I know the thread topic is pretty broad (and has been discussed before), but I was hoping to get some more specific input as to what monitor would best suit my needs... At the moment I use a D40, which suit my needs just fine as an amateur enthusiast, and I don't feel limited by my gear for the types of photos I take. Where I do feel limited however is my screen - I've so far just been using the glossy 13" screen of my Macbook Hence, I'm looking for an external monitor that will give me greater colour accuracy, but at a price that won't break my student budget (not a set $ value, but the cheaper the better!). Whilst my camera gear is by no means cutting edge, I feel I can get more benefit/improvement in my photos by being able to accurately edit/process my photos (in Aperture 1.5) before getting them printed at a lab and know they'll come out the way I expect them to. Regardless of what monitor I choose, I plan on getting a Spyder to calibrate it, either a Spyder2Express (~AU$150) or a Spyder3Pro (~AU$290). I've found this comparison of specs, but in a practical sense, would the Spyder2 be all that I need? Now for the serious stuff, the actual monitor. I've narrowed it down to 3 different routes... A relatively cheap TN panel, probably a 19" or 20" widescreen (with an above calibrator) Pros: - Cheap (about AU$500 including Spyder) - Still an improvement over my Macbook screen (I assume?) - Good size and resolution Cons: - TN panels aren't great for colour, but would having the calibrator improve things? 24" Dell 2408WFP which uses a S-PVA panel Pros: - Bigger and better screen than the above option, more resolution, more inputs Cons: - More expensive, about AU$900 including Spyder - Potentially not as accurate as the option below 17" Eizo Flexscan S1721-SH or similar Pros: - Best quality Cons: - Similar price to the Dell (about AU$900 including Spyder) but smaller, lower resolution screen So the bottom line is, what would be the best value for my limited budget? Keeping in mind that my photography is only a serious hobby rather than a serious job, so whilst I am not expecting 99.9% colour accuracy, I'd still like to get greater than say 90% (not that it can be easily measured, but hopefully that gives you an idea) Many thanks in advance for your help, any input on the above (or other suggestions) would be greatly appreciated!