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Best buy monitors for 2012-2013

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
29 Jan 2013 12:47PM
Been asked a few times about monitor upgrades and don't really have any experience to call on... I'm using a 24" acer thing which needs replacing soon.

So asking anyone who's invested in a new monitor in the last year whether the'd recommend theirs.

Looking at bigger screens - around the 24 and upwards range.

Budget... well any really, but "bargains" and "offers" are always a nice sweetener!

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mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 12:51PM
I think the Dell Ultrasharp 2412 is a very good buy at 225 (Amaz*n) - it was recommended to me by a professional retoucher and I have not been disappointed.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 2:12PM
I bought a Dell U2711 27inch monitor last August, and thoroughly recommend it.
I also bought a Spyder4Pro calibration tool to keep things shipshape.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 2:24PM
If you are looking for pro quality, you have to pay for it. These are at Amazon. NEC MultiSync PA301W. 1,717. NEC PA271w-bk 27-Inch 2560 x 1440 1000:1 6ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 949. Dell U3011 Ultrasharp 30 inch Widescreen 902. NEC MultiSync PA241W-BK 24" Widescreen 836. Eizo colour edge are also a good Pro monitor. Whether you can get these any cheaper I don-t know. As you are aware the monitors come in 6, 8 and 10 bit. 10 bit as far as I am aware does not work on Lighroom 4, unless this has been upgraded by Adobe, but it does work on CS6. The problem is, getting to see these monitors on the high street, to see what they look like in the flesh. half the time you have to look at reviews on the web or magazines. Personally I use a Dell and a Colourmunki for calibrating it and it is fine.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
29 Jan 2013 2:46PM
The " Asus " Pro Art models have very high specifications, They also come with certified calibration to Adobe RGB & sRGB, The other half has one of the 24" models, Its very impressive, Especially as it uses the same panel as those found on well over a grands worth ie: NEC & Eizo etc.

Bang for bucks is top drawer, Probably helped by the fact that Asus are trying ( And getting there ) to get into the high end market.

My old HP LP2475w is still a great display, But its a tad long in the tooth now, Still calibrates like new though.

scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
29 Jan 2013 3:16PM
Another vote for the Dell Ultrasharp 2412 from me...though the 30 inch looks tempting!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Jan 2013 3:27PM
Weighed up all the pros and cons, against cost and got the Dell U2412 about 6 months ago and more than happy.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
29 Jan 2013 6:55PM
I use a pair of Dell Ultrasharp 2711 27" screens. At around 500 each they seem good value for money and they certainly serve my photoprocessing needs to my satisfaction.

I have no experience of better quality monitors with which to compare them, though. Maybe if that lottery ticket comes good!
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
30 Jan 2013 8:38AM
I note that Dell describe the U2412 as wide gamut, which is misleading. That's a bog-standard gamut for a desktop monitor. I think the Dell and Asus monitors are perfectly adequate for many levels of use, including some professional purposes if I may be so bold. At the other end of the scale you're paying for luxuries such as high-bit programmable LUTs, which provide a greater palette of colours for the display and hence smoother gradation/more accurate calibration.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
30 Jan 2013 6:03PM
good tips there

my mate bought a 32 inch telly... pics look like lego on it lol

quite fancy a 27inch one myself - one with 2000+ pixels, current one is 1920 wide I think.

30 inch dell..... hmmm
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
30 Jan 2013 6:48PM
MrDennis 9 261 Wales
18 Feb 2013 12:09AM
I bought the DELL Ultrasharp U2412M just over a Month ago. Calibrated it and find it is the BEST Monitor I have ever owned. No Regrets this way.
I found my calibration was as near as Good as the Default. With Default you need to turn down the Brightness to about 20 or 25 for photography, same as in the Calibration.
Hugo 13 649 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 12:21AM
You should be able to find the older u2410 quite cheap as this has been replaced by the new u2413 model. The 2413 and 2412 models exist side by side as the 2413 is a higher spec panel.
I have dual screen setup, but If I only had one i'd probably go for 27" - have a look at the new u2713.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 7:18AM
Dell has just announced upgrades - with wider colour gamut than any other top model.
Dell were about 40% cheaper than other top brands - WEX have just dropped the price of some other high end competitors 10%, no doubt to compete.
Whatever you buy it is a safe bet that if you wait around three months you will get a better monitor for less money.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 1:09PM
Thanks for th discussion, i recently found my monitor lacking very badly, seeing a quite different image on a work monitor. Comparing monitors side by side is almost impossible for amateurs and the advice here is that everyone seems to love Dell ultrsharp, though the u2713 may have some bad black/white light bleed issues.

Another new term to me was colour gamut - this first helped a bit with the understanding of this.
As then this this for colour spaces which seems similar to me.

The issue might be even seeing the difference on an actual monitor in front of me without seeing a 2nd perfect one next to it.

Question does anyone use tools like a Spyder calibration device when reviewing monitors to confirm colour accuracy and evenness across the panel etc. All reviews I've seen so far seem subjective, or are based on just one person saying their Dell ultra sharp monitor is good!

p.s. is there a "preview" mode available in CS6 that will show what your super image looks like on a regular monitor - e.g. switching the colour mode etc?

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