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Robert Smith , Aug 14, 2009; 01:59 p.m.

Are the NEC monitors compatible with the X-Rite GretagMacbeth Eye-One Photo LT calibration system?

edina van der Wyck , Jan 19, 2010; 08:51 p.m.

Am also in the process to upgrade my monitor and here is the result of my research, on pro-level with a good-ish budget... I have found that both the Eizo CG243W and CG241W and the NEC SpectraView 2690 are in the same £(UK) ballpark. I also read that these large gamut monitors need spectrophotometers(?) not just the eye1 or spyder ,etc but something like the color munki photo (X-Rite) for a proper calibration. Cannot make up my mind between the IPS panel technology of the CG243W or the PVA panel of CG241W.... as most of the time i sit square to the screen and rarely have clients around, I don't mind too much about angle of vision. But wondering if actually saving £s on the screen and getting the NEC multisync 2690WUXi2 and the good color munki calibrator (that will also do printer profiles) is the better way to do it. Although on the other hand, the Eizo has a 5 yr warranty and will give you a same or better screen on loan while yours is being repaired. How often do these screens go down though? And with the color munki, it is all starting to become very expensive.
I spend a lot of time editing, retouching, and preparing files for repro, so this is quite an important decision.
Any thoughts on my research results would be helpful.
Thanks!

edina van der Wyck , Jan 19, 2010; 08:52 p.m.

Am also in the process to upgrade my monitor and here is the result of my research, on pro-level with a good-ish budget... I have found that both the Eizo CG243W and CG241W and the NEC SpectraView 2690 are in the same £(UK) ballpark. I also read that these large gamut monitors need spectrophotometers(?) not just the eye1 or spyder ,etc but something like the color munki photo (X-Rite) for a proper calibration. Cannot make up my mind between the IPS panel technology of the CG243W or the PVA panel of CG241W.... as most of the time i sit square to the screen and rarely have clients around, I don't mind too much about angle of vision. But wondering if actually saving £s on the screen and getting the NEC multisync 2690WUXi2 and the good color munki calibrator (that will also do printer profiles) is the better way to do it. Although on the other hand, the Eizo has a 5 yr warranty and will give you a same or better screen on loan while yours is being repaired. How often do these screens go down though? And with the color munki, it is all starting to become very expensive.
I spend a lot of time editing, retouching, and preparing files for repro, so this is quite an important decision.
Any thoughts on my research results would be helpful.
Thanks!

David Pearce , Jan 22, 2010; 04:34 p.m.

Ditto. Edina I have the same questions. I'm leaning toward NEC 2690wuxi2 at US$1,100 online versus Eizo CG243W at US$2,200 or CG241W at $1,800. The difference will more than pay for the colormunki.
My only reservation for buying the wide gamut is seeing poor colors when viewing web or other non-color managed applications. Not important if you spend all your time elsewhere, but I look at images in other sRGB-only apps and don't know enough yet to understand if I will end up with conversion hassles trying to use a wide gamut monitor in these apps.

Patrick Lavoie , Jan 22, 2010; 04:59 p.m.

1_i dont know anyone in is right mind that would buy a Eizo monitor when you can buy a NEC for 1k less for the same quality.

2_No need to buy the colormunky..save another 200$ and simply get the calibration kit from NEC witch is the eye1 and the spectraview software.

3_and i dont see what you are talking about concerning the web and other software..i have a 2690 and what i see on the web look good, and all the srgb i see on my computer look also good...from word, preview, firefox, safari and of course Photoshop.

The real question is; do you really need such a expensive monitor if you dont earn your main income from photo retouching or photography? because a Dell U2410 for 500$CAN can be also all you need, for serious amateur and pro alike... another 700$ less vs a NEC 2690..basically i just save you 1700$ with this dell vs a Eizo monitor.. tic tac tic tac youre choice ; )


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