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One of my trusty (but aged) 24" Samsung screens has finally given up on me, so I'd be interested to hear any recommendations for a pair of replacements (working on the assumption that the other will go before long & it's always nice to have a matched pair for editing too) - I'd also be interested to hear any particular things to look out for or avoid too as it's been a fair old while since I last looked at screens (Jan 2008 - when I bought the SM245 that just died)...
Just want to get an idea of how much things have changed and what price I'll be looking at for when I finally get round to replacing it / them...
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Without paying silly money I don't think you can beat these bad boys
Looks good - thanks!
If it helps, the IPS monitor recommended by John has better viewing angles than your existing Samsung screens. This difference is greater than the specs suggest.
The Dell also has LED backlighting, which, aside from usually allowing a slimmer design, has a longer lifespan and consumes less power than CCFL backlighting.
A bigger budget would buy you a wide-gamut display, which is useful for previewing (i.e. softproofing) the colour of an inkjet printer. They also just look nicer, but it's certainly true of monitors that you're unlikely to miss what you never had. I suppose the benefits are less easily envisioned than when we crave a new lens or camera.
An unlimited budget buys a high-end Eizo or NEC, which is far less likely to exhibit problems with uniformity and backlight bleeding, as is fairly common in cheap monitors. Such monitors also allow extremely accurate hardware calibration (unavailable in lesser monitors) and use high-bit-depth colour to avoid banding and achieve smoother gradation and greater accuracy.
Maybe some of that helps. I'd be tempted to run a wide-gamut monitor alongside the still-functioning display, which is what I actually do without too many adverse psychological effects. Two monitors are useful mostly for space; the benefits of matching them perfectly are dubious in many instances, unless you specifically have a need to edit on every screen.
I recently went with a pair of ASUS ProArt PA248QJ,s.
There about £365 each, maybe a bit less if you shop around.
I see in a recent photo mag that they out performed units costing over twice as much including Eizo,NEC,Samsung,and Viewsonic.
Im only an amateur and in no way a techy but I like them and apparently so did the mag
Another good choice, those Asus get cracking reviews, plus you can now get a pair for 640!
Quote: Without paying silly money I don't think you can beat these bad boys
Just went and bought one - thanks (I was in the market for a decent monitor - my current one is over 7 years old)
Be interested to know what you think of it, I love mine, it's my main monitor, my HP LP2475w is secondary despite it being a better monitor on paper. I don't think I'd ever buy another wide-gamut monitor.
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