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Monitor advice needed please

22 Aug 2011 7:20PM
I'm thinking of upgrading both PC and monitor shortly. PC choice is relatively easy. However, there seem to be new LED panels available claiming to offer a huge contrast ratio and rapid response time with "intense detail and vivid colours" over LCD. Does anyone have any experience of these that they could share.

I currently have a 19 inch Samsung Syncmaster 931which has served me well for four years but with monitor prices low moving to modern 22 inch seems to make sense - but which type is best for photo editing and easiest to calibrate?



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Draig37 11 252 Wales
22 Aug 2011 7:31PM
I use a Dell 2209WA - very good for the price and easy to set up with my Spyder 3 - and it holds the settings for months at a time.
Big Bri 16 16.3k United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 7:35PM
I have an HP one, picture quality is good, very bright, but the thing is so damn light that the slightest breeze makes it rock!
SophieHart 7 136 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 7:38PM
I have a Eizo Flexscan S2242W 22 inch and am very happy with it. I bought it second hand from eBay.
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
22 Aug 2011 8:06PM
LED and LCD are the same product Paul, except one refers to backlighting and the other refers to panel technology.

Really there's no benefit from a photographer's point of view in buying an LED screen, at least at the moment, because they tend to feature low-end panels and have no particular advantage for photo editing. They're very much in vogue in laptops because they preserve energy and enable a slimmer design. Might be great for gaming.

Huge contrast ratios are usually trumped-up marketing hype, and are a red herring as far as photographers are concerned anyway, given that photographic output (ie prints) has a relatively low contrast ratio.
22 Aug 2011 9:31PM
This is pricey ... but outstanding
Dell U2711
22 Aug 2011 10:01PM
Thanks folks - very useful.

User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 10:07PM
I agree with what Glenn says. My advice is to look for an IPS panel, they are better for photography, generally better quality all round and easier to calibrate. Dell and HP are two manufacturers who use IPS panels in some of their products.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
22 Aug 2011 10:13PM

Quote:claiming to offer a huge contrast ratio and rapid response time

Just to add to GennH input, Yep! Those overblown contrast figures are just that marketing hype, Not worth paying attention to......The other give away on a " Cheapo " panel is the fast response times, Generally these will be " TN " type panels, That are in all honesty total crap for serious photographic work.....End Off ....Smile

Quote: moving to modern 22 inch seems to make sense

Just keep an eye on the resolution they offer, Anything with so called HD figures ie: 1080 etc, Is gonna be pants for photo work, Ideally you want something around 1600 or higher on the width, With around 1200 or so on the height ( Kinda depends on overall size and panel quality ).....!!!

This Dell model is a good example of a decent panel ( IPS technology ) with a decent resolution at a decent price, Just check the reviews on it.....Grin

Whatever, You look at double check the viewing angles, 178 degrees V & H is brilliant, Anything lower than that a waste of time.....Wink

EDIT: Haha me slow again tonight.....Sad Add to that " And what Chris_L says...Grin
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 10:48PM
Vince, that Dell panel you link to goes against what you said earlier in your post. The Dell panel is an HD res panel (1920 x 1080)
speedprint 10 18 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 10:58PM
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 11:19PM
Speedprint's link should be this
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
22 Aug 2011 11:39PM
My biggest concern with the Dell U2311H that Vince linked to would be that it has a 6-bit LG e-IPS panel, which would ordinarily be off-putting for its potential lack of colour accuracy and increased likelihood of banding. However, colour accuracy is precisely what TFT Central rave about with regard to this monitor, so it's obviously armed with exceptional dithering capability. Perhaps a new era in affordable, higher quality displays.

Personally I'm never preoccupied by resolution when looking at monitors. I've even noticed one or two well-travelled photographers bemoaning screens that make everything look deceptively sharp because of a fine pixel pitch.
redsnappa 15 2.0k United Kingdom
23 Aug 2011 7:29AM
How van you tell if a monitor is an S-IPS model is that indicated in a monitors model name or part number?
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
23 Aug 2011 7:57AM

Quote:How van you tell if a monitor is an S-IPS model is that indicated in a monitors model name or part number?

Generally has to be researched, although the spec is more likely to be given if it's a selling point. Dell for instance use a lot of panels made by LG, so certain details that are breezed over by them (such as 6-bit colour depth) can be seen more clearly if you trace the product back to LG.

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