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| p.1 #3 · Monitor Question - Will I be happy with... |
As you mentioned, the Dell U2312HM uses an IPS panel, which is a definite plus. Years ago, I upgraded my monitor from a 19" Viewsonic (TN panel) monitor to a Dell 2209WA (IPS panel) monitor. When using the Validator feature of the i1 Match software, the colorimetric errors were approximately 4X smaller with the Dell compared to the Viewsonic (more accurate color). However, the big benefit of an IPS panel (or PVA) is that it has a much wider viewing angle. With the Viewsonic, the image would appear to get lighter or darker as I moved my head up or down (very sensitive to vertical viewing angle). With the Dell, I can view the monitor from just about any angle (within reason) and see very little if any change in brightness.
If you always view your monitor from a constant angle (don't have clients viewing the monitor from various locations in the room), the benefits of an IPS panel may not matter that much to you. However, if the opposite is true, you would certainly benefit from having an IPS panel. While bigger is usually better (more screen real estate), without knowing what model the 27" monitor is, I can't say what type of panel it uses. If you feel the 23" Dell is sufficiently large for your needs, and the price is attractive, you may want to go with it. Otherwise, find out more about the 27".