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    Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    Need to upgrade my monitor and am looking for something in the say 300-500 price range for editing/viewing. Have been reading reviews and the HP ZR24W 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor seems to be a very good option in the price range. Suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks much

    Dan

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    This is not in your price range, but I sure like the Apple Thunderbolt displays.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    Dan,

    This NEC MultiSync monitor is a bit out of your price range (NEC direct is $749), but I think you would like it better for imaging work. MultiSync P241w-bk

    With a compatible colormeter, you can also purchase and use the NEC SpectraView calibration software with this monitor.

    I have the P221W (22") and Spectraview. The monitor and software have been very reliable.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Dan,

    This NEC MultiSync monitor is a bit out of your price range (NEC direct is $749), but I think you would like it better for imaging work. MultiSync P241w-bk

    With a compatible colormeter, you can also purchase and use the NEC SpectraView calibration software with this monitor.

    I have the P221W (22") and Spectraview. The monitor and software have been very reliable.

    --P
    I second NEC's and thier Spectraview software. I have the now discontinued 2690WUXI2, but im sure thier smaller monitors do a good job too. Though you might have a hard time finding something in your range, NEC's are generally cheaper than LAcies and way cheaper than Eizos.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
    Dan,

    This NEC MultiSync monitor is a bit out of your price range (NEC direct is $749), but I think you would like it better for imaging work. MultiSync P241w-bk

    With a compatible colormeter, you can also purchase and use the NEC SpectraView calibration software with this monitor.

    I have the P221W (22") and Spectraview. The monitor and software have been very reliable.

    --P
    I can get the P221W (22") NEC for just over $400 is the 24" version $350 BETTER?? OR I can get the PA231W-BK (23") monitor for about $550 which is about $150 more??

    WOW choices - choices

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    I bought two of the 22 inch NECs and they seem like the most bang for the buck. Not perfect but good.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    Make sure you get an IPS or (at worst) PVA panel; under no circumstance should you buy a TN panel for photographic use. Use this database to look up the panel type in any display you're considering.

    I would suggest stretching your budget to about $600-700 and buying a second-hand 30" LCD, e.g. Apple Cinema or HP LP3065; you might swing one for $500 if you're patient. They're all S-IPS, of the highest visual quality, and you get much better resolution (2560x1600) than you'll see on any 24" monitor (1920x1080 to 1920x1200). It does require a dual-link DVI connection though, so you might need to upgrade your video card if it's a bit old and sad.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    I recently bought one of the P221W (22") NEC's because I wanted to be cool like Frank. Nice monitor.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    I use a $200 Dell 23" monitor; after calibration, it looks and works great, no problems.

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    Re: Best monitor for photo editing and viewing - suggestions wanted

    As already mentioned, it must be an IPS monitor.

    Check this straightforward article and you'll be good.

    http://photo.net/learn/digital-photo...nt/101-basics/

    Dell has a good and cheap option. I'm using a very (too) old Dell IPS display and it calibrates very well. If you don't have a calibration solution you'll need to add some budget for that. DispCal is a good and free option as far as software, but you'll need to pair it with a colorimeter. It shouldn't be too much for a descent colorimeter, though. If you can swing the budget to one of the NECs with its software, that'd be a really good option.

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