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    Dell 27" 5K Monitor (5120x2880)

    Not as much of a problem since it has a real anti-reflective coating, not anti-glare. The OP video shows some reflection, but looks to be far less than usual even with direct sunlight on the background. They should have compared it to another glossy model without an AR coating.
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    The great PPI/DPI debate:

    Agreed. I have 20/25 vision (as of last check), and I can read this 12 pt font in the browser from 6 feet away. Aliasing is even visible on objects on my 250PPI phone from ~3 feet away, and I sit about 18-20 inches from my desktop display. My vision has worsened somewhat over the past few years...
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    The great PPI/DPI debate:

    OP: You may want to make the distinction between preferred PPI and preferred interface size. The OS PPI should always be set to that of the display if possible, as this allows documents (like images in Photoshop and pages in Word) to be shown at their real size. The size of interface elements...
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    Dell P2314H "pixelated"?

    Does the new display seem to have cooler colors than your past monitors? You might try either calibration or just adjusting the display to be slightly warmer in case the intensity of blue is causing problems. Be sure that the display is not excessively bright as well. 6+2bit FRC will always...
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    Dell P2314H "pixelated"?

    The shape of the sub-pixels can also play a part in the perceived sharpness. Usually both modern TN and IPS are good in this respect, but *VA panels can have shapes that depend on their brightness. It's possible the distance between the RGB filters and the AG coating would have an effect, but...
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    Dell P2314H "pixelated"?

    If the screen looks like it is covered in very fine transparent sandpaper that sparkles slightly when shifting your position, that is likely the anti-glare coating. Did your prior monitors have AG coatings, or were they glossy? FRC usually results in what looks like faint random static noise...
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    Dell P2314H "pixelated"?

    There is a cleartype tuner built into Win7/8 that should let you specify BGR or RGB pixels. If on an earlier OS, there is a PowerToy utility provided by Microsoft with similar adjustment functionality.
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    Nasty hum from my Dell U3011

    Is the noise high-pitched? If so, and you don't mind voiding your warranty, you can use epoxy on the inductors to silence them.
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    Is the flicker-free technology really good for our eyes?

    Actually, I was thinking of the fact that probably >99% of all photons you'll ever see come from sunlight (which obviously does not flicker). Yes, I should have specified rapid flickering. One of the largest factors in perceiving flicker is not the shape of the pulse waveforms, but their...
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    Is the flicker-free technology really good for our eyes?

    The reason backlight flickering is used at all is one of manufacturing convenience. It is very simple to produce a dimmable light source by rapidly turning it on and off, though doing it well is another matter. Flicker-free technology is not new, it just means they took the time to design a...
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    How to identify the type of pixel defect on an IPS panel

    Actually, IPS panels should block light by default when "off", and wikipedia seems to agree with this statement. However, it doesn't matter how a pixel is stuck dark or bright as all the additive color properties still work like they should. Your logic with the colored text appears fine, and...
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    How to identify the type of pixel defect on an IPS panel

    Kind of a basic question, but are you sure the person describing the colors is not color-blind in some way? If not, perhaps some of the pixel wires might be incorrectly connected in an unusual way.
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    Logitech G500s, anybody experience a high frequency squealing noise?

    The high-pitched squealing seems to be a recurring problem with Logitech mice. See more info here. Not sure about the G500 specifically, but many of the other models have the same problem. I had to get rid of a MX518 because the noise got louder over time, and eventually I couldn't stand to...
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    Question about monitor (discoloration)

    Either a soft cloth or your finger. Only a small amount of pressure is necessary. It might have been damaged in shipping, or possibly during assembly. Any damage to the box it came in around that general area?
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    Question about monitor (discoloration)

    Looks like damage to the panel from too much pressure being placed in that spot. You can try massaging it lightly, but I can't guarantee any improvement.
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    Seiki SE50UY04 3840x2160 50" TV ($1300)

    That's what GPU scaling is for. Letting the GPU handle scaling also makes the display hardware and firmware less complicated.
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    1st Sharp PN-K321 4K Monitor Review: 3000$ Joke

    Think of it this way: A percentage of the population is negatively and measurably affected by PWM at frequencies such as this. This does not mean that the rest are unaffected, but that the effects are small enough to go unnoticed in most people or are attributed to other causes. Perhaps for...
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    new panels planed by Lg for 2014

    The 5k3k panel can't come soon enough. Hopefully it can be driven at >60Hz (I don't care how many cables I have to attach to make that possible).
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    What is the minimum reasonable packing protection for shipping a HDD?

    TType85: Thanks for your experiences. Not sure about the outer box, but good to know that the inner one has worked well. teh_chem: I realize the drive might have just been a dud, but considering that the outer box of the first was far too big, and that there were other (relatively light)...
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    What is the minimum reasonable packing protection for shipping a HDD?

