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Under $400 1080p monitor for color correction?

 
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Oct 16, 2017 23:14 |  #1

Hi all,

I am looking for a relatively affordable (< $400) color correction monitor for web display, mobile devices etc just general color correction. I understand these things are super hard to come by for this price but its all I can afford at the moment. I can probably get my hands on an X-Rite i1 calibrator if necessary. It has to be 1920x1080 minimum (but I have no need for more resolution) and great for color correction. Honestly I have no clue what to look for in a monitor that proves it's meant for this but I'm pretty technically savvy so I can pick it up quickly. Thanks for any suggestions!




  
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Oct 17, 2017 00:41 |  #2

For color accuracy, you should look for an IPS display (they have better viewing angles and can have higher color ranges). The top rated monitors under $400 are 2560x1440 (so not 4K, but are closer to 1920x1080). Dells are generally considered good for full color reproduction:

Dell U2515H (external link)

This Asus is advertising strengths in color space: 100% sRGB at this price is good

ASUS Designo MX25AQ 25" (external link)


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Oct 17, 2017 01:29 as a reply to  @ davesrose's post |  #3

Thanks Dave i'll look into those. I'm also checking out two IPS BenQs:

SW2700PT $600 99% AdobeRGB 100% sRGB + 14-bit 3D LUT (not sure what that is)
PD2700Q $329 75% AdobeRGB 100% sRGB

These monitors are nearly identical in specs but one is half the price. So I am wondering if I am losing a lot of color/tone accuracy by going with the cheaper one. My final output is usually web and some prints every few months. Thoughts?

Spec comparison: https://www.displayspe​cifications.com/en/com​parison/74294cfc (external link)




  
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Oct 17, 2017 09:06 as a reply to  @ moodlover's post |  #4

Looks like the SW2700PT is geared more towards color demanding applications. It includes a hood, has a wider gamut for aRGB, and includes hardware calibration. The monitors with 8bit+FRC are using a technology that tries to get more perceptual colors then a traditional 8bit system (and aren't a native, smoother, 10bit system). So as for which monitor: I'd say that if you can swing the SW2700PT, it will provide better colors in PS with aRGB. If you're mainly producing jpegs for web, the easiest workflow is to save in sRGB: then you can be in sRGB with the PD2700Q.


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Oct 17, 2017 14:02 |  #5

I picked up one of these a couple of months ago. https://www.asus.com/u​s/Monitors/VZ27AQ/ (external link)

$350. 100% sRGB, 2K resolution. I'm very happy with it. I do use a Datacolor Spyder for color profiling.


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Oct 17, 2017 22:13 |  #6

Look up Monoprice on line, look for their 27" IPS monitor with 2560x1440 resolution...$299

It is what I use, its color performance is sufficient for me to repeatably score '4' ('0' is perfect score!) in online color perception tests


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Oct 18, 2017 10:30 |  #7

moodlover wrote in post #18474511 (external link)
Thanks Dave i'll look into those. I'm also checking out two IPS BenQs:

B&H currently has a deal on the BenQ GW2765HT 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor at $249 regularly $299. See https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …2765ht_27_led_s​creen.html (external link).




  
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