A good graphics/video monitor

Posted on 2006-05-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
Hi, what is the best monitor out there on the market for graphics/video like for adobe products....19'-23' would be the range i'm thinking it be nice or any recommendations like such as dual monitors etc?

Question by:johanwilches
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    Have you read the reviews of the latest Cinema Display from Apple, It WILL work on a windows machine as well as a mac and it comes as large as 30" as small as 21". It was made to run Final Cut Pro and run/edit HD video as well. Compare it before you buy anything! Not inexpensive, But awesome!

    See Review

    Planar makes an excellent monitor as well with  5 video inputs and goes up to 23.1" excellent Video features. Contains an accelerator so it can run full motion at 8ms.

    Sony ( REALLY BIG) 40" (price tag is big too) 32" available too.;sid=w-osz50a1Iktm9lAHAEmxNIXx-I55C6AWI4=?CategoryName=tv_hdtv_30%22to42%22TVs&ProductSKU=KLV40U100M&TabName=specs&var2=

    Sorry about the link size

    Don't forget to look at Dell & Gateway, Viewsonic is good but smaller 21"

    Just some suggestions, however I would check in to some of the Video Magazines and other RSS
    feed articles too.

    Do Your Due Dilligence on whatever you decide to buy they all have their pro's and con's.

    Go through the standard list!

    • Will my system be compatible?
    •Do I need a new video card or software to run it ( some editing software is really picky so  
      check with the manufacturer of the software TOO)!
    • What type of connections do I need? S-video, USB, Firewire?
    • What speed will the monitor run at 12ms, 8ms (8ms is prefered)
    • What pixel or line depth do you want 1300x???? or 1600x????
    • What is the refresh rate?
    • Will it fit my desk or do I need to get a stand or wall support for it? Really important!!!!!
    • Make a list of the ones you like and and decide which benefits you need most!!!
    • Do I need accessories? ( well we always want new toys at least I do) LOL.

    Happy Computing!

    P.S. All of the recommended monitors are compatible with Adobe products.
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    Dell may make crap computers but i absolutely love my dell 2005 fpw...  

    Looks like on dells site they dont sell it anymore but this has comparable specs...

    you will also probably (depending on how serious you are) want to look into monitor calibration software...  so you can ensure that what you are looking at is what comes out when printed...
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    Also, you are going to get many varying opinions from people on this subject as people use all types.  Get a few ideas (GrnPhoenix
     posted a bunch of good things to consider), narrow your list down to a few models, have a look at some review websites on them and just buy one with a money back guarantee (and a good warranty) !  ;)  That way you can test it out and see how it works...
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    To TheRookie32,

    Calibration software is only necessary if your running Windows since Mac has it as part
     of the operating system.

    To  johanwilches: Therookie32 is right, everyones opinion will be different. I use both operating systems
    and I prefer to make movies on a Mac, I prefer Final Cut Pro to anything I have found for Windows
    except a $ 40,000.00 program. (Kinda outta my price range) There are some decent packages for the
    PC don't get me wrong!

    I can also use the Apple Cinema Display on the PC and get consistent color if I set my Mac
    to a PC standard setup. As TheRookie32 says if your using a PC you Will want to get a program to
    calibrate the monitor.

    If I were you I would defiantly consider the Planar 23.1" monitor as it has the
    "best bang for the buck" and use that monitor as the standard to which you compare
    your other choices. But that's just me!

    Happy computing!
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    Nothing wrong with GrnPhoenix's answer, but since you asked for the BEST...

    The very best monitor available to consumer as judged by color gamet, is the $5000 NEC Diamondtron UWG RDF225WG. It displays an incredible 97.6% of the AdobeRGB color space and 93.3% of NTSC. It is also a heck of a nice monitor by any other standard other than things like weight, footprint and power consumption. It is, afterall, a CRT.

    Up until a few years ago, CRTs were the way that all professionals went. But times have changes. A good measure in my book, of a monitor’s performance is if it is SWOP Certified. SWOP is part of IdeAlliance: a trade organization made up of all the biggies in the graphics industry.

    Monitors are certified as part of a proofing system which includes calibration systems as well the computer and operating systems

    These are the current monitors SWOP certified.

