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electronboy
Jun 15, 2006, 11:01 AM
We have been using Samsung 213T and 214T 21.3" flat panel monitors for our designers. We like the balance of quality and price. These models were favorably reviewed by PC Magazine and Macworld. It appears Samsung has abandoned this market segment and discontinued the 214T all together. :(

Our designers prefer the traditional aspect ratio (square) to the new wide screen offerings. I know LaCie makes the 321 21" panel, but it is more than I want to spend. What do you recommend?



Sutekidane
Jun 15, 2006, 11:47 AM
I'd say go for the Samsung, but I don't really have much reasoning to back it up other than I know that Samsung makes quality, reliable screens.

electronboy
Jun 15, 2006, 12:03 PM
Page layout and design on a widescreen is not agreeable to our designers. Widescreens work great for videographers and some photographers, but is not optimal for page layout designers.

zarathustra
Jun 15, 2006, 12:30 PM
Page layout and design on a widescreen is not agreeable to our designers. Widescreens work great for videographers and some photographers, but is not optimal for page layout designers.

Let's agree to disagree. I am a designer and I prefer widescreens.

I move my palettes off to the side and I am left with an essentially 4:3 empty area, whereas on a traditional monitor I have palettes all over my workspace. I think they should give it a shot, because these days there is almost no price difference.

Plus certain models (Dell, Samsung and ViewSonic I believe) let you rotate your monitor 90 degrees to give you the very old school portrait layout.

electronboy
Jun 15, 2006, 12:44 PM
Let's agree to disagree. I am a designer and I prefer widescreens.

That's cool. :cool: (Notice I said widescreen is not agreeable to OUR designers.)

All of our designers work in a dual monitor configuration--and prefer to work that way. They also use identical montiors. I'm following their preferences and I understand their reasons for having them. Besides, two 21" or 24" wide screen monitors side by side would be overwhelming and would take up excessive desk space in a cubicle.

Sutekidane
Jun 15, 2006, 01:30 PM
Well, then you should do whatever your designers prefer, to avoid future complaining. :-)

jaysmith
Jun 15, 2006, 04:20 PM
Wacom cintiq (http://www.wacom.com/lcdtablets/index.cfm)

here's a 21" moitor that pretty much wins in the graphics department. a bit more pricey, but definiteyl worth the investment.

Les Kern
Jun 16, 2006, 06:53 AM
I personally think Viewsonic has the best price-point versus performance in the world, and would recommend the VP2130b. Colors are vibrant, text is sharp and the screen is bright.
And I too prefer the 4:3. I have a few Apple Displays, and "abandoned" one to the muic station becasue I was tired of having even moderatly sized work run off the bottom. BUT, hey the VP2130b TILTS if you want it to! And it work perfectly.

jaysmith
Jun 16, 2006, 10:55 AM
yeah i'd go for a viewsonic. their's a few people tyhat have one specific model in the post your mac thread, and its beautiful.

belair
Jun 16, 2006, 12:31 PM
I got an EIZO 21 inch flatpanel last week and so far it has been great.
Very high contrast, very bright and a fast image refresh rate.
Very color accurate as well. The blacks are really deep.

I know EIZO makes even better screens than this one but I think this one has a good value for the buck.
The only downside is that it's a bit bulky.

check it out:
http://www.eizo.com/products/lcd/S2110W/index.asp

Mord
Jun 16, 2006, 01:31 PM
2001fp?

Les Kern
Jun 16, 2006, 02:34 PM
2001fp?

I've heard HP has some dandy screens, but:
http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Dell_UltraSharp_2001FP/4505-3174_16-30588561.html

manglerbmx
Jun 18, 2006, 10:09 AM
the dell 20.1" and 24" monitors are really awesome. 4 usb ports on them, 2 on bottom, 2 on side and multiple display inputs. and if you get the 24" model it has built in card reader on the side. not to mention its HD.

dpaanlka
Jun 18, 2006, 10:36 AM
All these people that say the Dell displays are "awesome" must not have used many Viewsonic displays. All the USB ports and card readers in the world don't make a good graphics display. Take a good look at Viewsonic. Go see one in person. Theres a reason you find tons of Viewsonics in studios.

adk
Jun 18, 2006, 11:19 AM
I don't think most of the people posting in this thread understand that a $400 monitor is just not going to cut it in terms of color accuracy etc. You may have to shell out the cash for the Lacie monitors because there aren't really any respectable cheaper options.

dpaanlka
Jun 18, 2006, 11:24 AM
I don't think most of the people posting in this thread understand that a $400 monitor is just not going to cut it in terms of color accuracy etc.

It sadly appears that way with most things these days, not just monitors.