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Jan 13, 2006 23:28 |  #1

I am in search of a new monitor. I am leaning towards the Dell 20 or 24 in. LCD displays. But I am wondering what perspective I should go for. I can go for the 20 in standard and get the 1600x1200, or go for the cinema display and get 1600x1050. Which would you prefer, and why? Something of note is that right now I only have space for one monitor, but there may be a time in the future where a second could be used. Also, I do not watch movies on my computer, but occasionally game a bit...but it is primarily used for Editing. Thanks for any input...:D


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Jan 14, 2006 06:52 |  #2

I think the Dell Ultrasharp line is a good choice. They always do well in comparative reviews. The regular vs. wide is a personal choice that you'll have to make. I'd probably get a regular one unless I was planning to watch DVDs with it. The wide ones probably cost a bit more, and I can't imagine it would be worthwhile for general use.



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Jan 14, 2006 09:21 |  #3

I have a Dell 2005FPW here. At 1680 x 1050 (the native resolution), I can get a two page A4 spread on screen in InDesign CS2 at 100% and still have room for some palettes down the side of the screen. With Photoshop CS2, I can surround my picture with palettes and have more room to work.

I'd say that wide is the way to go - the more desktop "real estate", the better. Do make sure that your graphics card can cope with driving your chosen monitor in DVI mode, though - falling back to VGA will compromise the output.

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Jan 14, 2006 16:56 |  #4

Last night I received my 2 new Dell Ultra Sharps; a 20" for the main, and a 19" for a secondary. These replaced 2 CRT's.
I prefer 4:3.
I have them both running on analogue. I've read a number of posts from users who say they don't see a difference between VGA and DVI; I haven't tried DVI so I can't say. I prefer analogue because on DVI you lose the ability to make certain adjustments.
They both look great running at 1152x864. My wife also has the 19", set at 1024x768 on analogue. It also looks great.
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Jan 14, 2006 17:10 |  #5

You should always run a LCD at its native resolution - anything else, and it's going to look very blurry. Unlike a CRT, an LCD screen is made up of a set number of pixels, and you should send it that number of pixels. The 19" screens will be 1280 x 1024, the 20", if it's the widescreen, is 1680 x 1050.

Once you're at the native resolution, if you look critically at high contrast edges of the image, you'll probably find them slightly blurred or haloed in VGA mode - switching to DVI will get rid of all that.

Finally, if you're using Windows XP, consider turning ClearType on.


The adjustments that disappear if you use DVI aren't relevant in DVI mode, as you're inputting a digital signal direct into the panel's electronics, rather than reconstituting a digital signal from one that's been converted to analog.

The monitor knows how to centre a DVI signal without needing you to help it with positioning, and there's no need for pixel clock, phase and sharpness settings either, as there's no need to reconstruct the signal timing from signals designed to drive the flyback of a CRT monitor. The final setting that disappears in DVI mode on a Dell 2005FPW is contrast - again, that's only relevant when turning an analog signal back into an input for the panel; DVI transmits a digital level for each pixel direct from the video card.

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Jan 14, 2006 17:15 |  #6

Here's a question- What size monitor would you need to view a RAW file in its entirety, without being "zoomed out"? Are there any that would do it at a reasonable quality?


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Jan 14, 2006 17:21 |  #7

It depends which camera you're talking about, but larger than the new Dell 30 inch LCD for the 20D. The 20D is 3504 x 2336, the Dell 3007FPW is 2560 x 1600.

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Jan 14, 2006 17:21 as a reply to  @ Ronald S. Jr.'s post |  #8

Ronald S. Jr. wrote:
Here's a question- What size monitor would you need to view a RAW file in its entirety, without being "zoomed out"? Are there any that would do it at a reasonable quality?

At 96 ppi dot pitch, about a 52" display if it had a 3:2 aspect ratio. About 36" by 24".


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Jan 14, 2006 17:24 |  #9

so my 57" should do it. :lol:


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Jan 14, 2006 17:29 |  #10

Is it at least 24" vertical and 36" horizontal? If it's a different aspect ratio, it may be a bit off.


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Jan 14, 2006 17:34 |  #11

Oh yeah...bigger. It's a Sony 57" HDTV.

As far as the display size, my video card can set a custom display size. Radeon x850SE HD Hyper Memory.


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