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by: cjanson February 3, 2013 2:27 PM PST

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by cjanson - 2/3/13 2:27 PM

I am looking for some feedback on a few questions that I have in regards to recommended equipment and color managing questions I would like some feedback on. I will start with some details as far as what I do and my current equipment so the suggestions can be as detailed as possible.
I am what I would describe as a semi pro designer and photographer. I began my interest in photography as a hobbyist years ago. Now, I am taking jobs both for photography and with graphic design. I mostly design websites, logos, and other common design work but that is really as far as my designs have gone thus far...
The equipment and software I am currently using are as followed:

Asus G74SX laptop (Modifications and specks bellow)
1. Upgraded to 16GB of ram and soon a SSD
2. Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M
3. I7 2670Q 220GHz CPU
4. Other specs http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388164,00.asp?tab=Specs

External displays (IPS)
1. Asus PA 248Q (new)
2. HP 2311XI

SpyderPRO4
Wacom Intuos4
Adobe CS5.5 masters collection (Possible Upgrade 6mo-1year)
Lightroom 3(Possible Upgrade 6mo-1year)
Nikon Cameras D3100 & D7000
Although I am using a laptop as a workstation currently, I am thinking of investing in building a Desktop configuration in the future. So in regards to your recommendations, keep this in mind.

Now I'll get to my questions.
I just got myself a PA248Q http://www.asus.com/Commercial_Monitors_Projectors/PA248Q/ . I am thinking of returning this monitor in for the earlier monitor model PA246Q http://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/PA246Q/ the major difference with these two models as far as I see is the PA246Q has a 10bit P-IPS Panel and works with a wide gamut (98% aRGB) the PA248 has a cheaper panel and only 98% sRGB coverage
The color does look good on the PA248 even before calibration. But I was wondering if the PA246 is the better monitor for my needs? I am shooting raw photos and am currently shooting and working in sRGB but would shoot aRGB if I had the correct monitor. Am I missing out shooting in sRGB? Is it best for me to switch color spaces? Any reasons for having a 10bit monitor if I only output 8bits from laptop? I am using a HDMI now to run my external monitor. I figure that is better than the VGA output (my only options) will HDMI be my best bet?
I also heard that even if you only output 8bit the 10bit with wide gamut calibrates more accurately, is this true?
Any other benefits or suggestions that I did not touch on would be helpful as well. I just want to be sure as to what my best option is. I thank everyone ahead of time for your help and taking your time to give me some guidance. Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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