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Photo editing is a work of precision. For that, you need such a display that helps you accomplish your work with accuracy. That is the reason why we have come up with the list of 4 best monitors for photo editing under $200 budget. Surprisingly, you can get a pretty good deal within this price point. So, let us begin.

The Prime deciding factor when thinking of buying monitors for photo editing is to look for its color accuracy. This is because you want your picture to be displayed more real and accurate and you also want your image to be uniform across all devices. Other key aspects are good color details and contrast. This helps in distinguishing color and shades more effectively and easily. Also, Brightness constancy is another important factor. It helps in perceiving an object (shades and color) as the same under different brightness levels.

Another important factor to consider is the monitor’s color coverage – the ability of the screen to display a range of colors. Our recommendation is 100% sRGB for photo editing. Lastly, resolution and screen size. Higher-resolution tends to show more details in the picture and hence improves the accuracy of editing. A big screen makes editing more immersive and fun. Let us learn more about best monitors for photo editing.

List of 4 best monitors for photo editing under $200:

1. ASUS PA248QV ProArt : Best of Best

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Specifications:

Screen Size: 24.1 inches | Resolution : 1920 x 1200 | Panel Type : IPS | Color Coverage: 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 | Display Colors: 16.7 M |Max Brightness : 300 cd/m2 | Native Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 | Color Accuracy : △E < 2

Pros
  • Excellent IPS panel
  • Best color accuracy and production
  • Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Support
Cons
  • Color coverage could be wider

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Image Quality:

Asus PA248QV offers excellent color consistency and professional-level color accuracy out of the box. All because of the IPS panel and its △E < 2. This value △E < 2 is less than most other monitors (less the number better it is) which means the monitor is able to display almost true color as it is expected to.

The monitor has a rather peculiar resolution of 1920 x 1200 and so the aspect ratio 16:10. This adds up to around 11% extra vertical screen space which might be utilized efficiently if you are working on Adobe Photoshop or MS Paint. The 24.1 inches, sufficiently large screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution offers a pixel density close to 94 pixels per inch which are pretty standard. You can expect good details in pictures and text.

Moreover, Asus PA248QV supports 100% sRGB color coverage. This means it can show more variety of colors than other standard displays. It can produce a staggering 16.7 million colors, all because of its 1000:1 contrast ratio and 8-bit color depth. However, there is no support for HDR or wide color gamut. I think it is okay considering the price point. Also, the IPS panel has really wide viewing angles of 178°(H)/178°(V) meaning looking monitor from different directions will not result in loss of color consistency and precision.

Additional things to note about the panel are its 300 cd/m2 brightness. It is not extraordinarily bright but other than working under direct sunlight it should work fine. If you happen to use the monitor in dark rooms, then you will not be disappointed either. It has exceptional gray uniformity and decent black uniformity.

Performance:

Asus PA248QV can deliver above-par performance from what is expected from this professional monitor. It has a 75 Hz panel, low input lag (~ 9 ms), and even relatively low pixel response time (~ 5 ms) which makes it a well-deserving monitor for casual gaming. By the way, if you are looking for perfect gaming monitors under your budget, then click here.

Furthermore, it also supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) within 48 to 75 Hz range with AMD and NVIDIA cards. If you have an AMD card, you can take advantage of it on both Display Port and HDMI. It is limited to Display Port only if you have NVIDIA Card. This technology is very useful because it helps remove screen tearing and/or screen stuttering by dynamically matching the refresh rate of the screen with the fps of the game played.

Design and Ports:

Right from the first glance, the monitor looks super modern, somewhat minimalistic, and surely gives the vibe of a professional monitor. The monitor has very thin bezels all around the monitor, thinner than most others in its class. The bottom of the monitor has a ruler marked in centimeters if you may use it.

The monitor’s body is made of high-quality plastic painted in black with the ASUS logo on the backside of the monitor. The monitor stand looks super elegant in gray color. The stand has all possible movements with  -5° to +35° Tilt, +90° to -90° swivel, +90°~-90° pivot and, 0~130 mm height adjustments. It also has a VESA mount 100 x 100 mm.

You can find ports on the back, towards the left side. Input ports include 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x Display Port 1.2 and, 1 x VGA (DA -15). It also includes a 3.5 mm PC Audio Input and Earphone jack. Lastly, it has 4 x USB 3.0 ports. There are  2W x 2 Stereo RMS built-in speakers.

To sum up, Asus PA248QV ProArt Monitor is the best monitor for photo editing from the list. The major reason is its excellent color accuracy, color coverage, and the ability to display true colors. It is also fit for casual gaming if you wish to.

2. Philips 276E9QDSB: Another Best Option

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Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution : 1920 x 1200 | Panel Type : IPS | Color Coverage: 124% sRGB & 93% NTSC  | Display Colors: 16.7 M | Max Brightness : 250 cd/m2 | Native Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Pros
  • Good Color Coverage
  • AMD FreeSync support
  • Modern and elegant look
Cons
  • Bit low PPI
  • Stand is tilt only

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Image Quality:

One of the major advantages of this monitor is its IPS display which is color accurate and rich. It is capable of displaying a wide color range with sRGB 124% and NTSC 93% which is very surprising and rare in this segment of monitors. Thumbs up to Philips for that. The monitor’s huge  27 inches screen makes the working experience more appealing and enticing.

