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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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Mick, do not skimp on a monitor. Save up and get a good quality one.
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.
Another vote for the Dell U2412M screen. It is blooming fantastic.
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.
Yep. Dell U2412M. Its a fab monitor. Knocks the spots of my previous Acer wide-screen monitor.
Whatever you get, calibrate it properly
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.
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.
Thanks for the tip about adjusting screen brightness before calibrating the monitor; helpful comments all.
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