    Apple Cinema 20-inch LCD Display with metal bezel—Apple Model M9177LL/A
    Apple Cinema 20-inch LCD display with plastic bezel—Apple Model M8893ZM/A
    Apple Cinema 23-inch LCD Display with metal bezel—Apple Model M9178LL/A
    Apple Cinema 30-inch LCD display—Apple Model M9179LL/A
    Apple iMac G5 with built-in 20-inch display—Apple Model MA064LL/A
    EIZO ColorEdge CG21 LCD display
    EIZO ColorEdge CG210 LCD display
    EIZO ColorEdge CG220 LCD Display
    LaCie 321 LCD Monitor
    Sony 23-inch SDM-P232W LCD display

    A special note about the battle between CRTs and LCDs: When they first came out, LCDs were shunned by the graphics industry. The colors were brighter, but inaccurate, the contrast ratio was awful, and viewing from different angles gave different results.

    I worked with a humongous 23” CRT for years. (It was 23” front to back as well and  weighed over a hundred pounds) I calibrated it every month and it gave me great colors. When I put a color on a page, I knew what it would like when it was printed.

    Now I work with a 24” Samsung 244T. It is rated by consumer magazines fairly highly, but I miss my old CRT. The biggest problem is color. LCD’s can’t be calibrated the way CRTs can. You can only adjust the brightness. (contrast doesn’t count on CRTs or LCDs because you always want it cranked to all that it can give)

    When I first got the monitor, I spent three whole (expensive) days trying to determine why the colors at the bottom of my photograph had suddenly lost their saturation. I measured the colors and their readings said that they were good, but anyone looking at them could see that they were faded in a band across the bottom.

    I finally asked my boss to take a look. Looking over my shoulder, he said, “Yes, I see what you’re talking about. The colors at the TOP are faded.”

    I jumped out of my chair and sure enough, from the angle of his head, the top of the screen faded out. When I sat down, the bottom faded. This problem was helped by tilting the monitor upwards, but now, I’m always careful to move my head around to be sure of the color. Even then, I’m doubtful. I never had this with a CRT.

    My advice. Go for the best monitor that you can, and get a smaller, less expensive one to go beside it. (You will need a graphics card with duel output). Use the large monitor for your work, and the small monitor for your pallets. (you can never have enough space for them) You can launch a second program on the second monitor and not have to click windows open and closed to compare information.
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    You just had to mention the Diamondtron,didn't you?  DROOL!
    Please notice that I too listed the Apple Cinema Displays first as they are more inline with what most people can afford.
    However, the Planar has 5 display and feed lines, even though it's color is not quite as good as the Apple Cinema Display
    it is a middle of the road monitor with allot of features that might make it worth while for the price.
    A nice way to compare other monitors!

    D_Brugge, I had the washed out look on my LCD display too, and I boxed it out at the top and sides with cardboard
    like my old Radius (which I miss dearly) and found that by reducing the ambiant light I got less of a color shift & wash out
    on my screen from all angles, Looks like Crap but it helps.  

    Happy computing!
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    by:David Brugge
    Thanks for the tip about the screen. I'll give it a try. I'm not a stranger to homade glare screens.

    Yes, I saw your mention of the Apple Cinema displays (the first mention too I might add). I was, in some respect, seconding your nomination.

    I mentioned my list based on my years of experience in print production. I have changed jobs and now produce almost exclusively for web and kiosk presentation. While anything on my list would suit me two years ago, today color is not critical. Simply being comfortable to the eye and having enough real estate to work productively is all that I need.

    Regarding refresh rates. Yes, LCD monitors had slow refresh rates that would cause a fast moving image to blur. Yes LCDs in general are much improved and the Planar in particular is well received by gamers for its impressive refresh rate. But it reminds me of a friend I have in the recording industry. His studio has the finest sound system that can be had at any price, but he always listens to the final product on a cheap MP3 player with discount store speakers. Why? Because that is what the people who listen to his product as listening on. He claims that I doesn’t do a bit of good to have a sound that only he can hear. I works to get the sound the best on those cheap speakers.

    Same goes for producing video output. Know your audience. If you are producing for a hardcore gamming community, you better have your act down tight. If you’re producing entirely for us common folk, don’t spend more dollars than are necessary for things we won’t be able to see on our machines.
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    Thanks for the second!
    Some People won't even consider them because the have APPLE on them.

    Happy computing!

    Author Comment

    Thank you so much guys...amazing valuable information you've provided....I'm liking the Apple cinemas since its well within a descent price range and the quality is awsome.  All answers are right since the choices might just depend on whats ur budget and how confort you are with the monitor.  Thanks again guys,



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