Monitor upgrade?

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Countrylight New Member • Posts: 3
Monitor upgrade?

I am an amateur photographer operating on a limited budget who likes to print.

Use a Canon 5d Mkiii

I have been using an NEC MultiSync LCD2070NX monitor for a number of years.

Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?

What monitors should I be looking at?

Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,263
Re: Monitor upgrade?

Countrylight wrote:

I am an amateur photographer operating on a limited budget who likes to print.

Use a Canon 5d Mkiii

I have been using an NEC MultiSync LCD2070NX monitor for a number of years.

Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?

What monitors should I be looking at?

Size? Budget?

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Under 200 $, in 24", BEST OPTION ===> Dell P2419H
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Under 200 $, in 24", BEST OPTION ===> Dell P2419H

sygnus21
sygnus21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
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Countrylight wrote:

What monitors should I be looking at?

I was looking for an inexpensive monitor for my backup system and just got this Dell U2415 monitor today. It's a 24 inch IPS monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:10 with a screen res of 1920x1200. It can be had for $214 from Amazon (was $204).

It's a beautiful looking monitor and comes factory tuned at 99% sRGB coverage. Now I just need to calibrate it, but I'll do that later using X-Rite's i1 display software.

AikenMooney Senior Member • Posts: 1,853
Re: Monitor upgrade?

sygnus21 wrote:

Countrylight wrote:

What monitors should I be looking at?

I was looking for an inexpensive monitor for my backup system and just got this Dell U2415 monitor today. It's a 24 inch IPS monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:10 with a screen res of 1920x1200. It can be had for $214 from Amazon (was $204).

It's a beautiful looking monitor and comes factory tuned at 99% sRGB coverage. Now I just need to calibrate it, but I'll do that later using X-Rite's i1 display software.

Yes, U2415 is a very nice monitor & I have had mine for some time.

I have it in 2 monitor set up with an Eizo which is same size & 16:10. Obviously it's not an Eizo but I highly recommend as it's now about 1/5 the price.

sygnus21
sygnus21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
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Yeah, if you're looking for a good inexpensive monitor this is one to definitely look at. It's not going to replace my wide gamut NEC, but it's still a good monitor for the price.

OP Countrylight New Member • Posts: 3
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Thank you for all the responses. 24 inch is just about enough especially in 16:10. Given that I want to do a reasonable amount of printing will I find the 76.9% RGB gamut of the U2415 a problem?

sygnus21
sygnus21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: Monitor upgrade?

Countrylight wrote:

Given that I want to do a reasonable amount of printing will I find the 76.9% RGB gamut of the U2415 a problem?

There are too many variables to properly answer this type of question. My suggestion is to calibrate the monitor and go from there.

Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,263
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sygnus21 wrote:

Countrylight wrote:

Given that I want to do a reasonable amount of printing will I find the 76.9% RGB gamut of the U2415 a problem?

There are too many variables to properly answer this type of question. My suggestion is to calibrate the monitor and go from there.

Agree with that.

Preferably calibrate/profile the monitor (with a hardware colorimiter: i1 display pro, colormunki display, Spyder 5...) and use colour-managed software (most photo editing software, but Microsoft Windows 10 Photos app is not colour managed; most browsers are colour-managed but not IE or Edge).

If you don't want to calibrate/profile and use colour managed software, then always work in sRGB colour space and get a monitor with a colour gamut as close as possible to 100% of sRGB, neither more nor less.  The U2415 is pretty close to sRGB.

Note that "RGB" and "aRGB" are not colour spaces.  I think you probably meant "76.9% of Adobe RGB"

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Here's a good price

Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS HDMI DVI VGA (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Monitor

I got two of these in January from Amazon.  $109 each, shipped.

I calibrated mine with a Spyder5, and both were very close even before calibration.  They look nice.

I also recently got two 27 inch 4k monitors, but they were about $400 each, plus I had to upgrade my video card to drive them.

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AikenMooney Senior Member • Posts: 1,853
Re: Monitor upgrade?

Simon Garrett wrote:

sygnus21 wrote:

Countrylight wrote:

Given that I want to do a reasonable amount of printing will I find the 76.9% RGB gamut of the U2415 a problem?

There are too many variables to properly answer this type of question. My suggestion is to calibrate the monitor and go from there.

Agree with that.

Preferably calibrate/profile the monitor (with a hardware colorimiter: i1 display pro, colormunki display, Spyder 5...) and use colour-managed software (most photo editing software, but Microsoft Windows 10 Photos app is not colour managed; most browsers are colour-managed but not IE or Edge).

If you don't want to calibrate/profile and use colour managed software, then always work in sRGB colour space and get a monitor with a colour gamut as close as possible to 100% of sRGB, neither more nor less. The U2415 is pretty close to sRGB.

Note that "RGB" and "aRGB" are not colour spaces. I think you probably meant "76.9% of Adobe RGB"

Good point Simon. I believe it is about 99% sRGB. At least I recall that when purchased.

To the OP, I think you would be very happy with the U2415.

sygnus21
sygnus21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,514
Re: Monitor upgrade?

AikenMooney wrote:

Simon Garrett wrote:

sygnus21 wrote:

Countrylight wrote:

Given that I want to do a reasonable amount of printing will I find the 76.9% RGB gamut of the U2415 a problem?

There are too many variables to properly answer this type of question. My suggestion is to calibrate the monitor and go from there.

Agree with that.

Good point Simon. I believe it is about 99% sRGB. At least I recall that when purchased.

Thanks 

OP Countrylight New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Monitor upgrade?

Thanks everyone.

Seems to be overwhelming  for the U2415.

Gerald

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