Monitor advice

10 Oct 2018 6:14PM
Hoping for a little but of advice, I am looking for a new monitor. Liked the look of the Iiyama x2483hsu, but then found BenQ bl2410pt. Is the Iiyama good enough to edit photograph's, I don't need it to be 100% but I want it to be good enough to do the job. I can't afford silly money, so the BenQ is at the top end of my budget. Any input welcome.

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thewilliam2 1 1.1k
10 Oct 2018 8:03PM
I've heard good reports of the BenQ.

It might be a good idea to visit a specialist dealer, such as Colour Confidence because they could suggest a suitable monitor.

We all have different requirements. Do you need a large monitor? You could get a better monitor of modest size for a limited budget. Do you need the wide colour gamut of ARGB because you'll pay a lot more to get it? We started using the much smaller sRGB space because it's more like film and we could put a digital print on the same album spread as a print from film. It's fine for social photography so we still use it, with ARGB reserved for commercial work.

10 Oct 2018 8:36PM
Thanks for that info. I am just getting back into photography after 15 years away, so it is more social that anything commercial. I would like to be able to see the images on screen look as close to the finished product as possible, not expecting perfection just close. Will see if there is a specialist near me. Only had digital camera for 2 years and final using it in full manual mode, been a steep learning curve, I miss all the dials that were on analogue camera's, but finally know how to access them on my camera.
10 Oct 2018 8:46PM
Well I believe both BenQ and Liyama monitors are well regarded as pretty top notch, well capable of photo editing requirements...

Iím using a humble (but large...) Dell monitor and it works for me..

thewilliam has a good suggestion about further consultation if need be though...
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.4k 58 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2018 8:14AM
For a while Dell ultra sharp was a recommended panel for it's technology. I got a 24inch one. Benq and Dell seems good with a big mix of connectors at the back.
thewilliam2 1 1.1k
11 Oct 2018 10:28AM
I'm reminded of the good wine waiter who will always ask what we're eating before making any suggestions. That's why it's a good idea to talk to people like Peter at Colour Confidence.

It might be wise for the OP to write down exactly what he/she expects the monitor to do.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Oct 2018 2:52PM
If the monitors mentioned are your price point, you're outside Colour Confidence's market - you'd need to push it by another £300 at least.

Those monitors are also VA and not IPS panels.

If the £200 mark is your then you should look at the ASUS VC239H or Asus VX24AH 24 or go, as many other's have with a Dell UltraSharp U2417H.

At that price point you'd be looking at 95-98% of sRGB, which in truth for most hobbyist photographers will do just fine, plus you're getting decent IPS panels
thewilliam2 1 1.1k
11 Oct 2018 4:28PM
It saddens me that some photographers will spend a fortune on cameras and lenses but want a cheap monitor. Isn't a chain only as strong as the weakest link?

Then remember to calibrate the monitor.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.4k 58 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2018 4:41PM
With most of my main audience on similarly cheap monitors then i don't see a need for a more expensive one.

There was a time about 10 years ago with an old laptop where its screen made skin tones look grey and patchy - it was my cheaper monitor that made super photographs look bad.
My editing looked fine to me (and all others on similar cheap monitors ) as i'd adjust the image within the bounds of the poor monitor.
Now days monitors are much much better so the problem rarely arises i;d say.

I'f i was a art viewer then i'd want a decent monitor to full appreciate the depth of an images colours. But as a hobbyist photographer not selling to fine art collectors or fashion magazines, how good a monitor do i really need?

And if i mostly shot B&W then perhaps even my very old laptop monitor is fine?
thewilliam2 1 1.1k
11 Oct 2018 4:53PM
Which is why the OP needs to sort out exactly what the monitor needs to do.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
12 Oct 2018 8:29AM
It needs to show his photos and not cost the earth.

A £200 monitor today is capable of what was high end not so many years back.
Railcam 12 729 2 Scotland
12 Oct 2018 9:47AM
If you want to see your image colours correctly you really need some form of calibration, such as the Xrite ColourMunki Smile or the Datacolor Spyder. Both are in the region of £100 which, unfortunately, does not leave much from your budget.
Straight out of the box, many monitors are set up for gaming, meaning they are too bright and too blue for photography. Something to bear in mind.
thewilliam2 1 1.1k
12 Oct 2018 11:35AM
If the budget is really tight and space permits, would it be a good idea to buy a used CRT monitor? When we re-equipped a few years back, we sold the La Cie CRT monitors for a very modest sum. They were perfectly serviceable for amateur use.

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keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
12 Oct 2018 11:53AM
Hello....real world calling
thewilliam2 1 1.1k
12 Oct 2018 12:38PM
Keith, check out that Fleabay listing for a 19 inch flat-screen La Cie, carriage paid for £20.

Those CRT monitors would be cheaper still or even on Freecycle!

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