I need a monitor.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by The General, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    My MacBook Pro display just isn't cutting it ... I'm looking at getting a new monitor. I don't play games, but I do some photography. I'm not too serious about it, so those really expensive EIZOs and what not are out of the question. I want to keep the price less than say ... $400, but I want the best quality and biggest one I can find around that.

    From looking on NewEgg, this seems to be the best match for my needs:


    16.7 million colours

    Has anyone used or owned this display before? Could anyone give any insight as to how this will do for colour represention and what not? I'll be getting a colour calibrator soon as well.

  2. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Technology changes but a very fast response time like 2ms likely means the color is not so good and the display is optimized for games and watching movies, not photos. Notice that Apple's ACD are much slower.

    Good background info here

    You can look up some data here

    Check the type of panel your monitor uses, S-IPS is best for photography but maybe cost is an issue too? Other technologies may have caught up? I don't know. Do make sure your LCD uses an 8-bit DAC. "16.7 million" would seem to imply so but some times they get it by dithering 6-bit pixels.

    Dell used to use Phillips s-ips panels (same as in Apple ACD) but now buys from multiple sources so it's a lottery if you get the good s-ips panel or something else.

    This is what www.flatpanels.dk says about the LCD monitor:

    "TN" is the best choice of cost is the primary concern but near the bottom of the list if color photography is the primary use of the display. But it might be "good enough" for casual use if you don't make a living at this. You really have to look. make prints and compare the prints to the screen and so on.

    Get a hardware colorimeter like the "eye-one display2".
  4. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    If you can afford it always go with Apple cinema Displays.
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I'd opt for the dell display.. I haven't had any problems whatsoever thus far, and the price is amazing. they're also what we use at work (International Paper) in the prepress department, so they've gotta be doing something right. :p
  6. eddx macrumors regular


    May 12, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    Definitely go for the Dell, 20inch or 24inch if you can afford it. The 24inch would certainly be worth saving up for but if it is out of the question the 20inch is the one for you...make sure you get the wide-screen one, and check the resolution spec before you buy, they have different versions I think.

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