1920x1080 budget display for photo editing?

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  1. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking for a nice but as cheap as possible screen for my macbook. There are a few screens between 21.5" and 24" that offer this for a good price. The main use is for photo editing, then web browsing and then the occasional film.

    The Benq E2200HDA seems the cheapest but is 21.5" and only has a d-sub connector. http://www.amazon.co.uk/E2200HDA-21-5-Black-Glossy-Widescreen/dp/B001IEAU0W

    The Benq E2200HD is £40-50 more but includes HDMI and DVI-D connections. http://www.pcwb.com/catalogue/item/A0437982?cidp=Froogle

    The Iiyama Prolite e2208hds is 22" and looks professional but I'm a bit concerned about the seller as I've never heard of them. http://www.afterhours.co.uk/iiyama-...ign=froogle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=froogle

    The Dell S2309W 23" has DVI-D connections but is expensive but can come down in price during deals apparently. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...9W 23" Widescreen True HD LCD Monitor - Black

    The Dell S2409W seems to be the cheapest 24" display, is it worth the extra? It seems a lot more. http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=878962&source=froogle

    Does anyone have any experience of the above monitors? How much does the screen size difference between 21.5" and 24" affect usability? Any good deals expected on any screens in the sales?

    Many Thanks :)
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You're looking at connections when you should be looking at panels. You don't want a TN panel for photo editing.
     
  3. Capla macrumors newbie

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    BenQ T2200HD 21.5" Full HD Wide LCD Monitor - 5ms Response, Glossy Black, Res, 1920x1080, Dynamic Contrast Ratio 10,000:1, D-sub/DVI-D

    I own the BenQ T2200HD, connected it trough Mini Display-port -> DVI. Screen quality is great; also can't complain about the viewing angle and the contrast.

    One thing though; the plastic feels a bit cheap.. from the outside it looks allright but you shouldn't move it around much.

    Oh, and I paid €179.. (it didn't include a DVI cable (only D-sub), but the store had said it would, so in the end they gave me one for free)
     
  4. Gold89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As opposed to???
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    H-IPS or S-IPS. Granted, they defeat the idea of "budget" display, but...
     
  6. Gold89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Exactly, I wish I could spend more money but I simple cannot afford to pay for an expensive panel so will have to do with the cheaper options. ;)
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You could make do with a PVA or MVA panel; just don't get a TN panel which is terrible for photo editing.
     
  8. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    I use a Samsung 2493HM, and even though it's a TN panel, it's much, much better than the MacBook display. I picked mine up for AU$500 (about US$340). It has DVI, HDMI, VGA and audio inputs, and one audio output for throughput into speakers. I don't have any problems with viewing angles, I reckon the colours are accurate (after calibration), and dithering isn't noticeable unless you press your nose against the panel. 1080p HDMI signals look stunning on it.

    If you're looking for a MVA/PVA display, i've also heard very good things about the Samsung 245T. I'm not sure how much more expensive it is

    I reckon whatever you buy will be streaks better than what you have at the moment. Get something cheaper, and save your pennies for a time when you'll really need something bigger and better.
     

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