Screen options for mostly coding, also light gaming and movies

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      I primarily use my screen for coding and reading (documentation etc.), with work from home these days I spend 8 hours+ in front of my screen writing code. Due to the nature of my work, I also spend time creating graphs/plots and infographic-style designs. For entertainment I value a screen fit for watching movies. I also occasionally do light gaming, although this is of secondary importance for me.

      I’ve already done some research and reading, and I’ve decided given my use case an IPS screen would be the best option (taking advice from other fellow developers). My budget is around ~350 GBP. It’s also relative important that the screen provides freedom in orientation, such as a vertical screen setup. My understanding is that for coding a resolution of about 2K-4K is enough, and anything below might result in poor text quality.

      For now I’m pretty much torn between two options, both recommended by PC Monitors: the Dell U2719D and Asus PA278QV. Both seem to be in the same price range (with a recent discount on the U2719D on Amazon). Both are IPS screens, with decent colour ranges. I understand that compared to PA278QV, the Dell suffers from IPS glow and uniformity issues, but I’m not sure if this will be significant. I think the PA278QV will provide a much better colour range, which could be ideal for movies, although I hear that the audio quality is low, hence I’m not sure if I will be paying a premium cut from screen quality for in-built speakers I won’t use.

      I would appreciate any pointer that could help me decide between the two. I’m also open to other options, I can say that since I spend a lot of time looking at code, text viewing quality is of top importance for me, followed by colour quality for movies.

      #62045

      Hi ntrstd11,

      I think you’d be quite satisfied with either option. The Dell does have quite an attractive design if you’re drawn to slim bezels on all sides (can lend itself well to portrait viewing) and the slender side profile. Both are well calibrated from the factory, quite consistently so it seems as well. I do indeed recommend both models, but the ASUS PA278QV actually replaced the U2719D in the recommendations section. Which doesn’t mean I don’t also recommend the Dell, I do as you can see from the review. But out of the two the ASUS is the one I’d pick. A few key points:

      – Pricing is very competitive, but in that respect the recommendation is primarily based on US pricing (most of our visitors are from the US) where the ASUS usually has a more significant price advantage than in the UK.

      – The Dell’s design does indeed make it more prone to uniformity issues, not just for dark content but brighter content as well. There are no guarantees with either model, however.

      – I prefer the lighter matte screen surface of the ASUS, it preserves clarity and vibrancy better than on the Dell and imparts less graininess to the image. The Dell offers somewhat better glare handling, but you should always be careful with room lighting regardless.

      – The ASUS comfortably runs at 75Hz without issue and supports Adaptive-Sync, the Dell does not.

      – The ASUS offers excellent flexibility in the OSD if you like to tweak things. Good range of gamma settings should you wish to use them, 6-axis colour and saturation control, plenty of flexibility with pixel overdrive settings.

      A few final notes. The integrated speakers on the ASUS are ‘basic’ and not wonderful, but they don’t add any real cost to the product or have other negative aspects. You can simply not use them. 😉 I found them alright from time to time for podcasts and suchlike when I didn’t want to wear my headphones for whatever reason. But preferred to avoid them most of the time because of the ‘meh’ sound quality. Not the worst I’ve heard from a monitor, by the way. Both models offer a similar colour gamut, slightly more extension for some red shades on the ASUS and slightly more for some greens on the U2719D. But nothing substantial and the ASUS doesn’t provide a “much better colour range”.

      #62166

      Accurate reply and awesome detail-heavy review of both monitors!

      What I liked the most, is how you mentioned the frequency of PWM of the ASUS monitor, that reminds me that I was considering 27″ monitors about a month ago (before I was dazzled by 32,34,38 displays), I read somewhere that the Asus uses PWM and was turned off by it, until I read your review mentioning the frequency is 20khz which I know should not present a problem to normal human eyes, so this is a late thank you 🙂

      #62172

      Thanks Kaboz.

      Sorry I wasn’t able to respond to your thread on the forum and had to send you a quick email. I’m being completely swamped with people contacting me from all sides at the moment by email, this forum and social channels. I’m glad you appreciate the work and dedication that goes into this resource, though – it’s good to have it appreciated.

      #62175

      No problems, I understand, keep up the good work.

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