Philips 276E9QDSB’s 27-inch Full-HD screen resolution translates to ~ 82 Pixels per inch which is about 8 to 10 PPI short than the norm. It might be a little off if you are reading text on this monitor otherwise it won’t be bothersome. The native contrast ratio is 1000:1. It is on par with other best monitors in this segment. Moreover, it is capable of displaying 16.7 M wide range of colors which is indispensable when looking for the best photo editing monitors.

Performance:

Not only it provides adequate performance for photo editing, but also it is also capable of casual gaming. The 75 Hz refresh rate is slightly above normal and might give a minor edge in gaming. The input lag is also usual nothing worth noting. However, the pixel response time (GtG) is 4ms which is worth noting. It translated to faster transitions and less visible image artifacts.

Another cool feature is AMD FreeSync support means the Frames per second are in sync with the refresh rate of the screen. Although it works only for a very small range of frequency, it helps reduce screen tearing and stuttering marginally. Including Nvidia G-Sync support would make this monitor more demanding for gaming, but never mind.

Design and Ports:

The monitor stands on a rather uniquely designed rectangular base, providing solid support to the monitor.  The silver color of the stand goes very well in combination with the glossy black of the monitor’s body. However, the stand only offers -5° to 20° tilt. The Monitor’s lack of swivel, pivot, and height adjustment movements might be a dealbreaker for a few people. Thankfully, you can mount it on VESA 100 x 100 mm compatible wall mounts.

This solid plastic body looks minimalistic and elegant overall. The bezels are very thin giving uninterrupted viewing experience. The screen has Anti-Glare 3H coating with 25% Haze which can provide up to the mark glare handling.

The monitor has VGA (Analog ), DVI-D (digital, HDCP), HDMI (digital, HDCP), and HDMI audio out ports.

Overall, the Philips 276E9QDSB is a second-best choice for best monitors for photo editing list. On top of that, it is also well capable of casual gaming.

3. Asus VA24EHE: Cheap Alternative

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Screen Size: 23.8 inches | Resolution : 1920 x 1200 | Panel Type : IPS | Display Colors: 16.7 M | Max Brightness : 250 cd/m2 | Native Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 

Pros
  • Best Value for Money
  • Good Color accuracy and production
  • AMD Freesync support
  • VESA compatible
Cons
  • Color coverage could be better
  • No Swivel, pivot, and height adjustment for stand
  • No Display Port

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Image Quality:

Asus VA24EHE has standard configurations which you would expect at this price point. It has a 1920 x 1080 display resolution with typical 16:9 aspect ratio and sufficiently large ~24 inch display. The pixel density is 92 PPI which makes text more easily readable and image sharper.

Moreover, the monitor packs an IPS display perfect for photo editing or media. As you would expect, the IPS panel manages to offer on par color accuracy and consistency. The 1000:1 contrast ratio with true 8-bit color depth can produce 16.7 million vivid colors.

Performance:

The monitor has more than enough performance necessary for photo editing. In addition, it is also capable of light gaming. The 75 Hz refresh rate and low input lag (~10 ms) create a finer gaming experience overall. But, remember, it won’t be perfect for competitive or shooter games especially if you have higher configuration GPUs that can deliver fps above 75 Hz.

Furthermore, the low pixel response time of 5ms (Gray-to-Gray) makes it better. It eradicates trailing or ghosting when objects are moving at a fast pace.

Besides, Asus VA24EHE also supports AMD FreeSync technology. It provides a variable refresh rate to match the fps of the monitor in the range of 48 to 75 Hz. This eliminates screen stuttering and tearing and makes the overall gaming or in fact anything better. However, you will need the supporting AMD card for FreeSync to work.

Design and Ports:

The monitor stands firmly on a rectangular stand in black to exactly match the color of the entire monitor. The stand has only -5° to 23° tilt movement support. Sadly no  Swivel, pivot, and height adjustment available. But, you can mount the monitor on VESA 100 x 100 mm mount if you wish to do so.

The bezels around are super-thin provides a modern look and also make it more likely for a multi-monitor setup. Also, it has a non-glare coating on the screen for reduced glare which works well. If securing the monitor from theft is your concern than the good news is that it has a Kensington lock support.

The ports on this monitor include HDMI 1.4, DVI-D, and VGA ports but lack USB-A and 3.5 mm audio ports.

In conclusion, Asus VA24EHE is color accurate and very affordable 24 inch IPS modern-looking monitor for photo editing. It is also a good option for casual gaming because of its 75Hz refresh rate display, VRR, and low response times.

4. BenQ EW2780: HDR alternative

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Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution : 1920 x 1200 | Panel Type : IPS | Color Coverage: 72% NTSC | Max Brightness : 250 cd/m2 | Native Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 | HDR: HDR10

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Pros
  • HDR10 Support
  • 72% NTSC
  • Looks Super modern and elegant
Cons
  • Slightly low PP
  • No DisplayPort or VGA

Image Quality:

The monitor is 27 inches diagonally which is bigger than most only 24 inch options in this segment. It has a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution with PPI of 82 which is relatively less than other smaller monitors with same resolution. BenQ EW2780’s IPS panel can produce peak brightness of 250 nits which quite a norm for IPS panels. It works fine unless you are under direct sunlight.

