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When will 30 inch monitors become mainstream?

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While I bide my time awaiting the P3DV2 release I'm also biding my time with the purchase of my new Dell U3014. I'll take the plunge when the dust settles with P3D , but am wondering if I should hold off a bit longer to take advantage of any reductions in price. In the UK the U3014 retails for about £900 + which is fairly steep. I'll go for it anyway but wondered if anyone knew when to expect the trend to start moving to 30 inch as mainstream monitors as the 27inch currently is.

 

I'm torn between a 27 inch x1440 monitor at £500 v the 30 inch at double the price,

 

Cheers

 

 

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For less than half the cost of the Dell 30" you can buy a decent LED TV and have a bigger screen.

 

I've switched from a Dell 24" 1920x1200 monitor to a Sony Bravia 32" LED TV with a resolution of 1920x1080.

 

Once correctly setup it gives me all the benefits of a large display with none of the drawbacks of an expensive monitor - namely a screen resolution which will drag down frame rates.

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For less than half the cost of the Dell 30" you can buy a decent LED TV and have a bigger screen.

 

I've switched from a Dell 24" 1920x1200 monitor to a Sony Bravia 32" LED TV with a resolution of 1920x1080.

 

Once correctly setup it gives me all the benefits of a large display with none of the drawbacks of an expensive monitor - namely a screen resolution which will drag down frame rates.

Hi Ray

 

Whilst I can appreciate the bigger size, the lack of resolution will bother me. I've been happily using a Samsung 24' 1920x1200 for 5 years. A few months back, I switched to a 27' x1080 monitor, and the 'grainy' resolution of the 1080 compared to the x1200 really bothered me. So I switched back to the 24' Samsung. I think the x1600 is the only way to go for me with a 30'

 

 

 

 

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Hi Erich,

 

Fair comment. It's a very subjective thing. To answer your original question it really depends on funds and space available. I couldn't go any larger than 32" even if I could afford it.

 

A poll would be interesting. Have you considered running one?

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Erich, I bought a 30" Dell Ultrasharp 2560x1600 and it is absolutely, bludgeoningly beautiful! I was very careful and bought a good refurbished one off Ebay. It was a look and collect purchase so I ensured I didn't end up with a dud. It cost me £400, a lot less than the £1200 it was being sold for on the high street. As for a performance hit, I went from a 1920x1200 res HP monitor and saw a minimal hit of about 12-15%. It was very small and nothing that I couldn't claw back simply by dropping the cloud draw distance and the AI notch a little. My advice would be to make sure you retain as high a resolution screen as possible :wink:

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Thanks both for your responses

 

Ray- I might do the poll. Would be interesting

 

Jim - that sure is alot less than the original price, even though it's a refurb. Absolute bargain. I was actually sold on the U3011 when you first told me about it on the forum a few months back. But I guess P3D v2 has been the push I need actually get it. But I still flinch at £1000. Maybe I'll have a look around at the refurb market too and see what's about.

 

Thanks guys

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I got the Qnix 27" Led from Ebay for $270. Its 2560x1440 res and it overclocks, mine is siting @100Hz. Panning is a breeze. Just my .02

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I got the X-Star 27" 1440P off ebay for around $300-350AUD if I remember correctly. (the same as the Qnix Oscar mentioned, just in a slightly different case). Yes it's one of the Korean monitors but I have been extremely happy with my purchase and you can't beat the price. The higher resolution compared to 1080P is gorgeous!

 

If you are lucky and have good timing you can pick up the refurbed Dell monitors really cheaply through Dell directly. They normally have a listing on their webpage with available refurb stock.

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I can recommend Crossover monitors. Google it and research if interested.

 

Or this link is all about them.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1232496/crossover-27q-led-led-p-27m-led-2720mdp-gold-led-monitor-club

 

Now is not a great time for me so cant give to much info but I bought a 27" crossover off a reputable seller on eBay. They actually use the same screen as Dell which is made by LG anyway.

 

I am very happy with mine and for less than half price of dell, but there is a small risk but you will find 99% of buyers r happy

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Erich, I bought a 30" Dell Ultrasharp 2560x1600 and it is absolutely, bludgeoningly beautiful! I was very careful and bought a good refurbished one off Ebay. It was a look and collect purchase so I ensured I didn't end up with a dud. It cost me £400, a lot less than the £1200 it was being sold for on the high street. As for a performance hit, I went from a 1920x1200 res HP monitor and saw a minimal hit of about 12-15%. It was very small and nothing that I couldn't claw back simply by dropping the cloud draw distance and the AI notch a little. My advice would be to make sure you retain as high a resolution screen as possible :wink:

 

Howard,

 

Did you by any chance get your monitor from NRG IT in Poole using Ebay?  I've just had a look and there is a refurbished U3014 available for £625 with one dead pixel.  I think I'll be able to live with that for the price.

