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4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

I need a new monitor and was looking at the new HP Envy 27'. The specs say it's 1920 x 1080. I don't know. Why wouldn't it be 1920 x 1200? Thoughts on this monitor or any others for that matter?

Feb 03 13 09:51 am Link

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Jon Macapodi

Posts: 291

New York, New York, US

Fat Kitty Studios wrote:
I need a new monitor and was looking at the new HP Envy 27'. The specs say it's 1920 x 1080. I don't know. Why wouldn't it be 1920 x 1200? Thoughts on this monitor or any others for that matter?

Because that's 1080p resolution?

Feb 03 13 10:05 am Link

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Michael Ho

Posts: 17

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It's just a matter of ratios, 16:9 (1920x1080) vs 16:10 (1920x1200)

Most panel companies like the make screen 16:9 because movies are displayed at 16:9

Feb 03 13 01:51 pm Link

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4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

Thanks for that. Curious as to what monitors photographers are using. No one seems particularly interested in saying.

Feb 03 13 06:12 pm Link

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Jay Farrell

Posts: 13233

Nashville, Tennessee, US

From what I've seen, the best color management monitors are Eizo, LaCie, and NEC. I have an Apple Cinema display which is a good one, but if it dies I would probably get an Eizo.

Feb 03 13 06:19 pm Link

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redbanana

Posts: 777

Lexington, Kentucky, US

I'm using a dell u2410 .... just got it calibrated and I'm pretty happy with it.

Feb 03 13 08:05 pm Link

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redbanana

Posts: 777

Lexington, Kentucky, US

Double post

Feb 03 13 08:06 pm Link

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David Nelson Photograph

Posts: 348

San Antonio, Texas, US

Photosbycj wrote:
I'm using a dell u2410 .... just got it calibrated and I'm pretty happy with it.

I also use the dell u2410 calibrate it with eye 1 software.  If you are a photographer 1080P,  1080I, 720 are useless terms.

You need an IPS monitor to accurately reflect true colors, otherwise you're just guessing as to real color.
The Dell u2410 is at the low end pricewise (about $500) and is rated average, the better monitors (without getting ridiculous) will run from $700 to $1,200.

Feb 03 13 08:15 pm Link

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Chris David Photography

Posts: 488

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

For a 27" screen I would probably go with one that is higher resolution - 2560x1440 and with an IPS panel for photo editing. IPS panels shift less in color when viewed from various compared to TN/VN panels and this does make a massive difference with color critical work.

Feb 03 13 08:23 pm Link

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Phantasmal Images

Posts: 625

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Fat Kitty Studios wrote:
I need a new monitor and was looking at the new HP Envy 27'. The specs say it's 1920 x 1080. I don't know. Why wouldn't it be 1920 x 1200? Thoughts on this monitor or any others for that matter?

Another spec you really need to be looking for is color gamut, and it's not something they usually advertise very well (especially if it's on the lower end of the scale). For example, the color gamut on that HP Envy is only 72% of NTSC. Which means that it can only display 72% of the colors present in the NTSC standard. Which is fine if all you want to do is post images on the web.

But if you plan on printing, then ideally you'd want something over 100%. The Viewsonic VP2655wb for example has a color gamut of 118% of NTSC, and the NEC MultiSync PA301W has 102% of NTSC.

At a minimum, I'd suggest one of the "wide gamut" monitors which should be at least 92% of NTSC.

Feb 03 13 10:06 pm Link

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Zack Zoll

Posts: 3008

Glens Falls, New York, US

Eizo is the best, but NEC makes some sets that are practically as good and a lot more affordable.

Don't buy anything 3D, 3D-ready, or with any 'cinema' features.  I did.  Stupid idea.  It was cool for a while, but once the newness wore off I was stuck with a less-accurate monitor that I paid the same price for.

Feb 03 13 10:11 pm Link

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Pictus

Posts: 1092

Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tips on how to choose a monitor

For 27" look for the NEC PA271W or Dell U2713H

BTW, I use a Dell U2410 calibrated with i1Display Pro + Argyll+dispcalGUI + hidden factory menu trick.

Feb 04 13 04:30 am Link

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Jim Lafferty

Posts: 1956

Brooklyn, New York, US

Zack Zoll wrote:
Eizo is the best, but NEC makes some sets that are practically as good and a lot more affordable.

This, exactly. NEC PA241W BK. ~$770 I think. Excellent monitor. If you're OK with a slightly smaller monitor for less DeNiro, they have a 23" for around $580. Make sure it's rated for wide gamut - 90% or more of the AdobeRGB spectrum.

Feb 04 13 05:37 am Link

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4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

Thank you all for the info. Much appreciated.

Photosbycj wrote:
I'm using a dell u2410 .... just got it calibrated and I'm pretty happy with it.

Curious- what did you use to calibrate it? I use the spyder.

Feb 04 13 10:18 am Link