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Recommendations for a budget monitor for image editing please

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    mick183
    mick183  5 South Africa5 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 1:57 PM

    I am relying on my 15" laptop screen for image editing at present, but I'm considering getting a stand-alone monitor. I'm on a strict budget so I'll settle for one that will do the job OK - I'm not looking to spend more than 200 - 300 ideally. I currently use a Canon Pixma MX895, an all-in-one 'office' printer which which nevertheless can produce very acceptable prints up to A$4 size to my mind using Canon inks and papers. If fellow enthusiats who have travelled this route could make some suggestions as to which monitor to buy I would be grateful. I have been advised that it is not worth buying a calibrator for use with my laptop screen, but should be worthwhile when I graduate to a stand alone monitor. Suggestions as to which (budget) calibrator to buy will also be welcomed.

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    puertouk
    puertouk  21065 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 2:32 PM

    Mick, do not skimp on a monitor. Save up and get a good quality one.

    GlennH
    GlennH  91918 forum posts France1 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 3:09 PM

    Dell UltraSharp U2412M and Spyder4 Express calibrator, all within budget. The Spyder Express package has slightly limiting software, but is fine for most people's needs and upgradeable if required.

    saltireblue
    saltireblue Site Moderator 43836 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 3:16 PM

    Another vote for the Dell U2412M screen. It is blooming fantastic.

    Malc

    Chant57
    Chant57 e2 Member 8371 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 3:40 PM

    The Dell U2412M was also recommended by a photographer friend, who also specs pc's, to me.
    This company who also came highly recommended, have it in stock.

    Last Modified By Chant57 at 27 May 2013 - 3:42 PM
    Umberto_Vanni
    Umberto_Vanni e2 Member 9359 forum postsUmberto_Vanni vcard Scotland
    27 May 2013 - 7:52 PM

    Yep. Dell U2412M. Its a fab monitor. Knocks the spots of my previous Acer wide-screen monitor.

    stevie
    stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 8:03 PM

    Whatever you get, calibrate it properly

    mick183
    mick183  5 South Africa5 Constructive Critique Points
    28 May 2013 - 7:56 AM

    Thanks all for your comments; I've decided on the Spyder 4 Express and the Dell U2412M. It's great to know that they are well within the budget I'm working to.

    GlennH
    GlennH  91918 forum posts France1 Constructive Critique Points
    28 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

    With the Spyder 4 Express it's probably a good idea to turn down the brightness of your monitor before calibration, since I don't believe the software includes any ability to set a target luminance (measured brightness level).

    You can do this with the help of a grayscale chart like this one.

    mick183
    mick183  5 South Africa5 Constructive Critique Points
    28 May 2013 - 2:00 PM

    Thanks for the tip about adjusting screen brightness before calibrating the monitor; helpful comments all.

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