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Is this monitor any good for photoshop?

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Jan 08, 2018 16:43 |  #1

I am thinking to get a new monitor soon.

Is this monitor any good? Dell 32" Ultra Wide IPS monitor …or.product.1003​85824.html (external link)

please advise.

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Jan 09, 2018 05:12 |  #2

I would not want to be using that monitor for image editing, the resolution is just too low for me. The linear resolution is going to be well under 72 PPI. Windows has been designed to run on a 96 PPI display since at least 1995, I'm not even sure if it wasn't a choice for Windows 3.11. These days I would say that my minimums would be 2560×1440 at 27", and for anything larger I would want 4K upwards. I have the UP2715K which is a 5K display at 27", it uses the same panel as the 5K 27" iMac. I would never want to go to a lower resolution now.

Those very large monitors, that only run at 1920×1080 are aimed at gamers. It is large and has a reasonable response time, good for those wanting to play games at that resolution. The fact that it only has VGA and HDMI inputs is also a tell tale, the better quality monitors are more likely to have options such as Display Port.

I would give this, and any other 27" monitor that will only go to 1920×1080 a pass.


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Jan 09, 2018 08:21 |  #3

walkien wrote in post #18536554 (external link)
I am thinking to get a new monitor soon.

Is this monitor any good? Dell 32" Ultra Wide IPS monitor …or.product.1003​85824.html (external link)

please advise.

Alan summed up some good reasons to avoid this monitor specifically for editing in photoshop. I agree. You'd want something higher resolution, or something smaller.

I've used a monitor that was 37" but only 1080p and the pixel size is so obvious that you can see them and it's very hard to judge noise, sharpness, subtle transition, etc, things you'd care about in a pixel editor. I went right back down to smaller monitor for editing.

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Jan 09, 2018 08:35 |  #4

It depends on what you currently have, what your expectations are, and how serious you want to get. For $179, it's a fine monitor and will work well. There are better options but very few under $200 that are going to be any better than the one listed.

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Jan 15, 2018 04:05 |  #5

I seen that and almost got it then thought about it and started doing some home work.Here you can get some good info on monitors.http://www.tftcentral.​ (external link) Happy shopping

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Jan 15, 2018 10:07 |  #6

Get smaller, 24 or 27 inch with MUCH higher resolution and IPS.

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Jan 28, 2018 03:53 |  #7

My ageing Apple Cinema Display is 1920 x 1200. Looks OK, but it's 23 inch.
32 inch with even less vertical pixels, no thanks.

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Jan 28, 2018 10:33 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #8

OSs may still have a base DPI like 96 DPI as a factor for scaling (especially now with many monitors having resolutions that require hiDPI scaling). The main format that was designed with a specific DPI was the early Macintosh. Developers decided to make the pixels square (for easy coding graphics), and 72 DPI to scale with the 144 PPI Apple printers. The resolution of the Macintosh system was 512 x 342. Once 3rd party monitors and printers were introduced, the 72 DPI standard was no longer used. Earlier IBM systems had much lower resolutions and DPIs (especially in the vertical row lines): VGA would be a standard that would be comparable at a resolution of 640 x 480 (which would be 62 DPI on a 13" monitor of the era). IBM would introduce the 8514 standard that had 1024 x 768 resolution for a 120 DPI on the average display size of the time.

I'll also mirror other posters that for photography, a high DPI monitor is a good feature now. Only main thing is that newer software and OSes do a better job of scaling fonts for high DPI. Most my programs now scale to the desktop's scaling. Only a few don't, and they are scaled pretty well with Window's 10 "System(Enhanced)" scaling mode.

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