Speaking of the IPS panel, it has a native contrast ratio of 1000:1 which can produce 16.7 million vivid colors. I must say, the colors are really accurate and true to life.

The color coverage of this monitor is 72% NTSC which can produce enough variety of colors required for photo editing, or even gaming. The outstanding feature which sets this monitor apart is HDR10 support. Surprisingly, HDR10 works well than expected making the overall viewing experience truly immersive.

Performance:

The performance on this monitor is quite standard and sufficient for photo editing. It is even fit for casual gaming. All because of its 75 Hz refresh rate and Variable refresh rate support. It supports AMD FreeSync in 48 to 75 Hz range which improves the gaming experience by matching fps with refresh rate and as a result, there is no screen stuttering. Unfortunately, there is no G-Sync support as there is no Display Port on the monitor.

Moreover, the monitor has low input lag and low pixel response time of 5ms. This helps eliminate ghosting or trailing mostly while playing fast motion games.

Design and Ports:

BenQ EW2780 stands on a rectangular base of the stand. It feels solid and sturdy and provides good support to the monitor. However, the flexibility of the monitor is limited as it only supports Tilt. If that is bothersome to you, you can mount the monitor on VESA 100 x 100 mm mount.

Overall, the monitor looks super modern with minimal bezels, perfect for a multi-monitor setup. The chin is quite evident at the bottom but it is not infuriating at all.

You can find the ports at the back of the monitor on the lower side. It includes 3 x HDMI 2.0 port with auto-switching based on the input, and a 3,5 mm audio jack. Unfortunately, there are no Display Port and VGA (D-Sub) ports whatsoever.

Overall, BenQ EW2780 is the best HDR supported monitor in this price range you can ask for which makes it perfect for photo editing and even for HDR gaming.

Finally

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Samsung Odyssey G9 Review: Gaming Giant https://screencritique.com/samsung-odyssey-g9-review/ https://screencritique.com/samsung-odyssey-g9-review/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 10:54:13 +0000 http://screencritique.com/?p=295 Not so long ago, Samsung announced their ultimate gaming monitor called the Samsung Odyssey G9. This gaming monitor is insane in many ways. Be its super huge display or its curvature, it [Read More...]

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Not so long ago, Samsung announced their ultimate gaming monitor called the Samsung Odyssey G9. This gaming monitor is insane in many ways. Be its super huge display or its curvature, it is outstanding from the rest of the monitors and that makes it more special. It is a featured pack monitor and some of its features are seen very less often in the standard monitor. All this comes with a hefty price. If you are looking for budget gaming monitors checkout 5 Best gaming monitors under $300. With that said, let us dive further into this Samsung Odyssey G9 Review.

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Samsung Odyssey G9 Review: Top Specifications

Resolution: 5120 x 1440 | Size: 49 inch | Backlight Type: LED | Panel Type: VA | Max Refresh Rate: 240 Hz | Response time: 1ms | Aspect Ratio: 32:9 | Curvature: 1000R

Additional Features:

Flicker-free technology | Screen Size Optimizer | Refresh Rate Optimizer | Wall Mount (100x100mm) | Picture-in-Picture | Eye Saver Mode | Super Arena Gaming UX | G-SYNC / FreeSync compatible (Range:60 to 240 Hz) | Black Equalizer | Low Input Lag Mode | Infinity Core Lighting

Performance:

This gaming monitor outperforms most of its competitors because of its super-low response time of 1 ms and crazy fast refresh rate of 240 Hz. Gaming feels buttery smooth with no stutter or lag of any sort. Moreover, no signs of ghosting are seen, all thanks to its super low pixel response time considering the fact it is a VA panel. This means pixel transitions are rapid and thus less visible image artifacts.

The most recent games like Forza Horizon 4 and Battlefield V feel very smooth and immersive with about 100 fps at max graphics settings. It also packs adaptive sync technology like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium meaning the monitor’s refresh rate is in sync with GPU. Therefore, it improves overall game performance by eliminating or minimizing screen tearing, display stutter, and input lag.

Picture Quality:

Samsung Odyssey g9 front

The VA panel with Samsung’s QLED technology successfully delivers very impressive color accuracy and an amazing static contrast ratio of 2500:1. This gigantic monitor has a 49-inch screen with 5120 x 1440 resolution. Also, the monitor supports 88% NTSC 1976, 125% sRGB, and 92% Adobe RGB color profile coverage which is capable of producing about 1.07 billion colors. This translates to two 27 inch monitors side by side and god, it is super wide. Compared to the conventional curvature of 1800R it has a more curved screen with 1000R. As a result, the overall viewing experience is truly immersive, and also viewing angles are much better. If you work with multiple screens at a time, is sufficiently wide to replace a multi-monitor setup.

Furthermore, the monitor is VESA Certified HDR1000. Due to this, colors are even more vibrant, and contrast is more prominent than normal HDR. If you are video game enthusiasts willing to enjoy your favorite games to the fullest than DisplayHDR 1000 is the most affluent choice. 1000 in HDR1000 represents the peak brightness of 1000 nits. Even if you are using your monitor under direct light from windows or so you should be fine.

