This is a really good deal on a pair of excellent monitors. You could easily spend this much on a single S-IPS monitor, let alone two with a decent stand. If you need the color accuracy or are just tired of looking at washed-out monitors with poor consistency, I'd grab this in a second. A little small for my liking, and I have some monitors I like. I've seen this stand in person, it's quite solid.
I believe these are not true 8-bit panels but at this price it's not to be expected. I prefer 16:10s, but they're becoming harder to find.
sdc100 wrote:It's an interesting configuration but these monitors are old technology for several reasons:
S-IPS is not a particularly old technology in the arena of LCD panels. This design is about two years old.
sdc100 wrote:- Not LED backlit. Fluorescent tubes are more energy hungry, produces more heat, have shorter lives, are more prone to breakage from impact, and produces less dynamic contrast.
Wanting accuracy makes the CCFL a plus in many cases. It reduces bleeding, at a slight expense of gray/black levels-- same reason I go with the fluorescent Ultrasharps. Cost savings are negligible unless $2-3 per year is an unacceptable increase.
sdc100 wrote:- Poor dynamic contrast (see above): 3000:1
"Dynamic contrast" is a marketing term with no set standard for testing. It's practically meaningless. The actual contrast ratio for these panels is about 1000:1, which is quite good for a panel of this type.
sdc100 wrote:- Relatively slow response time: 8ms (gray to gray) 16ms (on/off)
Welcome to IPS monitors. They are not ideal for gaming. Some may be able to tell the difference between an 8ms from a 5ms monitor. I personally can't really. But I don't spend that much time on the action games, either. YMMV.
sdc100 wrote:Unless you really need this unusual physical configuration, buying two LED-backlit monitors can give you better specs at roughly the same price.
A monitor stand is hardly unusual for anyone doing studio or design work. I routinely use up to four at a time. If you can find me two monitors and a stand with better accuracy than these monitors at this price, I'm all ears-- but even most eIPS panels cost over $200 alone on a good day.
It's been 20 years, I am going to copy that floppy.