Finding the best possible display involves wading through a matrix of tradeoffs, but I've been so happy with when I landed I wanted to share my results in case they can help out other folks on the hunt!
I have my MiSTer mounted in a cocktail cabinet, so I play a lot of vertical / TATE games.
My display wishlist included:
- Lowest possible input latency
- Integer scale-friendliness
- Wide viewing angles
- Something I could actually purchase in a reasonable timeframe
I found a wonderful ( and remarkably affordable ) option in the Asus ProArt PA248QV. It's a 24.1" IPS panel ( with a 27" sibling ) that looks incredible. It turns out that 1200p WUXGA is a fantastic resolution for classic games! Here are some of the things I love about it:
- 1200p means perfect integer scaling at 5x for the vast majority of classic games
- Wide IPS viewing angle works great for cocktail usage
- Variable refresh rate support means it can perfectly match the weird frequencies of any classic game in low latency vsync_adjust=2 mode
- 16:10 feels a lot closer to 4:3 than 16:9 does ( much less letterboxing )
- Can actually be purchased readily for under $200 through most online retailers: https://www.newegg.com/asus-pa248qv-24- ... -_-Product
I like to run it with a bright, soft 70% scanline filter. Here are some photos of me running DoDonPachi in its funky 57.4Hz refresh rate natively!