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12/28/2008 03:31:11 PM · #1
Looking for a new monitor that will work good for processing photos.
12/28/2008 03:40:41 PM · #2
What your maximum that you plan to spend?
12/28/2008 03:43:39 PM · #3
cheap! under $350.
12/28/2008 03:49:22 PM · #4
I have an NEC Accusync 203WXM. It was $200 on a sale. Does pretty good, though I can see some fine subtleties on my Dell monitor at work that this one does not display. It might be just that the work monitor is calibrated. I'll find the model number for you of the Dell when I am at work tomorrow.
12/28/2008 03:50:48 PM · #5
thanks!
12/28/2008 03:56:10 PM · #6
I use a Dell 20" 3x2 aspect (not widescreen) and love it. It calibrates well and seems to show just shy of the full range when looking at a gradient chart. If you do a bit of searching on the forums here there have been extensive discussions on LCD panels and the various kinds. But in the price range you are looking at any of the Dells should be good. Hope this helps.

Dell Monitors

Message edited by author 2008-12-28 15:58:36.
12/29/2008 02:45:15 PM · #7
bump
12/29/2008 03:06:27 PM · #8
My monitor at work does not have a model number on it, but looking at Dell's site it appears to be this one.
12/29/2008 03:18:49 PM · #9
no dell stuff has a model number on it...

i've got a 22" LG flatron that isn't the best - but it's nice and big, and calibrated with a spyder2 and fits your budget.,

L226WT



Message edited by author 2008-12-29 15:20:51.
12/29/2008 04:44:00 PM · #10
Check out Planar monitors and stay away from Acers.
12/29/2008 04:54:01 PM · #11
//reviews.cnet.com/monitor-buying-guide/

The links in the right margin get you to some recommendations.

Your price range seems covered by this one:
//reviews.cnet.com/best-21-22-inch-lcd-monitors/?tag=contentAux;topProducts

12/29/2008 05:30:03 PM · #12
I really like the monitor I got - Acer P244Wbii. It has 1080p resolution, so it is perfect for watching blu ray movies. It's 24 inches too.

It's $319 bucks at newegg:
//www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009154

Message edited by author 2008-12-29 17:32:13.
12/29/2008 08:30:28 PM · #13
Personally, I still like the CRT monitors. You can't go wrong with a tube, and offers the best bang for the buck.

If you go with a cRT, best to stick with an aperture grille monitor as they offer excellent brightness and resolution. Stick with as high of a refresh rate you can afford to increase clarity and reduce eye strain.

NEC MultiSync brands are one of the best.

I got mine almost 3 years ago. Its an NEC MultiSync FE992, 19", 75Hz at 1600x1200 for $213 at buy.com.

The only problem with a CRT is that they are bigger and heavier. But, you will pay much more in a flat screen LCD for the same quality. I say that with the caveat that it WAS 3 years ago since I went monitor shopping. Technology and prices have changed since then. But, even if my monitor was to blow today, I would still look at a CRT long before an LCD.

Paul

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But, if you can, see if your video card will support 2 monitors, or see if your computer will support 2 video cards. If so, I would get one very good monitor, and a second cheap one. Nothing is like having your photoshop tools off to the side!

Message edited by author 2008-12-29 20:32:19.
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