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12-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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New Monitor: LED, LCD, or LCD with Back-light?

I am in process of purchasing a new monitor and I was wonder what type is currently best for photography, LED, LCD, or LCD with Back-light? Ideally, I would like good color reproduction and few brightness issues. Also, what brands tend to reproduce color well?

This monitor will be used with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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An IPS panel will display colours most accurately (such as the Dell UltraSharp U2412M).
See http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/375823/dell-ultrasharp-u2412m
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Do you have or plan to use multiple monitors?
I will second that IPS is the way to go... but if you only have one monitor you may not notice much of a problem, depending how lucky you are and how good your color acuity is. But if you have two monitors or more, you will tear your hair out trying to get them to match unless you go with IPS or similar technology.

FYI, ViewSonic makes some IPS monitors for a good price and it color matches very well to my iMac. Brightness is also very consistent across the screen.
Dell might be slightly better but last I checked on pricing, it might be worthwhile looking at ViewSonic.
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One other thing, no matter what type of monitor you purchase, understand that the monitor will need to be calibrated. Monitors are factory calibrated out of the box to catch your eye on the store shelves, sort of like an over processed HDR photo.

Also, know that your brain lies to you. You cannot accurately eyeball calibration. There are software only based tools and they are better than nothing, but not much. After a recent purchase of a hardware/software calibration tool, I am a convert. In some ways my monitors (I have dual LED back-lighted LCD monitors) look a bit too red for every day use, but my photos are dead on and very, very closely match the output of my printer.

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I love my Dell U2410. Annoyed it doesn't have an LED backlight but it should last a long time considering it's off most of the time.
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This will be a single monitor and it will be calibrated. I will look at the Dell and Viewsonic. Also, anyone use LG monitors. They look nice in the store, but who knows how they will perform at home.
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The wide-gamet Dell U2410 comes pre-calibrated and has a zero dead pixel guarantee.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krebsy97 Quote
The wide-gamet Dell U2410 comes pre-calibrated and has a zero dead pixel guarantee.
Ummm, calibration includes adjustments to compensate for ambient lighting where the monitor is used. I'm pretty sure the factory would find that a bit tough to do.

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Each U2410 comes with this: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/content/dell_u2410.htm#factory

Of course, an at-home Spyder calibration would result in further accuracy.
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The U2410 isn't a high-end monitor by any means. But it's worth looking at among options under $500.
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Thumbs up for Dell

Have two Dells, oldest is 2 years+, and am very happy with them.
Also found Dell very helpful when purchasing, told them what my main use was and they did the rest.
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I have a HP 2465, S-PVA and find it superior to most IPS monitors I have seen. Viewing angles are great, black levels are great, colors too. Couldn't be happier. Although I like the OLED of my Galaxy Nexus too. It is not as over saturated as most OLED screens.
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