Ready to pull trigger on monitor - need MR members expert advice

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  1. jonnysods macrumors 601

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    Hey all, I have a business doing graphic design, web design, and print work. I have a 24 inch Samsung, which I foolishly bought without looking into the types of panels that work best for my type of work.

    Right now I'm looking at a 24 second monitor - I have around $900 CDN to spend. I've had my eye on the refurbed Apple LED 24", because it has the IPS panel, and I hear that is best for print work and graphic design.

    Of course with a purchase of this much for one monitor I'm terrified to make a mistake. I've been trying to search the forums here, but not finding much I went elsewhere.

    I have one or two monitors in mind (one is the Dell UltraSharp 2709W 27" - which is going to be too big and the same resolution as the Apple display).

    I really, really could do with some professional input. 24" is as low as I'd like to go because of the real estate it provides, but I'd really like a monitor that gives me way more accurate color displays so my printed work doesn't look completely different when the project goes to the printer.

    I'm ready to buy now, so I'm all ears!

    Thank you!
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    This list may help you.

    Apple's LED ACD is terrible for color accuracy. Web design work is one thing, but as soon as you go into print it isn't a good monitor.

    Dell's Ultrasharps are great monitors for color accuracy, though some are PVA (which isn't as good as IPS, but still better than TN).
     
  3. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Are you speaking from experience? Do you use one for your work?
     
  4. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    No glossy screen is good for the kind of work you want to do.
     
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    The previous advice with the Dell was a good one.

    Definitely stay away from Apples xxx-glossy 24" display. Depending on the lighting conditions, working on dark layouts/photos can be a pain on it.
     
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  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    This isn't true. If the display is properly calibrated and you're using a calibrated printer/paper combo (i.e., profiles) it should be spot-on. Even TN panels give accurate colors provided they are calibrated.
     
  8. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    What type of panels are in the Alu 24" iMacs?

    My lighting conditions are what I make them for the LED glossy. My office is in my basement so usually the only light on is coming from the monitors.
     
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  10. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    I think I'm leaning towards the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP - love the portrait mode for working on psd files, the adjustable height - and it's $200 less than the refurb LED. It's just tough when Apple products are so pretty!
     
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Ask this question to yourself, do you want a pretty Apple 24in LED Cinema Display, or a Dell 24in that can go into portrait mode?
     
  12. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Argh! I want the prettiness, as well as that colour accuracy!

    Struggling... with Apple.... fan boy... purchasing... decisions....
     
  13. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Just get the Apple 24in Cinema Display!
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Get the Dell and use the $200 to buy yourself a colorimeter.
     
  15. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Its a $500 price difference now. Its gone as low as 412 on dells site recently.
     
  16. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

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    I've got the HP model and besides a few dead pixels I haven't dealt with yet I like it. It is H-IPS like the Apple vs. S-PVA like the Dell.
     
  17. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    S-PVA I hear isn't as good for graphic/print work, is that correct?
     
  18. codenamecueball macrumors regular

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    Its correct.
    Get the HP LP2475w Its got the IPS and the rotation.

    But get the Apple if you like glare or can shell out the extra for a hood.

    and rember to CALIBRATE!
     
  19. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well I'm glad I was warned about the Dell then - I was very close to buying it! It was listed on some sites as having an H-IPS panel.

    The HP is almost $1000 in Canada, which is more expensive than the refurb'd LED - does anyone know where I can refurb'd HP monitors in Canada?
     
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    Hmm, I guess I had this in my head still:
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_lp2475w.htm
    From the link:
    I can't remember exactly but after a lot of reading I came to the conclusion that IPS is better than PVA for color critical work. Either way, IPS or PVA are way better than the cheaper TN panels.

    The HP is only like $550 on Amazon but I have no clue how things like that work if being bought online and shipped into Canada.

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  22. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wow, thanks for the info! It seems like with some colour calibration that monitor should be pretty rockin'. I have a Huey Pro, but it's kind of sucky and I'm not sure what kind of results I'll get from it.

    The HP is $739 shipped plus tax, and the Apple LED is $799 plus tax.

    That's a tough one.

    One more time - yell the answer if you have to.
     
  23. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Yelling: Get the Apple 24in LED Cinema Display!
     
  24. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

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    <inside voice> There is no way I could personally use the Apple 24", too glossy. Using my wife's glossy iMac 24" drives me crazy with reflections. </inside voice> :D

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