Recommend me a monitor

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ghostchild, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502

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    So I want a bigger and better panel monitor.....

    Specs I need:

    Photo editing (crisp and out the box color accuracy important!!!! close to it at least)
    24" or greater
    widescreen preferred
    Matches up to Apple Cinema Displays or better
    Around $600 (flexible but not too much)
    Just need a monitor, no speakers or that extra bs...

    So what's good?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I got my 23" Apple Cinema Display on eBay for $400 "buy it now"
    It is in perfect condition with Apple Care still remaining

    Don't know how I got along without it ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Here are some good monitors for that kind of work:


    Doublesight DS-265W
    Planar PX2611W
    HP LP2475W

    All match your specs and are around at your budget. Not the best screens, but good performance for the price, all posess H-IPS panels, and are highly regarded.
     
  4. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've looked into those and yea, they each have their on unique problems but how do they compare to the apple cinema display?
     
  5. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    EIZO or NEC 22" ~ 24" should match your preferences fine. Their colour accuracy and gamut will eat most consumer LCDs for breakfast. Even though your price range doesn't get you past the 24" with those.
     
  6. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    "out the box" will never be perfect, maybe close. Any monitor needs to be calibrated to fit the GPU, software, lighting conditions. Also on most modern LCDs turn of economy mode and dynamic back lighting which play with your colour accuracy essentially. Get a screen shades instead if the light in your work space changes a lot.
     
  7. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    Most Apple LCDs/ LEDs panels are made by Samsung. This should be your reference point. Not bad neither outstanding.
     
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  9. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So im looking for an IPS screen correct since all macs are. So right now I'm hovering between

    New 24" Apple display vs Used 23" Apple Cinema Display. Can anyone with some experience do a personal comparo of these two for me??
     
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

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    false. ACD panels are made by LG.

    if the 24" display is anything like the 24" iMac, it's waaaay too bright, and the colors are (at least) slightly oversaturated. i have a 20" Cinema - it's brightest setting is the iMac's darkest...and i photoedit on the Cinema's lowest brightness (or close to it).

    OP: use this website: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/panelsearch.htm. do a panel search for "IPS". or, if you're lazy and have lots of money lying around, just buy an Eizo.
     
  11. miket019 macrumors member

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    I would definitely recommend the 30" dell, it works great for me. If you on a budget, the 27" dell refurbish is selling for $599 right now, they are as good as new. Hope this help.
     

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  12. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I have a Dell IPS display and am extremely pleased with it.

    Whatever you decide to buy, do leave room in your budget for a colorimeter, if you don't already have one.
     
  13. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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  14. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Unless you're getting a used/refurbished apple display, they're all overpriced for what you want. The monitors I and others have been listing deliver a much better performance for the price. They have their problems, but better monitors will run you in the $900-$1300 range, such as the NEC.
     
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  16. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    Right now neither of those displays are a good choice for photo work.

    The 24" LED display is oversaturated and has a poor temperature (LED's are white only, not RGB like in the highest end displays. The current display can't quite reproduce the broad spectrum output of the newest CFFL's, which is why the *very* high end color critical displays still use them.

    And frankly, the 23" ACD is outdated, and still goes for too much money compared to new displays of much better specs.

    I agree with the person above who recommended the Doublesight DS-265W, Planar PX2611W, and HP LP2475W. All will outpace the older 23" Cinema Display, and will have better color reproduction than the newest 24" LED Cinema Display.

    Of course, if you can afford it, just pick up a NEC 2490WUxi. Or if you've got really big bucks, pick up a HP 2480zx, IMO one of the best displays on the market right now.
     
  17. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    looks like the HP LP2475W is the best out of the 3 but it over heats?
     
  18. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Some of the Dell monitors are IPS. The one I have is. You can find out which ones have IPS panels at this site:

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/
     
  19. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh i thought they were rebranded samsung pva panels. and I hear dell has some over saturation problems. :(
     
  20. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I've read that about the PVA panels, but not the IPS ones. I have my Dell calibrated with an Eye-One Display 2 and so far have had excellent color accuracy when printing.
     
  21. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

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    NEC, Eizo, LaCie, and HP all have color-correct monitors. Look for deals on the net and in your local ads from photographers that are exiting the business. I picked up an HP 2480zx (Dreamcolor) for 500 USD from an HP employee who needed quick cash (it was only two months old).

    RGB LED allows for WIDE gamut...target this as one of your top features if you can.

    30" monitors are very nice...I run 2 24" monitors (HP and Apple) for less than I would a single 30". The HP flips from landscape to portrait--further invalidating the need for a big 30".

    Good luck.
     
  22. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys so I'm settled on the HP LP2475W and a X-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2
     
  23. qveda macrumors regular

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    I'm really happy with my Planar 26". and Planar has great customer support.
     
  24. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Good choice. That monitor, calibrated, is probably the best performance for the remarkably small price you pay - possibly the cheapest good IPS panel on the market.
     
  25. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok nice. so can the MBP run two external monitors?
     

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