Alright, guys. I'm looking at buying a new monitor (or two) and I could use some advice.
Some things I'm looking for:
- Probably looking at 27", no smaller
- Thin bezel if I end up running two side-by-side (more on that later)
- Reasonable response time for gaming purposes
- Quality panel (probably IPS)
- 2560x1440 would be nice...
So, I feel like at 27 inches that I may want to bump up to a resolution beyond 1080, probably to 2560x1440, though this is potentially problematic. I currently have a mirrored display setup with a 1080 television, but I hardly (if ever) use the two displays simultaneously, so if I have to get used to manually Windows+P-ing back and forth, it's not the end of the world, I suppose. The real pitfall of going for a 27" monitor at higher than 1080 is the price. I'm not sure it's possible to find anything displaying 2560x1440 at that size for less than ~$600, which would all but eliminate the idea of buying two monitors.
Speaking of which, what I really feel like I need are some opinions on running dual monitors. Assuming I can find a monitor I like for ~$300, I'm considering buying two and possibly some wall mounts. For anyone who runs dual monitors: is it worth it? I don't particularly need it for any serious work that I do or anything like that, but it just seems super luxurious to have that much screen space. Am I crazy? Is one enough?
A few choices I'm considering:
|Dell S2740L||$270||I could definitely afford two of these. I really like the edge-to-edge glass and seamless nature of the bezel here. The reflectiveness probably wouldn't be a huge issue for me. This is almost exactly what I want, if not for the lower 1080p resolution. Is that a deal-breaker?|
|Dell U2713HM||$599||This seems to be the best monitor you can buy for a reasonable amount of money. Glorious 2560x1440 and all. Couple of things, though: I don't think I like the matte screen or the more pronounced bezel. But I guess the bezel is less of an issue if I can only afford one of these.|
|ASUS PB278Q||$549||This seems to be similar to the $50 more expensive Dell listed above. From what I gather, it's just as good at a slightly lower price. So, basically the same thoughts here as the Dell.|
So the big question: Would you guys go with two monitors at 1080 or a single at 2560x1440?
If anyone has any different suggestions or various thoughts, I'd love to hear them.