Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


What's the best monitor


Wide-eyed e2
10 1 1 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2009 4:55PM
I'm about to buy an Apple Macbook pro which I want to hook up to a 24-inch monitor. I'm suspicious of the extreme high gloss, high contrast monitors. Has anybody any views on the best monitor for photographic use, bearing in mind I don't really want to spend any more than 400?

Cheers, GRAHAM

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

5 Jun 2009 7:25PM
limited options with that cash stash.. perhaps a mac 23"? I've never had any problems... other people I know industry based don't complain much either..

J
steveb e2
10 332 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2009 7:53PM
Sorry I've no suggestions other than I'm on a similar search. I'm looking to replace the CRT monitor on my Powermac G5 2.7 GHz DP. Re glossy display screens, some like them, some hate them. Personally I don't like them. Re the Apple 23" display mentioned in the post above, this has been discontinued along with the 22", the only 2 displays in Apples line up are the 30" (very nice but expensive, I was using one over the last few days, it was attached to a Mac Pro I was repairing) and the new 24". I can find a Dell matt screen 22" I like the look of, but it runs at the resolution you'd expect from a 20". I'm continuing to look around, and I'll keep my eyes on this thread.
5 Jun 2009 8:26PM
look at overclockers.co.uk
You're in : Home Monitors 24" LCD BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)
BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)
Click to Enlarge

Click image to enlarge


154.99 inc VAT
134.77 ex VAT

10+ in stock

Stock Code: MO-030-BQ

Manufacturers Code: 9H.L08LB.QBE
Average rating of 5.0http://www.overclockers.co.uk this from one of there emails they send out
steveb e2
10 332 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 1:46PM
The more expensive of the 2 only has an active matrix panel, not suitable for photography. The display ideally needs a SIPS or at least an EIPS panel. All displays are not equal.


Quote:Look at overclockers.co.uk
You're in : Home Monitors 24" LCD BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)
BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)

justin c e2
11 4.6k 36 England
7 Jun 2009 2:10PM
One monitor that gets an excellent review, particularly with regards to photographic use, is the HP 2475. I'm not sure what the current price is at the moment but it wouldn't be much over your budget, last time I looked.
There is an excellent review HERE
AndyLeslie 5 141 8 Wales
13 Jun 2009 3:45PM
I've just bought a Samsung 2433BW - from Staples - it's now under 200 there, and it marks a significant increase in pixel acres available to me.

Certainly worth a look, IMHO.
14 Jun 2009 10:16PM

Quote:The more expensive of the 2 only has an active matrix panel, not suitable for photography. The display ideally needs a SIPS or at least an EIPS panel. All displays are not equal.

Quote:Look at overclockers.co.uk
You're in : Home Monitors 24" LCD BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)
BenQ G2410HD 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor (9H.L08LB.QBE)



Steve - you clearly have a great knowledge of the difference between the good and bad screens. Why not post something at length detailing the differences, positives/negatives etc ??

Andy.
User_Removed 5 1.4k England
14 Jun 2009 10:23PM
You will get an amazing panel at a 22" size for your budget.

Not so favourable for a 24".
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
15 Jun 2009 9:58AM
If you're getting a cheaper monitor, get yourself a calibration device and use it frequently - I got a mid range 24" monitor and the "default" if about 1000000 miles away from the calibrated look.

Amazing how much warmer the default is
montechoro e2
12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2009 11:09AM
This is the Editor's choice in Computer Shopper for 200 - they praise the image quality

IIyama Proline 24

Test Review


HTH
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
15 Jun 2009 6:19PM

Quote:This is the Editor's choice in Computer Shopper for 200 - they praise the image quality

HTH



The problem is that it uses a TN panel, which is less than ideal for photo editing. A TN panel delivers fast response times, which might be good for gamers and movie-buffs, but is less colour-accurate than the IPS panels that Steve has mentioned.

TN panels also have pretty poor viewing angles, which again is not really desirable. The 160/170 figures quoted are not reliable in 'real-world' terms.
Apart from the highly priced but excellent Eizo monitors there were no 22" monitors that were any good for photo editing, they were just shiny TN panels for gamers because of their fast response times. There is now the Dell ultrasharp 2209W which has an E-IPS panel (not to be confused with the 2209S which has a TN panel. I bought 15 of the E-IPS panels for work (Adult Education photography studio) we paid 175 excl vat, an absolute bargain. TFT Central is a website worth visiting for info on monitors and panel types but basically the cheap TN panels are 6 bit jobs with narrow viewing angles and only able to reproduce the full 16.7 million colours by 'dithering' - guessing colours by comparing the nearest pixels.
I bought an HP LP2475W 2 months ago & paid $385 inc vat but I think they are nearer 450 now.

David

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.