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Monitor Recommendations

Looking to purchase 2x 24-25" monitors, preferably QHD resolution. The monitors must have VESA mounting capabilities. They'll be used in my home-office, no gaming. Netflix / YouTube is as extensive as my graphics requirements will get.

The Dell U2518D can be had for $377.99 when factoring in coupon codes. Seems like it'll do the job and it comes with a 3 year warranty. Looks like the warranty is also an advanced exchange service with "premium panel guarantee.

The Viewsonic VX2478-SMHD can be had for $318. Also comes with a 3 year warranty, no mention on advanced exchange.

Overall specs between the two are very similar.

Thoughts / recommendations?
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I have a Dell 27" LED IPS panel. For LED, you can't really get better than that.

I've seen Viewsonics before, and they are ok.

You probably won't notice a difference, unless you put them side by side.
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They have the same specs, almost. If you want the extra features like USB 3.0 ports, go with Dell. If you need a standard one, choose Viewsonic.
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What about getting one 21:9 Ultrawide monitor instead?

I'm using a single Dell U3415W with a Thinkpad
Wouldn't go back to my previous 2x monitor setup with Thinkpad
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george__ wrote: What about getting one 21:9 Ultrawide monitor instead?

I'm using a single Dell U3415W with a Thinkpad
Wouldn't go back to my previous 2x monitor setup with Thinkpad
My friend has one of those and I tried it. I think it would be disruptive to my workflow. I like having the clear separation in monitors.
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ronthan wrote: They have the same specs, almost. If you want the extra features like USB 3.0 ports, go with Dell. If you need a standard one, choose Viewsonic.
My thoughts exactly. I just need a monitor with basic features.
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I've gone ahead with the Viewsonic. I'm sure it'll do everything I need and save me $50 per monitor.
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Just got the monitors set up. They'll definitely do the job. Couple things worth noting:

1. The colour between the two panels was slightly different; easily corrected in the settings though. Both monitors are now alike.
2. It'll take my eyes a bit of time to get used them. The panels are definitely more advanced compared to what I am used to. As well, my only real exposure to High-DPI has been on laptop / tablet screens.
3. Fonts look different, likely due to the 125% scaling involved. Again, my only experience with High-DPI was on smaller screen.
4. Had to turn down the brightness. 100% is quite bright.
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Quick update, I am pleased with the monitors. My eyes have adjusted, and all is good in the world!
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I'd just went with a 40inch 4k samsung tv. works great! I don't game, but the desktop space! its great!!!
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