Design:

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It is an extraordinary looking, sleek designed gaming monitor. Although the bezels are not so attractive, you will like the white glossy back with accent line around the corners and middle of the monitor. Another dope design statement is its half a foot circle at the back of the monitor in the center. It illuminates with a variety of RGB lights which can also reflect on the back of the wall if the monitor is close enough and can create a pretty cool lighting effect. The stand is very sturdy and provides a solid base for this huge monitor. The movement of the stand is capable of -3.0° ~ +13.0° of tilt, -15.0°  ~ +15.0° swivel, and 120.0 mm (4.72 inches) height adjustments.

Furthermore, the 1000R curvature is easier for the human eye than the standard 1800R and the curve looks amazing on this 49 inches.  The cables management is good. There is a dedicated slot in the stand so that you can route all your cables thought it. There is also a headphone holder at the back which is not so easy to reach and hence in my opinion is not very practical. You can expect a little wobble in the monitor but it is fine and kind of normal for this huge ultrawide monitor.

Ports:

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The monitor packs standard ports at the back of the monitor. On the left side, at the back of the monitor, is a standard power plug. On the right of the core is where you’ll find all other ports. The ports include 1 x 3.5mm audio jack, 1 x HDMI 2.0 port, 2 x DisplayPorts 1.4, 1 x USB hub, and 2 x USB Type-A 3.0 ports. However, it seems rather incomplete without a USB-C port but nevermind.

Once you have connected the cables, you will find a rectangular shaped cut out near the top in the middle. Route all your cable through there and hide them with the cover that snaps in. This helps make the overall look more cleaner.

Dimensions and Weight:

The monitor comes in a massive 49.8 (W) x 14.41 (H) x 18.94 (D) inches standard cardboard package with Polystyrene protection around it. The package itself weighs around 50 lbs (22.6 kg). Inside the box you will find – Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor, 1.5 m long power cable, HDMI cable, Display-Port cable, and a USB cable.

The monitor itself without stand stretches 45.18 in Width, 14.31 in Height, and 11.46 in depth and weighs 31.1 lbs (14.1 kg). If you consider attaching the stand to the base which is the case normally, then the new dimensions are 45.18 (W) x 21.15 (H) x 16.39 (D) and 36.8 lbs (16.7 kg) of weight.

Conclusion

If the monitor’s steep price is not your concern then this is the monitor to go for without a doubt. Its 49-inch superwide screen, fast 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response time,  great performance, 1000R curvature, and its aesthetics are outstanding features that make it stand out from the rest of the monitors. Samsung Odyssey G9 sets a new bar for truly immersive gaming.

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5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies https://screencritique.com/5-best-4k-tvs-for-watching-movies/ https://screencritique.com/5-best-4k-tvs-for-watching-movies/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 06:52:48 +0000 http://screencritique.com/?p=176 As TV technology has advanced to a great extent with bigger screens and good quality panels it is very convenient to have a great cinema-like experience in our home. As a result, [Read More...]

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As TV technology has advanced to a great extent with bigger screens and good quality panels it is very convenient to have a great cinema-like experience in our home. As a result, more demand for people looking for a great TV that can make their cinema-like experience at home a reality has emerged. Thus, to answer that dilemma of which are the best TVs for watching movies we are here to help you with that. With lots of research and comparing a large number of TVs, we have prepared a list of 5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies exclusive for you all. Please have look at it below.

List of 5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies:

  • LG BX OLED - 5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies

    1. LG BX OLED: Best of the Best TV

    Specifications:

    Display Type: OLED | Screen Sizes: 55″ 65″ 77″ | Sound: Dolby Atmos, OLED Surround, LG Sound Sync | Picture: Dolby Vision, HDR10

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    This OLED TV from LG is the best anyone can ask for in this segment. It is best for watching movies because of the fact it can deliver perfect black which is very useful when you are watching movies in the dark which is the case probably most of the time. Moreover, it has wide viewing angles if you are watching in a large group than to should not be a problem. Also, the picture quality on this LG BX is amazing, thanks to its α7 Gen 3 4K processor, HDR10 support, and Dolby Vision. On top of that as it is OLED panel it is capable of pixel-level dimming which enables high contrast ratios and deep black. This television is also capable of showing a wider range of colors all because of its infinite contrast and amazing color accuracy.

    Another important aspect is sound. With 40W sound output coupled with Dolby Atmos, you won’t be disappointed either. Not only that TV features AI Sound which optimizes sound experience based on the scene you are watching but also deep-learns your room layout (shelf, table, sofa) and delivers the sound accordingly. Also, its 2.2 channel, down-firing speaker system is well capable of immersive surround sound which is great when watching action-packed movies in particular. Audio Codecs that are supported are AC4, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HE-AAC, AAC, MP2, MP3, PCM, WMA, apt-X.

