vertical Alignment panels – refer to this article and any of our recent reviews of VA models where this aspect is analysed in quite some detail. The contrast is certainly superior and as a result light colours with dark shades surrounding them do have a definite ‘pop’ to them which makes them look very vibrant and eye-catching. But colours lose saturation towards the flanks and bottom of the screen and are not as consistently rich.
And if you’re looking at VA models with a 2560 x 1440 or higher resolution then you’re restricted to 32″+. There is nothing with anywhere close to the pixel density of the U2515H or P2416D on the market and the VA models of similar size fall short by offering only a 1920 x 1080 resolution and more restrictive colour gamuts.November 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm #37190
Hello guys, i’m looking for a new monitor. My main focus is video editing (color correction/grade) so i’m really interested in great color accuracy and gamut range.
I already been searching and Dell P2416D, U2515H and U2415 and they seem good choises, but i don’t know yet.
My budget is 300/350€.
Thanks! 🙂November 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm #37193
As per this thread which I’ve merged yours with, I certainly think you’ve shortlisted some excellent monitors for your budget. As above, there are some advantages to the U2515H such as true 8-bit colour and a lighter matte screen surface that could be advantageous for you. It also has more accurate and consistent gamma tracking than the P2416D which may be of interest to you if you don’t own a colorimter or spectrophotometer for a full user calibration.December 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm #37243
Hi, im looking into buying 1 or 2 new monitors for replacing my 2 23″ dells U2312HM, i mainly work with illustrator and Photoshop and also code, but my work is all done in the web. i also game but nothing like fps so i don’t thing i will be worried with with higher ms screens i played on my old Hp that had 20ms so i think ill be cool with all that today’s technology can trow in that department, i was thinking in something like 2 27″ the Dell ones or a 32″ and add my 2 23″ on the sides, i have a Gtx 780 as my GPU and my budget is somewhere around 900 – 1000 €
I was also looking into the 34″ wide screen from dell but i read somewhere for graphical usage the curvature could not be that great cause it slightly bend the lines on the edges.
Thank you in advanceDecember 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm #37246
Hi shoking and welcome,
I’ve put your post here as I like to keep things in one place. The title of the thread is fairly generic, but I’d like to build on this with some of the options available to you given your budget. Since you do have the budget for it, I wouldn’t hesitate to consider something like the BenQ BL3201PT. I feel the resolution, pixel density and real-estate would work nicely for your uses and your GPU will support your applications on that sort of monitor no problem. With that many pixels at your disposal you may not even feel the need to use your existing Dells as accessory monitors, but you could try them out and see how you feel.
And yes, I’d tend to agree that it would perhaps be best to avoid curved monitors for your uses. The curve on the U3415W is very subtle, but for absolute precision in design work it would be best to stick with a flat screen really. I feel the 3840 x 2160 resolution on a large 32″ screen would serve you better than an UltraWide, though.December 13, 2015 at 9:32 am #37277
Currently I’m looking for an external monitor for my Dell XPS 13 2015 Laptop, because my old 24” TN monitor broke down. I’d like to use my new monitor for productivity (college), writing and reading texts and graphics (Word/Adobe Reader), watching movies and seldomly playing older games (such as Age of Empires II).
Because my laptop’s strengthes lie in its mobility and not its raw power, I’d like to ask you guys for some help!
The specs of my Dell XPS 13 2015 laptop are:
Processor: Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2 GHz
GFX: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Screen: 13.3 ” 16:9, 1920×1080 (FullHD)
Windows 8.1 (soon going to update to Windows 10)
Until now I owned a cheap, older 24” TN monitor from Asus which broke down. Now I’d like to switch to an IPS monitor, because it probably better suits my needs (?).
Because I have to write and read a lot of texts, legibility (sharp letters) and multitasking (lots of windows open, lots of working space) is very important. Also for watching movies, I think it’s safe to say: “the bigger the better”, as well as nice colors and general picture quality.
I stumbled upon 4 different screens (all from Dell) which might be best suited:
Dell U2414H (23.80″, 1920×1080)
Dell U2415 (24″, 1920×1200)
Dell U2515H (25″, 2560 x 1440)
Dell U2715H (27”, 2560 x 1440)
If it is possible with my specs, I’d preferably choose a 1440p IPS monitor, because (if I understood correctly) it offers more working space (screen estate), as well as a sharp and nice picture (and text). I’m very unsure though, whether or not it is possible to use a 1440p IPS display, or whether my laptop is not powerful enough. Furthermore the question arises whether a 25” or a 27” is more suitable, because as for as I know the text size gets really small with 1440p and there will possibly be a need for scaling?
Concerning the 1080p options, I think you can’t go terribly wrong? Although I am not sure if the Dell U2414H or the Dell U2415 would be higher recommended. Until now I used a 24” 1080p screen, so now I’m asking myself if it isn’t worth it to upgrade to a larger screen?
Thank you in advance for reading and taking your time 🙂 I am happy to hear your suggestions and opinions! Maybe there are also some screen from other brands which I haven’t seen yet!
Sorry for my poor english 🙂
abundzuehaltDecember 13, 2015 at 9:43 am #37281
Hi abundzuehalt and welcome,
This thread, which I merged yours with, will provide some useful background reading and is very relevant to most of the choices you’re considering. On balance I would certainly suggest you focus on the 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) models. Your system will be able to run a 2560 x 1440 model just fine and you will find the pixel density and real-estate much to your liking. It would indeed be a significant upgrade from the laptop’s own screen.
How do you find text on your current laptop without scaling? And what about if you use 125% scaling but view it from the sort of distance you’d be using the monitor from? The pixel density of even the U2515H is actually lower and therefore text will be a bit larger than it is on your laptop screen natively. It will be a fairly similar size natively to when your laptop is using 125% scaling.
And your English isn’t poor at all, I understood exactly what you were asking. 🙂December 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm #37287
Thanks for your detailed answer 🙂
I just realized that the standard scaling setting of the Dell XPS 13 2015 is at 150%. So I was using my laptop screen with 150% scaling the whole time. I changed it to 125% to compare it to the text size of the 25” U2515H and found it to be rather small. I’m sitting about ~65 cm away from the display. The default setting of 150% made it very comfortable to read on the laptop display but made everything rather big on the 24” Asus, limiting productivity.
The 27” U2715H is definitely my favorite so far! I think the little bit extra in text size will help me adjust to the new resolution more easily! I’ve also heard a lot of people say, that once you go to a 27” from a 24”, you’d never want to go back again. 😀
A really nice and informative website you have here! I just read through the posts about eye fatigue and eye soreness and was wondering if you have ever heard about the program called “f.lux” and if so, what do you think about it helping against eye fatigue and eye soreness?
Appreciate all the help we’re getting from you! 🙂
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