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Old 16th of July 2008 (Wed)   #1
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Hi, i plan on getting a 2nd PC at home. My question is simply what should i look out for in a monitor and what recomendations would you give as a good monitor.

My use will be for Post processing first and for the wife to do the accounts.

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What's the first PC?
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Well, you can proably use any old rubbish for the PP, but for the accounts I'd make sure I get a decent S-IPS screen, ideally with an LED backlight (if they do those on S-IPS displays these days)


MVA screens will probably provide more instant "wow" because of how outrageously bright and contrasty they are, but their colour accuracy leaves a lot to be desired when compared to a S-IPS panel.

Don't touch the TN screens with a 10 foot pole if you can possibly help it.

All manufacutrers probably offer a range including all different panel types, so look around. I'd say a 20" widescreen would be considered bare minimum for this kind of work these days. Ideally a 22-24" if you can afford it (and if you're minted why not just go for 2 x 30" displays - you know how much space those darned spreadsheets can eat up )

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I use a samsung 46" lcd tv for my pc but thats me lol.
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What is your budget for a monitor?
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Thank you guys for your replys.

I don't know what S-IPS is or MVA sorry.

I have a budget of about £300

I have not bought the PC yet and didn't realise there were such a great choice in monitors.



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HP LP2065 - 20" LCD at 1600x1200 resolution.

Part# EF227A4#ABA = S-IPS Panel
Part# EF227A8#ABA = AMVA Panel

The S-IPS version is preferable for photo editing, but is generally more expensive (unless you get lucky).

And it should be within or close to your budget.
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Don't know if this is considered a good one for photography but Samsung syncmaster 906bw is about 200$ USD 2ms refresh and 2000:1 contrast.
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From here: "Samsung 906BW (widescreen) has a 19 inch 2 ms (g2g) TN panel".

Forget about numbers for response time and contrast ratio. They are almost meaningless for a screen that's used for photo-editing. Only important for gamers.
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From here: "Samsung 906BW (widescreen) has a 19 inch 2 ms (g2g) TN panel".

Forget about numbers for response time and contrast ratio. They are almost meaningless for a screen that's used for photo-editing. Only important for gamers.
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IPS, MVA and TN refer to the type of panel used in the display.

The cheapest (and generally worst) displays use TN screens. The best (and usually most expensive) use some form of IPS.

I'm using an HP L2335 23" widescreen dislpay, which uses the same IPS panel as the Apple Cinema Displays (or at least it did at time of manufacture. I haven't checked if Apple still uses these panels).

Ironically, the new 24" version of my display uses an MVA panel, which is MUCH brighter, but not as colour accurate.

You might find it interesting to note that I picked an L2335 up off ebay for a friend last year for £320 - new with full 3 year on site warranty.

For reference, you can usually spot a non-IPS panel by its contrast ratio. IPS panels tend to have contrast ratios in the 400-800:1 region. Non-IPS panels always boast of much higher ratios.

The HP LP2065 looks like it might sit well in your budget, and would be a good choice for you as long as you didn't mind working on a non widescreen format.

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HP LP2065 (S-IPS); that's what I got some year and half ago, and couldn't be happier, excellent screen...
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I use an HP w2207h 22" monitor that can rotate to portrait mode, great for working on portrait files without (or very little) scrolling. I'm sorry but I don't have a clue whether its an S-IPS, TN or something else but I use a Spyper2 express for calibration and the prints I get form my lab are accurate
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Well, you can proably use any old rubbish for the PP, but for the accounts I'd make sure I get a decent S-IPS screen, ideally with an LED backlight (if they do those on S-IPS displays these days)


MVA screens will probably provide more instant "wow" because of how outrageously bright and contrasty they are, but their colour accuracy leaves a lot to be desired when compared to a S-IPS panel.

Don't touch the TN screens with a 10 foot pole if you can possibly help it.

All manufacutrers probably offer a range including all different panel types, so look around. I'd say a 20" widescreen would be considered bare minimum for this kind of work these days. Ideally a 22-24" if you can afford it (and if you're minted why not just go for 2 x 30" displays - you know how much space those darned spreadsheets can eat up )
Could you recommend a good 24" s-ips panel that is decently priced? Thanks.
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