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Jul 16, 2008 08:38 |  #1

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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Jul 16, 2008 13:33 |  #2

What's the first PC?


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Jul 16, 2008 13:47 |  #3

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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Jul 16, 2008 19:28 |  #4

I use a samsung 46" lcd tv for my pc but thats me lol.


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Jul 16, 2008 20:23 |  #5

What is your budget for a monitor?


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Jul 17, 2008 02:42 |  #6

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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Jul 17, 2008 08:40 as a reply to  @ THE TROOPER's post |  #7

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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Jul 17, 2008 11:53 as a reply to  @ bacchanal's post |  #8

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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Jul 17, 2008 13:28 |  #9

From here (external link): "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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Jul 17, 2008 14:20 |  #10

René Damkot wrote in post #5929733 (external link)
From here (external link): "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.

Ok.


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Jul 17, 2008 16:28 |  #11

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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Jul 17, 2008 19:56 |  #12

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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Jul 17, 2008 22:16 |  #13

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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Jul 18, 2008 06:08 |  #14

Irreverent wrote in post #5922648 (external link)
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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Jul 18, 2008 06:42 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #15

From here (external link):

HP w2207h (widescreen) has a 22 inch 5 ms TN panel.


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