5 Budget DisplayPort Monitors for 2016
Despite being approved by the Video Electronics Standards Association or VESA back in 2006 many people still don't know what DisplayPort is and why you might want it on a monitor. In order to understand why DisplayPort is a good thing let's take a look at the differences between DisplayPort and its main competitor, HDMI.
HDMI Vs. DisplayPort
Both HDMI and DisplayPort send a high definition video and audio signal from a device to the display. With the purpose of these devices pretty much being the same, what's the difference?
While both standards are similar HDMI is licensed and made for your blu-ray and TV while DisplayPort is a royalty-free VESA standard that was designed for computers. This, in theory, should make devices with DisplayPort less expensive.
In addition, DisplayPort supports encapsulating multichannel compressed audio formats and has a flexible allocation of bandwidth between the audio and video. Comparing DisplayPort 1.3 with HDMI you'll also see that it has more bandwidth at 32.4 Gbit/s vs. 17.28 in HDMI 2.0. This bandwidth can be shared with various streams of audio and video to various devices.
This is especially advantageous for multi-monitor setups which allow you to daisy-chain up to five monitors together. This tool is invaluable for photo editors, graphic designers, and programmers.
Thunderbolt and DisplayPort
It's for this reason Apple uses DisplayPort along with PCIe in its Thunderbolt technology.
HDMI 2.0 as well as DisplayPort 1.2 support 4k at 60FPS while DisplayPort seems to do it more efficiently at this point in time without compression. In addition, DisplayPort 1.3 also allows 8k display discover. Here's a look at some good 4k resolution monitors available right now.
G-Sync and Adaptive-Sync
For gamers there's even more reason to use a monitor with DisplayPort. Both NVIDIA (G-sync) and AMD (FreeSync) are using DisplayPort as a standard to eliminate the screen tearing, sync, and lag issues that are prevalent when you have a monitor with a fixed frame rate and a GPU that varies. If you're curious or want to know more about this, I've written more about this particular subject in my post on 7 Good G-Sync PC Gaming Monitors.
5 Good Value DisplayPort Monitors for 2016
If you're looking for a good and affordable IPS option with DisplayPort, I'd first point you in the direction of the Asus VN248Q-P. Asus is known for making good quality monitors without charging their customers a fortune.
This monitor features what you need in the way of connectivity with a VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort input while giving you a 24" IPS display. While these less expensive monitors are generally e-IPS, not something I'd recommend for professional photo editors, they are still color accurate enough for most every day jobs you'll come across. This is especially true if you take the time to calibrate it.
For gaming the monitor does alright as well with a 5ms response time.
Overall, it's a great monitor for the money you spend and one I'd recommend for people looking in the $150 price range for DisplayPort monitors.
For Photo and Video Editors
An IPS Option to Consider
Dell UltraSharp U2412M / U2414H
Dell's UltraSharp Series is well-known for their quality and affordable price. The U2412M gives you a few more pixels to work with a 1920 x 1200p resolution. It's one that I use daily to browse and do photo and video editing. If you go with the U2414H, keep in mind that it's only 1080p
In addition, it's an IPS monitor with better viewing angles and more color accuracy than consumer TN panels. Whether or not you're someone who needs a wide color gamut it's still, in my opinion, worth the extra money to go for something that has a better quality panel and looks better from every angle.
An Alternate Daisy Chain DisplayPort Option Monitor
If you want to use multiple DisplayPort monitors in a daisy chain configuration, I recommend you take a look at the Dell UltraSharp U2414H.
The U2414H is a newer monitor which supports DisplayPort 1.2. While it's a little bit more expensive than the older option it does give you a lot of flexibility in terms of your multi-monitor setup. Compared to the 12M you do give up the 16:10 aspect ratio.
For PC Gamers
The Asus VG248QE is a 3D 144Hz monitor made specifically for gamers. The monitor's low input lag combined with a low 1ms response really bring me back to the responsiveness of CRT monitors made a few years back.
This particular monitor can also be upgraded to G-Sync compatible through a kit found on NVIDIA's website.
Whether or not you upgrade it you'll still have a great DisplayPort 3D gaming option with a great picture.
An Under $500 2560 x 1440 WQHD Display
If you need something color accurate with more pixels but want to avoid purchasing the mainstream $1,000 options, then I suggest you take a look at the Asus PB278Q. At about half of the cost of 27" options like Apple's Thunderbolt Display and Dell's U2713H it still gives photo editors and graphic designers the color accuracy they need.
For games and videos it's quite a bit more responsive than other options I've used in the past. Asus advertises a 5ms response time which seems to be as good as it gets in this category.
Other features that stands out is that you get everything you need to place this monitor exactly where you want including height, swivel, tilt adjustment and VESA compatible wall mount holes. If you have any trouble with it Asus also backs it up for 3 years with their Rapid Replacement program.
Overall the PB278Q is a PLS display with a few advantages over IPS competitors. PLS allows more light to get through each individual cell. This allows you to use a lower powered backlight and still have a brighter display. In addition you get better viewing angles for both contrast and color. Calibrated the Dell U2713H is slightly better for SRGB; however, for considerably less money the PB278Q is a better choice for most. This is especially true for those who don't plan on doing calibration.
A Good DisplayPort Monitor Under $150 (after rebate)
4. Asus VE248Q
If you don't need something color accurate, and just want to setup a multi-display option for work or your home office, then it's hard to ignore the VE248Q's value. On rebate for around $150 you can get 2 monitors for under or around $300.
That being said this monitor is not DisplayPort 1.2 compliant so it won't work by daisy chaining through other 1.2 compatible monitors or even itself. In other words, you'll need to use the HDMI port along with it through a video card to get it to function properly with two displays.
For around $150 you get a DisplayPort monitor that gives you a lot of value when it comes to setting up a multi-monitor setup. This is perfect for most consumers.
Which standard do you prefer to use?
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