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Old 02-15-2013, 06:11 PM
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Acer 1080p 27 inch VA panel LED monitor - $199, FS [Back Again!]
Note: only currently on sale at newegg as of 4/16, amazon may price match again if people submit them though

Newegg and Amazon both have the Acer G276HLDbd on sale for $199.99. This is the lowest it has been in two months, and a repeat of the price it was at during Black Friday. Average rating is 5 stars on newegg and 4.5 on Amazon.
Acer G276HL Dbd 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor []
Acer G276HLDbd Black 27" 6ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (3000:1) []

Things to note:
  • 1920x1080 (anything higher from a reputable US distributor will cost at least 2x more)
  • VA panel (probably an MVA variant)
  • Claimed 6ms GTG response time, no ghosting according to nearly all reviews
  • Only DVI and D-SUB connections (no issues with adapters mentioned in reviews)
  • External power brick
  • Stand only has tilt
  • Newegg's page says it is VESA 100x100mm compatible (pic of back confirms)

Free two day shipping with Prime on Amazon or Shoprunner on Newegg. Otherwise free standard shipping.

This is an entry level (few connections, no extras) VA monitor, probably MVA or one of the newer MVA variants (the manual and promo docs don't say, and I can't find any expert reviews by sites like tftcentral). MVA is usually counted as between TN and S-IPS in color accuracy (usually compares favorably to e-IPS), with viewing angles (and low color shift from each angle) like IPS. MVA usually has better black levels than even IPS, and often equal or better contrast.

The one down side with VA is that while the response time (GTG) is usually faster than IPS, there is sometimes ghosting, although this is less prevalent in MVA (compared to PVA), especially modern MVA based panels. Given that the only review (I ran search on all of them) on either amazon or newegg mentioning ghosting as a problem sounds like a defective panel in other ways, there probably isn't an issue. Everyone else who brings it up says zero ghosting, including while gaming.