What specs should i look for in a monitor..


scarr1

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 00:36
As per title really.
Ive got some vouchers for currys/pc world and may use them towards a monitor to connect to Dell laptop. Currently use lightroom 6 and Pse 14.
There is a samsung one on offer for 75 (Samsung LS24D590 Full HD 23.6" LED Monitor) , but i dont know if its any good.....i was looking to pay around 200.
I think i should be looking for an ips monitor, and what, 24-27 inch?
Doesnt have to be currys/pc world, so any suggestions would be very welcome.

scarr1

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 00:51
Just seen a very similar thread (monitor advice by rodcy), can this be merged into that one.
Last Edited by scarr1 on 09/09/2016 - 00:52

Dingo

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 03:24
scarr1 wrote:
As per title really.
Ive got some vouchers for currys/pc world and may use them towards a monitor to connect to Dell laptop. Currently use lightroom 6 and Pse 14.
There is a samsung one on offer for 75 (Samsung LS24D590 Full HD 23.6" LED Monitor) , but i dont know if its any good.....i was looking to pay around 200.
I think i should be looking for an ips monitor, and what, 24-27 inch?
Doesnt have to be currys/pc world, so any suggestions would be very welcome.

Definitely IPS and a little known, but fantastic site to buy, is here
http://www.pcbuyit.co.uk/monitors-and-displays/computer-monitors.html?___SID=U


Very competitive and great service and wholly recommended by me

percy

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 07:55
A high resolution IPS monitor.
24" or larger.
My preference is for a 16x10 aspect ratio, rather than the more common 16x9.

It's not always the case but the old saying 'you get what you pay for' is generally true, and you tend to find the cheaper ones are lower resolution and often not as well built.

I use a Dell Ultrasharp monitor at home, and we have quite a few at work. They are generally pretty good.

eBuyer is well worth a look. They're usually pretty competitive on price and I've always had good service from them, both at work and personally.
Last Edited by percy on 09/09/2016 - 07:57

alfpics

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 08:35
I agree with Percy on IPS and aspect ratio of 16:10; it just adds something to the workspace. I have a DELL 2412 - probably been superceded now. Don't know whether PCworld/ Curry's do them to make use of your vouchers. Mine was just over 200 at the time (3+ years ago).

IPS is important for the wide viewing angle - ie you can see the same brightness and colours even if you aren't looking square on. I have a feeling Samsung might do a variation on IPS calling it something else, but I am not sure what.
Andy
Last Edited by alfpics on 09/09/2016 - 08:37

McBrian

Link Posted 09/09/2016 - 09:34
alfpics wrote:
I have a DELL 2412 - probably been superseded now.

The updated version is Dell U2415 for 16:10 or Dell U2415H for 16:9 ratio, like Percy and Andy I much prefer the 16:10 ratio.

I have a pair of these, they are fantastic value for the money (currently available around 240 on Amazon), checkout TFT central, a great resource for monitor reviews etc.
Cheers
Brian.
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rodcy

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 21:54
McBrian, the Dell monitors you refer to (Dell U2415 and Dell U2415H) can only be calibrated using the X-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimiter. I have a Spyder which would be rendered redundant if I bought one of these Dells. Article here: https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-calibrate-dell-u2413-u2713h-u3014-mo...

They sound like great monitors but buying an i1 Display would add to the cost!
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McBrian

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 22:20
rodcy wrote:
McBrian, the Dell monitors you refer to (Dell U2415 and Dell U2415H) can only be calibrated using the X-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimiter. I have a Spyder which would be rendered redundant if I bought one of these Dells. Article here: https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-calibrate-dell-u2413-u2713h-u3014-mo...

They sound like great monitors but buying an i1 Display would add to the cost!

Like a lot of things on the internet, some stuff can be/is misleading. that site has a lot of tech speak that I don't have a clue about but I think he is referring to "Hardware" calibration where as I think most of us do "Software" calibration with the lesser gizmos, anyway the article quoted is for the 2013 models, not the 2015 models that I (and many more) have.

Both my monitors are calibrated using a ColorMonki Display (a Huey pro before that), my colours (screen and print) are all good.
Cheers
Brian.
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Last Edited by McBrian on 15/09/2016 - 22:21

joostdh

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 22:36
rodcy wrote:
McBrian, the Dell monitors you refer to (Dell U2415 and Dell U2415H) can only be calibrated using the X-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimiter. I have a Spyder which would be rendered redundant if I bought one of these Dells. Article here: https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-calibrate-dell-u2413-u2713h-u3014-mo...

They sound like great monitors but buying an i1 Display would add to the cost!

I have a Dell U2415. Before this I had a U2412 and before that a U2410. All excellent. I calibrated them with a Spyder 3. The U2412 and U2415 are already very good straight out of the box. I did think the Spyder made them a bit better, albeit more consistent with the built-in display of my MacBook Pro. So two things I am trying to say: the Ultrasharp range has been consistently good over the years for decent prices (you can find better but at a huge jump in cost) and they calibrate fine with the Spyder system but hardly need it as the factory calibration is already very good.

If I were to but now I might get a U2515 which has a denser pitch at hardly more costs. 16x9 aspect (so not 16x10) but more pixels vertically and horizontally nevertheless.
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McBrian

Link Posted 16/09/2016 - 16:43
rodcy wrote:
They sound like great monitors but buying an i1 Display would add to the cost!

This may interest you
Cheers
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rodcy

Link Posted 16/09/2016 - 22:19
Brian, I salivate at the prospect! Prayers are currently being issued for my Premium Bonds!

It's a great deal indeed but unfortunately I have to work to a tight budget. I am still looking seriously at a Dell as a purchase to replace my current monitor but Asus have also sprung to my mind as being a possible option. It will be about the best offer I can get on the day
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RobL

Link Posted 17/09/2016 - 06:52
McBrian wrote:
rodcy wrote:
They sound like great monitors but buying an i1 Display would add to the cost!

This may interest you

Looks interesting - what is it? I have a Packard Bell combined monitor/computer.

rodcy

Link Posted 17/09/2016 - 15:48
Quote:
Looks interesting - what is it? I have a Packard Bell combined monitor/computer.

It's an offer of a very good calibrator for monitors and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud at a very good price.
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avery

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 07:46
Dell Ultrasharp's are worth the money. I have a several of them. Take a over look at http://thedigitalcamera.net/best-monitor-for-macbook-pro-and-mac-mini/
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