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02/13/2016 08:31:54 AM · #1
Good morning! Its time to buy a new monitor. I would like to get a decent one to edit my photos however I have no idea what to even look for or if it matters! Any help would be appreciated!
02/13/2016 09:56:23 AM · #2
I have found that using crummy monitors really limits what your camera is producing. Once I bought a high end monitor it has really made quite the difference. They do come pricey though. My NEC PA271W (27 inch) cost about a grand. It's sort of like buying tripods, don't skimp.
02/13/2016 11:01:11 AM · #3
There's no better time to buy a monitor, really. There are a lot of good products for reasonable prices. For photo editing, one thing you really want to have is an LCD panel that uses some form of IPS technology. There are several variants, and unless you are very critical, the exact variant is not that important. What an IPS panel does for you is to eliminate that color shift you see with changes in viewing angle on cheap monitors.
A few things we need to know to help guide you:
- What is your budget?
- What size do you think would fit your space best?
- What kind of computer are you going to be driving it with? This is important, you don't want to buy a monitor that you either can't connect or can't drive at native resolution.
02/13/2016 12:31:37 PM · #4
Following up on Kirbic, "IPS" = "In Plane Switching", and it's not worth buying a monitor that doesn't have it, if you'll be editing on the system.

The "native resolution" bit is important also; I bought a 27" ViewSonic last fall, only to discover, when it came, that my (high end) Asus NX90 that I'd been using (with a smaller external monitor hooked in) would only support up to 1920-pixel resolution.

That was the bad news: the good news is, it goaded me into building my new beast, and now I'm up to the full 2560-pixel resolution of the monitor.

27" is a BIG monitor. To cover the whole field of view of it you need to move your head around. I actually use less-than-full-screen windows for the 'net etc, which I'd never done before. But it's a dream for editing. I like the ViewSonic, I got a very good price and it's sharp and contrasty. It's not particularly customizable, color-wise, compared to a high-end graphics monitor, but the factory calibration is excellent (and documented and I've had little need to monkey with it.
02/13/2016 02:21:06 PM · #5
Thank you all.

I wanted to stay low, at the most $300ish. But it looks like that's not possible?

The arae for it is not a problem as I have plenty of desk room and I was thinking a 27".

I just upgraded my computer last year (I know, I know its old already!)and went through my IT person at work who also knows I do photos and who also does photos so I think I'm ok there. (although I don't exact specs without looking back through all the info)

Message edited by author 2016-02-13 16:59:27.
02/13/2016 05:32:33 PM · #6
I think the 27" Dell Ultrasharp, at $540.00, might be one that would work for you without breaking the bank...
02/13/2016 10:45:07 PM · #7
Great thank you Bear! Will look into it!
02/14/2016 12:04:25 PM · #8
I have this 24" monitor at home. It is great. .

I have this 34" curved monitor at work. It's insane.

That is all I know.
02/17/2016 02:59:42 AM · #9
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Following up on Kirbic, "IPS" = "In Plane Switching", and it's not worth buying a monitor that doesn't have it, if you'll be editing on the system.

The "native resolution" bit is important also; I bought a 27" ViewSonic last fall, only to discover, when it came, that my (high end) Asus NX90 that I'd been using (with a smaller external monitor hooked in) would only support up to 1920-pixel resolution.

That was the bad news: the good news is, it goaded me into building my new beast, and now I'm up to the full 2560-pixel resolution of the monitor.

27" is a BIG monitor. To cover the whole field of view of it you need to move your head around. I actually use less-than-full-screen windows for the 'net etc, which I'd never done before. But it's a dream for editing. I like the ViewSonic, I got a very good price and it's sharp and contrasty. It's not particularly customizable, color-wise, compared to a high-end graphics monitor, but the factory calibration is excellent (and documented and I've had little need to monkey with it.


I have to agree with Bear_Music. Recommended below, low to high budget;

3840x2160 ~$600 (BEST VALUE FOR MONEY) :D
BenQ BL2711U
//www.amazon.com/BenQ-BL2711U-Designer-Monitor-Animation/dp/B00RORBPEW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1455695645&sr=1-1&keywords=BenQ+BL2711U

2560x1440 ~$1250
HP DreamColor Z27x
//www.amazon.com/HP-D7R00A8-DreamColor-Z27x-Professional/dp/B00L2A5CD2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1455695806&sr=1-1&keywords=HP+DreamColor+Z27x

2560x1440 ~$1600
NEC PA272W
//www.amazon.com/NEC-Monitor-PA272W-BK-SV-27-Inch-LED-Lit/dp/B00FLTTLQ4/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1455694232&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=NEC+PA272W
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