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What To Look For In A Monitor That's Ideal For A CMS

What To Look For In A Monitor That's Ideal For A CMS - Tips on choosing the right monitor for a colour management system.

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When looking for an LCD monitor that's suited to a colour management system, the type of panel the monitor has is key as this is the core component of an LCD monitor.
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There are three main types of LCD panels:  IPS, VA, and TN.

Here are the primary characteristics of each type of panel as listed on the EIZO website:

Viewing Angle  Excellent (almost no chromaticity shift) Very Good (slight chromaticity shift) Fair (noticeable chromaticity shift)
Response Time Good Excellent  Excellent 
Contrast Ratio Approx. 500:1 1,000:1 or higher 1,000:1 or higher
Colour Gamut Not dependent on panel type 
Price High  Medium  Low

Viewing angle is very important in graphics applications, particularly when a monitor will be viewed by numerous people from different positions. IPS monitor colours generally remain the same when viewed from various angles but with a VA or TN monitor halftone colour changes can be noted. Also, with large, widescreen monitors, colours can sometimes change in appearance between the center and the left or right sides of the screen when the viewer is seated directly in front of the monitor, as a result of the variations in viewing angle from this position.

When it comes to contrast ratio, higher contrast ratio is not necessarily better. If the contrast ratio is too high, sometimes shadow colours can be too firm, making images appear stiff and rendering it difficult to match colours with output. 

With these points in-mind, IPS or VA monitors are recommended for graphics applications. 

As stated in the table, colour gamut isn't dependent on panel type, however to reproduce fully the colours of AdobeRGB data or CMYK printing data, a monitor equipped with the AdobeRGB colour gamut is required.

Visit the EIZO website to see the range of monitors they have available. 

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