    I'm curious what people have found to be the minimum padding required to have a HDD shipped to them and not develop immediate problems. I ask because I'm currently on my 2nd WD 4TB drive from Amazon, with the first developing issues within days and neither being packed what I would consider...
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    My LG 27EA83-D does NOT have PWM (and other notes)

    Thanks for the review and all the PWM test info. If you have a minute, you should send a link to this page to TFTCentral.co.uk so they can add it to their PWM-free displays list.
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    Custom Displays

    Few basic questions: Does the display use PWM at any brightness levels? What kind of coating is used? How thick are the bezels (distance between the illuminated area and the outer edge of the casing)? What is the color gamut? Does the display require significant calibration to achieve...
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    Seiki SE50UY04 3840x2160 50" TV ($1300)

    It may also depend on which display is setup as the primary. Have you tried setting the secondary 60Hz monitor as the main one, and the 39" to be secondary? Win8 may let you configure either to have a taskbar, so I'm guessing that shouldn't be a problem.
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    Variable Refresh Rate Monitors (G-Sync) --- Refresh Rate Varies While You Play!!!

    It's not a stupid question. There are 2 different effects you are describing here: G-Sync and backlight strobing. All G-Sync does is allow the display's pixel values to be updated at irregular intervals, regardless of strobing or other factors. This is completely compatible with a...
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    IPS GLOW - Is this an acceptable amount?

    Interesting. Thanks for pointing those out.
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    IPS GLOW - Is this an acceptable amount?

    It's not possible to say definitively without knowing the viewing distance and angle the photo was taken from, but based on my 27" it looks normal. All consumer 27" displays now have about the same glow, even the $1500+ ones. The problem can be solved during manufacturing by adding additional...
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    What's after DVI?

    This page has some nice graphs with required bandwidths and connector types: http://www.noteloop.com/kit/display/interface/#4k Unfortunately display connectors are the main bottleneck for high resolutions and refresh rates right now, and that doesn't look to change much for the next few...
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    4K Eyecandy

    The added graininess and especially the faked chromatic aberration ruin it for me. I don't know why you'd try to simulate the aberrations of a $5 lens, as that defeats the purpose of moving up to 4k. There's a reason why cinematographers avoid and correct these color problems at all costs.
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    Variable Refresh Rate Monitors (G-Sync) --- Refresh Rate Varies While You Play!!!

    On a slightly different note, will variable refresh rate implementations remove the cap on maximum framerate for a display? In other words, there's no longer any reason why a display couldn't be refreshed as fast as the connection bandwidth allows, but will G-Sync actually allow this? If it does...
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    Variable Refresh Rate Monitors (G-Sync) --- Refresh Rate Varies While You Play!!!

    When would you strobe the backlight for lightboost using a variable refresh rate display? From BlurBusters: "Time your LED backlight strobe circuit to flash the backlight towards the end of the blanking interval, preferably partially overlapping the start of next refresh by a fraction of a...
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    New LG 4K 'Cinema' Format 4096x2160 Panel Now In Production

    Definitely not too small. It's only 150PPI, and you'd need to double that to get into diminishing returns for viewing from 20-24 inches away. It's a step in the right direction resolution-wise. Curious if the panel can handle 120Hz 4k with the proper controller, and if it can be driven PWM-free.
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    laptop display as monitor?

    Please let us know how it turns out.
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    laptop display as monitor?

    DrinkTea is I think working with others to build a high-PPI display (see original thread here), and they should be in the prototype stage now. Most likely they are using a roughly 12" display with higher density than the one you linked, so you might consider contacting him and indicating that...
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    Best display for the eyes

    TFTCentral has started a list of flicker-free monitors here that may be useful to you. They also test highest/lowest brightness in individual reviews. Like katabatik I dislike trying to read text on displays with heavy AG coating, and now use glossy. If you are looking for large-pixel...
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    trying to find best 2560x1440p oc-120hz monitor (IPS) panel

    I believe ToastyX does have a line remover, but IIRC that only works in windowed mode at full-res. There seem to be 2 different line artifacts: Every-other-line banding that is fixed, and lines that flicker or shift position. I don't know how often each occurs, and some people are more observant...
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    trying to find best 2560x1440p oc-120hz monitor (IPS) panel

    AFAIK the Catleap 2B and the Overlords using the same panel may have artifacts in the form of lines, noise, or jittering when overclocked. Not sure about the other models. That and the lack of dead pixel warranties are really the only thing keeping me from buying at least one.
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    PWM Flickering Monitors List

    Looks like a flicker-free display list just popped-up at TFTCentral here. Not many displays in it yet, but it's a start.
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    Seiki SE50UY04 3840x2160 50" TV ($1300)

    If you do talk with them, would you consider bringing up the subject of non-PWM backlighting? You can forward them to the TFTCentral article if that is helpful.
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    Asus 39 inch 3840x2160 60Hz panel.

    They appear to be using very high levels of AA (SSAA in Sleeping Dogs should cut the performance by half or more). This is supported by the good performance of the Titan VS the 690, since the Titan doesn't need to share its 6GB of memory between 2 chips.
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    PWM Flickering Monitors List

    No list that I know of, though TFTCentral and Prad.de have both been testing newer models for PWM. Part of the problem is that PWM properties can change with monitor revisions, meaning that several displays with the same model number may have very different flickering.
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