I don't know a great deal about what to look for or why, and don't have the time to invest to learn what to look for, so I'm turning to you knowledgeable folks here. I have read many threads and opinions on various monitors, but honestly, don't understand why many of the things mentioned make a difference (LUT numbers, wide gamut, IPS, etc.) I also don't know if I or the folks viewing my photos could see a difference if my processed colors are off a bit (as they have probably been for years). I would like to get it more correct if reasonably possible, though.
I am replacing my faulty Dell 2007WFP and am (was?) looking for a sub-$300 general usage and photo processing / video editing replacement (I do no gaming). I can swing a higher budget if it is worthwhile. At this time I am a "hobbyist" photographer; kids sporting events, car shows and racing, vacations, HS grad photos last night, etc. I was about to order this Asus monitor, or some other ~$200 monitor, but then started poking around here and http://hardforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=78 and now my head is spinning.
I noticed the monitors that are highly regarded by users on newegg.com aren't mentioned here, but there seems to be a lot of emphasis on gaming in the reviews. I presume that is due to color accuracy not really mattering so much on games, whereas speed is pertinent. Here's a few that seem to be regularly recommended here:
Viewsonic VP2365wb - $299 at B&H
NEC EA231WMI-BK - $370 at Amazon
NEC MultiSync P221W-BK - $389 at B&H
The Dell 2209WA was another I looked into, but I read numerous accounts of "tinting" issues, so I'm currently not considering that one. There are surely many other possibilities, but again, I don't know what to look for or even if these three are what I should be considering! Yesterday I just wanted to order a monitor and nearly did. Today I'm just confused. Information overload...