    Moreover, this LG television rocks very user-friendly, light, and fast webOS an operating system that integrated very well with the TV. Interacting with TV is easier than ever with “Magic Remote Control” which acts as a mouse pointer and navigate to any part of the screen by merely just pointing the remote towards the desired part of the screen. It also has a built-in Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple Airplay support which gives easy access to TV just by voice commands. It has its own LG Content Store with popular apps like Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Disney+, Apple TV, Spotify, and many others.

    Overall it is a very great TV for watching movies and it is the best TV to go for no doubt about that.

  • SONY X950H - screen critique

    2. SONY X950H: Best Color Precision TV

    Specifications:

    Display Type: LED | Backlight type: Direct (Full-Array LED) | Screen Sizes: 49″ 55″ 65″ 75″ 85″ | Sound: Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, S-Force Front Surround | Picture: Dolby Vision, HDR10

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    This 4k LED LCD Tv would not disappoint you at all in terms of Picture Quality. The Dolby Vision and the HDR 10 translates well into practicality to offer deep blacks and super-rich colors. It has some very good viewing angles, of course not as good as an OLED panel though but because it has an LCD panel they are pretty good which is good if you have many people watching together from different parts of the room. If you are watching most of the content in bright environments, no problem with this X950H because it can deliver an above-average peak brightness levels and all that without compromising black-levels and details.

    Also, Sony’s X- Motion Clarity successfully removes any stutter or trailing and provides a smooth and immersive viewing experience when watching your favorite movie. Speaking of the movie, it has dedicated Netflix Calibrated mode which optimizes scenes and sound quality and delivers even better experience when watching your desired content on Netflix. Talking about the sound on this tv, it is pretty loud and high quality in comparison to other Competition. But it is still a good idea to have soundbar fitted for a truly immersive experience. Moreover, if you want to know more about TV’s built-in sound then it has Speaker and amplifier on both sides (10W + 10W + 5W + 5W) expect for 49″ model which has 10W + 10W. It also has Dolby Atmos and DTS Surround sound. All working together successfully produces some high-quality good surround sound.

    The TV is governed by the android operating system which is handled well by sony’s modern and fast Chips. The experience is user friendly and smooth. Moreover, you can log in with the same credentials in android Tv in apps like youtube. It will bring all your content and history to the TV which is very convenient and makes experience consistent across all devices.

  • LG 75UN7370PUE - screen critique

    3. LG UN7370 – Best Value TV

    Specifications:

    Display Type: LED | Panel: IPS | Backlight type: Direct | Screen Sizes: 70″ 75″ | Sound: 2.0 channel Ultra Surround, LG Sound Sync | Picture: HDR10, TruMotion 120 Hz

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    This is the best value for money TV you can probably get with 75″ inch 4k IPS panel around one grand. It produces some good quality pictures with rich colors and details. It packs the Quad-core 4k image processor that does the job pretty well in image processing. However, you might witness a little bit of backlight bleed in a completely dark room but that should not bother you when you are into watching. And, of course, you can take advantage of the 120 Hz refresh rate to your benefit especially when watching sports or action movies. Overall the picture quality is good and you will enjoy it watching.

    Moreover, the 2.0 channel down-firing 20W output quality is pretty good. It is satisfactorily loud and can produce accurate and rich sound in both high and low ranges. It is not comparable to soundbars, but it does its job without any problems. Also, Tv has AI sound technology which optimizes the sound based on the scene and your room layout which makes a difference. It also has LG sound sync which ensures picture and sound synchronization when watching content especially streaming online. Audio Codecs that are supported are AC4, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HE-AAC, AAC, MP2, MP3, PCM, WMA, apt-X.

    Moreover, this LG television rocks very user-friendly, light, and fast webOS an operating system that integrated very well with the TV. Interacting with TV is easier than ever with “Magic Remote Control” which acts as a mouse pointer and navigate to any part of the screen by merely just pointing the remote towards the desired part of the screen. It also has a built-in Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple Airplay support which gives easy access to TV just by voice commands. It has its own LG Content Store with popular apps like Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Disney+, Apple TV, Spotify, and many others.

  • Samsung Q70T QLED - screen critique

    4. Samsung Q70T – Best Alternative

    Specifications:

    Display Type: LED | Panel: VA | Screen Sizes: 55″ 65″ 75″ 82″ 85″ | Sound: Dolby Audio| Picture: Quantum Dot, Quantum HDR

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    The Samsung Q70T looks super modern with its slim borders and sleek design. This 4K QLED television’s VA panel delivers some great contrast ratio which is a major aspect when considering the picture quality. It has a dual-LED setup with distinct color temperatures on both which handles local dimming very well. It is suitable for dark rooms as it has a pretty good black level which is very suitable for late-night movie watching.

    Also, it has a peak brightness which is more than most Tv in this lineup which makes the daylight viewing experience amazing unless you are watching in direct sunlight or you have a window right opposite to your TV setup. Moreover, it can also produce a pretty decent wide color gamut. It supports HDR which is not excellent but not bothersome either and cannot ignore its smooth 120Hz display. Overall it is a very good viewing experience on this Samsung television.

    The sound quality is on par with its predecessor or competitions if not better. It’s 2 channel speakers produces 20W output and is considerably loud. Also, Samsung’s intelligent adaptive Sound+ does the job well of optimizing the sound based on your current scene. The down-firing speakers are not able to produce bass as you would expect but it is okay and does the work just fine. Although it is recommended to go for a soundbar if you are not able to go for it not to worry it’s sound is good overall.

