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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:08 pm 
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My 19" Acer monitor is about 4yrs old now & this past 2 mornings has started `fizzing` on start up :? So it looks like i'll need a new one VERY soon.

What specifications do you reccomend Please?
MAIN use is for viewing & pp'ing images, so clarity & callibration are quite important I guess.
Size around 21"-23". I don't need inbuilt speakers & price circa £250.

Any makers to avoid? Are Dell a tried & trusted brand?

Thanks in advance.

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This is an interesting question and one I will follow closely. I too will be looking for a monitor and whilst I am attracted to the Apple 27inch display to match my macbook pro I can't justify the £900 price :)

Dell are a trusted brand and there is one monitor they make which i believe is quite cheap and very good. It is meant to be one of the best you can buy but I have forgotten the name. I'm sure someone here will know which one I'm talking about :D

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£900 :shock: crikey! (I guess as with most things, you get what you pay for though)

I've seen the Dell UltraSharp U2311H, that SEEMS to fit the bill, but being a complete techie dinosaur, I don't know if it's what I need, or if there's something better.

Thanks James.

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I have looked at it in store though and can't figure out how it costs that much. It is very nice but way too expensive... Although I suppose you can pay that much for a similar sized TV :D

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I picked this up last year, and I'm really happy with the color and detail. Good all around performance at a great price.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... 241af7en02


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Thanks WestCoast, it sure is a good price. 8)

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With monitors in general you get what you pay for. Size, viewing angle, colour gamut, brightness, contrast, resolution...

Work standardises on Dell stuff. I'm not that impressed with the screens they use in business laptops, and my two 20 inch desktop monitors (different models) have a somewhat poor vertical viewing angle range. No idea what they cost originally though.

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Thanks popo. (im getting even more confused now :lol: )

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Just been looking up the one Westcoast linked earlier, the paper spec on that seems great, especially at the price. Tried to find reviews but failing so far.

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When I was doing my research, all the reviews seem to be by gamers, so this particular LG didn't fair well with them, as they only like the fastest refresh rates possible and max screen size.
For photography/stills this LG -LED has proved to be excellent.

I'm sure there are lots of good brands, but the LG works for me.


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I'd recommend Asus PA238Q or PA246Q

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/23-asus- ... 0001-black

or

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/241-asus ... ard-reader


Im using a PA238Q and I love it! :p

both r LED IPS screens :P

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/\ Going to vouch for this, great price if they are decent IPS screens!

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Thanks very much for your help guys, it really is appreciated. 8)

After reading a few reviews, I think i'll opt for the PA238Q.
I've asked my local electrical supplier to get back to me with their best price. So if they're around the £220 mark, i'll order it on Monday.

Another quick question if I may. How often do you guys calibrate your monitors, what do you use & how easy is it to do?

Thanks again.

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I have the Spyder 3. Plugs in USB, install software, follow instructions and you're done. By default it does nag you to periodically re-calibrate now and then. I usually do it maybe twice a year. Things don't really change that much once except possibly slowly as it ages.

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Spyder is one i'd heard of before, & sounds like even I should be able to use it. 8)

tbh, I was amazed that some folk calibrate weekly! I suppose it depends how critical it is to pros & the type of work they do.

To say this old uncalibrated monitor is around 4 yrs old, i've probably been lucky that the colours & black>grey>white aren't too far off. Mind you when I get the new one, I probably will see a difference.

Many many thanks again.

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