I'm going to replace the el-cheapo monitor that came with my new Dell computer with a better 24" monitor because for the first time with any monitor I can't get it calibrated to a point that it closely matches my prints. I'm debating between two monitors, the HP LP2475W for about $500 and the NEC 2490WUXi for about $1,100.
Both have gotten excellent reviews. The HP would be a no-brainer because of the cost difference except for one extensive review of it that basically said the color fidelity wasn't very good out of the box but was excellent when calibrated. I of course calibrate my monitors (Spyder Pro III) but I'm still a little concerned about this aspect of the HP. I wonder what would happen if I didn't get the calibration just right using the Spyder.
The NEC has its own calibration system as I understand it and several people in different forums have raved about how great it is. I can afford the higher price but I hate to pay $600 more if I wouldn't notice any difference between the two monitors once the HP was calibrated. I should also mention that the color fidelity aspect of the HP was discussed in only one review, other reviews that gave it very high marks didn't mention this. But the one that did was by far the most extensive, detailed test/review of it that I've read so I tend to put more faith in it than in the more cursory reviews.
A couple other points. I want 24", not some other size. I can't go to a store and do a comparison test of them, they aren't carried locally as far as I've been able to tell. And my only concern with a monitor is its use for photography. I don't care how good or bad it is for games, web viewing, etc.
Anyone's experience with either of these monitors or thoughts in general would be appreciated.