Every 27” panel that I have reviewed this year has had two things in common: the panel was IPS based, and it was made by LG. The vast majority of IPS panels are made by LG, and so most high-end monitors use the same panels but have major differences in their electronics and design. In the past two years Samsung has entered the market with an alternative to IPS called PLS, or Plane-Line Switching. While similar to IPS, PLS is designed to have advantages over traditional IPS. First, it has a higher level of transmittance, so more light gets through each individual cell. This allows you to use either a lower powered backlight, or to have a brighter display, both of which lower the power...

Dell U2713HM - Unbeatable performance out of the box

When you look at the 27” panels on the market today, they virtually all use a panel from LG. Samsung has their own PLS panels, but otherwise almost everyone...

99 by Chris Heinonen on 10/4/2012

Nixeus NX-VUE27 27" Monitor: High Resolution for the Masses

The price model for 27” IPS displays has been turned on its head recently by imported models from Korea that you can buy on eBay. Selling for as little...

65 by Chris Heinonen on 9/20/2012

DoubleSight DS-277W: Back to the Drawing Board

For the most part, the market for 27”, 2560x1440 monitors has been dominated by the higher end brands. The one main exception has been DoubleSight, which has made a...

55 by Chris Heinonen on 6/13/2012

The Achieva Shimian QH270: A $350 27-inch WQHD S-IPS Display

A couple of months ago our resident smartphone guru, Brian Klug, told me about a super affordable, Korean made 27-inch 2560 x 1440 display that used the same panel...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

NEC PA271W - When Accuracy and Consistency Matter

As long as I’ve been following, using, or writing about computers, NEC has been a leader in displays. From the early MultiSync monitors to their current line of LCDs...

69 by Chris Heinonen on 5/1/2012

HP ZR2740w - High Resolution IPS that Doesn't Break the Bank

Almost 15 years ago I set up my first multiple monitor system, using a 17” and a 15” CRT. At that time it was a very uncommon setup, but...

119 by Chris Heinonen on 3/16/2012

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