Graphics forum: ISP monitor for photo editing - $300 - please advise

by: mimic138 August 22, 2010 5:55 PM PDT

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ISP monitor for photo editing - $300 - please advise

by mimic138 - 8/22/10 5:55 PM

Dear all,

I am intending to buy an ISP monitor for photo editing in a price around $300. Please, take a few minutes an write your opinion, advice, I read many threads, but most of them are out of date (not considering new monitors) and focused just on one “solution”... will explain.

I know that for serious business work you need much more expensive LCD, but I am convinced, that for home use, and with hardware calibration, it will give satisfying results, requiring just a soft tune in the studio.

Here are today’s options:
Dell 2209WA - 22" 1680x1050
Dell U2311H - 23" 1920x1080
NEC EA231WMI - 23" 1920x1080
Viewsonic VP2365WB - 23" 1920x1080
HP ZR22W - 22" 1920x1080

My three main requirements (besides suiting photo editing) are matted screen (recommended for photo editing, anti glare?) dual voltage (AC 100 to 240 VAC) and a possibility to buy in a store (or online without tax like from newegg).

Dell 2209WA
Many people are recommending it, but most of the threads do not reflect new monitors on the market. I found it kind of a clich, monitor for $300 = 2209WA.
PROS: Allegedly best gamut among $300 screens, Dynamic Contrast Ratio just 3000:1.
CONS: Not Full HD (1680x1050), no DisplayPort, hard to find it in the store.

Dell U2311H
New model from Dell with similar price.
PROS: Full HD, Gamut (CIE1976 (82%) and CIE1931 (72%) sRGB coverage), DisplayPort.
CONS: Dynamic Contrast Ratio 10000:1. Hard to find it in the store.

NEC EA231WMI
PROS: Full HD, Brightness just 270cd/m2, Dynamic Contrast Ratio just 3000:1, DisplayPort, ambient sensor (auto brightness).
CONS: Allegedly problems with backlight (http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/review/2009/review-nec-ea231wmi-bk.html),

Viewsonic VP2365WB
PROS: Color adjust (sRGB, 9300K, 7500K, 6500K, 5000K, User color [R,G,B]),
CONS: No DisplayPort,

HP ZR22W
PROS: S-IPS panel, Brightness just 210 cd/m², Dynamic Contrast Ratio just 3000:1, Anti-glare
CONS/PROS: Full HD in 21,5" Advantage? Disadvantage?

I know that paper specifications doesn’t say much about the real abilities of the monitor. Therefore I, and many others after me would appreciate your real experiences, calibration and possible post calibration artifacts (banding in gradients), colors, comparison with actual prints, overall feeling.

Thank you!

Mimic

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