    As it is Samsung TV, you will find it running TIZEN OS which is very easy to use and lightweight. It works very smoothly with its animations and the interface is user-friendly. If you prefer to operate the TV with your voice you have multiple choices in that too as Bixby Voice, Google Assistant, or Alexa. Also, you can easily cast mobile to Tv or vice-versa any android phone especially Samsung phones.

  • VIZIO M658-G1 - screen critique

    5. VIZIO M658-G1 – Best Budget TV

    Specifications:

    Display Type: LED | Backlight type: Full-Array LED with local dimming | Panel: VA | Screen Sizes: 65″ | Sound: 10W x 2 speakers | Picture: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

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    The overall picture quality on this modern-looking, thin bezel TV is exceptionally well considering its price. It can deliver some very great deep black despite not being an OLED panel that is very amazing. Moreover, it produces very accurate colors and HDR performance is just right which makes the overall viewing experience very stunning. It also has 90 local dimming zones which are quite a lot in this price point and that adds marginally to its picture quality. the wide color gamut is able to produce almost all colors making very color distinctively noticeable. However, as it is a VA panel you won’t find some good viewing angles and uniformity which means you have very less alternative to choose from different viewing positions. But overall, it delivers amazing picture quality and performance.

    The audio quality on this TV is pretty decent. It’s 2 speakers 10w each produces loud volumes with good bass even it has no dedicated subwoofer. The sound accuracy showed a slight decrease at higher volumes. Also, audio cropping is evident rarely at higher notes.

    Taking about the features of this TV, its rocks Smart cast 3.0, the latest version of its user-friendly, light smart TV experience. Previously its support for apps was limited but now it is expanded to apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Hulu, and others. It also has voice commands now with Alexa or Google assistant which makes interaction with TV easier and faster. Furthermore, iPhone users can easily connect with Smart Cast 3.0 with its added support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. SmartCast 3.0 also includes VIZIO WatchFree, a streaming service that provides access to live news, sports, movies, TV shows, and much more without any subscription charges or other fees. Overall, it is a nice feature-packed TV.

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Finding best monitors under a $300 budget can be an exhaustive job because of the fact it requires lots of research and comparisons. But not to worry at all, we got you! We, after a lot of research on the best gaming monitor, have prepared a list of 5 Best gaming monitors under $300 for you which I am sure will help you with the right buying decision.

List of 5 Best gaming monitors under $300:

MSI Optix G27C2 monitor - 5 Best gaming monitors under $300

1. MSI Optix G27C2

Specifications:

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Screen Size : 27 inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time : 1 ms | Panel Type: VA | Brightness: 300 nits | Aspect Ratio:16:9 | Curvature:1800R | Surface Treatment: Anti-glare | Video Ports:1 x DP(1.2), 1 x HDMI(1.4), 1 x DVI 

Pros
  • Curved Display (1800R)
  • 144 Hz Refresh Rate
  • Excellent Screen Response Time (1ms)
  • Anti-Glare Screen
  • Wide Color Gamut (110% SRGB, 85% NTSC)
Cons
  • 1920 x 1080 with the 27-inch screen makes pixels a little noticeable when viewing near
  • Monitor stand height is non-adjustable
  • FreeSync support only for AMD GPUs

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Performance:

First and foremost, let us discuss the key aspect of this gaming monitor and that is performance. With the 144Hz refresh rate and staggering 1 ms response time, you won’t be disappointed at all. The gaming feels silky-smooth and no signs of lag or stuttering whatsoever. Moreover, the input lag was very minimal and gave very quick reactions to my mouse and keyboard providing a leading advantage while gaming. Good news for AMD card users, the monitor provides FreeSync support out of the box. With both GPU and monitor working in sync, you are going to witness more immersive gaming experience and less screen tearing and stuttering.

Overall it is a great performance monitor suitable for high-end gaming, especially for AMD GPUs making it top of the list for best gaming monitors under $300 price bracket.

Picture Quality:

1920 x 1080 combined with VA panel provides some quality contrast levels, rich and vibrant color outputs making overall gaming experience immersive. The Wide Color Gamut (110% SRGB, 85% NTSC) is superior to what you will find with other monitors in this price range which helps to identify more color range and increases color accuracy.

Moreover, 1800R curvature enables great viewing experience by offering a wider field of view which helps to see more information at once. Not only it comprises of anti-flicker technology which provides a very comfortable viewing experience by reducing the amount of flicker but also optimized to reduce eye string by reducing the amount of blue light and thus longer gaming without fatigue.

Design:

This beautiful looking monitor stands on decent size metal stand with red accents on the making it very sleek. The back of the monitor also has red accent lines with the MSI logo and is made of high-quality plastic making it super modern and sleek. The screen has an anti-glare coating which helps for a glare-free gaming experience in daylight. The stand has moving capability limited to forward 5 degrees and backward 15 degrees only and making it VESA incompatible.

