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    Default Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    Hi guys, looking for a monitor recommendation for viewing/editing photos. I have been doing it using my laptop screen but want something larger.
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    Default Re: Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    This is sooooo Matt's territory .

    Personally, I have been getting along fine with an Asus monitor with Spyder calibration

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    Default Re: Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by rickztahone View Post
    This is sooooo Matt's territory .

    Personally, I have been getting along fine with an Asus monitor with Spyder calibration
    Something like this Ricardo http://www.amazon.com/PA248Q-1920x12...A248QJ+monitor.
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    Default Re: Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    Here's a cheaper one:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058UUR6E/..._t3_B008DWH00K

    However, the one you linked to seems to come with a custom calibration which may be much more appealing to a photographer that needs accurate colors. I will let Matt chime in here because I tend to go with the cheaper monitor and get the calibrator to help with the colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    well now, that is a whole other bracket now. In that price range I think you get a heck of a lot considering everything the Asus offers. My PC/Monitor have to be at least 4yrs old now, but the screen has never failed me once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Not this one. Laptop will not support it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Not this one. Laptop will not support it.


    That sure was a nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickztahone View Post


    That sure was a nice one.
    So I guess I am bound to the limitations of my graphic card. The highest resolution is limited to 1920x1080 when I look at screen resolution. I guess I need to look at the graphic card/driver for its limitations??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    So I guess I am bound to the limitations of my graphic card. The highest resolution is limited to 1920x1080 when I look at screen resolution. I guess I need to look at the graphic card/driver for its limitations??
    I would assume so. In all honesty, I didn't even know you could hook a laptop to a monitor, lol. So getting advice from me in this aspect may not be the best choice for you haha.

    Going solely on specs though, obviously that $400+ monitor is a very very nice one

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    So my graphic card is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with 4049 MB of memory.
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    Default Re: Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    Without breaking the bank Dell UltraSharp monitor are awesome for viewing/editing photo.

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    Default Re: Monitor Recommendation For Viewing/Editing Photos

    What size files are you working with? Like pixel or inch wise?

    I think you are on the right track of looking for a 1920x1200 monitor, or going on to 1440p. 1080 and a 16x9 ratio just isn't worth it now IMO. And 100% go for an IPS display it will give you better colors than a TN panel. TN panels are used for gamers as they have a higher refresh rate for faster response times, something not needed in a photo or video editing world. IPS panels are also good as they don't have to be directly in front of you to get the correct colors, a TN panel will distort and even disappear on the display the more you move off to the side of it.

    If you can, opt for a matte finish on the screen. The glossy may look good, but it reflects everything. Late at night you'll find yourself opening a photo of the grand canyon to edit then realizing 30mins later you are just editing an image of your face reflecting into the screen.

    sRGB is fine, Adobe RGB is supposedly better (as in just more physical color space) but its not worth the extra effort IMO. sRGB is the world default basically, it should be more than enough for what you are doing. If you shot/edited adobe RGB then uploaded it somewhere on the internet chances are it would convert it back to sRGB being the world default and it would do a bad job of it. So working straight through with sRGB should be fine and what you are used to. Don't get to hung up on this, if it doesn't list it, it's probably sRGB. If you print often and can print on a printer with Adobe RGB it might be worth it.

    The reason I asked size of files earlier is the bigger your monitor the more photo you can show on it at once providing easier editing without re-sizing it or scrolling forever. This also is determined by how much space you have on your desk to place the monitor. IMO, bigger is better. I wouldn't go below 24 inches though. Another thing you might think about is the larger you go the more power you need to run it from a graphics card, so you might want to do some googling and make sure the laptop or whatever computer can push the resolution increase. Most cases it will be fine, but better safe than sorry.

    That one you linked seems pretty good to me for what you want. I wouldn't get to caught up on brands either, a lot of times they all use the exact same panel and just put their own small little touches on it. I'm actually in the market for another monitor myself.

    EDIT: More responses came in before I posted. I'm reading 2560x1600 is max resolution for that card, so it should handle it. You might have to go into Nvidia control panel and tweak something though. What ports do you have on your laptop? VGA? HDMI? Displayport? All?
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    Matt, without cropping the Nikon raw files are 4928x3264.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    This monitor is awesome in my humble and very Biased opinion. I've been using it a few years now.

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