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07/10/2007 09:13:32 PM · #1
My 19" CRT is on its last legs. I purchased it 3yrs ago because my understanding was that CRTs produced more accurate and consistent colors than LCDs at the time. Currently I am using my cousin's 20" apple cinema display. I was somewhat disappointed transitioning from 1600x1200 to 1680x1050. I really appreciate the extra height.

I have noticed that the cinema display is noticeably brighter toward the edges as I was attempting to calibrate it. That coupled with the fact that it only has control over brightness makes it a poor choice for photo editing.

I was wondering what monitor people would recommend that has consistent backlighting and good color accuracy. I have seen a lot of LCDs that change color and brightness catastrophically at different angles. Even subtle changes with angle are annoying. Simply having a wide viewing angle is not indicative of the quality I am looking for.

I want something in the $300-$500 range with a minimum resolution of 1600x1200. Wide screen is ok if it can meet that criterion.
07/10/2007 09:19:52 PM · #2
I bought this Samsung a few months back and love it.

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07/10/2007 10:00:06 PM · #3
You are going to have a very hard time in that price range getting a quality monitor with that much vertical resolution. What you want is something that has an LCD panel based on s-ips technology. That will minimize the gamma shift with viewing angle, which I agree makes may LCD screens almost useless for photo editing. It sometimes takes some digging to find out what panel technology a certain model uses, and some models have been known to ship with more than one panel type (at least one popular Dell model did this).
In order to get the vertical resolution you're after, you will need to go above 19".
I'm in the same boat. My trust ol' Sony CDP-E500 21" Trinitron monitor died last week. I was running it at 2048x1536. I borrowed a 21" Dell CRT (another Trinitron-based monitor) from a friend and this one will "only" run at 1792x1344. It seems cramped, LOL.
07/11/2007 02:33:24 AM · #4
The CRT I have is a ViewSonic P95f+ Pro Series. It also uses an aperture grille so I definitely know where you are coming from in terms of quality. I wasn't suggesting that I am looking for a 19" LCD, I expect that it would need to at least 21" to have the resolution I want. Would you suggest another CRT over an LCD?
07/11/2007 02:59:16 AM · #5
An LCD monitor has more usable screen for a given size than a CRT will- a 19" LCD has a bigger image than a 19" CRT (about an inch bigger), but the number of pixels depends on the size of the screen. A 1600x1200 monitor starts at 21" as dpcollins says. The nice thing is that they do not take up nearly as much desk space as a CRT does. My LCD is a few years old and I have to be careful of what angle I am looking at the screen while processing photos- especially as far as darkness is concerned- or I tend to make things too dark for other viewers or printers. Angle of view is more critical for LCDs. Dell can run some good deals on monitors from time to time.
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07/11/2007 06:54:46 PM · #6
FORMAC 2010 :) Pantone Approved

Message edited by author 2007-07-11 18:55:58.
07/11/2007 07:10:05 PM · #7
Formac looks really cool, but they appear to be europe only. I can't see if they ship to North America. Does anyone know?
07/11/2007 08:38:07 PM · #8
Originally posted by dpcollins:

The CRT I have is a ViewSonic P95f+ Pro Series. It also uses an aperture grille so I definitely know where you are coming from in terms of quality. I wasn't suggesting that I am looking for a 19" LCD, I expect that it would need to at least 21" to have the resolution I want. Would you suggest another CRT over an LCD?


Right, I was just making sure you knew that the LCDs have to be pretty darn big to support that kind of resolution. For now, I'm sticking with CRT, but if I couldn't have borrowed this Dell from my buddy, I don't know what the heck I would have done.
FWIW, the Apple Cinema Displays that I've seen in person are very nice indeed. I'd bet the one you have seen with a backlight issue is not a typical case. The 23" model may serve your needs, and is reasonably priced, but a bit above the range you hoped ot be in. the 30" model definitely has the resolution (drool) but at double the price is no steal.
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