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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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iMac 2013 vs Eizo Coloredge for print?

I cant really desire, if I should go for the new Imac 27" or a Mac Mini with an Eizo Coloredge monitor.

My plan is to start on an education about graphic design in 2014, where the Imac will be fine, but I'm starting to interest me in fine art prints on canvas created in Photoshop/Illustrator and I want to make money from it. My closest photo dealer has the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400, which I will be using.

So my question is, can the Imac 2013 be calibrated to show the same color (or very close), that I will be seeing on professionel prints or do I really need a proff monitor like the Eizo Coloredge?

I just dont want to be surprised by the difference in colors when the work is printed.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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I cant really desire, if I should go for the new Imac 27" or a Mac Mini with an Eizo Coloredge monitor.

My plan is to start on an education about graphic design in 2014, where the Imac will be fine, but I'm starting to interest me in fine art prints on canvas created in Photoshop/Illustrator and I want to make money from it. My closest photo dealer has the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400, which I will be using.

So my question is, can the Imac 2013 be calibrated to show the same color (or very close), that I will be seeing on professionel prints or do I really need a proff monitor like the Eizo Coloredge?

I just dont want to be surprised by the difference in colors when the work is printed.
this is my 2 cents my dad used to own a printing business and this stuff is a problem, getting the displays and printing equipment on the same page color wise, I would suggest if your are going to do this professionally then buy professional level equipment, if you really don't need a discrete graphics card go ahead with the Mac Mini and the Eizo, you will need a calibration tool, although I've never seen an Eizo in person the factory calibration might be good honestly I don't know, the iMac can work but the display is not at the Eizo level by far.

IMHO wait for the supposed update to the Mac Pro's that seems to be coming this year according to Tim Cook
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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this is my 2 cents my dad used to own a printing business and this stuff is a problem, getting the displays and printing equipment on the same page color wise, I would suggest if your are going to do this professionally then buy professional level equipment, if you really don't need a discrete graphics card go ahead with the Mac Mini and the Eizo, you will need a calibration tool, although I've never seen an Eizo in person the factory calibration might be good honestly I don't know, the iMac can work but the display is not at the Eizo level by far.

IMHO wait for the supposed update to the Mac Pro's that seems to be coming this year according to Tim Cook
If I go for an Eizo ColorEdge monitor, I dont need a calibration tool, because I'm considering Eizo ColorEdge CG275W or CG276W with built-In SelfCalibration Sensor.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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If the software you're using isn't terribly power hungry or if you don't need super fast processing with dedicated graphics then for the work you're doing a Mac Mini and Eizo monitor are much better than an iMac.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 01:15 PM   #5
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If the software you're using isn't terribly power hungry or if you don't need super fast processing with dedicated graphics then for the work you're doing a Mac Mini and Eizo monitor are much better than an iMac.
I will be using most of the time Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver for web design, logo, business cards, packaging design and posters etc. I have no plan for video editing for now.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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I will be using most of the time Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver for web design, logo, business cards, packaging design and posters etc. I have no plan for video editing for now.
then honestly in your position I would go for the Mac Mini and the Eizo I know it s pretty expensive but I think it will be worth it, I have the 2012 27" iMac and the display is not calibrated well from factory, I would get the 799 Mac Mini and upgrade RAM and the hard drive my self if necessary, later on you can upgrade to a Mac Pro if it gets refreshed.
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If I go for an Eizo ColorEdge monitor, I dont need a calibration tool, because I'm considering Eizo ColorEdge CG275W or CG276W with built-In SelfCalibration Sensor.
The built in calibration tool is not a true colorimeter. I would go for the Xrite i1 pro and a any of the CG range. However we use Eizo & NEC monitors at work and if you know how to set them up properly you won't have any problems. The same can be said for an iMac though. Most people buy it, leave it all with the factory settings and then wonder why their prints are so dark.
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The built in calibration tool is not a true colorimeter. I would go for the Xrite i1 pro and a any of the CG range. However we use Eizo & NEC monitors at work and if you know how to set them up properly you won't have any problems. The same can be said for an iMac though. Most people buy it, leave it all with the factory settings and then wonder why their prints are so dark.
What about an iMac and the Xrite i1 Pro? Would that give a good result, if you have any experiment with those two?
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:41 AM   #9
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What about an iMac and the Xrite i1 Pro? Would that give a good result, if you have any experiment with those two?
I can answer. I have both those things. The difference is astronomical, with and without. I really don't think most users realize what they're missing when they turn on their new 2012 iMacs. I've owned numerous iMacs and Cinema Displays, and the 2012 iMac is the worst calibrated from the factory that I've seen.

With an i1, though, it cleans right up.

(I do professional photography, so color accuracy = important!)
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With all the respect to apple products, asking which one is the best eizo or iMac screen is like asking between Ferrari and Mazda.
Eizo are the best monitors in the world period.
If you want the best of the best. They come from factory super calibrated, believe me no image rendition or idiotic bugs will ever never apper there.
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