 

 

 

LG 27GL83A-B monitor - 5 Best gaming monitors under $300

2. LG 27GL83A-B

Specifications:

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Screen Size : 27 inch | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time : 1 ms | Panel Type: IPS | Color sRGB Coverage: 99%  | Brightness: 350 nits | Aspect Ratio:16:9 | Curvature:No | Surface Treatment: Haze 25%, 3H Hard Coating| Video Ports:1 x DP(1.4), 2 x (HDMI 2.0), 1 x 3.5mm Analog Audio Out

Pros
  • G-Sync/FreeSync Support
  • HDR support
  • Very bright display
  • Great response time
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • No USB ports
  • Low contrast ratio
  • Stand Doesn’t Swivel

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Performance:

The LG 27GL83A-B  monitor provides magnificent gaming performance with a deadly combo of high refresh rate, low response time, and low input lag. With ‘Fast’ mode you cannot be bothered by ghosting during gaming. Moreover, it also supports G-Sync/FreeSync Support for a tear-free and stutter-free experience

Picture Quality:

With a 27-inch screen and a QHD display, the color accuracy is on point. The images are sharp and the details are plenty. The monitor comprises of IPS panels and it has its disadvantages in terms of contrast when compared to VA panels. You might not find impressive deep blacks in a dark room the black appears kinda grey in a proper darkroom, and also the black uniformity is not on par. But not to worry if you wish to use the monitor in a fairly lit room, because it boasts 350 nits brightness and good glare reduction. The monitor also offers higher color depth (10 bit) and color gamut ( sRGB 99%) than most competing monitors in this price range. Also, as it is an IPS panel viewing angles are great being 178 degrees.

Design:

The monitor stands on sturdy, wide, and high-quality plastic, stand. It is VESA compatible and provides a solid base to the monitor. It supports Tilt (-15° to 5°),  Pivot (-90° to 90°), and height adjustments. Talking about the monitor, it is also made of high-quality plastic material, red stripe at the back, and thin bezels. It looks decent in a gaming monitor segment.

Dell U2719D monitor - 5 Best gaming monitors under $300

3. Dell U2719D

Specifications:

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Screen Size : 27 inch | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time : 8 ms (normal)/ 5 ms (fast) | Panel Type: IPS | Color SRGB Coverage: 99.9%  | Brightness: 350 nits | Aspect Ratio:16:9 | Curvature:No | Surface Treatment: Anti-glare, 3H Hard Coating| Video Ports:1 x DP(1.4), 1 x (HDMI 1.4), 1 x 3.5mm, Analog Audio Out, 4 x USB(3.0)

Pros
  • Great design and ergonomics
  • Stand supports height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustment
  • Screen glare handling on point
  • Slightly overclockable
Cons
  • No FreeSync/ G-Sync support
  • Black Uniformity not impressive
  • Maximum refresh rate only 60 hz

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Performance:

The Dell U2719D  monitor provides fairly low response time and input lag. With ‘Fast’ mode you cannot be bothered by ghosting during gaming. You also get flicker-free experience on this monitor due to the fact it uses the Direct Current method to regulate backlight brightness. But the refresh rate is only 60 Hz considering for gaming, but overclockable comfortably up till 75 Hz. Also, it lacks supports for G-Sync/FreeSync. It might show slight interlace pattern artifacts which might be a little noticeable to some users. Summing up, it has good performance overall.

Picture Quality:

With a 27-inch screen and 2560 x 1440 resolution, you get to see some good details and color accuracy. The monitor has an IPS panel and static contrast was as expected to be near 1000:1.  The monitor also offers 8-bit color depth resulting in very minor banding and color gamut of sRGB 99% than most competing monitors in this price range. Also, as it is an IPS panel viewing angles are great being 178 degrees. Unfortunately, this monitor has bad black uniformity and hence not recommended if you want to use this monitor in a dark room. Also no HDR support in the monitor. Keeping aside these facts it is a very decent monitor for gaming in this price bracket.

Design:

The monitor stands on the high-quality plastic stand in matte silver with a compact rectangular base providing solid support to the monitor. The monitor features a very sleek and elegant design overall with thin bezels around the screen and dual-tone design. It supports good height, swivel, and great tilt range. It can also rotate to portrait orientation. The monitor has a quick-release mechanism allowing room for alternative VESA 100 x 100 solution.

LG 27UL500-W monitor - 5 Best gaming monitors under $300

4. LG 27UL500-W

Specifications:

Resolution: 4k (3840 x 2160) | Screen Size : 27 inch | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time :  5 ms  | Panel Type: IPS | Color SRGB Coverage: 98%  | Brightness: 300 nits | Aspect Ratio:16:9 | Curvature:No | Surface Treatment: Anti-glare, 3H Hard Coating| Video Ports:1 x DP(1.4), 2 x (HDMI 2.0), 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

Pros
  • Supports AMD FreeSync
  • Supports HDR10
  • Quick screen response time and low input lag
Cons
  • Stand motion limited to tilt

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Performance:

It boasts a 60 Hz refresh rate which is below recommended for gaming but standard for 4k monitors. If clarity is not the primary focus and game experience is then you can go for QHD displays which provides a good balance between refresh rate (up to 144 Hz) and resolution. Besides that, input lag and response times are quite good at being 8ms and 5 ms respectively. It also supports AMD FreeSync which helps provide stutter-free and tear-free experience between 48 to 60 Hz range. Moreover, you will also get Flicker-free experience on the monitors useful for people who are more sensitive to it.

