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Jan 21, 2016 11:15 |  #1

OK, so I had the Dell 2114Q which was really nice with a new quirks. I got it because it was under $700 and has the entire Adobe RGB Color Gamut. It died on me after only 6 months and I must say Dell's outsourced to India customer service has been awful and I've been without a display for several weeks now and work is backing up. Was wondering what everyone's recommendations would be or experiences they've had. Had been reading about a ViewSonic 27" 4K that's also in my price range, but can't find a ton of reviews. It seems like all of them I rad reviews on have quality control issues and lots of them need to be replaced. Anyhow, any suggestions? Looking for something preferably under $800


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Jan 21, 2016 11:23 |  #2

Subscribing as I am looking as well. I was looking at the Dell P2415Q and the Samsung UE590


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Jan 21, 2016 11:43 |  #3

You want the biggest size possible IMO. I initially had a 4K monitor, then switched to a 34" curved. 4K definitely better pixel pitch, however, since the screen is scaled down to 2560x1440 proportions, usability made a difference. So when it came to 4K and smaller screen, or less resolution and bigger screen, I settled with the bigger screen. A real pleasure working on panoramics, and no worse off working with regular photos. Easily fit two desktop browsers side by side, or even lightroom on one side and photoshop on the other. The single monitor replaced my dual monitors, and I'm really loving it.

If you've ever used dual monitors, a 34" will be second nature. If it's out of your comfort zone, then get a 27". The NEC with spectraview looks good, cant go wrong wit the Dell P2715Q.


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Jan 21, 2016 12:18 |  #4

take a look at the Eizo range. These panels are used by Pro Graphic Designers /Photographers ....Entry level is a prosumer range called Flexcan leaduing ..Next level is the Color Edge range ...These are probably the best panels for Photographers and Graphics designers available today. Can see range in below link. I have a 24" Eizo and its ability to reproduce colors correctly are perfect for my work...Even out of box uncalibrated IMO are better than any calibrated consumer manufacturers panel like those made by Viewsonic, Dell et etc etc . Entry level cost slightly more than the viewsonics of the world but well worth the extra cost...Probably get a entry level one for around 800-900USD...Not sure in US of cost as Im in Aust....\\

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Jan 21, 2016 12:47 |  #5

Thanks everyone! Looks like I have a lot of research to do!


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Jan 21, 2016 12:51 |  #6

I have a dual monitor setup with Dell P2715Q displays and I'm pretty happy with the setup.

They come almost perfectly calibrated out of the box (after color-calibrating with a Spyder 4, the difference was barely noticeable). Covers 99% of sRGB and color uniformity is better than most (though not quite to the level of an Eizo or high-end NEC, but you pay for that).


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Jan 21, 2016 13:20 as a reply to  @ mikepj's post |  #7

It's very tempting......I'm so pissed at their customer service I want to stay away from them, but the price is right


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Jan 28, 2016 23:44 |  #8

I have the Samsung UD590 and love it. I am running a Gforce 970 gtx with 24gigs of ram and an AmD 8 core 4mgh processer with a lot of SSD's. and I can magnify to 8:1 and rock 4k all day.


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Mar 16, 2016 09:20 |  #9

I've had two "up scale" Dell monitors, both 27". My first was the U2709 I think. I lost it in a house fire 5 years ago. (amazing what smoke does to a house). I replaced it with a U2711 with 2560 x 1440. Both have been excellent ... until this week. The current monitor is getting intermittent horizontal white lines about a pixel tall and several inches wide. I've hooked it up to a second PC and it's definitely the monitor unless I'm getting some weird interference in that room. Still checking. Bottom line, that's why I'm following this thread. I may need a monitor.

Regarding Dell, I think you just got a bad tech support rep. I have had numerous computers. Currently I have an xps8900 for editing photos. It has 32gb ram, ssd and spindle hard drive, i7, etc. I purchased this in Nov. 2015. I had a few problems loading on some of my old software, so I contacted Dell as well as Adobe. I actually had an EXCELLENT experience with both troubleshooting and fixing my issues. My India based rep. clearly new software and computer very well. I am concerned that I only got 5 yr. out of the monitor before problems, but I've heard TV manufacturer suggest TV life is only 4 or 5 years, so maybe this planned obsolescence is the new norm.

I think the 27" was a nice size for photo editing. I'm wondering if there is advantage to go beyond the 2560 x 1440. As 4K is here and cameras are offering 4k, it seems that I should look at these. I look forward to thoughts by others on 4k vs mere 1440.


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Mar 16, 2016 09:36 |  #10

If you are not aware, using a 4K monitor for non-photoprocessing tasks can be somewhat 'trying' when you do not have a huge monitor, as the Windows O/S does not sufficiently handle display of alphanumberic characters in a large enough size for text readability in all circumstances. I have a 2560 x 1440 monitor 27" in size (about what you might call '3K') and if text was 33% smaller it would be a real trial to see some things (in spite of ability to set display web pages at >100%) Investigate this more, before you regret your purchase...some applications programs do not work well if Windows display size is set to a value >100%.


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Mar 16, 2016 09:49 |  #11

Wilt wrote in post #17937191 (external link)
If you are not aware, using a 4K monitor for non-photoprocessing tasks can be somewhat 'trying' when you do not have a huge monitor, as the Windows O/S does not sufficiently handle display of alphanumberic characters in a large enough size for text readability in all circumstances. I have a 2560 x 1440 monitor 27" in size (about what you might call '3K') and if text was 33% smaller it would be a real trial to see some things (in spite of ability to set display web pages at >100%) Investigate this more, before you regret your purchase...some applications programs do not work well if Windows display size is set to a value >100%.

This is some of my concern. I also have a high resolution 13" Dell XPS laptop (3200 x 1800 display) and while the resolution and text have been fine on most software, NIK plug-in has tiny and a I mean Tiny font to read. I can lower resolution on that laptop and NIK is fine, but at the full res, it is definitely a problem. You would think a company owned by Google would resolve the issue quickly as many are moving to higher resolution laptops.


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Mar 16, 2016 12:24 |  #12

I've seen a *bunch* of very good reviews for this benq monitor. That's unusual, there are usually very few monitor reviews on the web (incl. TFT Central).

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Mar 18, 2016 01:56 |  #13

Would not recommend the Samsung UD590 as its a TN panel. The Dell P2715Q is much better as it's a 10 Bit IPS Panel and for the same price.


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Mar 18, 2016 11:31 |  #14

If 2560 x 1440 is sufficient resolution for you, I can recommend the Monoprice 27" IPS monitor. Like about every other monitor it is adjusted for bright room conditions from the factory and needs to be adjusted for Brightness and Contrast. But I can tell you that its color accuracy is very high...although I have never done monitor calibration on it, I recently was able to take the X-Rite color visual perception test online http://www.xrite.com/o​nline-color-test-challenge (external link) and twice achieved the very high accuracy score of '4'.


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Mar 18, 2016 20:25 |  #15

I have not really looked into it, but the Dell (with LG screens i assume) OLED monitors are due out at the end of March 2016 in both 1080 and 4k.
How would they be for photo editing? 30" 4K for the low low price of $5k.

I know they are the best tv's hands down with a Pioneer elite plasma in second place.

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