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Monitor for photo editing- budget 250 max

Posted 09/01/2019 - 15:59 Link
I'm looking for a monitor for photo editing (rather than using laptop screen). I've been using my laptop and what I print differs from what I see on my laptop screen. (I understand I could get a colour calibrator but plan on replacing the laptop soon-ish). Even with a new laptop I like editing on a large screen (used a 27" screen for a while and loved it).

So, what would you recommend please? Hopefully there's still some good bargains in the January sales.

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Posted 09/01/2019 - 16:34 Link
I use Dell IPS screens - very natural and not too severe, so working for hours is not a strain on the eyes.
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Posted 09/01/2019 - 17:38 - Helpful Comment Link
First point is . You cant purchase the best quality 27" monitors, new for 250 or less. So you will have to compromise on quality. Luckily these days most monitors return a good to exeptional quality about them.. And all in my opinion, better than laptop screens. Rather than one large screen. I prefer to use two smaller screens when photo editing. It's great to have the image on one screen and the tools on the other out of the way. It isn't much difference in cost either. Most days now, for the last 5 years. I have used the Asus PA238Q without a flicker of a problem. All are individually calibrated and individually tested and certified for photo editing. If these are too expensive you can use the PB system. Same monitor but only randomly tested. But frankly an ASUS HD gaming monitor is a very good quality monitor. Which brings your original thought of 27" into play..

It's a very individual choice and I wish you good luck with it...!!
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Edited by stub: 09/01/2019 - 17:42
Posted 09/01/2019 - 18:28 Link
johnriley wrote:
I use Dell IPS screens - very natural and not too severe, so working for hours is not a strain on the eyes.

Like John I also use a Dell, one of these - Dell UltraSharp U2713HMT 27" Widescreen LED

Response Time: 8 ms Model: U2713HM
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Brightness: 350 cd/m
Most Suitable For: Graphic Design Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Screen Size: 27 in Features: Anti-Glare, Flat Screen, Headphone Jack, Tiltable, USB Hub, Wall Mountable
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Display Technology: IPS LCD Product Line: Dell P
Video Inputs: DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI Standard, VGA D-Sub

I think they are are superb value for money on the second hand market and there are several on ebay at the moment. If you are patient and buy wisely you can score some excellent bargains well within your budget.

Good luck though with whatever you decide upon.
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Posted 09/01/2019 - 20:02 Link
A Dell U2415 should fit your requirements and budget, it's a 24" screen but it it also a 16:10 aspect ratio which I find more pleasing to work with than a 16:9 ratio screen.

One of these was my main screen until I went over the top and got a Dell UP2718Q

Bear in mind what your PC's video card is capable of delivering, a 27" takes a lot of driving.
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Edited by McBrian: 09/01/2019 - 20:06
Posted 09/01/2019 - 21:11 Link
If you print yourself, you need to do some homework on colour management in your processing workflow to get the end result that you want. Saying the print does not match what you see on your screen is a oft heard theme. There is a lot involved to getting the final print correct including calibration of your screen using hardware/software; correct colour space choice; correct tagging of your image; and correct printer profiling for the printer and paper.

Good luck !
Posted 10/01/2019 - 01:28 Link
I can totally recommend the Philips 227E4LH. It ought to be well within your budget. It comes with excellent calibration software - the colours on mine are bang on. You can also sit in front of it for long periods with no strain. The screen is 19ins x 10ins so it isn't perhaps the giant thing you had in mind.
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Posted 16/01/2019 - 14:43 Link
Any thoughts on this please? Acer EB321HQU 31.5" IPS QHD HDMI Monitor

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Posted 16/01/2019 - 22:59 Link
I'm very happy with my 27" iiyama. Colour calibration was spot on out of the box and still is 2+ years on. Only 130 these days.
Posted 24/01/2019 - 11:48 Link

True! The first article was helpful but not 100% addressing my question so I reached out to the writer asking & he replied with some more questions.
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Posted 24/01/2019 - 11:53 Link
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Posted 24/01/2019 - 12:18 Link
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Posted 24/01/2019 - 14:04 Link
I've never thought about this before, but The Guardian are suggesting 27in 4K (3840 x 2160) for photos instead of HD 1920x1080 (or 1200) surely this is getting silly any softness from the lens is really going to be noticeable. Pics on this site, if you can view a browser at such resolutions, will be really tiny

Is there anyone out there who can verify what 4k monitors are like to use for normal use? Even HD videos will look small.

For years I've always used this site for reviews....

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Edited by Algernon: 24/01/2019 - 14:10

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