fightingdingo
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What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:16 pm

Hi,

I am looking into buying a new monitor. What things should I look for? What is a good contrast ratio?
Looking for something preferebly below $300.

Thanks,
Zach
 
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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:24 pm

 
Tin67
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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:05 am

One thing I found is to be very wary of larger screens with the same resolution found on smaller monitors. What happens here is the pixel size (dot pitch) is made larger so it covers the size of the screen. On larger screens this leads to less clarity and jagged edges to images and fonts.

I used to have a 17" TFT with 1280x1024 and when I bought a new PC it came with a 19" TFT. I thought great until I started using it. It had the same resolution as my 17", but photo editing to the standards required by Anet was a nightmare. My rejection rate went through the roof as I couldn't really judge the sharpness of images. I boxed it up and went back to my older monitor.

The monitor you highlighted is 20.1" and has a resolution of 1400x1050 which is not enough. A panel of that size should have 1600x1200 to gain the benefit of it's size. To give you an idea of what I mean my 15" laptop screen has the same 1400x1050 resolution.

Set your budget, then get the largest monitor with the highest resolution and lowest dot pitch that fits the budget.

I bought another monitor about 6 months ago It's a ViewSonic VX2025W. This is a 20.1" widescreen panel with 1680x1050 resolution and a dot pitch of 0.258mm which isn't the best by far, but it's better than my old 17". A 20" with 1600x1200 would be even better at around 0.255mm

Getting the wrong monitor can be a costly error.

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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:57 am

Quote:
Tin67 wrote:
I used to have a 17" TFT with 1280x1024 and when I bought a new PC it came with a 19" TFT. I thought great until I started using it. It had the same resolution as my 17", but photo editing to the standards required by Anet was a nightmare. My rejection rate went through the roof as I couldn't really judge the sharpness of images. I boxed it up and went back to my older monitor.

Your response has been very informative. Your point about resolution goes back to something I had asked in other threads in reference to screening help on photos. I use a ViewSonic VX910 19" LCD with my PC. When I post-process photos, they look fine to me, but when I ask for advice on the photos, I am told about various problems with them. I have had some people say that some photos had very strong 'jaggies', but when I look at the photo, I dont see them. I strongly believe that the variation in monitors used to screen photos helps to raise the rejection ratio for members.
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fightingdingo
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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:31 am

Your reply was helpful, but I still dont understand something. My monitor on my laptop has a max resolution of 1680x1050, it sounds like that is a very good resolution, but I always hear from people not to edit shots on a laptop monitor. Why would my laptop monitor not be good for editing shots when it has a pretty good resolution?

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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:04 pm

Just look at this thread: How We Will Work Our Images In The Future.. (by JeffM Oct 17 2006 in Aviation Photography)

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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:45 pm

Quoting Tin67 (Reply 2):
One thing I found is to be very wary of larger screens with the same resolution found on smaller monitors. What happens here is the pixel size (dot pitch) is made larger so it covers the size of the screen. On larger screens this leads to less clarity and jagged edges to images and fonts.

I used to have a 17" TFT with 1280x1024 and when I bought a new PC it came with a 19" TFT. I thought great until I started using it. It had the same resolution as my 17", but photo editing to the standards required by Anet was a nightmare. My rejection rate went through the roof as I couldn't really judge the sharpness of images. I boxed it up and went back to my older monitor.

I'm in the same situation, thinking of changing to a 17". I chose to upgrade to a 19" Dell Ultrasharp when I ordered my new PC but I wish i'd stayed with the 17" and got more RAM instead

I'm seriously considering selling my current monitor, anybody interested please PM me. Its a fantastic monitor. Only thing for my is the editing side if things proves tricky with its resolution.

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RE: What To Look For When Buying A New Monitor?

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:21 pm

Quoting FightingDingo (Thread starter):
Looking for something preferebly below $300.

That's something that's doesn't work, I think. A very good monitor for that amount of money

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