Monitor recommendations - help needed.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 by Fuzzy Logic | Discussion: Personal Computing

I'm looking for some recommendations for a new monitor. As a photographer, it's important for me to have plenty of height for portrait. With that in mind I've had my hands on a couple of 24" 1920x1200 monitors. 1920x1080 isn't big enough.

The first one was a Samsung, a 450 I think. After a few months it developed a large bright spot and had to go back. I got a refund as they said that particular monitor had been discontinued. Shame - up to it failing it was quite good.

The second was a Dell U2412M which lasted two days. It has a horrible bright sheen to black areas away from direct line of sight - you can't look at the centre of screen then look at the corners, you have to move your head to the corner to see black as black. Completely useless for looking at photos. It's now in a box waiting to go back.

At this point I'm a bit nervous about commiting to another purchase. I don't want another piece of junk. If anyone has any recommendations for a suitable monitor I'd be grateful.

Reply #1 Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:35 PM

Hi Fuzzy,

i recently bought 2 monitors and they both run pretty much all the time they shutdown with my pc and sometimes that is 1 time in 2 weeks.

they both are bright compared to my samsungs.

But lets not talk about that...
You said you want to use them for photographs 
First i think its important to figue what panel you like :
TN ( Tn  panels are normaly very fast high reaction time and not that expansive ) reaction time on this kind of monitor is normaly tested in pixels and how much time it takes the pixel to change from white to black / then there is grey to grey - i can recommend Iiyama with 1ms reaction time good color ( model name E2773HS ) there is a black and a white model... this moitor is good for games and you also can work with it took me a month to decied if i buy them but i can only say good things about this monitor for its price... ohh and its LCD backlight...full HD and all that but you can google that. 1920x1080 tho hard to get very good monitors with higher reso

or IPS ( fast and a lot of kontrast ) didnt buy IPS but if i would buy one it would be either ASUS - or Dell  here is a link with reviews and specs link be aware they are not cheap

MVA-PVA ( very close to the standart RGB for most programs photoshop and such )
or S-PVA ( expansive professional 99,9% color true ultra sharp pictures )
For photography however it should be IPS or PVA - i cant recommend anything on this since i only know ASUS and Eizo in this field from work both products are high quality but way beyond my pricelimit therefore out if my interest... Also as far as i know they dont cross the 24 inch mark...

I know its hard to decied i had the same trouble also have a thread about it ...
Whatever you do -do not buy it in a store, always buy it online as private customer and not under a company name therefore you still have the 30days to send it back with no reason - exmaple if it has pixel errors or any other unwanted stuff just send it back. 

If you work with photographs you should decied if you want a pivot function on your new monitor ...
Make sure that your GFX card has the correct plug for your new monitor ( very important  or you end up like me.

Im willing to help you on your search if you let me know your price limit and what panel you would like. Ill bookmark this channel so i can find it later


Reply #2 Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:42 PM

Well, they are not made any more Fuzzy, but I run dual Dell 2408WFP monitors and neither one has ever had an issue. They run at 1920 x 1200 resolution and are IPS.

I bought one new a few of years ago and bought the second one used about 6 months ago and they both work great. You can find some nice ones possibly on eBay or at pretty good prices I have noticed. 

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #3 Monday, July 1, 2013 2:08 PM

Finally went for another Samsung, a S24C450 (newer model of what I had before). Brightness was full on out of the box (turned it down to 85) but other wise it's fine. Clear, sharp, lovely colour and no nasties!

I'll let it settle for a few days before calibrating. It looks fine already but I need things spot on for my photos

Reply #4 Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:46 AM

I had a pair of Hyundai 24" 1920x1200 monitors for a couple of years until one of them died. I ended up buying an Auria EQ276W which is a 27" 2560x1440 monitor for $399 from Micro Center. I would have prefered to stick with the 16x10 aspect ratio but that would have cost me over $1000.

I ended up liking the 2560x1440 resolution so much that I bought a 2nd one, now I have dual 27" 2560x1440 and it cost me less than $800. I've only had them a few months but I really like the extra screen area. Plus the monitors auto sense their inputs so there's no fumbling around trying to select the correct input as I use one PC or the other and I only use the K and the M part of my KVM. It's great.

Reply #5 Thursday, July 4, 2013 9:39 AM

Fuzzy just came back here is a tool to check for nastys note im not advertising it
Just think its good to check for dead or subpixels... you dont need to press start if you dont have sub or deadpixels just click the colors on the left - ( this program only works on main monitor if you have a secondary monitor you cant just switch the screen to the secondary monitor you will need to replug the secondary as main then.

Cheers and good choice  

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #6 Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:15 AM

The monitor is great. I used this website 

Once I did my adjustments, on the black level I can just make out box 1, and on the white I can just (barely) see 254. Fantastic result for such an inexpensive monitor.

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