Picture Quality:

The monitor incorporates 10-bit color depth and 98% sRGB which helps monitor deliver beautiful, consistent, and accurate colors. It also has 178 degrees of viewing angles enabling a wide range of immersive viewing experiences. A combination of 4k and IPS panel provides vibrant, precise, and detailed color pictures. It does have support for HDR and it is decent because of the absence of local dimming, wide HDR color gamut, and high peak brightness levels. Overall, it delivers good pictures and videos for an immersive gaming experience at this price.

Design:

The LG 27UL500 monitors feature the ArcLine stand design which doesn’t take up a lot of space but it still manages to provide good stability to the base at cost of little untroubling wobble. It only supports tilt adjustments (-5° to 15°) which might be limited for most users. Not a problem, the stand can be easily detached and can be replaced with third-party VESA 100 x 100 alternatives. The monitor looks sleek and modern with its dual-tone finish.

 

Asus VG278QR monitor - 5 Best gaming monitors under $300

5. Asus VG278QR

Specifications:

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Screen Size : 27 inch | Refresh Rate: 165 Hz | Response Time :  0.5 ms  | Panel Type: TN | Color Saturation: 72% NTSC | Brightness: 400 nits | Aspect Ratio:16:9 | Surface Treatment: Non-glare| Video Ports:1 x DP(1.2), 1 x (HDMI 1.4), 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

Pros
  • AMD FreeSync and G-SYNC compatible
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Refresh rate higher than the average
Cons
  • Low pixel density
  • TN panel’s picture quality lower than VA or IPS

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Performance:

Thanks to monitor’s high refresh rate and magnificently low response time you will find one of the best gaming performance with this monitor in this price range. No sign of any trailing, ghosting, or motion-blur which makes the gaming experience excellent. Also, the input lag is quite low considering other competitions. Moreover, the variable refresh rate range is pretty wide for both FreeSync and G-Sync for about 40 to 144 Hz meaning you can enjoy stutter-free and tear-free gaming experience within the given range.

Overall, the gaming performance is magnificent with its low response time and high refresh rate combined with variable refresh rate technologies.

Picture Quality:

The monitor has a TN panel which itself is not so impressive in terms of viewing angles and color richness but it is best if you consider low response times, higher refresh rates, less motion blur, and low input lag. If the gaming performance is the top priority this panel is best. Moreover, the combination of a 27-inch display and a 1920 x 1080 resolution might not be best for image clarity and details but is helps in gaining high FPS which is a prime factor in gaming monitors. Not evident light bleeding on the edges. The monitor offers decent color saturation of 72% NTSC which is not a problem for gaming unless you are going to use the monitor for professional work.

Design:

This high-quality plastic monitor stand offers a solid base to the monitor with capabilities including height adjustments (0~130 mm), tilt (+33°~-5°), swivel (+90°~-90°), and pivot adjustments (+90°~-90°). If this is not enough for your perfect viewing position, it also supports VESA mount 100 x 100 mm. It has thin bezels around the screen which adds to the modern look to monitor. If you don’t want to always wear headphones there is a  2W stereo speaker integrated into the monitor.

Overall it is an excellent design keeping in mind the purpose of gaming.

Conclusion

I am sure that the above selected 5 best gaming monitors under $300 list will help you select the monitor best fitting to your needs and will be proven helpful in finalizing or at least shortlisting your preferred monitor. Happy Shopping. See you soon. If this post is helpful please share this post with your friends and family. Much appreciated.

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It is the most obvious question you might ask yourself before buying a TV, what is the best flat TV screen size for the living room? It is 2020 and TV technology has advanced to a great extent. Also making TV more affordable. Thus, my recommendation is to go for a flat TV screen.

The two most vital factors to consider before buying a Flat TV are i) Your Budget (obviously) and ii) the size of your room. To better understand which size TV is best for your living room without compromising the immersive viewing experience and ignoring your living room size, let us try to understand a few principles before proceeding.

Pixelation

In simple terms, it is referred to as a phenomenon that causes image or video to break into individual visible pixels. It is visible when zooming a low-resolution image.

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Now let us understand what is the relation between Resolution and Viewing distance.

Resolution and Viewing distance

More the resolution of the TV screen, closer you can sit to the TV without experiencing pixelation. It is crucial because you can sit more closely to a 4K TV than 1080p resolution TV.

According to most experts, the best viewing distance for immersive experience is based on resolution and screen size. Firstly let us discuss 1080p.

  • For 1080p, the formula is 2:1, that means, your viewing distance should be double the screen size measured diagonally. For instance, if your TV size diagonally is 50 inches, your best distance of viewing would be 100 inches.
  • And for 4K, it changes a bit due to higher resolution to 1.5:1. That is, if you have the same 50 inch 4K TV, you can sit more closer that is 75 inches and still get the optimal viewing experience.

Moreover, above formula, if followed, would be proven magical in terms of the overall viewing experience. Thus, describes the best flat TV screen size for the living room. Hope this post was helpful in TV buying decisions. Happy Shopping!

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