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    Phoronix: ASUS MX279H 27-inch LED-Lit AH IPS Monitor

    The ASUS MX279H is a nicely built 27-inch LED-Lit monitor that retails for just over $300 USD, but to the dismay of some, its resolution is just 1920 x 1080.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=20008

  • #2
    1080p is way to low for a 27" in my opinion. I got myself a korean 1440p monitor for the same price.

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    • #3
      Nah, too low. Right now I'm looking into buying one of these cheap 39" 4K "TV" but what holds me off is that I can't find if Gallium3D supports it and all Michael can tell is "I can't game on it.". See, that would be an interesting 2D benchmark "FOSS drivers and 4K".

      Or at least Michael tell us if you can move windows around without lag on FOSS drivers...

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      • #4
        We can get 3200x1800 on 14 inch laptops now, but apparently some manufacturers think we have to be content with 1920x1080 on a 27 inch desktop monitor. Less than half the pixels across almost 4x the screen area.

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        • #5
          I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
          Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
          Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
          For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?

          You see ... crying "it's not enough" is not enough. Why do you need more, guys?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post
            I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
            Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
            Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
            For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?

            You see ... crying "it's not enough" is not enough. Why do you need more, guys?
            Well, for starters "because we can" is a pretty good reason. Pushing the limit is always fun.
            Other than that, I guarantee that after reading for a long time on a low(er) DPI display my eyes hurt a lot more than on a high DPI display. Admittedly at some point it starts getting useless, but we're not there yet.

            My main issue with this (and most) screens is the useless 16:9 ratio. I have two 4:3 displays connected to my main PC, and I wouldn't change them even if you gave me a 16:9 for free (I'd consider 16:10).
            People are a lot better at reading vertically than horizontally => for written content widescreen makes no sense at all. Hollywood won that battle

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ricequackers View Post
              We can get 3200x1800 on 14 inch laptops now
              I wish all monitors below 27 inch came with a standard resolution greater than 1080p.

              http://www.bestbuy.com/site/computer...at200900050014

              None of them breaks that barrier - the glass ceiling has been hit. :-(

              (No, I do not shop at best buy, I linked there to attempt to show "mainstream". I see the same at Newegg too.)

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              • #8
                What's going on with the lack of DVI sockets in new screens??

                HDMI has a latency overhead that makes it inappropriate for gaming.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post
                  I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
                  Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
                  Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
                  For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?

                  You see ... crying "it's not enough" is not enough. Why do you need more, guys?

                  Especially for work like video/photo editing, coding or just having two documents side by side the extra screen real estate from a 1440p monitor is priceless.
                  I bet you money that you wouldn't go back after using a 27" 1440p monitor for month. I can now actually read ebooks on my desktop without my eyes getting tired.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post
                    I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
                    Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
                    Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
                    For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?

                    You see ... crying "it's not enough" is not enough. Why do you need more, guys?
                    Yeah, and 640K RAM is enough for everybody....

                    Really, I DO need it for work, it's much better for me than lets say 4x FullHD monitor. And many others share my opinion...

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                    • #11
                      Two things missing from the review: glossy or matte?
                      Considering the small frame, it it a good choice for multi-monitor setups, or would that obstruct important buttons or something?


                      Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post
                      I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
                      Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
                      Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
                      For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?
                      The only reason I use big screens is for daily work. They offer as much pixels as two separate monitors, but without the frames in between. For webdesign, code on the left, browser on the right. For latex, code on the left, pdf-viewer on the right. And in general, it allows a lot of multitasking without hiding any windows.

                      For videos it doesn't matter yet; I doubt you have any videos larger than FullHD. For gaming it is nice, but only if your GPU can keep up. Work is why I love them.

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                      • #12
                        er... is it suitable for working with terminal windows?

                        I have a 27" Asus VS278Q monitor 1920x1080.
                        It has built-in speakers and a DisplayPort, and got it on rebate for less than 240 bucks.

                        The reason I chose a 1920x1080 is that I have a fixed full-HD resolution output from my tablet PC and I wanted a big external monitor as a desktop mirror.

                        In terms of resolution, overall size, interfaces and power consumption, I'm happy.

                        But there's one thing I hate. Its "black", even at the lowest brightness/contrast setting, is actually grey. This happens when using HDMI and DP ports, while it does not happen when using the VGA port. I bet that its circuitry converts DP/HDMI to a VGA signal before feeding it to the panel (yes, believe me, engineering quirks like this are not uncommon), and that the conversion incorrectly shifts up the lighting.

                        I spend a lot of time in ssh terminal windows. Even using "green on black" setting for the terminal, the "black" still punches my eyes.

                        I considered sending it back to the seller, but figured that I may probably get the same results.

                        So I suggest: before going for the "highest resolution available", check for its lowest brightness setting and consider how much time you will spend without full-screen "gaming" and "videos".

                        When reviewing monitors, Michael should add this little test: "working two hours in a green-on-white terminal window".

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                        • #13
                          While it is great that we finally can get our hands on more HiDPI displays, even at an affordable price tag,
                          I can only advise people to first test the displays with Linux distributions before buying - if possible.
                          From my experience (Thinkpad T540p 3K display) the typical desktops are not ready yet for high DPI.
                          That might change in a year or so - not sure how much the improvements in Gnome 3.12 will help - but for
                          now the situation is just bad. Really bad.

                          Edit: My point is: getting a 27", 1080p monitor probably isn't such a bad choice for now as it may seem.
                          Some more pixels are fine, unless you don't reach the "Retina-like" DPI regime.
                          Last edited by entropy; 03-14-2014, 09:19 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post
                            I don't know why i should buy more than 1080p.
                            Watching videos? Does it make a difference?
                            Gaming? I don't want to buy a high end pc just to be able to play at ridiculous resolutions.
                            For daily work it wouldn't really make a difference, does it?

                            You see ... crying "it's not enough" is not enough. Why do you need more, guys?
                            I completely agree - it amazes me how much people feel so "entitled" to larger resolutions and shun 1080p as a low resolution. I'm not saying I have a problem with higher-res monitors, but I don't see the appeal to them if you're sitting at a good distance. For productive purposes, I think "smaller" resolutions are better, because everything is easier to read and the mouse is easier to control. Maybe if I used a Mac or Windows 8 I'd want an UHD screen, but Linux doesn't need it. I don't care about fitting as many programs as I can on 1 screen at a time because I have virtual workspaces. I've found that even 1080p is too big for most websites. I would find 2 1680x1050 screens more useful for production purposes than a single 3K or 4K screen. Depending on the game being played, anti-aliasing gives just as good of results as a higher resolution except I didn't pay as much.

                            There are VERY FEW things that have a noticeable strictly-positive benefit of higher-res screens. Sure the image in everyday use looks more natural and crisp, but working with computers my whole life, that is hardly something I personally feel is a necessary experience. For the record, I think higher PPIs on tablets and phones is a good thing.
                            Last edited by schmidtbag; 03-14-2014, 09:28 AM.

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                            • #15
                              I'm looking at the BenQ BL2411PT as my next monitor. It's a 24" 1920x1200 (16:10) monitor with IPS panel. I find vertical res of 1080 too limiting on a bigger screen.
                              Any thoughts?

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