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Best Computer Monitors for Photographers

Nezih Cakir , Aug 03, 2009; 12:17 p.m.

I'm in the process of upgrading my external 20 inch Dell Monitor which is like a 1st generation monitor from the 2oth century!!!!
I am wondering whether some of you professional photographers could please share your point of view for the best 24 to 30 inch monitors in the market for photography without needing to mortgage my house. I am not a professional photographer but spend endless hours of taking pictures and editing them with Adobe Photoshop. By the way, my PC is a year old high-end Dell laptop.
I thank you very much in advance...


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Frank Skomial , Aug 03, 2009; 01:37 p.m.

Apple brand monitor of size you can afford or need.

Eric Brody , Aug 03, 2009; 01:37 p.m.

Do a search and you'll find... Eizo, Apple, NEC. There may be others as well. Pick a model, pick a size, pick a price.
Good luck.

Martin Howard , Aug 03, 2009; 01:56 p.m.

Best Entry Level - Dell Ultrasharp 2208WFP - 22" e-IPS

Best Midrange - HP LP2475w - 24" H-IPS
2nd Place - Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP - 24" s-PVA

Best High End - Take your pick from the NEC's, Eizo's etc

Martin Howard , Aug 03, 2009; 02:07 p.m.

Should read Dell 2209 WFP

Howard M , Aug 03, 2009; 02:30 p.m.

should read Dell 2209WA :)

Andrew Rodney , Aug 03, 2009; 03:12 p.m.

Best in terms of its ability to provide good color matching (calibrated) and with a lack of banding? I'd go with a high bit smart monitor like the NEC 2490, 2690 or 3090 driven using their SpectraView II software and supported colorimeter or Spectrophotometer. The 2490 is an sRGB like display, the other two are wide gamut (closely approaching the gamut of Adobe RGB (1998)). All adjustments for calibration are conducted inside the panel in high bit to reduce banding. All calibration is produced using the display panel electronics mated to the proprietary software. You can build a suite of calibration targets (like one that's got a lower contrast ratio for matt papers or even news print, higher for gloss printing), then switch the calibration and associated profile "on the fly". For those on a budget, NEC has a lower quality panel without some of the internal features like ColorComp in their P22W unit. I'm quite happy with my 2690 and 3090 units. Closest do the old Sony Artisan I've still got hanging around here in terms of being a smart monitor (set the software, put the puck on screen and walk away).

Patrick Lavoie , Aug 03, 2009; 04:11 p.m.

What Martin have said, i use a NEC 2690 and use SpectraView II with it. For the money and quality..you cant beat that if you need a serious monitor because you are working and need that quality for pro result. If you are just a serious amateur that want good result but with a budget..the Dell and the Apple are amazing also.

Nezih Cakir , Aug 03, 2009; 04:55 p.m.

Mr. Rodney,
Is NEC 2490 you are recommending LCD2490W2-BK-SV or LCD2490WUXiSV models?

Ziggy Stardust , Aug 04, 2009; 09:18 a.m.

I don't know the others, but I totally love my Eizo CG241W. but what nobody mentioned was that, do not even think of buying one of these unless you ALSO buy an E1Display calibrator or equivalent. So the price should include both purchases. Sorry if u know this already!

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