 

Erich

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Howard,

 

Did you by any chance get your monitor from NRG IT in Poole using Ebay?  I've just had a look and there is a refurbished U3014 available for £625 with one dead pixel.  I think I'll be able to live with that for the price.

 

Erich

 

No Erich, it was a private purchase in Wales...

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Instead of a 30" monitor I am using 3 32" HD tv's in 5760x1080 resolution...

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No Erich, it was a private purchase in Wales...

Thanks Howard

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And then to upset all the theories, comes Ultra High Def TV  @ 3840 x 2160 res.

Coming soon - a Sony Ultra HDef 55" TV @ US $5000 approx.

 

Stop the bus- I want off !!! 

january

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Instead of a 30" monitor I am using 3 32" HD tv's in 5760x1080 resolution...

Interesting. A number of people seem to be a opting for bigger pictures over higher resolution. I think, for me, having used a 1940 x1200 res for the last 5 years, even though on a 24 inch monitor I could never opt for a bigger picture at 1080p now. That's a show stopper for me.

I guess it's all about what one is familiar with which makes us happy.

And then to upset all the theories, comes Ultra High Def TV @ 3840 x 2160 res.

Coming soon - a Sony Ultra HDef 55" TV @ US $5000 approx.e

 

Stop the bus- I want off !!!

january

Wow

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I got the X-Star 27" 1440P off ebay for around $300-350AUD if I remember correctly. (the same as the Qnix Oscar mentioned, just in a slightly different case). Yes it's one of the Korean monitors but I have been extremely happy with my purchase and you can't beat the price. The higher resolution compared to 1080P is gorgeous!

 

If you are lucky and have good timing you can pick up the refurbed Dell monitors really cheaply through Dell directly. They normally have a listing on their webpage with available refurb stock.

 

Tip of the day! Thanks! I will be watching Dell closely for the refurbs. :)

 

C.

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Erich, I bought a 30" Dell Ultrasharp 2560x1600 and it is absolutely, bludgeoningly beautiful! I was very careful and bought a good refurbished one off Ebay. It was a look and collect purchase so I ensured I didn't end up with a dud. It cost me £400, a lot less than the £1200 it was being sold for on the high street. As for a performance hit, I went from a 1920x1200 res HP monitor and saw a minimal hit of about 12-15%. It was very small and nothing that I couldn't claw back simply by dropping the cloud draw distance and the AI notch a little. My advice would be to make sure you retain as high a resolution screen as possible :wink:

I committed to a refurbished Dell U3014 today from one of the eBay traders. Can't wait. £625

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I committed to a refurbished Dell U3014 today from one of the eBay traders. Can't wait. £625

 

You'll never look back Erich :drinks:

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I don't think 30" monitors will ever become mainstream because they're too large for many people, including me. 30" monitors have existed for years and there's still a small amount of people buying them.

 

I'd much prefer if 1440p and 2160p resolutions became mainstream at sizes 24" and smaller. PPI is more important in my opinion.

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 PPI is more important in my opinion.

 

Absolutely, and that's why the 30" Dell or similar res sized monitors offer such a fantastic picture, because they run at 2560x1600!

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Absolutely, and that's why the 30" Dell or similar res sized monitors offer such a fantastic picture, because they run at 2560x1600!

 

2560x1600 at 30" gives a PPI of 100,63 , while my monitor which is 1920x1080 at 21."5 gives a PPI of 102,46. So what you're describing is not too exciting in my opinion. 2560x1440 at 24" gives a PPI of 122,38 which feels a lot smoother and sharper.

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I would buy a 30" if it came in 16:9 format. Are there any?

 

Otherwise I got 27" for simflight and 29" for simracing already. While I patiently wait for the Oculus..

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2560x1600 at 30" gives a PPI of 100,63 , while my monitor which is 1920x1080 at 21."5 gives a PPI of 102,46. So what you're describing is not too exciting in my opinion. 2560x1440 at 24" gives a PPI of 122,38 which feels a lot smoother and sharper.

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